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Fairy Tale - A True Story (1997)

Paul McGann , Florence Hoath , Charles Sturridge  |  PG |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)

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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 (214 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AUHQR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,358 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fairy Tale - A True Story" on IMDb

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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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109 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "If You Believe in Fairies...Clap Your Hands!" November 18, 2003
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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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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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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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly delightful for children and adults alike March 21, 2005
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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, wonderful film.. December 2, 2004
By Portia
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 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 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Must See This Film September 22, 1999
By Denise
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FairyTale has at it's core a story that can't fail to touch your heart. It works because the special effects never overshadow this fact. It also shows that a film for the whole family can be made that isn't sappy or never asks for your emotions. FairyTale is also a treat visually-it's beautifully photographed and gives a real sense of the time and place in it's sets and costumes. All of the performances are terrific,particularly the children who don't slip into the cloying cuteness that marks so many 'family' movies. I was also really impressed with the acting of Paul McGann as the skeptical father Arthur Wright. His disbelief of the fairies and the girls' story never overshadows his love for them,and the grief over his son's death that has become part of Arthur's personality is played with extraordinary subtlety,much more difficult to do than showy tears. The scene in which Arthur is finally able to say his son's name again is played by Mr.McGann with quietly moving grace. I think the PG rating this film received was unwarranted and played a part in it's not being a bigger success. This film is perfect for everyone,children included. My nieces and nephew love it,and you will too.
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2.0 out of 5 stars ( I really liked Harvey Keitel's portrayal as Houdini
Just saw this film; and I have some mixed ideas about it. It's a cute story for kids and adults alike. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 days ago by 1
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
I saw this movie title and description on the tv guide one evening and decided to watch it. I anxiously awaited for the movie to begin but to my disappointment another movie was... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Stella
5.0 out of 5 stars I watched this with a grand daughter who truly believes ...
I watched this with a grand daughter who truly believes in fairies. It was a magical time for both of us. I'm still a little girl at heart.
Published 23 days ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is another wonderful movie for all age groups----Lifts your heart.
Published 24 days ago by Paul Richter
5.0 out of 5 stars nice. clean family
nice. clean family movie
Published 25 days ago by Thomas Pugliese
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie for the family
Published 1 month ago by Maria Grissom
5.0 out of 5 stars if you have a daughter or Grand-Daughter between the ages of 6 and 10...
I bought this as a Christmas gift for my Grand-Daughter. However I have seen this movie before and it is truly magical! Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. L. Struck
4.0 out of 5 stars For those who want to believe.
The story is true, not the fairies. (welllll, maybe the fairies). A visually beautiful movie and the story will hold your interest. ( I do believe in fairies, I do, I do. Read more
Published 1 month ago by roseyfran
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Film
Received my movie just in time for my Saturday nite preview. Sweet Film Thanks
Published 1 month ago by J. Medina
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