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Danny the Champion of the World (1989)

Somewhere in England, in the Autumn of 1955, a widowed father and his son live an idyllic life together. Only their gas station happens to sit on a piece of land that a local developer ... See full summary »

Director:

Gavin Millar

Writers:

Roald Dahl (novel), John Goldsmith (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... William Smith
Robbie Coltrane ... Victor Hazell
Samuel Irons ... Danny
Cyril Cusack ... Doc Spencer
Michael Hordern ... Lord Claybury
Lionel Jeffries ... Mr. Snoddy
Jean Marsh ... Miss Hunter
Jimmy Nail ... Rabbetts
Ronald Pickup ... Captain Lancaster
John Woodvine ... Tallon
Bill Armstrong Bill Armstrong ... Springer (as William Armstrong)
Ceri Jackson Ceri Jackson ... Mrs. Clipstone
James Walker James Walker ... Vicar
Phil Nice Phil Nice ... Postman
Anthony Collin Anthony Collin ... Wheeler
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Storyline

Somewhere in England, in the Autumn of 1955, a widowed father and his son live an idyllic life together. Only their gas station happens to sit on a piece of land that a local developer wants to buy. And when he won't take no for an answer, and sets government inspectors and social works onto Danny and his father, Danny and his father decide to get even with Hazell and his pheasant- shooting friends in a manner in keeping with their own family tradition. Written by Kathy Li

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daantje de wereldkampioen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the Anthony Horowitz novel Russian Roulette, a former headmaster likes to drink; that may have been inspired by the headmaster of this story Mr Snoddy, who drinks gin to cope with his abusive wife. See more »

Quotes

Miss Hunter: Well, I'm convinced. And I can assure you, you won't be hearin' any more from the council. Danny, you're a lucky boy - you've got the most spiffin' father!
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Referenced in The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl (2005) See more »

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A great book, an average film
13 August 2000 | by power_brSee all my reviews

A guy who I know at college is in this film. Step forward, Sam Irons! I'm not going to eulogise him, though. His performance is quite wooden, unlike the rest of the cast: Cyril Cusack and Jeremy Irons were on great form for this movie, but the best thing about it it was Robbie Coltrane. Once a scene -stealer, always a scene stealer! So, I'm sorry all you Sam Irons fans! This one belongs to Robbie Coltrane. Jeremy Irons gives a good enough performance as Danny's dad: to an actor of his caliber, such a part is easy. What keeps the whole thing moving is the plot: the book was classic Dahl stuff, and the movie remains faithful. All in all, it is rather enjoyable, if a little dull. If only Haley Joel Osment could have played Danny! It wasn't to be....


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