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The Emperor's New Clothes (1987)

In Europe several several centuries ago, a group of prisoners about to be executed are freed as part of the celebration of the upcoming marriage of the emperor's daughter, Princess Gilda, ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
... The Emperor
... Prime Minister
... The Tailor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Princess Gilda
Susan Berlin ... Lady Christine
... The Tailor's Nephew
... Duke (as Julian Joy Chagrin)
... Head Guard
... Sergeant
... Wizor
... Wenceslas
... Hiccoughing Man
Danny Segev ... Prince Nino


In Europe several several centuries ago, a group of prisoners about to be executed are freed as part of the celebration of the upcoming marriage of the emperor's daughter, Princess Gilda, to a very rich prince from another country. Among these newly free men are an uncle-and-nephew con artist team, who continue their usual work to the point where they end up in the emperor's own palace, posing as tailors. Taking advantage of the emperor's extreme love for new and newer clothing as a symbol of his wealth, the fake tailors get him to hire them to make clothes (in time for the wedding) that are invisible to all who are either unfit for their position, or very stupid. Of course, they wouldn't make anything at all, but instead steal all of the material (many jewels) and leave the emperor and all the people thinking that they are unfit or stupid. Things start to get more difficult as neither the emperor nor Gilda like the prince she is engaged to, she and the nephew fall in love, the nephew... Written by Pav

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Cannon Movie Tales:Lavish, Feature length new versions of the world's best loved storybook classics.


Comedy | Family | Musical


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15 May 1987 (USA)  »

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Cannon Movie Tales: The Emperor's New Clothes  »

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Wow, what a weird movie!
20 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

These Cannon fairy tale movies have to be some of the weirdest movies I've ever seen. If you can get past that, they aren't too bad. I have also have seen the "Red Riding Hood movie", with Craig T. Nelson, which is similar in style and a little bit better. The movies are being shown on a locally hosted movie show in Cleveland called "The Big Chuck and Little John Show". They are very reminiscent of the kinds of low budget, semi-musical, family movies of the 1960s.

As for The Emperor's new clothes, The story is pretty basic. A couple of con men, con the vain emperor into believing that they have woven a set of clothes from threads made of diamonds. Of course the emperor has to provide lots of diamonds for the threads. The story holds true to the original tale. No one wants to look stupid by saying that they can't see the clothes, and when everyone around the emperor says what the emperor wants to hear, he believes it himself and makes a fool of himself. Kind of reminds you of some of our own leaders, doesn't it? In this story the emperor becomes a wiser man. We can only hope our own leaders learn the same lessons.

In the mix is also a love story between a princess, one of the tailors, and an evil aristocrat. I wouldn't pay to see this one, but I was entertained by its strangeness.

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