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Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (1996)

The Wind in the Willows (original title)
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Mole's (Steve Coogan's) underground home is bought by the Weasels from wealthy landowner Mr. Toad (Terry Jones) and Mole is thrown out. He and Rat (Eric Idle) start to fight to get his home back from evil Weasels.


Terry Jones


Terry Jones (screenplay), Kenneth Grahame (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Coogan ... Mole
Eric Idle ... Rat
Terry Jones ... Toad
Antony Sher ... Chief Weasel
Nicol Williamson ... Badger
John Cleese ... Mr Toad's Lawyer
Stephen Fry ... The Judge
Bernard Hill ... The Engine Driver
Michael Palin ... The Sun
Nigel Planer ... The Car Salesman
Julia Sawalha ... The Jailer's Daughter
Victoria Wood ... The Tea Lady
Robert Bathurst ... St John Weasel
Don Henderson ... The Sentry
Richard James ... Geoffrey Weasel and Mole's Clock


Mole's (Steve Coogan's) underground home is bought by the Weasels from wealthy landowner Mr. Toad (Terry Jones) and Mole is thrown out. He and Rat (Eric Idle) start to fight to get his home back from evil Weasels.

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Plot Keywords:

weasel | mole | toad | rat | mating | See All (67) »


Go wild in the country!

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for fanciful villainy and gunplay | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


During this movie's U.S. release in the fall of 1997, Columbia Pictures, the original theatrical distributor of this movie, put this at a porno theater in Times Square, New York City, according to Terry Jones, when he was filming a documentary over there. He was told this by telephone and rushed to Times Square, only to find this out. See more »


The judge bangs a gavel to maintain order in the court and confirm Toad's sentence. British judges don't use gavels. See more »


Mole: [pointing the gun at St John] You destroyed my home to build a dog meat factory.
St John Weasel: [hands up] The area needs one. Our market research shows...
Mole: You put my friends in a mincer!
St John Weasel: Just a harmless joke!
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Version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1980) See more »


Messing About On The River
Music by Tony Hatch
Lyrics by Terry Jones
Performed by Eric Idle
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User Reviews

Sun drenched, cheery fun.
26 December 1999 | by GazHackSee all my reviews

A splendid, energetic version of one the classics of children's literature which benefits from a stellar cast of British acting talent. Aside from nearly every Python appearing to good effect, we have a touching performance from Steve Coogan as the downtrodden Mole, Anthony Sher as a hissable Chief Weasel and... well to many famous faces to mention.

What makes this version stand out is the stunning costume and production design by James Acherson. This is a caricartured version of olde England, with the animals played by cartoonish humans rather than anthromorphosised animals. The sun always shines, everything is polished and colourful. There's some subtle satire about the class system going on in the background but director Jones doesn't let that get in the way. Only the factory subplot strikes a wrong note, tending to clutter up the last half of the film but not seriously. Genuinely for children of all ages.

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Release Date:

31 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$72,844, 2 November 1997

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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