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A Kid for Two Farthings
A Kid for Two Farthings
Actors: Celia Johnson, Diana Dors, David Kossoff, Joe Robinson, Jonathan Ashmore
Director: Carol Reed
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
NR     2003     1hr 36min

From legendary filmmaker Carol Reed (The Third Man, Odd Man Out, Oliver!) comes this charming fantasy about the power of childhood imagination. Joe is a young boy who lives in a poor section in London. He becomes convinced...  more »


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Actors: Celia Johnson, Diana Dors, David Kossoff, Joe Robinson, Jonathan Ashmore
Director: Carol Reed
Creators: Edward Scaife, Carol Reed, Bert Bates, Alexander Korda, Wolf Mankowitz
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Classics, Family Films, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Homevision
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/21/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/1955
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1955
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 36min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Magic, Realism
Randy Buck | Brooklyn, NY USA | 11/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I approached this DVD with some trepidation; I'd loved this film as a child, from black-and-white tv viewings, and was afraid I'd be disappointed seeing it as an adult. Happily, I still loved it! KID stands alone in the works of Carol Reed, an intriguing mix of fantasy and kitchen-sink realism, and it's received a nice transfer here. The Technicolor is luscious in that 50's way that makes you want to crawl up into the screen and live for a while. Very touching, nicely judged performance from Diana Dors, and fine work from favorites like Celia Johnson, Brenda de Banzie and Lou Jacobi. My only caveat is that this disc is apparently being marketed as a children's movie (I found it in the kid's section of three different stores in NYC), and, despite my childhood affection for it, KID's not really aimed at children. The Cockney dialect and different world of 50's Jewish London will probably be difficult, if not off-putting, for many active moppets. But for adults, and the kind of child who's reflective, dreamy, and curious about the world, the picture's still magic. Take a chance and see it."
It has become a lasting movie
kim,young min | pusan,korea | 04/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I had seen this movie when I was in 13. I was so touched, I've never forgotten this film since I ever had It made me think about "truth life" even though I was too young. After all, It comes to the best infleuential movie of my childhood. Recently, I found it by my contry websites that related movie. I'm so surprised. 'cuz ..I thought that mostly people in my country(I'm a korean) didn't watch. but A few remember it. They almost said "It's really good one"I absolutely agree..! I wish movie goer shouldn't miss it!!"
A Kid For Two Farthings
Amanda Bradley | Seattle, (Where Lynda's from) | 10/18/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am now 53 years old and I still remember this movie from my childhood in 50's England. I so loved this movie, it was wonderful. I am about to order it. Of course, as an adult, I may have a different perspective now but I can hardly think I will like it any less. I can't even remember one other movie I saw as a kid, but I sure remember this one! Diana Dors was great. ...she really did an excellent job in this movie and it was sweet and touching as a story can get without being sappy. If you are curious about this film, I'd say, go for it. It will at least be an interesting look at British movie making in the fifties and you'll see what a different world it was back then. At best, you'll want to share it with your friends and as many kids as you can find that will sit still for a black and white movie."