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The Prince and the Pauper
The Prince and the Pauper
Actor: Aidan Quinn
Director: Giles Foster
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Television
NR     2004     1hr 30min

Studio: Peace Arch Home Entertain Release Date: 01/16/2007


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Actor: Aidan Quinn
Director: Giles Foster
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Television
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Comedy, Family Films, Television
Studio: Allumination
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 12/07/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

The best movie version
bookloversfriend | United States | 03/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am happy to report that this is not only better than the other movie versions of The Prince and the Pauper, but that it is a very good movie.

The 1937 version (a.k.a. "the Errol Flynn version") is quite good, but the ending was boggled by the introduction of an unnecessary and unhelpful delaying action, which was then made worse by being repeated (!), dispelling the high tension of the climactic end. The twins who played the lead were very appealing but were made to speak in a very phony (sickeningly sweet) way. There are also technical limitations, such as the sound quality. I'd give it 4 stars.

The 1978 version with an all-star cast had much going for it. The big stars all played their roles well, but the movie was ruined by using a 20 year-old boy to play the 12 year-old Prince. And he was repellant as well. Also, the "rollicking" scenes went on a bit too long and too often. I'd give it 3 stars.

Fortunately (and for a change), the screenwriters learned from these past versions and this version is flawless. The story rolled smoothly, not too fast, not slow, without repetitions or unnecessary delays or needless complications. The twins who played the lead were appealing and played their parts well. All of the cast were good. The color, the photography, the music, the sound--all good. The ending was just right. This version also added a coda in which the Prince of Wales kept his various promises made to the several poor people who had been kind to him.

Bottom line: Don't miss it. Also, the whole family can enjoy this one.
Not a loyal adaptation....
Andrew Raker | PA | 12/16/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)

"The Hallmark version of Mark Twain's classic, "The Prince and the Pauper" fails to tell major parts of the story. The acting is very childish, and the many of the characters fail to act their parts.

Many scenes are poorly shot, and there are many chapters of the book left out (ex: the "foo-foo, king of the moon calves" scene, the whole character of the priest who teaches Tom to read Latin, and the test to determine the true king at the end of the film).

In addition, the wardrobe is aweful. There is really no showing of actual poverty in this film. In the beginning of the film, Tom is wearing a decent set of clothing with shoes. In this time period, if a youth of age twelve was dressed as Tom was, he would not have been considered poor by any means. In addition, Tom speaks like an educated American rather than a poor English youth. Also, Tom's grandmother is a kind, gentle lady quite unlike her portrayal in the novel, where she and her son (i.e. Tom's father) beat Tom, his mother, and sisters. In fact, there is no beating at all in this film. It is more a fairy tale than social film.

In short, I believe this film (if rated) would receive a "G" rating. There is no swearing, no real violence, so social crisis, etc. While I realize that teachers have few options for their classes as for COLORED versions of this films to watch, I would recommend the Disney VHS version of the film - ASIN: B000E78DGC. In fact, I really hope Disney eventually releases this 1962 version of the film (starring Guy Williams) on DVD. For the Disney version of the Prince and the Pauper is quite accurate concerning the poverty of Tom Canty and the splendor of the Tudor family."
Reliable Reviews | 04/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first saw this video in my language class. I immediately fell in love with it! Just to let you know, I'm actually almost 14. Even though the acting doesn't really compare with a real star; it still seems to have a likeable side to it. I kept wanting to watch it until the end! I never got tired of it. It's a VERY interesting video. I would reccomend it for kids about my age, but I don't think adults would be very partial towards it. If you want a movie to promote your kid to read a classic or just have a good time; I would deffinitely reccomend this! It's terrific!"
Adventure !
Reliable Reviews | Carmel Valley, California | 08/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

This movie takes you on a grand, childhood, adventure. You are right along in this wonderful story; back in the days of horses, swords, nobles, peasants, thieves, castles, kings, and adventurous children. The 1937, version, with Errol Flynn is also very good. I enjoyed them both.

The adventures of a poor young boy in England in the 1500's, a prince, a musketeer, and villains, and I can't say more without giving away the plot. Written by Mark Twain, who wrote Tom Sawyer; just as good.

Other good period, adventure movies are "Tom Brown's School Days 1935", "David Copperfield 1940 & 2000", "Oliver Twist", "At Swords Point 1952", "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1938", "The Three Musketeers 1939", and "The Scarlet Pimpernel 1935".