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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 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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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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Drama | Family | Romance

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Trivia

There was originally to be a scene of Cedie (Lord Fauntleroy) being born. The scene shoot was planned for the 6th of August 1980, which was the due date of James Hodcroft, the baby that the producers had lined up to portray the infant-version of the titular character. Belvoir castle is in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England. Ricky Schroder stayed in a local village called Barrowby, for the U.K. filming, with the Hodcroft-family. James was born a day late, on the 7th of August; although the scene was filmed, it was ultimately cut from the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Ceddie first goes to visit his mother he's running towards her and his hat blows off onto the grass. It can be seen from the point of view from the house when he and his mother are hugging. In the next view from the carriage that he came in, the hat is not on the grass. In the next scene from the view of the house the hat can be seen on the grass. See more »

Quotes

Minna: My boy is your right and proper heir and I want what's comin' to me.
Ben Tipton: What's comin' to you is the back of my hand.
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Connections

Version of A kis lord (1918) See more »

Soundtracks

We Wish You A Merry Christmas
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Traditional
[Christmas at Dorringcourt]
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Best Made for TV Movie ever made
4 August 2008 | by GunnSee all my reviews

This fantastic TV Movie made in 1979-80 still holds its place as the Best TV Movie ever made. The production values are fabulous, the cinematography awesome, the music score perfect, the casting magnificent, the pacing on track and the story emotional and very involving. Initially I video taped it, cutting out commercials, and that print was very imperfect. Years later I bought the VHS video version and the picture quality was quite poor with dirt specks and impurities and a very faded, sepia toned print. This film should be on the list for film preservation and remastering. It is a classic and I agree with those of you who say it is the best version to date, as I've seen the others and they pale in comparison. The DVD on Blu-Ray or regular would sell like hotcakes if it were properly marketed and there's a huge whole new audience out there who'd absolutely love it! There is a Website for TV Series Wanted on DVD, but sadly, no such forum for Movies Wanted on DVD. I have a List on my Website at: King Spud's Movie & TV Pages of many great films not yet released on DVD. Someone has been peeking at it as some very obscure films I listed have been produced on DVD. I just wish I could get All of those who own the rights to check out my List. Til then we can hope for the DVD or Hallmark Channel and other cable networks to run it again.


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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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