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Heidi (2005)

TV-G | | Drama, Family | 19 August 2005 (USA)
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The classic children's story of a young orphan girl and her crusty grandfather and their life in the mountains is told in this handsome production. With Geraldine Chaplin and Dame Diana Rigg.


Paul Marcus


Brian Finch (screenplay), Johanna Spyri (novel)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Bolger ... Heidi
Max von Sydow ... Uncle Alp
Geraldine Chaplin ... Rottenmeier
Diana Rigg ... Grandmamma
Pauline McLynn ... Aunt Detie
Sam Friend Sam Friend ... Peter
Jessica Claridge Jessica Claridge ... Clara
Del Synnott Del Synnott ... Sebastian
Kellie Shirley ... Tinette
Robert Bathurst ... Mr. Sessemann
Oliver Ford Davies ... Dr. Classen
Caroline Pegg Caroline Pegg ... Bridget
Jessica James ... Grannie
Alexander Main Alexander Main ... Frankfurt Boy
Karl Johnson ... Old Man


Swiss girl Adelheid "Heidi" (Emma Bolger) is orphaned young. Aunt Detie (Pauline McLynn) brings her to Uncle Alp (Max Von Sydow), who lives isolated in the Alps since his murder charge. Heidi soon takes to the wild country, especially accompanying young goat herder Peter (Sam Friend). Uncle Alp refuses to send her to school in the city, but Aunt Detie returns and forces him to give in. She's sent to a posh lady in Frankfurt, where she'll be a companion for crippled daughter Clara (Jessica Claridge) after school hours. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Family


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Did You Know?


It wasn't a goof that Clara was standing after the wheelchair went down the mountainside. It was the shock of Heidi going over the edge that gave her the impetus to stand. It's all part of the storyline. See more »


Version of Heidi: A Girl of the Alps (1974) See more »

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Superbly adapted from the classic novel. I loved it !
29 October 2006 | by durkinportraitsSee all my reviews

Overall this is our favorite version of Heidi in film. We purchased it and extra copies of the novel for gifts. Our family watched this movie anticipating the same cutesy antics and departures from the novel as before but were surprised to find this one quite close to the book. It is a bit more somber than the book in my view but this adds a real 19th century feel anyway. Emma Bolger plays Heidi with enough childlike charm, her shining eyes and sweet grin helped me forgive a few tiny flaws in her young acting. Max Von Sydow plays Grandfather immaculately with the right amount of grumpiness and compassion. The best performance I think is Del Synott as Sebastian the butler! The only thing I wish the director would have done differently is to spend more time on Heidi's enjoyment in the pastures. I recommend watching this movie then going back to the read the book once again if it has been awhile. It is a truly heartwarming story.

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Release Date:

19 August 2005 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Krnica valley, Slovenia See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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