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Five Children and It (2004)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 15 October 2004 (UK)
Five children staying in their eccentric uncle's labyrinthine mansion for protection during World War I befriend a sand fairy who has the power to grant wishes.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mother
... Robert
... Father
... Cyril
Jessica Claridge ... Anthea
Poppy Rogers ... Jane
Alec Muggleton ... Lamb
Zak Muggleton ... Lamb
... Martha
... Uncle Albert
... Horace
... It (voice)
Georgio Serafini ... Mr. Bialli
... Peasemarsh
Kim Fenton ... RFC Flier
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'It' is a Psammead, an ancient, ugly and irritable sand fairy the children find one day on a secret beach at their uncle's mansion. It grants them one wish per day, lasting until sunset. But they soon learn it is very hard to think of really sensible wishes, and each one gets them into unexpected difficulties. Magic, the children find, can be as awkward as it is enticing. Written by craig47

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£230,156 (United Kingdom), 22 October 2004, Limited Release
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Uncle Albert says the answer to his maths problem (3,465,222) is "a prime number of the Zeeman series". This is a fictional series, first used in Flash Gordon by Dr Zarkov who says: "A-ha! I thought it was one of the prime numbers of the Zeeman series." That it is fictional is reinforced by the fact that 3,465,222 is an even number and the only even Prime number is 2. Every other even number is a composite number, not a Prime. See more »

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"Happy Birthday To You" was first published in 1893, in 1912 the lyrics were added to the music, so the song could have been sung ads the film is set in 1917. See more »

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Robert: It was the Summer of nineteen seventeen and the world was at war. Like lots of children, we had to leave our home. - Leave London. We didn't want to go, but Dad went to fly planes, and Mum went to look after the wounded, and we were stuck. They insisted we go to the country, to stay with mad Uncle Albert and our cousin Horace.
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Robert's Theme
Written and Performed by Sean Lennon
Produced by David Kahne
Published by Usagi Music
Sean Lennon appears courtesy of Capitol Records
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A British Family Film Like they used to make (but with modern FX)
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I found this film utterly charming. I had to almost force my daughter to see it (she wanted to see The Princess Diaries 2 (shivers!!!!). But once the children found the Wishasuraus she was transfixed.

It is a film very much of British and of the Railway Children type. and will sadly be missed by many because of the Steam Roller Hype of Shark Tale. But this is a real FAMILY film.

The beginning has a distinct Harry Potter feel to it, The theme tune is clearly influenced by HP. Kenneth Branagh is the quintessential English Eccentric but unlike the Hollywood stereotype this is a British film that has it's tongue firmly in cheek. Zoe Wannamaker as the caring housekeeper who knows more that she lets on is wonderful.

Eddie Izzard as the voice of the Sand Fairy is perfect.

This is as British as Brighton Rock and Whelks in a tray at the sea side. And I loved it.


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