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Actors: Melissa Clayton, Victor DiMattia, Season Hubley, Kenny Morrison, Trey Parker
Director: Giles Walker
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
Based on a tale that has captivated children for generations, this enchanting family movie radiates the excitement of pioneer life. Emily Schulman (Troop Beverly Hills) stars as Caddie, a spirited 11-year-old growing up i... more »
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Tim S. from KNOXVILLE, TN
Reviewed on 11/13/2012...
The exciting true story of a courageous young pioneer girl.
Emily Eiden (eeiden@POMONA.edu) | Whittier, California | 08/27/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Caddie Woodlawn starring Emily Schulman is based upon Carol Ryrie Brink's JOHN NEWBERRY MEDAL Award Winning book "Caddie Woodlawn." Brink's book chronicles the real adventures of her grandmother (Caddie) as a twelve year old tomboy growing up in Wisconsin in the mid-1800s. With her brothers Tom and Warren, Caddie's wild ways upset her refined Bostonian mother -- Caddie would rather swim across the river to visit her friend Indian John than stay at home with her sisters and learn to knit. Caddie is the apple of her father's eye -- but even he knows that she must grow up and learn to be a woman. Mrs. Woodlawn invites her cousin Annabelle from Boston to teach Caddie how to be refined -- the visit turns hilariously disastrous when Caddie and her brothers try to teach Annabelle the ways of Wisconsin -- Annabelle is tossed from a mare, their sheep eat every single one of the "eight and eighty buttons" on her dress -- and she attempts a somersault -- little does she know that they've stuck an egg down her dress..... Despite Caddie's childish pranks -- the novel is truly inspiring as Caddie must stand up to an entire town of men to save the Indian tribe across the river from an erroneous ambush. The men of the town are convinced that a murdered pioneer family in a nearby town is the work of Indian John and his tribesman -- as the entire town gathers at the Woodlawn house (terrified as they await a massacre by the Indians) a group of vigilantes (Mr. Woodlawn NOT included) plots a surprise ambush -- which Caddie overhears in the barn. She knows that the Indians are friendly -- but she is the only person who can avert a tragedy. As she secretly prepares to make the dangerous journey to the Indian Camp her tattletale Cousin Annabelle catches her -- but agrees to keep her secret. Finally Caddie courageously rides back to her house with Indian John -- where after several tense moments -- the misunderstanding is revealed.****If you are looking for a true story of the triumph of goodness and the incredible strength of the human spirit -- embodied in one young girl, I highly recommend the novel "Caddie Woodlawn" by CAROL RYRIE BRINK -- this movie version is entertaining and very recommendable-- but the drama, hilarity and truth in Caddie Woodlawn's story can best be found in the award-winning novel itself!!!"
Great story-not the best acting.
S. Brand | 11/24/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I remember when my third grade teacher introduced the book to my class by reading it to us. I loved it then and I love it now. I recently saw the video at our library so I checked it out for my 7 year old grand-daughter and she loved it as well, and wanted to share it with her 2nd grade class. She is also interested in folk heroes and pioneers, so this little girl who was friends with Indians intrigued her. Now we're looking for the video for her video library."
S. Brand | 05/30/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It was a pretty good movie that we watched at school because we were learning about indians and pioneers. It's a very long movie, and gets boring at times, but they always do something to liven it up!"