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Faerie Tale Theatre - The Pied Piper Of Hamelin
Faerie Tale Theatre - The Pied Piper Of Hamelin
Actors: John Achorn, Shelley Duvall, Patrick DeSantis, David McCharen, Charlie Dell
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
NR     2004     0hr 48min

When a selfish mayor refuses to pay a Pied Piper for ridding the rats from the town, the Piper gets rid of all the children in the town as well.

     
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Actors: John Achorn, Shelley Duvall, Patrick DeSantis, David McCharen, Charlie Dell
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Romantic Comedies, 3-6 Years, 7-9 Years, 10-12 Years, Adapted from Books, Comedy, Family Films, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
Studio: Starmaker II
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 11/16/2004
Original Release Date: 09/11/1982
Theatrical Release Date: 09/11/1982
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 0hr 48min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Wonderful and surreal...as fairy tales should be.
Peter Kwong | Los Angeles, CA United States | 09/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In the early to mid eighties, Shelly Duvall produced a cable show for the then flagship HBO network called Faerie Tale Theatre. The intent was to bring classic childhood stories to an audience of young and old alike through big name stars, directors, and hip, irreverent writing. Without this series, there would not have been a "Princess Bride". Although many of these were excellent examples of the best television could offer, the finest hour (for me) was director Nicholas Meyer's interpretation of Robert Browning's "Pied Piper of Hamelin". Both faithful to the original poem and liberal in its creative embellishments, Meyer perfectly captured the eerieness of the story. The show starred Eric Idle and he makes a perfect Piper. Tall, pale, with piercing eyes and a hawklike nose, Idle looke every bit the character: part mystic, part mercenary. And his final march out of Hamelin with the children is truly the stuff of innocent nightmares. Without sentimentality, without any concession to cuteness, this episode proved that within all great children's stories lurked something magical and sinister...Just like adulthood."
Best Faerie Tale Theatre Ever!
Toby Dammit | Chicago | 09/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I would have to agree with the previous review that this is the best episode of Faerie Tale Theatre. In adapting faerie tales for film or television, the biggest difficulty seems to be in capturing that sense of awe and wonder that the original stories invoke. Without picture illustrations and a child's imagination to fill in the blanks, the original stories often appear static and lifeless on the screen. At worst, the sublime becomes downright ridiculous. Faerie Tale Theatre is a great and entertaining show, but rarely has it captured that sense of magic. This episode is one time that is has, and the results are truly something to behold. Eric Idle is the only "name" here, but the rest of the cast is equally perfect in their roles. Nicholas Meyer creates an entire other world, utilizing medieval tones in setting and costumes, as well as an eerie score of pipes from composer James Horner. The effect is mesmerizing, and if the use of rhyme as dialogue takes some getting used to, it only adds to the haunting impact in the end. This episode may be too disturbing for the youngest children, but all lovers of faerie tales owe it to themselves to see this. It doesn't have the budget of big-screen fantasies, but I rank this right up there with the NeverEnding Story and the Dark Crystal. If you love those films, then you understand what I mean about the sublime."