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The Witch's Daughter (1996)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie
Zelda, a young woman whose husband is lost at sea, and her 12-year-old daughter, Perdita, live off the coast of Scotland on the small island of Skua. The islanders believe Zelda is a witch,... See full summary »

Director:

Alan Macmillan

Writers:

Nina Bawden (novel), Simon Booker
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Credited cast:
Patrick Bergin ... Mr. Smith
Leigh Blagi Leigh Blagi ... Helen Hoggart
Richard Claxton Richard Claxton ... Tim
Guy Cochrane Guy Cochrane ... Billy Mackay
Peter Firth ... Mr. Jones
Susan Gilmore ... Annie
Samantha Glenn ... Perdita (as Sammy Glenn)
Roy Hanlon Roy Hanlon ... Will Campbell
Charles Jamieson Charles Jamieson ... D.I. Hall
Simone Lahbib ... Zelda
Stewart Preston Stewart Preston ... D.I. Petrie
Annie Louise Ross Annie Louise Ross ... Betty Tarbutt
Allan Sharpe Allan Sharpe ... Jock Tarbutt
Gareth Thomas ... Dan Mackay
Tim Webster Tim Webster ... Paramedic
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Zelda, a young woman whose husband is lost at sea, and her 12-year-old daughter, Perdita, live off the coast of Scotland on the small island of Skua. The islanders believe Zelda is a witch, but her sister, Annie, says Zelda is just "different." Certain that her husband will never return, Zelda drowns herself. When lobsters, the islanders' main source of trade, suddenly disappear, the people decide that Zelda has put a curse on the sea for taking her husband's life. As a result, the orphaned Perdita is banned from school, taunted by other children, and branded by the community as "the witch's daughter." Written by Anon

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

A boszorkány lánya See more »

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Color
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Too Many Holes
13 February 2012 | by PDXozonerSee all my reviews

It's a pleasant movie particularly for pre-teens but it has so many moments when characters do completely illogical things that it begins to generate groans of "Oh come on," and I'm not referring to the psychic plot points which are perfectly acceptable given the nature of the story.

The acting is competent, if not particularly inspired, all around but the reviewer who criticized the "robust cheerfulness" of the young actress who plays Perdita was spot on.

I kept watching in no small measure because of the location shots which are lovely, but if I were Scottish, I'd be thoroughly cranky about the clichéd stereotypes written for most of the supporting characters.


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