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Willy the Sparrow (1989)

Vili, a veréb (original title)
When young Vili starts shooting at birds, a fairy decides to teach him a lesson and turns him into a sparrow.


József Gémes

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Stars: Miklós Benedek, Gyula Bodrogi, Ilona Béres


Cast overview, first billed only:
Levente Igaz Levente Igaz ... Vili (voice)
Klári Tolnay Klári Tolnay ... Verbéna (voice)
József Székhelyi József Székhelyi ... Cipúr, old sparrow (voice)
Eszter Kárász Eszter Kárász ... Füles (voice)
Cecília Esztergályos Cecília Esztergályos ... Cili, the cat (voice)
Mátyás Usztics Mátyás Usztics ... Spagyi (sparrow) (voice)
József Gyabronka József Gyabronka ... Csures (sparrow) (voice)
Tibor Szilágyi Tibor Szilágyi ... Krampusz, the black cat (voice)
Ildikó Hüvösvölgyi Ildikó Hüvösvölgyi ... Csiperke (sparrow) (voice)
Ildikó Kilin Ildikó Kilin ... Csiri (sparrow) (voice)
Zoltán Bor Zoltán Bor ... Sunya (sparrow) (voice)
Péter Tihanyi Péter Tihanyi ... Guri (sparrow) (voice)
István Hatfaludy István Hatfaludy ... Züfec (sparrow) (voice)
Zoltán Benkóczy Zoltán Benkóczy ... Degesz, the fat rat (voice)
Sándor Suka Sándor Suka ... Zsozsó, the drunk rat (voice)


Mail to author for translation Vili, a pesti kiskamasz betegseget szimulalva nem megy iskolaba, hogy ne kelljen matekdolgozatot irnia. Helyette az ablakbol legpuskaval verebekre kezd lovoldozni. A madarakat eteto josagos idos holgyrol, Verbenarol kiderul, hogy valojaban csodatevo tunder, aki megprobalja Vilit joravalo fiuva valtoztatni. Written by Steve Varadi <svaradi@sprynet.com>

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Release Date:

18 November 1989 (Hungary) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vili: Hey how did you know about the test? You are from the school aren't you?
Verbéna: I already told you I'm not.
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Alternate Versions

The U.S. version is shortened and re-edited to be even more suitable for children. U.S. version was produced by Feature Films for Families (FFFF) and directed by Scott Murphy. This version was also released in DVD in 2004. See more »

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Drinking: Getting falling down drunk on alcohol!
4 December 2006 | by GagetLover38See all my reviews

My son was lent this in first grade. (We can buy it for $10.) There is a part where the older wiser sparrow goes to a bar and gets drunk on alcohol with two (normally drunk in credits) rats, thinking it's the elixir of knowledge. I was greatly surprised at this. But the spraying part is bad too, now that I think about it.

With 23 kids in his class at $10 each they spent $230 for this (not very good anyway) movie! And, used of for homework in place of regular homework! I just bought a wonderful geography book (Rand McNally beginners) for this grade (and older) for about $7 because I know they don't teach much at all in school! If they have money for this junk, why can't they spend it on education material!?

75 minutes felt a lot longer even to my son. It won't teach respect kindness or desire for knowledge if the person doesn't already have it. By the way; the older wiser characters talk way too fast. Joanne

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