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The Song Spinner (1995)

In a kingdom where all music and noise is censored, a little girl and a mysterious woman attempt to change the strict rules with a little help from the townspeople and the black-clad guards who want to have joy in their lives again.



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Complete credited cast:
... Zantalalia
... Frilo, The Magnificent
... Aurora
Wendel Meldrum ... Mona
... Captain Nizzle
... Callo
Lorne Cossette ... Gody
... Lorie
Matthew Lerigny ... Tibo
Paul Coeur ... Larch
Brent Carver ... Selmo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Breton Bentz ... Noise Policeman #8
Colin Campbell ... Noise Policeman #4
Ross Campbell ... Grandfather Jessup
Don Cardinal ... Noise Policeman #7


Young Aurora hears sounds in her head A mysterious woman comes to Shandrilan, where Silence is Golden and the Hush Law proclaims all noise forbidden. The woman turns out to be Zantalalia, a musician and singer who was banished long ago, who knew Aurora's grandfather, and who has come back to bring music once again to Shandrilan. And her first step is to give the Song Spinner to Aurora. Written by Kathy Li

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silence | f rated | alberta canada | See All (3) »


Family | Fantasy


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Release Date:

19 November 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Det tysta folket  »

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1.33 : 1
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Callo: I never knew music could be such fun!
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Patti LuPone and an unexpected surprise
21 May 2018 | by See all my reviews

My initial draw to this movie was Patti LuPone and this is definitely worth a watch for her involvement alone. She plays a crazy, old witch who talks to an empty bird cage and has "the voice of a thousand suns". I was VERY surprised at how well done this movie was. The supporting cast, while not big name stars, are all incredible. Every character is believeable and fits into the story well. The plot is very good and presents a really interesting world for us to visit. I found myself completely involved in the journey.

There are a few negatives though. My biggest problem is that Patti LuPone only sings one song at the VERY end of the movie and throughout the only 'songs' or 'music' we get is ohhs/ahhs and humming. Even in the 'song Spinner' itself, it's only odd voices and not an actual song. For a movie with the premise of returning music to a country, I wanted a lot more music. The other big negative was that I found the plot to get a little muddled and weighed down by some of its own rules at times, but still a great story nonetheless.

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