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The Boy Who Loved Trolls (1984)

Paul feels life should be an adventure, and sets out on one to prove that Trolls really exist.


Harvey S. Laidman


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Credited cast:
Matt Dill Matt Dill ... Paul
Sam Waterston ... Ofoeti
Susan Anton ... Kalotte
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicolle Cherubini Nicolle Cherubini ... Pretty Girl
David Crawford David Crawford ... Paul's Father
James A. DeVinney James A. DeVinney ... Guard
Winnie Flynn Winnie Flynn ... Paul's Mother
Paul Gertner Paul Gertner ... Olaf the Great
Arthur Greenwald Arthur Greenwald ... Jogger
Larry Harris Larry Harris ... Basketball Player
James Karen ... Richman
Radar Long Radar Long ... Guard
William H. Macy ... Socrates (as W.H. Macy)
Josh Mostel ... Wiseman
David Roland David Roland ... Guard


When 12-year-old Paul's wish that the wonderful stories he reads would come true actually happens, he discovers a troll and a mermaid under a bridge. It turns out that his newfound friend, the troll, has less than a day to live, and Paul must decide whether to risk everything to attempt to save him. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

29 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A troll és a kisfiú See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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WQED,Goldhil Home Media See more »
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Doorman-Narrator: Well, nobody can stop time forever, Paul.
Paul: What do you mean? Why not?
Doorman-Narrator: Well, when time stops, nothing grows. Not a plant, not animals, not even boys.
Paul: You mean you can't stop them? They can still blow up the bridge?
Doorman-Narrator: If time doesn't go forward, you won't be able to grow up.
Paul: I don't wanna grow up.
Doorman-Narrator: Why don't you?
Paul: I don't wanna grow up and be like those men on the bridge! Chasing gold, and blowing up things! Grown-ups are all stupid.
Doorman-Narrator: Not all, Paul. You're a thoughtful and loving person. You can still ...
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Version of NET Playhouse: Ofoeti (1966) See more »

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A remake of Ofoti, 1966
24 September 1999 | by nemo-28See all my reviews

This movie was a part of a series of children's films for PBS's Wonderworks, produced, in part by WQED Pittsburgh. It's actually a remake of another WQED production of the play "Ofoti" filmed in black and white, (1966), about the timeless magic of childhood, and a boy's understanding of imagination. NET Playhouse bought the film and aired it on public television from 1966-1970. Philosophically, its theme reminded me of another children's film "The Phantom Tollbooth."

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