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Hansel and Gretel (1987)

Based on the fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm. Hansel and Gretel are abandoned after the famine strike in the village and where Hansel and Gretel are later trapped in the deceptively ... See full summary »

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Len Talan

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Jacob Grimm (story), Wilhelm Grimm (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Warner ... Father
Hugh Pollard Hugh Pollard ... Hansel
Nicola Stapleton ... Gretel
Emily Richard Emily Richard ... Mother
Cloris Leachman ... Griselda The Witch
Susie Miller Susie Miller ... Marta
Eugene Kline Eugene Kline ... Farmer
Warren Feigin Warren Feigin ... Baker
Josh Buland Josh Buland ... Baker's Boy
Lutuf Nouasser ... Blacksmith
Beatrice Shimshoni Beatrice Shimshoni ... Ribbon Lady
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Based on the fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm. Hansel and Gretel are abandoned after the famine strike in the village and where Hansel and Gretel are later trapped in the deceptively decorated house of the witch Griselda who wishes to fatten Hansel so that he may be baked into a delicious gingerbread treat. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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They lost their way... but found a magical adventure! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cannon Movie Tales: Hansel and Gretel See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Golan-Globus Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was originally to be filmed in Budapest, Hungary. See more »

Crazy Credits

A gingerbread man is shown on the left side of the screen during the end credits. At the very end, he winks at the audience. See more »

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Version of Hänsel und Gretel (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Witch Is Dead
Music by Engelbert Humperdinck
from opera "Hänsel und Gretel"
Music Adaption by Michael Cohen
Lyrics by Enid Futterman and Nancy Weems
Performed by Children
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"It's an EVIL forest."
6 April 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Being a lover of '80s cinema, as well as an appreciator of all things Cannon and Golan-Globus, I was happily surprised to discover that Cannon had made a series of movies about fairy tales that I was unaware of. I managed to get my hands on this one, my first of hopefully many Cannon Movie Tales. The story is the simple one of Hansel and Gretel, padded out enough to make a movie.

It starts with the worst family ever. The mom sits at home bitching while the wussy dad (David Warner) lets himself be pushed around and underpaid for the wood he cuts without putting up a fight. The two kids are deeply stupid, singing and dancing around like morons who have no understanding of how messed up their situation is. Maybe this is some subtle propaganda for helping the underprivileged and mentally challenged. The mom gets mad at the kids and sends them off into the woods. Soon the dad returns home having finally sacked up and gotten his money. But now the kids are lost and come upon the candy house of a witch named Griselda (a barely recognizable Cloris Leachman in a nice makeup job). Once the kids get lost, the story gets good. There are spooky woods, creepy gingerbread statues, and a scary witch. It's quite a bit of fun and a nice change of pace from today's over-polished kids films.

Despite this being from Cannon, there are no guns anywhere. Nor is there any machismo or heaving bosoms. There are some terrible songs and an often sad story told in the most upbeat manner possible. Also, the most unsettling happy ending ever. It's a good time, though. I will definitely seek out more Cannon Movie Tales and recommend you do the same.


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