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The Kidnappers [DVD] [1953]

Duncan Macrae Jon Whiteley Vincent Winter Adrienne Corri , Philip Leacock    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Duncan Macrae Jon Whiteley Vincent Winter Adrienne Corri
  • Directors: Philip Leacock
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Spirit Entertainment Limited
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Jun 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007AMRTXW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,471 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

First Time On DVD for this 1953 British family film. Two Canadian orphans (Whiteley & Winter) are starved for affection as their cantankerous, self-absorbed grandfather (Duncan Macrae) pays very little attention to them. The boys decide to 'borrow' a baby so they can raise it as their very own, while the real parents (and the police) scour the countryside in search of the missing infant.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Directed by Philip Leacock (who was also nominated for The Jury's Grand Prize at Cannes in 1954 for this 1953 British film. Two Canadian orphans (Jon Whiteley & Vincent Winter) are starved for affection. Their cantankerous, self-absorbed grandfather (Duncan Macrae) pays very little attention to them. The boys "borrow" a baby so they can raise it as their very own, while the real parents--and the police--scour the countryside in search of the missing infant. Interesting to note that both Jon Whiteley & Vincent Winter won Honorary Juvenile Oscars for their perfomances. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Cannes Film Festival, Oscar Academy Awards, ...The Kidnappers (1953) ( The Little Kidnappers )

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By mari
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of my childhood favorites! If you check IMDb, it is also a favorite of MANY other people. It is a wonderful story; a picture of immigrant life in Canada (Nova Scotia, in particular) with terrific characters and acting, especially by the two boys who play the "kidnappers"! Yet I never even see it SHOWN ON TV, let alone, released on DVD!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British classic from 1953 on DVD at last. 12 Jun 2012
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THE FILM: "The Kidnappers" is a superb film set in a Scotch settlement in Nova Scotia in 1904, but actually filmed in Scotland (exteriors) and at Rank's Pinewood Studios in England (interiors). Two recently orphaned young brothers, eight years old Harry (Jon Whiteley) and five years old Davy (Vincent Winter) go to live with their stern and puritanical grandfather (Duncan MacRea); their grandmother (Jean Anderson) and their auntie (Adrienne Corri) on a remote rural farm. The grandfather shows the boys no love and will not let them have a pet dog. So, when the boys find a seemingly abandoned baby in the woods, they 'adopt' it as their pet and and take it in turns to look after it on a daily and nightly basis in their woodland den. However, the baby has not been abandoned, just mislaid by a careless babysitter and, unknown to the boys, the entire neighbourhood is out searching for it...! That's all there is to the story, really, save for a subplot involving the auntie and a local Dutch doctor (Theodore Bikel), but it's so beautifully done that it holds your attention from beginning to end. Both Jon Whiteley and Vincent Winter deservedly won juvenile Oscars for their amazing performances at the 1955 Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood...and rightly so (the film was not released in the United States until 1954, where the title was changed to "The Little Kidnappers", presumably so that audiences wouldn't think it was a gangster picture!) The film was also nominated for a BAFTA award as Best British Film of 1953. The uncredited baby, supposedly a girl, was, in fact, a boy named Anthony Michael Heathcoat, who, if still alive, would be over sixty years of age by now. Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's call the babby rover. 6 Aug 2008
By Peter Wade VINE VOICE
Format:VHS Tape
The beauty of Film 4 on British television is that they show a lot of films that have not seen the light of day for a long time.

If I have not heard of the title I immediately look up on the internet to see the reviews. This one was a great sentimental children's film which was perfectly palatable for adults.

Great acting by the children the granddad and Jean Anderson as their grandma. The language was quaint as it was a mixture of old Scottish words in a supposedly Canadian setting.The granddad played a similar dour Scotsman in Tunes of Glory which is another great film

Good solid story and you really believed in the characters even though the premise that two young children would be capable of looking after a small baby is a bit far fetched but that is what children's stories are about.

Great film and it nearly made me cry but it all turns out right in the end. Can't reccomend it highly enough
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Wait For This Film To Be Released On DVD 12 May 2012
By Hev
Format:DVD
This film has stayed in my mind since childhood. The child actors are amazing.
The dialogue is so touching after the kids find the baby, and take it to their
grandfather.
It will make you smile and also bring tears to your eyes with the innocence of it
all.
I would recommend this film to anyone who loves nostalgia and who was growing up in the
50's when this was first released. An incredible film
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful 31 Jan 2014
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lovely, all actors believable, a pleasure to see Theodore Bikel again, and the two boys are wonderul. It appears that this has not been released in the USA, Why not?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the kidnappers 31 Dec 2013
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I found this little gem on YouTube over Christmas and therefore bought a copy for myself. It's an absolute delight with the most wonderful acting on the part of the two young boys. I feel I must warn others, however, be aware that the quality of the dvd is not up to the standard shown on YouTube, sadly. Still a delight to watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tugs the Heartstrings! 8 Oct 2013
By M.Shand
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A wonderful heartwarming story of childish love overcoming adult foolishness. Old fashioned story telling, beautifully acted especially by the children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's correct 16 Aug 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I received this DVD because I'm collector of films oscarizated for the Academy of Hollywood from 1928-2012. All are already 847 films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful film. Not a dry eye in the house!
Published 3 days ago by B Strachan
5.0 out of 5 stars for my sister
my sister would watch this over and over when she was younger ,I got this after my mum asked if I had seen the vhs tape of the film. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. John Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film
A great family film, Very easy to follow, Would recommend more to older generation but all the family will enjoy!
Published 5 months ago by Peter C. Chiverton
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to get but worththe effort
This is one of the best movies ever made, it is definitely in my top ten. Sweet and simple but most sincere.
Published 10 months ago by Jill I Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film!
Very quick delivery, a wonderful film. A must see for every film lover, the two boys are amazing actors! They steal the film!
Published 13 months ago by Donna Shrmpton
5.0 out of 5 stars Perefction
Other reviewers have given valuable details of plot, actors, and appreciation.
I can only add that, when my wife and I first saw this, copied from TV, my wife said we must NOT... Read more
Published 14 months ago by John Gough
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant...
The Kidnappers is an absolutely brilliant film. Have been waiting for ages for it to come out on DVD. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mrs W P Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars The kidnappers
A heart warming film, albeit in black and whie. The children who star in this film will warm any heart. Its a film with a beginning, middle and end and I recommend.
Published 17 months ago by Joy Fletcher
4.0 out of 5 stars dvd
i have tried to find this film on dvd for a long time and am verry pleased to find the movie and quality what i had hoped for. Read more
Published 20 months ago by alljann
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