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Ballet Shoes (2008)

Emma Watson , Eileen Atkins , Sandra Goldbacher  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Emma Watson, Eileen Atkins, Peter Bowles, Richard Griffiths, Gemma Jones
  • Directors: Sandra Goldbacher
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019OP0GU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,824 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Dreams do come true…
Emma Watson (Hermione from Harry Potter) stars in Ballet Shoes, a heartwarming and uplifting film based on the beloved, best-selling novel by Noel Streatfeild and featuring an award-winning cast that includes Emilia Fox, Victoria Wood, Richard Griffiths and Eileen Atkins.

"We three Fossils vow to put our name in the history book, because it is ours, and ours alone…" With these words, three orphans, raised as sisters, leave their sheltered lives and embark on an exhilarating journey that takes them to the heights of the stage, screen and sky!

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Based on the Noel Streatfeild novel Ballet Shoes, this is not the 1976 film starring Angela Thorne and Barbara Lott, but a 2007 BBC Northern Ireland production starring Eileen Atkins, Peter Bowles, Richard Griffiths, Gemma Jones, and Harriet Walter. The Fossils are an unconventional British family living in 1930's London. Orphans Pauline (Emma Watson), Petrova (Yasmin Paige), and Posy (Lucy Boynton) are being raised by an elder sister Sylvia (Emilia Fox) and her Nana (Victoria Wood) in the absence of their eccentric great uncle Matthew (Richard Griffiths). As Sylvia struggles to educate and support her three charges on very limited funds, she is forced to let rooms and enroll the girls in the Academy of Dance and Stage Training in hopes of furthering their education and preparing them to earn a comfortable living. While at the academy, each of the three ambitious girls discovers her own personal calling and labors intensively to achieve her dreams: Pauline studies to become a star on the stage, Petrova gravitates toward a career in aviation, and Posy trains to become a great classical ballerina. Their paths are difficult and full of adversity, but the sisters' steadfast support of one another and common resolve to earn a place in the history books based on their own merits propels each of them toward individual success. A compelling and inspirational film that encourages young women to strive for their dreams, Ballet Shoes is most appealing to ages 9 and older. --Tami Horiuchi

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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb family viewing.... May 23, 2008
BALLET SHOES (starring Emma Watson... celebrated for her lead roles in the Harry Potter films...along with an all-star acclaimed ensemble cast) is absolutely wonderful. I personally am in love it. Targeting a very large and underserved audience which is best defined as "moms and their daughters", Ballet Shoes is a film about realizing ambitions; a film where its tag line `dreams do come true' is really the `spot on' underlying message of the film... and the storyline. I believe it is destined to be a huge success for it is a tale of inspiration indeed.

A big-budget Granada film production, originally for the BBC, Ballet Shoes is based on the literary classic penned by Noel Streatfeild that women especially are very familiar with as key reading material from their childhood. A costume drama with absolutely stunning cinematography, the film portrays 1930's London with a sense of dreamy realism. For those who recall the box office smash "You've Got Mail", the book is the one being sought after that Meg Ryan launches into a verbal expose about. Ms. Ryan was right on the money, as is this adaptation of the tale.

Ballet Shoes is the story of three orphan girls; Petrova, Posie and Pauline (Emma Watson) who are raised as sisters after being brought together by a rich, world traveler as babies. As they grow up, each girl develops a dream of their own. Pauline wants to be an actress; Petrova longs to be an aviator; Posie wishes to dance. Circumstances bring them together, and together they vow to go down in the history books. "We three Fossils vow...". This vow launches the three Fossil sisters on their voyage, a journey that they travel individually as well as together, one that can only serve to inspire any young girl who watches the film.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By Elliott
I give this five stars,because "Ballet Shoes" is one of my millions of favorite books,and i saw this film version on youtube,and thought it was excellent even though the quality wasn't all that good,but to know that it is coming on to dvd here in the states on September 2nd is very good news,and the bonus features seem excellent. I think the cast did a wonderful job as the characters,and Emma Watson shined as Pauline,and this is a very faithful wonderful adaptation of Ballet Shoes,and i recommend it to everyone,and i hope if you guys enjoy the movie that you will go read the book.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful television film from the BBC June 11, 2008
Based on the much loved Noel Streatfield novel, this is a genuine 'for all the family' film, and most definitely appealing to young girls (and their moms).

