The year is 1349, and the people of Hamelin are building a cathedral in hopes of warding off the Plague. The Burgermeister is happily planning the marriage of his daughter to the Barron's son (John Hurt), and a band of actors and a piper (Donovan) come to town.
I expected this 1972, Donovan movie to be a hippy-dippy, rock fairy tale, but I was way off. It's dreary and pointless, with a completely forgettable script and soundtrack. The film focuses on the Burgermeister's money problems, and the Piper story is almost an afterthought; his piping-the-children-away doesn't even merit a comment.
Donovan has no discernible acting talent or screen presence, plays a modern guitar, and is a minor character. Top-billed Jack Wild, so likable in "Oliver!" plays a disabled apprentice, but is well-past his boyish-prime and adds nothing to the story. Both children and adults will probably be bored by this cheap misfire.