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The Magic Toyshop (1987)

After her parents are killed in a plane crash over the Grand Canyon, Melanie, a teenager girl and her younger brother and sister are sent to London to live with their uncle, Philip. There, ... See full summary »

Director:

David Wheatley

Writers:

Angela Carter (novel), Angela Carter (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Caroline Milmoe Caroline Milmoe ... Melanie
Tom Bell ... Philip / Melanie's Uncle
Kilian McKenna Kilian McKenna ... Finn / Margaret's brother
Patricia Kerrigan Patricia Kerrigan ... Aunt Margaret
Lorcan Cranitch ... Francie / Margaret's brother
Gareth Bushill Gareth Bushill ... Jonathan / Melanie's brother
Georgina Hulme Georgina Hulme ... Victoria / Melanie's sister
Marlene Sidaway ... Mrs. Rundle
Marguerite Porter Marguerite Porter ... Coppelia / Nymph
Lloyd Newson Lloyd Newson ... Artist
Jeremy Kerridge Jeremy Kerridge ... Chinaman / dancer
Jayne Regan Jayne Regan ... Blank Puppet / dancer
Marina Stevenson Marina Stevenson ... Cleopatra
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Storyline

After her parents are killed in a plane crash over the Grand Canyon, Melanie, a teenager girl and her younger brother and sister are sent to London to live with their uncle, Philip. There, she meets his mute wife Margaret, who is mistreated by and terrified of her husband and only converses through notes. She also meets Margaret's younger brothers Francie, a fiddler, and the rakish Finn. Her uncle is a toy maker, secretly has the power to make his toys come to life, but he also maintains dictatorial control over his family and intends to exercise the same control over the new arrival.

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Drama | Fantasy | Horror

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The violin playing is unconvincingly mimed throughout. See more »

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I agree -- where the heck is this movie?
11 January 2004 | by soyarraSee all my reviews

I saw this film on the A&E Channel in 1991 and have bitterly regretted not taping it then. The late Angela Carter herself wrote the screenplay and included elements of magical realism not present in her novel, which made it even more intriguing and absorbing. The cast includes the great Tom Bell as Uncle Philip and the terrific Irish actors Kilian McKenna and Lorcan Cranitch (of "Cracker" fame) as Finn and Francie. It is a fantastic adaptation of a difficult, strange and wonderful book, and I wish SOMEONE at Granada or the BBC or wherever would release it on all regions DVD already!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1987 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Maaginen lelukauppa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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