Monday, November 15, 2010

Holiday Movie: Heidi

Shirley Temple's 'Heidi' is of course, the most popular and beloved version of the story, but there are other very good versions out there. The story of Heidi is one of my favorite movies to watch during the holiday season.

Heidi (2005)
104 minutes

(Synopsis from Netflix) Emma Bolger shines in the title role of this British retelling of the classic children's tale about a high-spirited orphan sent to live with her crusty grandpa (Max von Sydow) in the idyllic Swiss Alps. But no sooner has Heidi settled in and begun to melt her grandfather's icy heart than she's whisked away to be a companion to a crippled girl (Jessica Claridge). The supporting cast includes Geraldine Chaplin as the aptly named Miss Rottenmeier.

This is a delightful adaptation. I highly recommend this one if you want to watch others beside the Shirley Temple one.
Although there is no Christmas scene in this one. Therefore making it not really a 'Christmas' movie.

Heidi (1993)
191 minutes
(2 Episodes)
(Synopsis from Netflix) Michael Ray Rhodes directs this lavish version of Johanna Spyri's tale about an orphan girl and her grandfather in the Swiss Alps. The irrepressible, orphaned Heidi (Noley Thornton) wins over her crotchety grandfather (Jason Robards) and then is whisked away from him to the city, where she becomes the companion of an invalid girl named Klara (Lexi Randall). Soon, the girls become fast friends. Co-stars Patricia Neal and Jane Seymour.

Heidi (1968)
96 minutes

(Synopsis from Netflix) This 1968 film retells the classic children's story about a young girl named Heidi (Jennifer Edwards), who's taken from her beloved grandfather (Michael Redgrave) and forced to live with her cold-hearted aunt. Soon, Heidi becomes friends with Klara (Zuleika Robson), a young girl confined to a wheelchair, and must deal with the girl's merciless nanny (Jean Simmons). But all Heidi really wants to do is find her way back home to her grandfather.


TheBookGirl said...

Oh Heidi, that's a good one...I had forgotten there was a Christmas scene in the original. Have to add this to the list.

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busy91 said...

Yes, and I watched it yesterday as a matter of fact. I love that movie.

Wall-to-wall books said...

OMG!!! I love Heidi!
The book and the movie!