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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:
Richard E. Grant ... Wolf
Tom Long Tom Long ... Tony
Tara Morice ... Kim Powell
Sam Geer Sam Geer ... Chris Powell
Dayne Hudson Dayne Hudson ... Jeremy
Gezelle Byrnes Gezelle Byrnes ... Isabel
Paul Goddard ... Dad
John Dommett ... Mayor
David Hannay David Hannay ... Beauty Pageant Judge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Monique Allison Monique Allison ... Juggler
Xanthe Beesley Xanthe Beesley ... Greenie
Ilona Betts Ilona Betts ... Townie
Sheila Boyd ... Lady in Tent
Louise Brehmer Louise Brehmer ... Greenie
Andrew Buchanan 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) See more »

Also Known As:

Hildegarde, a Duck Down Under See more »

Filming Locations:

Queensland, Australia


Box Office


AUD4,800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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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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More than just ducky, this beautiful movie is a must-see family film
18 October 2007 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Three children in Australia, Chris, Jeremy, and Isabelle, have lost their beloved father. Their newly single mother is struggling with her dual roles as mother and chief breadwinner. Therefore, Chris is put in charge on the day that she needs to go away on business. Chris leads his younger siblings to town, where they are to enjoy a rare breakfast at a restaurant. But, they see a large, wildlife tent run by Wolf (Richard E. Grant) and can't resist the chance to go inside. Once there, they see many animals, including a duck that LOOKS like Hildegarde, their much-loved pet bird. Racing home to check on Hildegarde and her nest in a nearby pond, they discover that, indeed, Hildegarde is missing and her eggs are in danger. But, Wolf moves on to a neighboring town with Hildegarde and company. How can the kids get their pet back? And, what are Wolf's intentions toward the animals under his care, anyway? This is a terrific family film that will please everyone who sits down to take it in. The children are very winning and the darling duck, although not on the screen nearly enough, is an absolute joy to watch. Grant, a wonderfully talented British actor, plays the heavy here with ease. The scenes in Australia feel familiar and exotic at the same time and the film looks very well-made and attractive. If you love animals, you can't miss this one. But, in truth, families forever searching for suitable films for their brood will find Hildegarde an outstanding and touching choice. It's certain that, after a showing, everyone will be waddling off to bed in a happy, happy mood.

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