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Valiant (2005)

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At the height of WWII, a tiny wood pigeon enlists in the elite Royal Homing Pigeon Service to serve Britain, as the fearsome General Von Talon and his deadly squadron of falcons patrol the English Channel. Is he a war-hero in the making?

Director:

Gary Chapman

Writers:

George Webster (story), Jordan Katz (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan McGregor ... Valiant (voice)
Ricky Gervais ... Bugsy (voice)
Tim Curry ... Von Talon (voice)
Jim Broadbent ... Sergeant (voice)
Hugh Laurie ... Gutsy (voice)
John Cleese ... Mercury (voice)
John Hurt ... Felix (voice)
Pip Torrens ... Lofty (voice)
Rik Mayall ... Cufflingk (voice)
Olivia Williams ... Victoria (voice)
Jonathan Ross ... Big Thug (voice)
Brian Lonsdale Brian Lonsdale ... Toughwood (voice)
Dan Roberts Dan Roberts ... Tailfeather (voice)
Michael Schlingmann ... Underlingk (voice)
Sharon Horgan ... Charles De Girl (voice)
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Storyline

Set in 1944, Valiant is a woodland pigeon who wants to become a great hero someday. When he hears they are hiring recruits for the Royal Homing Pigeon Service, he immediately sets out for London. On the way, he meets a smelly but friendly pigeon named Bugsy, who joins him, mainly to get away from clients he cheated in a game of find-the pebble, and helps him sign up for the war. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Featherweight Heroes. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Disney [United States]

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vaillant, pigeon de combat! See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,096,329 (United Kingdom), 27 March 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,914,722, 21 August 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,447,478, 6 November 2005
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The main character bears the same name as the last carrier pigeon sent by Commandant Raynal from Fort Vaux on June 4, 1916, during the battle of Verdun. It arrived, deadly wounded with its message, and was given a plaque, in 1929, at the Fort, with the words "Mort pour la France". See more »

Goofs

The German falcons wear "Pickelhauben" (pointed helmets) which were worn during WWI not WWII. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lofty: [seeing Valiant & Bugsy] For a, quote, 'elite unit', unquote, they seem to be letting in anything with wings
[to Bugsy]
Lofty: , including those flies circling your bottom.
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Crazy Credits

No animals were harmed in the making of this film, including Dennis. See more »

Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #34.11 (2005) See more »

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Horse & Hound
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Fun family film
21 March 2005 | by JudithHuntSee all my reviews

I'm beginning to find a lot of these CG animated movies terribly formulaic (Magic Roundabout's horrendous storyline a case in point)so this movie made a refreshing change when I took my 3 sons to see a preview. Not overly long, basing the story around Homing Pigeons used in WW11 was a great idea and really appealed to the boys. The characters were fun and well voiced (parents can play a game of 'guess the actor')and there were some genuinely laugh out loud moments. Not quite the emotional pull of 'Finding Nemo' but that wasn't the point. To sum it up, my 11 year-old said. 'Great, Mum. About the war without being too violent for my little brothers and not too babyish for me.' Recommended.


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