Emil And The Detectives 1964 PG CC

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When a boy's money is stolen, the search is on for the crook.

Starring:
Walter Slezak, Bryan Russell
Runtime:
1 hour 39 minutes

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Emil And The Detectives

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Product Details

Genres Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family
Director Franziska Buch
Starring Walter Slezak, Bryan Russell
Supporting actors Jürgen Vogel, Maria Schrader, Kai Wiesinger, Tim Hansen, Maurice Kumar, Sergej Moya, Anita Schulz, Annika Schulz, Tobias Unkauf, Maximilian Befort, David Klock, Thando Walbaum, Rudolf Kowalski, Martin Feifel, Oscar Ortega Sánchez, Gruschenka Stevens, Horst Kotterba, Rufus Beck
Studio Walt Disney Pictures
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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The kids are good actors, very charming and fun to watch.
microjoe
All-in-All: I loved the movie when I saw it; love the fact that it now residing in my video library!
HankD.
A thief who had been stalking him finally robbed him of his money.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By microjoe TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 6, 2007
Format: VHS Tape
THE STORY: A young boy named Emil (Bryan Russell) in Germany is put on a bus to Berlin to visit his grandmother, and he is deliver some money to her. On the train a pickpocket steals his money.. In actuality, the pickpocket is part of a bigger plan lead by a crime boss known as the Baron (Walter Slezak), to rob a bank, and since the police will not pay attention to a group of kids, they must stay on the case themselves. A Berloin boy nhamed Gustav (Roger Mobley) has a number of business including as a tour guide, a detective, and other assorted jobs, and basically harasses Emil into hiring him after the police ignore Emil. It turns out that Gustav has a whole team of boy detectives.

BEHIND THE SCENES & TRIVIA: The story idea for "Emil and the Detectives" comes from the beloved German classic children's book of the same name by Erich Kastner. It was turned into a screenplay by A. J. Carothers who had come to the Disney Studio a few years earlier to write the screenplay for "Miracle of the White Stallion" and "The Happiest Millionaire".
Directed by Peter Tewksbury. Thankfully this film was made on location in West Germany which makes it much more authentic than it would have been if made at the Disney Studio backlot in Burbank. The wonderful music score is by Heinz Schreiter, and played by the Berliner Symphony. In fact most of the cast and key crew were from Germany, including the cinematographer, art directors, cameramen, production manager, makeup, and others. Released in theatres on December 18, 1964. The movie was later serialized on "The New Mickey Mouse Club" under a different title, "The Three Shrinks". It aired on the "Wonderful World of Disney" as 2 episodes beginning on September 11, 1966, and again five years later on May 9, 1971.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By thetrixrabbit on January 18, 2012
Format: DVD
Fans of "Emil and the Detectives" have been waiting impatiently these many years, and finally their long wait is over. The Disney Movie Club has finally released a DVD version of "Emil" via their monthly video club.

The film may feel dated to today's generation of cutting edge action and gross-out humor, but nonetheless it will still entertain viewers of all ages. The film's greatest strength is in it's exception cast. Truly good child actors are very tough to find, but this crop is really remarkable. They are all very sympathetic and engaging, and make you really want to be one of the club, no matter how old you may be now. The baddies are also a fun bunch, but the true appeal of this film is the marvelous cast of kids. The ones who play miniature adults crack me up every time with their spot on reactions to the drama.

Even with all our modern day trappings, seeing this film still makes the 1960s seem like a fantastic, thrilling new world. Brilliantly and smartly shot on location, the film really gives you nuances and character that would never come out of a studio film. "Emil" is a wonderful, entertaining time capsule that should be experienced often. It gets my highest recommendation!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reliable Reviews on July 25, 2011
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A boy, Emil, is travelling with a large sum of money. A pick-pocket steals the money. Emil runs into an enterprising boy, Gustav, who, among many things, runs a detective-agency with other boys. The boys follow the thief with intent to get the money back. Each of the six boys of the detective-agency fan out doing different tasks. The boys discover the pick-pocket is involved with other crooks in a bigger crime.

The story is interesting and moves along. The children are likeable. Filmed on location in Berlin, Germany in the early 1960's on buses, in apartments, in hotels, parks, and restaurants. It is interesting seeing the decor.

The attempt at humor by the narrator at the start is not funny; but there is some good subtle humor later on.

Disney should put this on DVD; so people without a costly Internet connection can watch it too.

The boy, who played Gustav the boy-detective, went on to become an under-cover narcotics detective in real-life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Friesenfrau on January 8, 2011
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
I remember seeing this movie when I was a child and finding it captured my imagination. Because of this,I have the book Emil and the Detectives by Erik Kastner,and even did a stint as a Disney Movie Club member and now Netflix too. But I didn't find Emil and the Detectives through either of these two usually reliable means.
I like old movies and wanted to share imaginative,endearing, and even enlightening types with my children and now my grands. The quality of this movie is fine for an aging VHS. It arrived promptly and well packaged. It plays without problem. I even roped my husband, who takes entirely different walks-down-memory lane than I, into watching it with me. The story of rambunctious and neighborhood-sauvy young boys, uniting to find a fellow youth's money, which, of course, leads to the thwarting of international gangsters, was as enjoyable as I remembered it, and more glamorous than the Kastner novel. I recommend getting your memory banks paid into through Amazon any day. This really brought me pleasure and I intend to indulge myself this way again soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A voracious reader on January 31, 2012
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I remember going to see this when it was first in the theaters, which means I really am that old....not only is the story very charming, but it was filmed in Berlin (only a few years after the Wall went up) and it led to my lifelong fascination with that city. Many years ago I managed to buy a then-rare VHS copy on eBay and now it's finally in dvd (definitely an improvement)! By no means must you be a child to enjoy this movie, as I think people of any age would like it.
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