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Watership Down (1978)

A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hazel (voice)
... Fiver (voice)
Michael Graham Cox ... Bigwig (voice) (as Michael Graham-Cox)
... Capt. Holly (voice)
... Chief Rabbit (voice)
Simon Cadell ... Blackberry (voice)
... Silver (voice)
... Pipkin (voice)
Richard O'Callaghan ... Dandelion (voice)
... Cowslip (voice)
... Cat (voice) (as Lyn Farleigh)
Mary Maddox ... Clover (voice)
... Kehaar (voice)
... Gen. Woundwort (voice)
... Hyzenthlay (voice)
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Based upon Richard Adam's novel of the same title, this animated feature delves into the surprisingly violent world of a warren of rabbits as they seek to establish a new colony free of tyranny and human intervention. Frightening and bloody in some scenes. Not recommended for young children. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and when they catch you, they will kill you... but first they must catch you. See more »


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1 November 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den långa flykten  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film was popular with adults, who attended late-night screenings. See more »

Goofs

When Cowslip tells the poem about the stream and the camera tilts up toward the ceiling, his head disappears before it has a chance to completely go off screen. See more »

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Narrator: Long ago, the great Frith made the world. He made all the stars and the world lived among the stars. Frith made all the animals and birds and, at first, made them all the same. Now, among the animals was El-Ahrairah, the Prince of Rabbits. He had many friends and they all ate grass together. But after a time, the rabbits wandered everywhere, multiplying and eating as they went. Then Frith said to El-Ahrairah, "Prince Rabbit, if you cannot control your people, I shall find ways to ...
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Referenced in Not the Nine O'Clock News: Unaired Pilot (1979) See more »

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Bright Eyes
Composed by Mike Batt
Sung by Art Garfunkel
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terrific adaptation
10 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

While not as good as the book itself, the movie was well done indeed. This was one of those books I lived in when I first read it, never has Richard Adams come close to what he achieved here, able to pull you the reader right down into the grass roots along with Hazel, Fiver and BigWig. And the animators did him justice...I don't have much to add here that others here haven't, save to say I enjoyed the classic voices used here a lot-from Joss Ackland as the 'Black Rabbit of Inle' to the late, much lamented Harry Andrews as Woundwort. Now THAT guy was as tough and ornery a character actor as ever I saw onscreen, and he did the brutal Woundwort character justice indeed.

Of course I recommend this-***1/2 outta ****, the book being ****.


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