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The Rescuers (1977)

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Two mice of the Rescue Aid Society search for a little girl kidnapped by unscrupulous treasure hunters.

Writers:

Margery Sharp (suggested by "The Rescuers" and "Miss Bianca" by), Larry Clemmons (story) | 8 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Newhart ... Bernard (voice)
Eva Gabor ... Miss Bianca (voice)
Geraldine Page ... Madame Medusa (voice)
Joe Flynn ... Mr. Snoops (voice)
Jeanette Nolan ... Ellie Mae (voice)
Pat Buttram ... Luke (voice)
Jim Jordan ... Orville (voice)
John McIntire ... Rufus (voice)
Michelle Stacy ... Penny (voice)
Bernard Fox ... The Chairman (voice)
Larry Clemmons Larry Clemmons ... Gramps (voice)
James MacDonald James MacDonald ... Evinrude (voice) (as James Macdonald)
George Lindsey ... Rabbit (voice)
Bill McMillian Bill McMillian ... TV Announcer (voice) (as Bill McMillan)
Dub Taylor ... Digger (voice)
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Storyline

When a bottle containing a plea for help from a little girl named Penny makes its way to the Rescue Aid Society, a mouse organization in the basement of the United Nations building dedicated to the rescue and well-being of anyone in need, it is up to the brave mouse Miss Bianca and her chosen partner, the shy janitor Bernard, to rescue the girl. Searching for clues at Penny's home at Morningside Orphanage in New York City, the two mice discover that the girl has been kidnapped by the evil pawn shop owner Madame Medusa and her companion Mr. Snoops. On the back of Orville the albatross, Miss Bianca and Bernard travel to the terrifyingly gloomy Devil's Bayou where they learn the shocking truth: the innocent young girl is being forced down into a dangerous, dark underground pirate's cave where she must find the Devil's Eye, the world's largest diamond and Madame Medusa's greatest obsession. Before returning safely home, Miss Bianca, Bernard, and Penny will have to combat Madame Medusa's ... Written by Frederick Irizarry

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Taglines:

Two tiny agents vs. the world's wickedest woman in a dazzling animated adventure! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The name of the cave where Penny must locate the Devil's Eye, the world's largest diamond, is never mentioned by a character in the movie, but according to the map that Madame Medusa is looking at, the name of the place is the "Black Bayou". See more »

Goofs

In Madame Medusa's pawn shop, the sign on the wall states "Loan Money 1/2 Rates on Diamond's". In this context, "Diamonds" is a plural, not a possessive noun, and therefore does not require an apostrophe. However, it's not uncommon in films for villains to not be particularly intelligent as a means of comedic effect (we see Jasper and Horace misspell 'electric' in 101 Dalmatians), so this error may simply be a feature of Medusa's character. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Bernard: Sure wish we'd taken the train!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits describe the journey of Penny's bottle through raging ocean waters. The entire sequence is made up of still paintings. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original 1992 video release had the "Distributed by Buena Vista" title card placed right before the film started (with a thundering sound), it was then removed and placed at the end of the film for the 1999 video release. Finally, it was removed completely from the 2003 DVD release which replaced it with an opening Walt Disney Pictures logo which also included the "thunder" sound. See more »

Connections

Referenced in We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

The Journey
(1977)
Written by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins
Sung by Shelby Flint
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User Reviews

My favorite Disney movie of all time
21 February 2003 | by xxlittlekittenxxSee all my reviews

Why is The Rescuers my favorite Disney movie? I'm not sure, other than the fact that it's just so sweet, and never fails to make me really happy. Seeing those mice from all over the world is just too adorable for words!

The animation is beautiful, as are the backgrounds, and the character design is some of the best among Disney movies (Madame Medusa is a great departure from typical Disney characters). The songs are nice too (my favorite part of the whole movie is the sequence to "Tomorrow Is Another Day").

They just don't make movies like this anymore. Penny, the orphan that Bernard and Bianca rescue from that nasty old Medusa, is truly warm and sweet, and you really care about her. Something was missing from the boy that Bernard and Bianca rescued in the sequel. Penny's truly something else.

The Rescuers is an underrated gem, and has something for everyone.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bernardo y Bianca See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,111,582, 18 December 1983

Gross USA:

$71,215,869

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,215,869
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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