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Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)

Mio min Mio (original title)
A fantasy about the lonely boy who is transferred from his dull life with his adoptive parents to the land where his real father is the King. In that country, he sets out on a quest, ... See full summary »

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William Aldridge (screenplay), Astrid Lindgren (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Pickard ... Mio / Bosse (as Nicholas Pickard)
Christian Bale ... Jum-Jum / Benke
Timothy Bottoms ... The King
Susannah York ... The Weaver Woman
Christopher Lee ... Kato
Sverre Anker Ousdal ... The Swordmaker
Igor Yasulovich ... Eno / Carpetbeater (as Igor Isulovitch)
Gunilla Nyroos Gunilla Nyroos ... Aunt Edna
Linn Stokke Linn Stokke ... Mrs. Lundin
Stig Engström ... Benke's Father
Geoffrey Staines Geoffrey Staines ... The Spirit
Lyubov Germanova Lyubov Germanova ... Jum-Jum's Mother (as Lubov Germanova)
Andrei Petrov ... Jiri
Andrey Sergeev Andrey Sergeev ... Nonno
Denis Bodrov Denis Bodrov ... Lollo
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Storyline

A fantasy about the lonely boy who is transferred from his dull life with his adoptive parents to the land where his real father is the King. In that country, he sets out on a quest, together with his new friend, to destroy the evil Knight Kato. Written by <ca@mn.medstroms.se>

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They're two best friends, a million miles from home. On an incredible adventure, beyond the boundaries of space and time. In a place called...The Land of Faraway.


Certificate:

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Country:

Sweden | Soviet Union | Norway

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Budget:

SEK55,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on a book by Astrid Lindgren, author of "Pippi Longstocking". Lindgren wrote the book after she saw a lonely boy sitting on a park bench in Stockholm, Sweden. She wondered what he was doing there, who he was, and where he would end up, and that gave birth to the story of Prince Mio. The bench on which the boy sat can still be found in Stockholm today, marked with a sign saying "Mio sat here". See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
The King: Mio... My Mio...
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Referenced in Best of the Worst: Our VHS Collection (2019) See more »

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Mio My Mio
Written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
Sung by Gemini
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An interesting mix of talent...
15 November 2001 | by atracSee all my reviews

I encountered this film in a very strange way...by catching the end credits of it while switching channels. The song, "Mio My Mio" by Gemini was playing and it immediately caught my ear. It's a wonderful song and I decided that I wanted to hear it again. I rented the movie and was pleasantly surprised to find Christian Bale in one of his early roles. Being a big ABBA fan, I was even more shocked to discover that the music was written by Benny Andersson and Anders Eljas, two former ABBA orchestrators. Being a visual effects fan, I was then stunned to see that famed James Bond EFX Artist Derek Meddings was responsible for the film's optical effects. I was quite thrilled to learn of this small film with big talent involved.

Overall, the film is above average. It has some nice fantasy moments, some good effects (and some not so good). Easily though, the film is worth viewing for Christian Bale and the musical score. And now I know that while I used to sing "Mio My Mio," to be truly accurate, I need to modify that to "Mio Min Mio!"

The only "uncomfortable" factor in this film is Timothy Bottoms. His performance, credited as "The King," would be more aptly classified as "The Queen."

Now, if only there was an original soundtrack release in the United States of this film's magical score!


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