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Candleshoe 1977

4.1 out of 5 stars (36) IMDb 6.7/10

Small time crook Harry Bundage discovers that the old manor house where Lady St. Edmund resides, with three orphans and her butler Priory is the resting place for a hoard of treasure. Unfortunately, he doesn't know where it is. Bundage recruits urchin Casey Brown to dupe Lady St.

Starring:
David Niven, Helen Hayes
Runtime:
1 hour, 36 minutes

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Genres Children & Family
Director Norman Tokar
Starring David Niven, Helen Hayes
Supporting actors Jodie Foster, Leo McKern, Veronica Quilligan, Ian Sharrock, Sarah Tamakuni, David Samuels, John Alderson, Mildred Shay, Michael Balfour, Sydney Bromley, Michael Segal, Vivian Pickles, Bob Anderson, Peter Brace, Peter Diamond, Fred Haggerty, January L'Angelle, Derek Martin
Studio Disney
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
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Format: DVD
Street wise teen Casey (Jodie Foster) is living by her wits in America. She's an orphan who has found a place to crash. But that changes when con-man Bundage (Leo McKern) shows up. He thinks that Casey is a dead ringer for an English heiress and whisks her off to England.

Of course, there's a bigger reason for Bundage's plan. Seems there's a hidden fortune in gold in the mansion, and he wants Casey to follow the clues and find it for him.

Once Casey gets to Candleshoe, she grows to love Lady St. Edmund (Helen Hayes), her supposed grandmother. Even butler Priory (David Niven) and the orphans who live there grow on her. But they are having money problems of their own. Can Casey find the gold? What will she do with it if she can?

I remembered liking this movie as a kid, but I hadn't seen it in a long time. Turns out, it's still not a bad little film. True, it's definitely oriented toward kids with several slapstick scenes. Frankly, I didn't like Casey at the beginning, but she grew on me as the movie progressed. And there are several moments that scream out the 70's, but it really holds up pretty well today.

The story is fairly predictable, in fact, I wanted to shout one thing to the characters early on. But once it gets going, you come to care for the characters, so watching it isn't a chore.

While their parents might not care for the story, kids will enjoy it. Get it for them. And you might even find yourself enjoying the nostalgia as well.
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This is the DVD I've been waiting for, the classic film based on the Novel "Christmas at Candlesoe", and set in typically English countryside, I first remember seeing Candleshoe at the Odeon Cinema in Scarborough as a 12 year old.
It's a typical bumbling con-plot that features Jodie Foster as the supposed Grand-daughter of a wealthy woman. Only she's not so wealthy, and unbeknown to granny most of her possesions are being sold to pay bills. She is protected by her butler (David Niven) and her foster/adopted children.
It's comically sinister with the addition of Leo McKern as a bungling fraudster.
If it sounds gruesome I assure you it isn't - it's a very funny family film that you will love. You'll need the hankies though at the end. After nearly 30 years I still gulp at the last scenes. But then I'm just a big softy. Enjoy!
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This is one of those cute films that are safe for kids. It has the Disney signature all over it.

Casey Brown (Jodie Foster) is recruited and in cahoots with a con man and his wife. The wife used to work for the family of a castle and can teach Casey how to fool her way in as a long lost relative. Once inside she is to find the alleged treasure of a pirate captain. In the process of searching she is forced to cooperate with the family which is trying to scrape up enough money to save the castle. She appears to be softening up.

David Niven gets to play several characters (Colonel Dennis/Mr. Gipping/Mr. Priory/John)

Where will her loyalties lie?
Is there really treasure or is it just a story?
And why is the butler never seen with the gardener?

The Moon-Spinners ~ Hayley Mills
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There's an old saying in the acting profession, never work with animals or kids because you're sure to get upstaged and that's true of this movie. In an early (1977) appearance, the then 14 or 15 year old Jodie Foster (who had already distinguished herself in Taxi Driver and Bugsy Malone and would later win two leading actress Oscars in adult roles) still manages to steal the show with supposed third billing after such elder statesmen of the silver screen as Helen Hayes and David Niven.

Foster plays a streetwise hid from LA who is recruited by a small-time British crook (Leo McKern, best known in the UK as Rumpole of the Bailey) who wants her to pose as the long-lost granddaughter of an English lady (Hayes) in order to find a lost treasure in Spanish doubloons hidden by a privateer ancestor. Having coached her in the role, he presents her to the lady who accepts her after a fairly cursory examination.

What follows is in effect a treasure hunt with a succession of cryptic clues (one of them involves Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard"). For the eagle-eyed among us, that in itself is an anachronism since the privateer's statue in the manor is in Elizabethan costume whilst this work was written in 1750, a century and a half later. Since this movie is by Disney this is more likely to reflect transatlantic understanding (or more accurately MISunderstanding) of European history than Hollywood revisionism.

A good film, despite some significant faux pas. One I have already mentioned, another shows Foster being picked up in a clearly mid-1970s automobile in LA and travelling to the English countryside, where trains are apparently still hauled by steam tank locomotives which had been retired by the middle 1960s. Also, Ms.
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This is one of the lesser known live action Disney Movies. Set in the delightful English Stately Home of Candleshoe, we see the return of Casey Brown, claiming to be Margaret the long lost heiress of Candleshoe (a slight Lindburgh feel here).

Candleshoe is a great film, dated it surely is, but the interplay from Niven, Foster and Hayes is wonderful and some genuine excellent moments like the last dance at Candleshoe between Hayes and Niven, the scene where Hayes and Foster look over the lands and talk of the past is genuinely moving.

It has comedy, it has some slapstic humour, and for anyone wanting a sunday afternoon movie, when outside the world is cloudy Candleshoe will add a little ray of sunshine. Also a pretty good score as well...so all in all a good buy if you are a fan of these live action Disney movies.
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