Madeline 1998

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Madeline (Hatty Jones) is the most mischievous of the twelve friends who live at a Parisian school run by Miss Clavel (Frances McDormand). Her sunny existence is threatened by starchy old Lord Covington (Nigel Hawthorne), who is on a campaign to have the school closed down. It is up to Madeline and her friends, who include the equally precocious Pepito and a dog who saved her from drowning, to stop him.

Starring:
Frances McDormand, Hatty Jones
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DVD

Product Details

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  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 25 minutes
Starring Frances McDormand, Hatty Jones, Nigel Hawthorne
Director Daisy Mayer
Studio UCA
Rental release 2 July 2004
Main languages English

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Sept. 2000
Anyone who has enjoyed the books will love this film, which brings Madeline's Paris to life and involves Madeline and her friends in a madcap adventure to save their school when closure threatens. Interest for the boys is provided by the next-door neighbour, Pepito, but on the whole this is a girl's film, and a very enjoyable one. It will teach your children to exclaim "voila" in a convincing French accent too!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daisy on 2 Feb. 2009
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My daughter is 6 years old and loves watching this film over and over - a delight for little girls everywhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arachne202 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 April 2013
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My five-year-old daughter was completely overcome by the film, and announced that she wants to transfer to "Madeline's school."

It's Paris in the 1950s (using real Paris locations), and Madeline is the smallest of the "twelve little girls in two straight lines" who attend a school inside a large house "covered in vines." Fans of the books and the animated television series can be assured that the actors are as close to the illustrations as it is possible for human actors to be, especially the delightful red-haired child playing Madeline.

Pepito, the Spanish ambassador's son, moves in next door and starts to cause havoc with his motorbike. Lord Covington (Nigel Hawthorne)puts the school up for sale and starts escorting other ambassadors through the premises. Genevive the dog saves Madeline from drowning, but can't be kept at the school. And there is a dastardly plot by some circus clowns to kidnap Pepito for ransom. Madeline saves the day all round, and everything ends happily ever after.

Charming in every detail.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on 14 May 2014
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A really exquisite movie that will make you laugh, cry, and keep putting it on again for more

The movie is about a girls school in Paris and the adventures of 12 adorable little girls, with the cutest and most interesting of all being the plucky flame haired little tyke, with a heart of gold Madeline (Hatty Jones).

With adventures taken from the timeless books, including little Madeleine's appendicitis, and her rescue from the water by the golden retriever Genevieve, the centerpiece of the story is the battle of the girls and their loving guardian Miss Clavel (Frances McDormand) to keep their school and their dog, against the cruel plans of Lord Covington (Nigel Hawthorne) and also foiling a thuggish tutor cum kidnapper Leopold (Ben Daniels)

This is really beautiful, not only for kids, but for all young at heart aged 2 to 122 years of age.

There are just so many wonderful memorable heart-stealing scenes, funny cute and poignant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jo on 27 Nov. 2012
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I bought this remembering how my girls used to love this film when we had it on VHS years ago.
My girls, who are now 12 and 13, asked me why I wanted to buy the film when they are now too old to watch it. I used to love this film too secretly! When it arrived they both watched it again and enjoyed it as much as they used to. And they have watched it a number of times since, It's a lovely innocent story and easy to watch. I think its quite unique in this way compared to many of today's movies intended for kids!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. K. Holliday on 4 Jun. 2013
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my 5 year old daughter absolutely LOVES this DVD, it has been her favourite for months now and I am so happy as a parent to see a DVD that has a strong, brave female lead character!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cas on 1 May 2012
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brilliant film, saw it years ago and when i saw it on DVD just had to get it Madeline is such a cutie and a little devil cheeky monkey but you have to feel for her, she makes the movie, great for all ages, my grand kids love this film also can't get them to do anything while its on
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MOBLO on 29 Aug. 2013
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absolutely brilliant film one you can watch again and again never get tired of it . the service was excellent here in no time
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