A brilliant, fun and uplifting story, intelligent script, with terrific acting all round, gorgeous camera work, lovely sets costumes and music... what more could anyone ask for !
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST-SEE film!!! July 1, 2008
Ballet Shoes is a fun loving film that is a MUST-SEE for the entire family. Despite the obstacles that these characters (orphans) face, they each are determined to fulfill their own destiny. Rising above adveristy this film is an inspiration to all young girls who strive to make their dreams come true.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Darling November 20, 2008
Oh my gosh, could this movie be any cuter? I don't mean that in a sickeningly sweet way. This movie is just a good story about women trying to make it on their own after the war in London. The Fossil sisters were all foundlings of a collector of all things paleontology. They grew up in a big old grand London house alongside trilobites and T Rex until those treasures had to go to make room for the growing girls.

Petrova wants to be like Amy Johnson when she grows up. I think Amy Johnson must've been the British Amelia Earhart. Posy was found with only a pair of pink toe shoes when she was a baby, her mother having been a young ballerina who had neither resources nor time to care for her child. And the oldest is a stage natural. These three girls live a life filled with love and possibility, if not one of materialism. Still, their needs are always met and the girls receive great educations and theatre training. IN fact, everything in this movie seems to be blessed and appointed by Providence. Every time they have a need, it's magically filled by strangers literally at the door. And in the end, everyone has a happy ending.

I highly recommend the Ballet Shoes.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful book made into an okay movie July 29, 2011
Okay, so I might be biased, as this was one of my favorite books as a child, but I have to say that the changes they made in the transition between pages and screen are disappointing to say the least. The girls are all much too old for about half the movie, but that was the least of my concerns. Poor Winifred is turned into some child monster, which she never was in the book. She was a sympathetic character with bum luck who would never have screamed and thrown a fit in the stairwell of a theatre. More surprising was the way they made Posy into such a brat. She was never, in the book, so vicious. Sure, she was a dancing mimic and a bit of a clown, but she was never obnoxious and mean. This is all minor, in my opinion, compared with what they did to poor Theo. I guess the feeling was that this movie was not interesting to adults (although I'm sure my mother, another rabid Streatfeild fan, would disagree), so they killed off Mr. Simpson's wife, gave him a dead son, and set Theo and Garnie to fighting over him. This is tragic. What kind of an example is Theo to young girls, drinking in her basement room, and bemoaning her lost days as a Bouncing Babe? Why was this necessary? All in all, it was an okay movie but a horrid adaptation of a beloved children's story. Sad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great. Really loved it.
Published 1 day ago by Patricia A Herrera
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A very cute movie, suitable for children.
Published 15 days ago by lilacbluestone
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
They changed the book so much; shame on them!
Published 1 month ago by Kelly Hudson
3.0 out of 5 stars it's ok
ok feel good movie
Published 2 months ago by Lia Scheelje
4.0 out of 5 stars We enjoy sitting and watching it together
Bought this movie to share with my grandaughters. We enjoy sitting and watching it together.
Published 3 months ago by Rebecca Layton
4.0 out of 5 stars A good wholesome movie
I was interested in this show mostly because of Emma Watson and wanted to see what she could do after playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Darby Cowles
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
Very good story. I highly recommend it for young teens. We are grandparents but rally enjoyed it. I gave this as a gift last year and purchased this for our home.
Published 4 months ago by PTL
2.0 out of 5 stars Unmeaningful
This movie isn't meaningful like it should be. In the end, the spoiled brats get what they want. Posy's ballet teacher is in horrible health, and all she cares about is if she gets... Read more
Published 7 months ago by S. Crites
5.0 out of 5 stars a very well done and enjoyable movie
I found out about this movie because it starred two of my favorite young actresses, Emma Watson and yasmin Paige. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Steve Lower
3.0 out of 5 stars Overall a Good story for youth
I thought something was off from the flow. I didn't read the book and perhaps I will so it can fill in the gaps or I may find that is how it's written. Read more
Published 7 months ago by galen
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the right age for Ballet Shoes
She'll develop those dreams in her own time. Let her enjoy the movie on her own terms... who's to say WHY she should enjoy it? :)
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