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FairyTale: A True Story (1997)

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In 1917, two children take a photograph, which is soon believed by some to be the first scientific evidence of the existence of fairies.

Director:

Charles Sturridge

Writers:

Albert Ash (story), Tom McLoughlin (story) | 2 more credits »
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1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harvey Keitel ... Harry Houdini
Jason Salkey ... James Collins
Peter O'Toole ... Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Lara Morgan Lara Morgan ... Jean Doyle
Adam Franks Adam Franks ... Adrian Doyle
Guy Witcher ... Denis Doyle
Joseph May ... Houdini's Assistant
John Bradley John Bradley ... Portly Gentleman
Anna Chancellor ... Peter Pan
Florence Hoath Florence Hoath ... Elsie Wright
Phoebe Nicholls ... Polly Wright
Leonard Kavanagh Leonard Kavanagh ... Stage Manager
Elizabeth Earl Elizabeth Earl ... Frances Griffiths
Paul McGann ... Arthur Wright
Anton Lesser ... Wounded Corporal
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Storyline

Based on factual accounts, this is the story of two young girls that, somehow, have the ability to take pictures of winged beings... which certainly causes quite a stir throughout England during the time of the first World War. Everyone, except the girls who think it's quite normal, are excited about this "photographic proof" that fairies exist... even the great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini pay the girls a visit. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Believe.


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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fairy Tale: A True Story See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,515,323, 26 October 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,036,249, 11 January 1998
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The last film of Don Henderson. See more »

Quotes

Edward Gardner: The photographs... they're genuine, then?
Harold Snelling: As the King's beard.
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Version of Photographing Fairies (1997) See more »

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The Coming Of The Queen
Composed by Zbigniew Preisner
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For true believers in the power of magic and innocence
22 May 2002 | by uds3See all my reviews

Maybe on account of the fact that being 2/3 through my alotted span and with a terrible awareness of what this world is really like and having also managed to really never grow up, I found this film to be the most touching and magical experience of my life. I am more than happy to tell you that the last ten minutes of the film brought tears to my eyes as I witnessed what every young child wants to see....and CAN if only they can put aside life's pitiful and distracting reality.

Released the same time as the excellent PHOTOGRAPHING FAIRIES, both films dwell on the factual events of 1917 when childhood friends Elsie Wright and Florence Griffiths took what they professed to be real photographs of fairies in their immediate neighborhood. The incredible photographs were declared non-hoaxes and even incurred the attention of such as Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini who visited the girls and examined the phenomenon. Peter O'Toole especially, as Conan Doyle is just superb in his characterisation (why am I NOT surprised?)

Absolutely sumptuous cinematography, a most literate of scripts and some grade A acting, especially from the two girls. The film had a larger budget than PHOTOGRAPHING FAIRIES and it shows. The highlight of course and that which the younger viewers must wait patiently for, is the quite staggering appearance of the fairies at the end. As brilliant a series of special effects as I have ever seen. Several people don't appear to have seen Mel Gibson - you weren't looking to closely!!

The truth or otherwise about the photographs has since been made public although few appear to know. I have no comment to add. If you WANT to know more, contact me.


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