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The Whipping Boy (1994)

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The king of tiny Bratenberg hopes in vain his lazy, unruly heir Horace will behave for the sake of his whipping boy, abandoned commoner Jemmy, whom he had absurdly arrested as later his kid... See full summary »


Syd Macartney (as Sydney Macartney)


Albert Sidney Fleischman (novel) (as Sid Fleischman), Albert Sidney Fleischman (teleplay) (as Max Brindle)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Truan Munro Truan Munro ... Jemmy
Nic Knight Nic Knight ... Prince Horace
Karen Salt Karen Salt ... Annyrose
Andrew Bicknell ... King
Christoph M. Ohrt ... Ambassador
Mathilda May ... Betsy
Kevin Conway ... Hold-Your-Nose-Billy
Vincent Schiavelli ... Cutwater
George C. Scott ... Blind George
Jean Anderson ... Queen Mum
Michael Kausch ... Peckwit
Nigel Betts ... Walter
Nicholas Amer ... Lord Chancellor (as Nicolas Amer)
Georg Tryphon Georg Tryphon ... Painter
Jane Hazlegrove ... Mrs. Chestney


The king of tiny Bratenberg hopes in vain his lazy, unruly heir Horace will behave for the sake of his whipping boy, abandoned commoner Jemmy, whom he had absurdly arrested as later his kid sister Annyrose, who lands in jail. Alas Horace only regrets Jemmy who bravely fails to wince or whine when whipped for the prince's faults. After Horace's tomfoolery sabotages vital border negotiations with related King Philip's ambassador, he flees the palace with Jemmy. They get kidnapped, and Horace learns to appreciate his street-smart 'inferior' while growing up a little. The king realizes emotionally neglecting Horace is, the root of his pranks for attention. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

28 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prince Brat and the Whipping Boy See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Max Brindle, screenwriter, is actually Albert Sidney Fleischman, author of the book version. See more »

Alternate Versions

In its 7/31/1994 premier on The Disney Channel under the title "The Whipping Boy" this feature had a 120 minute run time [see Tony Scott review printed in Variety 7/25/1994. See more »


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Funny family adventure
28 April 2005 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

In Europe at a time when men of the aristocracy wear powdered wigs and Leonardo da Vinci has figured out man can fly, Jemmy lives on the street with his sister Molly. He makes a living by catching rats and selling them to Blind George, who can see out of one eye. Horace is a prince and heir to the throne, and he apparently does not have to live by any rules. Because he is bored and he believes his parents ignore him, he goes through the town creating havoc and never gets punished.

Well, that's not entirely true. If his parents believe Horace needs to be punished, a 'Whipping Boy' will take the spankings. Jemmy is chosen for that duty. Meanwhile, his sister is put in a sort of prison and Jemmy wants to get her out.

Despite the fact that he is to take over the throne someday, Horace refuses to learn anything from his tutor, who discovers that Jemmy is more educated than the prince and also eager to learn more. When Jemmy's mother was still alive, she valued education.

Because they are both unhappy, Jemmy and Horace eventually run away and have a series of adventures. Meanwhile, there is a dispute between the kingdom where Horace lives and a neighboring country, and the boys' disappearance doesn't help matters.

Cutwater and Hold-Your-Nose-Billy are among the funnier villains in this movie. There is also a dancing bear named Petunia, who is cared for by a gypsy girl named Betsy who becomes the boys' friend.

This is a funny family movie with good performances by many of the leading actors, especially the adults. There is little here to concern parents. Cutwater and Billy are a little scary but not really anything to be worried about. If you don't like 'Fear Factor', you may be bothered by some scenes with rats.

Overall, this was a fun adventure.

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