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The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe 

Unrated | | Adventure, Drama, Family | TV Mini-Series (1988)
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Four kids travel to the magical land of Narnia where they must battle an evil queen with the direction of the lion, Aslan.
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Richard Dempsey ...  Peter Pevensie 6 episodes, 1988
Sophie Cook Sophie Cook ...  Susan Pevensie 6 episodes, 1988
Jonathan R. Scott Jonathan R. Scott ...  Edmund Pevensie 6 episodes, 1988
Sophie Wilcox Sophie Wilcox ...  Lucy Pevensie 6 episodes, 1988
Barbara Kellerman ...  The White Witch 6 episodes, 1988
Kerry Shale ...  Mr. Beaver 5 episodes, 1988
Lesley Nicol ...  Mrs. Beaver 5 episodes, 1988
Mick Walter Mick Walter ...  Ginaarbrik 5 episodes, 1988
Ailsa Berk Ailsa Berk ...  Aslan 4 episodes, 1988
Martin Stone Martin Stone ...  Maugrim 4 episodes, 1988
William Todd-Jones William Todd-Jones ...  Aslan 4 episodes, 1988
Keith Hodiak Keith Hodiak ...  Aslan's Satyr / ... 4 episodes, 1988
Garfield Brown Garfield Brown ...  Aslan's Satyr / ... 4 episodes, 1988
Ronald Pickup ...  Aslan 3 episodes, 1988
Irene Marot Irene Marot ...  Hag 3 episodes, 1988
Kairen Kemp Kairen Kemp ...  Hag 3 episodes, 1988
Jeffrey Perry Jeffrey Perry ...  Mr. Tumnus 3 episodes, 1988
Michael Aldridge ...  Professor Digory Kirke 3 episodes, 1988
Mike Eastman Mike Eastman ...  Miraz Soldier 3 episodes, 1988
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In World War, the four Pevenses children: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are evacuated from London to the country house of an eccentric old professor. There, bored and restless, first Lucy and Edmund, and then all four of the kids make their way through an attic wardrobe in Narnia, a magical land of mythical creatures and talking animals. But Narnia is not perfect: it's always winter and never Christmas since the White Witch began her rule. And there are evil creatures as well as good, and a traitor in their midst. Only the return of Aslan can bring victory in the coming battle to win spring and freedom back to Narnia. 3x54min episodes. Written by Kathy Li

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English

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13 November 1988 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Cair Paravel means "the lower court", from the Welsh "caer" meaning a fort and the old French "paravail" meaning either "lower" or "in the valley". See more »

Goofs

When Peter is mad at Edmund for lying about being in Narnia before, his hair is moving free in the wind. In the next scene, that is at the same time period, his hair is gelled down and styled. See more »

Quotes

Lucy: Oh, Aslan! You're not dead, Aslan!
Aslan: Do I look dead?
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Alternate Versions

Several VHS releases omit the scene where the children are playing on the beach after they are crowned. It is, however, included on the R1 DVD release. See more »

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Spoofed in Simon the Sorcerer (1993) See more »

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Brilliant, evocative, memorable, classic. A bit cheap.
3 May 2001 | by mr_impossibleSee all my reviews

The criticisms of this BBC adaption, made as the first in what proved to be a set of four of C.S. Lewis' books are largely unfair. The budget was small - by American standards, at the time in the UK it was positively lavish - and the effect achieved given these constraints and the fact that the show is now almost 15 years old is pretty impressive. The adaption is an even-handed one, the leads are relatively engaging the animals don't look at all bad with Aslan clearly having the majority of the budget for the whole show lavished on him. Only those drunk on the slick fantasy effects of the 90's could complain. Above all Barbara Kellerman is the standout, however, as the White Witch, sending a chill into the hearts of even the most confident of seven year olds; as I was when this was first shown on British television. As far as I'm concerned the whole series was seminal. They don't make them like this anymore - though some would say thank goodness.

Narnia requires a big-budget adaption for the big screen. But until that comes along this is easily the best screen version of C.S. Lewis' best known story out there. And the music is absolutely fantastic.


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