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Pied Piper [1989] (Tv-Film) [VHS]

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  • Actors: Peter O'Toole, Mare Winningham, Susan Wooldridge, Michael Kitchen, Juliette Mole
  • Directors: Norman Stone
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Castle Pictures
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000668488
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,793 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Peter O'Toole (Lawrence of Arabia; Lord Jim; The Lion in Winter; Caligula) stars as John Sidney Howard, a very proper Englishman who becomes saddled with youngsters that he has to help escape Nazi Germany in this adaptation of the novel by Nevil Shute. Co-starring Mare Winningham (St Elmo's Fire; Turner & Hooch; Wyatt Earp) & Susan Wooldridge (Tamara Drewe; The Lady; Tv's - The Jewel in the Crown).

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Helena Palmgren on 5 Feb. 2009
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This is a very good film with Peter O'Toole at his best and with a gripping story about an Englishman who tries to get back to England when the war gets too near and reluctantly has to bring a growing number of children with him. Unfortunately the film is made for TV and difficult to get hold of. I hope it will be available on DVD in the future.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barbara G. Lake on 3 Jan. 2012
Peter O'Toole is superb in the role of John Sidney Howard, an aging, saddened (by the loss of his son) and somewhat frail Englishman who must struggle to return to England as the Germans advance into France at the beginning of W.W.II. Along the way he is saddled by several young children entrusted to him by their parents to get safely across to freedom (hence the alternate name "Crossing to Freedom"). Monty Wooley played Howard several years earlier, but I found Mr. Wooley's performance (while excellent) more robust and, forgive me, more American than as written by Nevil Shute. In this made-for-tv movie with O'Toole, not only is O'Toole perfect in the role of John Howard, but performances by the children are both believable and heart wrenching. One has to be struck by the humanity of the German officer who helps the tired and bedraggled group get out of France if Howard will take the officer's half Jewish niece with him.

I will be very disappointed if this excellent film is not reissued on DVD, with a percentge of DVDs made for American DVD players. If not on DVD, then at the very least reissue it in its original VHS format ... but do not forget your American audience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David on 1 Aug. 2013
Saw it once, on American television in 1990 or so, alternate title "Crossing to Freedom." It's an excellent production all around. Peter O'Toole and Mare Winningham, the children, and the supporting cast all great. This film left me with the warm fuzzies and I enjoyed every minute of it. We need more of this kind of movie on DVD, in both regions 1 and 2. I would love to see this again, maybe I will some day.
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