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The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (1979)

Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a lion messiah.

Director:

Bill Melendez

Writers:

C.S. Lewis, David D. Connell (story adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rachel Warren Rachel Warren ... Lucy (voice)
Susan Sokol Susan Sokol ... Susan (voice)
Reg Williams Reg Williams ... Peter (voice)
Simon Adams Simon Adams ... Edmund (voice)
Victor Spinetti ... Mr. Tumnus (voice)
Dick Vosburgh Dick Vosburgh ... Professor (voice)
Don Parker Don Parker ... Mr. Beaver (voice)
Liz Proud Liz Proud ... Mrs. Beaver (voice)
Stephen Thorne ... Aslan (voice)
Beth Porter Beth Porter ... Jadis, The White Witch (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicholas Barnes Nicholas Barnes ... Edmund (voice)
Rusty Goffe
Sheila Hancock ... Jadis - The White Witch (voice)
Arthur Lowe ... Mr. Beaver (voice)
Leo McKern ... Professor (voice)
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Storyline

Four children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are evacuated to the country in World War 2. They stay in a large house owned by an old Professor. First Lucy, then Edmund, then all four children find their way through an old wardrobe into Narnia, a magical land with talking animals and mythical creatures such as fauns and dwarves. But Narnia is held under a magical spell by the evil White Witch to ensure it's always winter but never Christmas. The children have to battle evil creatures and deal with betrayal and treachery but make many good friends as well. Finally, with the help of Aslan (The Lion) they defeat the evil witch and spring and freedom come back to Narnia. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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An adventure to dazzle the eye, delight the senses, gladden the heart! Four unique adventurers enter the magical world of Narnia - a land of talking animals and mystical creatures. And join a noble lion in battle against the evil White Witch.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Lucy: You're not a bad faun at all! You're the nicest faun I've ever met.
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Alternate Versions

SPECIAL EDITION: In 2006, this TV movie was released on a Special Edition DVD with audio commentary, interviews, a deleted scene, and sketches and artwork. However, the film was presented in a wide screen format with the top and bottom of the original picture removed. See more »

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Excellent movie that is true to the book
10 January 2006 | by dogmobile1See all my reviews

This version is by far the best and most faithful to the original books, including the new one Disney just put out. Though a few things are missing and one or two changed, it is 90% true to the book with a good portion of the dialogue. True, the animation is from the 70s but that makes it even safer for younger kids and I still find it enjoyable. The voice characterizations were incredibly on the money. The witch seemed to come straight off of the pages of the book as did Aslan. The musical score for this production is absolutely beautiful and captures the feeling of Narnia, and should not be overlooked. The scene beginning with the girls following Aslan to the stone table and culminating with his death was portrayed very tastefully yet powerfully. I can never watch it without crying. My children and I have seen all of the versions (including Disney's latest) and this one is by far the favorite. A classic.


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