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Little Lord Fauntleroy (1980)

An American boy turns out to be the long-lost heir of a British fortune. He is sent to live with the cold and unsentimental Lord, who oversees the trust.

Director:

Jack Gold

Writers:

Blanche Hanalis (screenplay), Frances Hodgson Burnett (based on the novel by)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Schroder ... Lord Fauntleroy
Alec Guinness ... Earl of Dorincourt
Eric Porter ... Havisham
Colin Blakely ... Hobbs
Connie Booth ... Mrs. Errol
Rachel Kempson ... Lady Lorradaile
Carmel McSharry Carmel McSharry ... Mary
Antonia Pemberton Antonia Pemberton ... Dawson
Rolf Saxon ... Dick
John Cater ... Thomas
Peter Copley ... Rev. Muldaur
Patsy Rowlands ... Mrs. Dibble
Ann Way ... Miss Smith
Patrick Stewart ... Wilkins
Gerry Cowper ... Mellon
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Storyline

Ceddie, Earl of Dorincourt's only grandson and heir, lives in America with his mother. The Earl, getting old, asks them to come to England. Ceddie, now Lord Fauntleroy, is an adorable little fellow. The Earl, who at first was rather distant, becomes more and more fond of him. Then Minna shows up. She claims she was married to the Earl's eldest son and that her son, being their child, is the Earl's true heir. Written by Willy Vanhaelen <willy.vanhaelen@advalvas.be>

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Genres:

Drama | Family | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Little Lord Fontleroy See more »

Filming Locations:

Exton, Rutland, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The library is shown seven times in the movie, and each time the chairs and tables by the fireplace are in a different configuration. See more »

Goofs

When Dick and Mr. Hobbs are in Ceddies bedroom talking about the Christmas party, a mic is visible above Mr. Hobbs when he says "I wouldn't have missed this trip and its consequences for all the tea in china Ceddie". See more »

Quotes

Hobbs: [reading a letter from Ceddie aloud to Dick] "I miss you and Dick. There's a dungeon under the castle but my grandpa never put anyone in there."
[sarcastically]
Hobbs: Oh yeah? "Your old friend, Ceddie Lord Fauntleroy. P.S. - I have to sign it that way."
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Connections

Version of Little Lord Fauntleroy (1921) See more »

Soundtracks

Hark the Herald, Angels Sing
(uncredited)
Written by Charles Wesley and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
[Incorrectly credited as Traditional]
[Christmas at Dorningcourt]
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A masterful adaptation of a venerable classic
11 December 1999 | by MartaSee all my reviews

Long ago, CBS used to make excellent adaptations of classic novels, before reality TV poisoned the sensibilities of the viewing public. Little Lord Fauntleroy is one of their best, filled with charm and energy and superior performances all around.

Filmed in England with virtually no other American in it than Ricky Schroeder, it has the proper Victorian feel to it. Ricky brings his brash but honest Yankee personality into this staid atmosphere and shakes up his grandfather's long-held prejudices against the Colonies and his own family and tenants. Schroeder was the ultimate child actor; no other I could think of would have done this role justice as he is perfect for the part. His beautiful blond hair, in the requisite pageboy required for a Victorian Lord Fauntleroy, frames his angelic face and visually sets him on a plane above every other actor, even Alec Guinness. Guinness is superb as the bitter and self-absorbed grandfather. The rest of the supporting players are excellent, especially Colin Blakely as the opinionated Mr. Hobbs, the American grocer. The English countryside and architecture also have their own role to play here. The landscape is lush and beautiful, and the enormous estate that Lord Fauntleroy will inherit is magnificent, adding much to the atmosphere.

This is a fine family film which is especially wonderful to watch at Christmas; unfortunately it hasn't been out on VHS since 1980 and hasn't been released in the US on DVD, but has been released in an Italian edition with the English soundtrack and Italian menu options. The transfer is excellent and the film is uncut. This is not hard to find but is in Region 2 format, so regular US DVD players won't play it. If you ever run across a copy of the film in any form don't hesitate to snap it up. This is one of those rare films that truly brings a novel to life, and it shouldn't be missed.


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