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Do you believe? Young Frances and Elsie do. They say they've encountered the supernatural. They've met fairies. The photos the girls take of the winged beings put them at the center of a real-life controversy that sweeps England during World War I. Everyone is caught up in the excitement, including two of the era's most renowned men: Sherlock Holmes' author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Peter O'Toole) and master illusionist Harry Houdini (Harvey Keitel). Are the girls' photos real or a clever hoax? One thing is for sure: with enchantment, a sense of wonder and glorious special effects, FairyTale: A True Story is superb family entertainment.

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  • Actors: Paul McGann, Florence Hoath, Elizabeth Earl, Harvey Keitel, Jason Salkey
  • Directors: Charles Sturridge
  • Writers: Albert Ash, Ernie Contreras, Tom McLoughlin
  • Producers: Albert Ash, Bruce Davey, Margaret French-Isaac, Paul Tucker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AUHQR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,842 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fairy Tale - A True Story" on IMDb

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110 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth M. Gelwasser VINE VOICE on November 18, 2003
Format: DVD
I saw "Fairy Tale - A True Story", when it had it's theatrical release and I was utterly charmed and moved by this wonderful movie. I am so glad that it has finally been released to the DVD format.The story is based upon the true life events surrounding the famous and sensational 'Cottingly fairies photographs'.The film takes place during the dark days of WWI Britain. A young Elsie Wright (Florence Hoath) is sent off to live with relatives, because her father is 'missing in action'.Elsie becomes fast friends with her twelve year old, cousin, Frances (Elizebeth Earl) both of whom seem to have a playful fascination with the subject of fairies. One day the girls borrow an old camera and go off to a local brook to take pictures. When the photographs are later developed, they show images of what seem to be real, live fairies!Through a series of events the photographs fall into the famous hands of Sherlock Holmes Writer, Sir Author Conan Doyle (Pete O'Toole) and Magician & Escape Artist, Harry Houdini (Harvey Keitel). Doyle publishes the photographs in a national magazine and causes a sensation throughout the country.Are the pictures real or did these two young girls pull off the hoax of the century? The movie puts it's own twist on the facts and attempts to come up with some very interesting answers.Director, Charles Sturridge and Screen Writer, Ernie Contreras have created a magical and moving film about the subject of faith. Sometimes if you believe in something hard enough, maby it can come true. This is found throughout the film. It applies to everything from the belief in the unseen (such as fairies, spirits of love ones), the return of a father, or even the faith needed to win a brutal war.The acting in this movie is splendid.Read more ›
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Michael Slater on March 4, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
For young and old alike,this delightful film has it all! Based on the true story of two young girls who claim to have seen fairies in England during WW1,"Fairytale:A True Story" features superb acting throughout,especially Elizabeth Earl and Florence Hoath as Francis Griffiths and Elsie Wright, whose fairy sightings stir up quite a bit of controversy throughout wartime England. Among the people caught up in the excitement are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,brilliantly portrayed by Peter O"Toole and Harry Houdini,featuring Harvey Keitel in one of his finest performances. Paul McGann and Phobe Nicols are also wonderful as Elsie's parents. I really can't say enough about this film. Brilliantly cast and beautifully photographed,it is enchanting entertainment from beginning to end. The film score is even well worth the price if you can still find the CD! This film is not your average children's movie and I have read alot of reviews that ask weather this film was aimed at children or adults.This could very well be why it was not more of a commercial success.A pity, because I believe this film offers something for all ages.I also regret that I have not seen Florence Hoath in many other roles,save for "The Governess" and I haven't seen Elizabeth Earl at all-they deserve more recognition!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Maudeen Wachsmith VINE VOICE on March 21, 2005
Format: DVD
Don't be fooled by thinking this delightful film is just for children. I just happened on the movie on TV yesterday and was absolutely captivated and I am middle-aged. I already knew the background story about the Cottingley fairies and was curious as to how this would be dealt with on film. The movie did not disappoint in the least. Although the account is, of course, fictionalized a bit, that fact does not deter from its charm. In fact, I would imagine those unfamiliar with the true events might even more interested -- and even compelled to read even more of the story. Do yourself a favor, watch this movie, I am sure you will be as captivated by this charming story as much as I was. HIGHLY recommended.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Portia on December 2, 2004
Format: DVD
I find it hard to articulate just why this film moves me so much, i just wish as I see it for the 10th or so time, that I could watch it without crying....it brings up so many issues so cleverly, it offers consolation, it brings in the concepts of magic and faith in an intense and beautiful way, the acting is superb....in fact I think this is my most favourite movie of all time.....not a childrens film, though some will love it,it's actually a movie for tired old grownups!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Fisher TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 5, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Don't let the title fool you - I think this movie is great, only not what some people might be expecting. Despite the title, the fairies themselves don't come into the movie much expect as a plot device - there are a few fleeting glimpses but not a word of dialouge spoken among them. So forget any ideas of fairy mischief-making, as the movie centres more around the topic of belief and faith, and the contriversy that arises from the two girls and their 'proof' in the existence of fairies. Therefore, only the thoughtful and patient (and rare!) breed of children will get much enjoyment from this movie - others I'm afraid will be simply bored.
I have always been fascinated by the real story of the fairies in Cottingley Glen, and have copies of the photographs taken by Elsie Wright and Frances Griffith, two teenagers who claimed that the fairies and gnomes captured by their camera were in fact real. I have also read several conflicting stories on the resolution of these events - one resource told me the girls confessed that the photographs were fake, another that on their death-bed one of them swore they were real. And yet another - the editorial review claims the girl passed away without any confession one way or the other. In the movie version the fairies are obviously real beings, and yet the director cleverly slips in a scene illustrating how the 'real' pictures could have been created - the nasty reporter pins cut-out fairies to the desk top.
The movie story is fairly straightforward, but with deep and serious undercurrents - Frances Griffith's father is missing in action during the war, and so travels to her older cousin Elsie Wright's home to wait out the fighting.
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