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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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John Stephenson

Writers:

David Solomons, E. Nesbit (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tara Fitzgerald ... Mother
Freddie Highmore ... Robert
Alex Jennings ... Father
Jonathan Bailey ... Cyril
Jessica Claridge Jessica Claridge ... Anthea
Poppy Rogers Poppy Rogers ... Jane
Alec Muggleton Alec Muggleton ... Lamb
Zak Muggleton Zak Muggleton ... Lamb
Zoë Wanamaker ... Martha
Kenneth Branagh ... Uncle Albert
Alexander Pownall ... Horace
Eddie Izzard ... It (voice)
Georgio Serafini Georgio Serafini ... Mr. Bialli
John Sessions ... Peasemarsh
Kim Fenton Kim Fenton ... RFC Flier
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Storyline

'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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Anything can happen if you believe in IT! See more »


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France | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

5 Children & It See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£230,156 (United Kingdom), 22 October 2004, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Robin Williams was originally offered the role of the Psammead. See more »

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Despite taking place in circa 1917, the children sing "Happy Birthday to You", which wasn't written until 1924, and didn't game popularity until around 1930. See more »

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[first lines]
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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References Countdown (1982) See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
Written by Patty S. Hill (as Patty Hill) and Mildred J. Hill (as Mildred Hill)
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
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Good British Fun
16 February 2006 | by jesussaysohyeahtokungfuSee all my reviews

Searching through the movies on 'Sky' when I was off work with flu, I stumbled across the film 'five children and it', when I was a young kid i Remember watching a program of the same name on 'BBC' and really loving it, so in an effort to restore past childhood memories (or potentially risk damaging them) i decided to give the new adaptation a go.

It got me gripped from beginning to end and I could not believe this had not been 'in my face' more with advertising and marketing schemes, this has the feel of a real good old classic BBC children's drama that you would find on a Saturday afternoon and leaves you with a real good feel good factor.

The cast is a really good choice with not a sniff of bad acting and plenty of great script work with funny,emotional and sometimes hysterical pieces of dialogue. 'Kenneth Brannagh' for me leads the cast as the professor, really funny and keeps a smile on your face. The children are all equally good, putting in excellent roles and not looking lost for a minute.....you would think they are a real family! Eddie Izard is a real gem though, giving him the role of the psamiead with a dodgy accent at first gives you the impression you are about to be disappointed but I could never have been further wrong, he has an amazing role and keeps the punchlines coming and coming.

Overall I am a 21 year old guy and found this film to be a real treasure and would certainly tell my own kids one day to watch. I still think it is criminal that the film didn't do better than it did.

a real worth see.


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