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Little Lord Fauntleroy (25-Nov-1980)

Director: Jack Gold

Writer: Blanche Hanalis

From novel by: Frances Hodgson Burnett

Keywords: Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Colin Blakely
23-Sep-1930 7-May-1987 The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Connie Booth
1944   Polly Shearman on Fawlty Towers
Alec Guinness
2-Apr-1914 5-Aug-2000 Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars
Rachel Kempson
28-May-1910 24-May-2003 Matriarch of Redgrave dynasty
Bill Nighy
12-Dec-1949   Love Actually
Eric Porter
8-Apr-1928 15-May-1995 The Forsyte Saga
Patsy Rowlands
19-Jan-1934 22-Jan-2005 Carry on...
Rick Schroder
13-Apr-1970   Silver Spoons
Patrick Stewart
13-Jul-1940   Captain Picard in Star Trek: TNG


Review by anonymous (posted on 8-May-2005)

It has always surprises me that the networks do not show this made for TV special yearly. I have scour the TV listing every December--hoping. To my knowledge, it has never been reshown since its original air date. This is one of the most beautifully filmed Christmas programs I have ever seen. The locations and costuming become an element on par with its top notch cast. Ricky Schroder couldn't be more adorable as the innocent American child sweep up in an odessey of his British Grandfather's making. Played by Alec Guinness, the heart of the cantanerous old Lord of the Manor is eventually softened by his young grandson in the best Dickens-ist tradition. Certainly there are twists and turns to the story that add defination to the characters. There are no surprises, however; one knows from the very begenning the there will be a happily-ever-after ending. Predictable yes, but so very well done that I didn't care that it followed the Christmas story formula. Christmas is not Christmas around my house without a showing of this family classic. My review only gets the 3 1/2 stars because I am forced to endure a ratty horrid slow speed VHS copy released by StarMarker . I sincerely hope there is enough demand to warrant a good DVD remastering released very soon. I will be first in line to buy my copy.

Review by Bev (posted on 28-May-2005)

This is such a wonderful film, its very hard to find, but well worth the effort. Rick Schroder and Sir Alec shine in this version of the classic story. It is filmed in England and is beautiful to watch. Its also great fun to see Patrick Stewart before his fame in Star trek. Heartwarming tale with a happy ending, great family fare.

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