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Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates: Part 1 

Set in 1860s Holland along the famed Zeider Zee-young Hans Brinker finds himself responsible for supporting his family after his father becomes injured in an accident. He and his sister ... See full synopsis »

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Norman Foster

Writers:

Mary Mapes Dodge (based on a book by), Norman Foster (screenplay)
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Episode credited cast:
Rony Zeaner Rony Zeaner ... Hans Brinker
Carin Rossby Carin Rossby ... Gretel Brinker
Gunilla Jelf Gunilla Jelf ... Hilda Van Gleck
Erik Strandmark Erik Strandmark ... Raff Brinker
Inga Landgré ... Metje Brinker
Lennart Klefbom Lennart Klefbom ... Ludwig Schimmel
Claes-Håkan Westergren Claes-Håkan Westergren ... Peter Bouman
Gunnar Sjöberg ... Dr. Boekman
Lauritz Falk ... Kaps Bouman
Alf Kjellin ... Frans Ruisdael
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Walt Disney ... Himself - Host
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Set in 1860s Holland along the famed Zeider Zee-young Hans Brinker finds himself responsible for supporting his family after his father becomes injured in an accident. He and his sister Gretel travel to Amsterdam in search of funds to help pay for their father's operation. Their only hope lies in the city's annual ice skating race. where Hans must face off against his arch-rival Ludwig Schimmel in hopes of winning the prize money.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1962 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Sweden See more »

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Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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One of the Few Times a Movie is Better than the Book

I read Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge as an adult. While Hans' story is charming, Ms. Dodge had the unfortunate structure of interspersing a chapter of Hans' story followed by a chapter of Dutch history. I believe her intention was to make Dutch history accessible to youngsters, but she did not integrate the story and the history very well. Disney did a good job of taking out the "boring bits" while preserving the fictional story of Hans Brinker. Disney was able to beautifully integrate a little of Dutch history and culture without it being a thinly disguised history lesson. I like history, and I liked Dodge's book- but I did not particularly like how she wrote her story. The film is charming and uses a complete Dutch cast, which does much to lend an air of authenticity to the movie. The production was so well done, I was surprised to learn Brinker was a television film and not a theater release. It is a lovely little story about a lovely little family.


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