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Nico the Unicorn (1998)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 14 August 2001 (USA)
As an 11-year-old boy struggles to cope with a disability, he finds a pony who gives birth to a unicorn which he takes care of.

Director:

Graeme Campbell

Writers:

Frank Sacks (novel), Frank Sacks (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kevin Zegers ... Billy Hastings
Neige Neige ... The Pony (Nico's Mother)
Pierre Chagnon ... Ben Willett
Martin Neufeld Martin Neufeld ... Dobbs
Michel Perron Michel Perron ... Joe
Johnny Morina ... Bruce
Michael Yarmush Michael Yarmush ... Mark
Elisha Cuthbert ... Carolyn Price
Michael Ontkean ... Tom Gentry
Anne Archer ... Julie Hastings
Augusto Augusto ... Nico
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maggie Castle ... Susie
Larry Day ... Deputy Pete
Charles S. Doucet Charles S. Doucet ... Pony Buyer
Mickey Fry Mickey Fry ... Pitcher
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Based on the popular novel for young adults by Frank Sacks, this heart-warming drama concerns Billy Hastings, an 11-year-old boy whose life is shattered after his leg is permanently damaged by a drunk driver. Billy and his mother Julie move to a new town in hopes of escaping the bad memories of the accident. Not long after they arrive, they visit a threadbare circus, where they discover a neglected horse. Feeling sorry for the animal, they arrange to take it home, only to discover that the horse is pregnant. That's the least of their surprises, though; the horse shortly gives birth to a unicorn, which appears to have magical powers. Written by Mark Deming

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unicorn | hope | disability | animal | magic | See All (8) »


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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das kleine Einhorn See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Film was originally set to be distributed by Cinetel Films but the distribution rights were later sold to Moonstone Entertainment. See more »

Goofs

The shout from Billy isn't timed properly with his lip movement seconds later as Nico runs toward the edge of the cliff and proceeds to jump over to the other side. See more »

Quotes

Ben Willett: The mountain lion and the unicorn are natural enemies. This explains it!
Julie Hastings: Or it would if we had a unicorn.
Ben Willett: Nico's a unicorn mom.
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A nice little gem for family viewing!
4 June 1999 | by BrownCamSee all my reviews

A Canadian film about a mother and son who move after an accident that has killed the husband/father and crippled the son. Feeling alone and somewhat bitter the son visits the circus only to find a neglected pony. After purchasing the horse he discovers it's pregnant and guess what it gives birth to? A unicorn! Needless to say, life then takes a turn for the better... Charming and touching film, perhaps much better than you'd ever expect, this is great for an older family audience.


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