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Hildegarde (2001)

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Three intrepid siblings try to rescue their precious duck from bird smugglers who want to eat it.


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Credited cast:
... Wolf
Tom Long ... Tony
... Kim Powell
Sam Geer ... Chris Powell
Dayne Hudson ... Jeremy
Gezelle Byrnes ... Isabel
... Dad
John Dommett ... Mayor
David Hannay ... Beauty Pageant Judge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Monique Allison ... Juggler
Xanthe Beesley ... Greenie
Ilona Betts ... Townie
... Lady in Tent
Louise Brehmer ... Greenie
Andrew Buchanan ... Father in Tent


Three intrepid siblings try to rescue their precious duck from bird smugglers who want to eat it.

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A family's adventure to save one of their own - their beloved pet duck.


Family | Adventure

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild thematic elements | See all certifications »




Release Date:

10 October 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hildegarde, a Duck Down Under  »

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Box Office


AUD 4,800,000 (estimated)
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »


If I Only Had a Brain
Written by E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen
Performed by Ray Bolger and Judy Garland
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Hits its target audience
7 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film reminded me of the sort of thing we'd see at Saturday Morning Kids club; independent 'ordinary' children, trying to solve their own problems and taking on the 'baddies'.

Its plot is built around a widow, her 3 children and a duck. Whilst mum is trying to hold down a job the children try to help. Enter a bird-poacher whose dream is to own a beach-bar. In order to finance his scheme, with his young side-kick, he catches and sells exotic birds. The duck is kidnapped for use in his decoy operation - a wildlife sideshow. All the children want is their duck back.

Richard E Grant plays the obnoxious Wolf, a scruffy bully, with a high opinion of his ability to impress the opposite sex and a low opinion about everything else.

Enough to say it's a good film that hits its target audience without leaving adults cringing (except at the state of REG's feet!). It's a shame that it could not have had a general cinema release. My children were rivetted and I was pleased that, for once, they weren't watching a cartoon.

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