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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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly, Ricky Schroder did not like two things while making the movie. First, having a page-boy blond hairdo, and second, wearing the velveteen suit with white white lace cuffs and collar. Schroder commented on the latter during the shoot saying that "the velveteen knickers" were "very itchy". See more »

Goofs

Towards the end, Mr Hobbs and Dick read Cedric's letter in New York, informing them of Minna's competing claim. Mr Hobbs shows Dick a newspaper article stating that the legitimate heir to Dorincourt had been found. The newspaper is dated January 24, 1872. This implies that the conversation between the two takes place after Christmas. In the following sequences, however, Mr Hobbs and the Tipton brothers travel to Dorincourt and spend Christmas there. Of course it is possible that the stay of the three at Dorincourt occurs over the next Christmas, but this would require almost a year to pass between Dick's discovery that Minna is a fraud and the revelation. This would be unlikely, given Havisham's and the Earl's urgency to resolve the matter. See more »

Quotes

Earl of Dorincourt: Oh, games are important. They prepare a boy for the larger game of life, I'm told.
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Soundtracks

Oh, Dem Golden Slippers
(uncredited)
Traditional
Written by James Allen Bland (as James A. Bland)
[Ceddie dances at the ball]
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Yes you can get this on a DVD!
21 January 2005 | by richardstricklandSee all my reviews

Our family have loved this film for years. (see my comments posted in December 2003) But our recorded VHS version had deteriorated so much that it was no longer enjoyable to watch. I tried the "normal" means to searched for a DVD version but without success. I could only find VHS "collectable" copies at ludicrous prices (£40 to £50 plus postage, etc.) . Then I found someone in Holland offering a version on Ebay and thus discovered accident that a DVD version had been produced in Italy! - in English AND Italian. A quick web search enabled me to order from an Italian book & media Internet seller and I got an excellent copy in proper box within 3 days for a total price including delivery of under £20 ($35). Worth every penny even though it had only mono sound and presumably must have been a copy from a film distributor's version !


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