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Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates (1962)

Rony Zeaner , Carin Rossby , Norman Foster  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rony Zeaner, Carin Rossby, Gunilla Jelf, Erik Strandmark, Inga Landgre
  • Directors: Norman Foster
  • Writers: Norman Foster, Mary Mapes Dodge
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I55X8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,864 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates" on IMDb

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There's magic in the memories as great Disney moments are captured right here for you and your family to enjoy. Disney brings to life this classic story based on Mary Mapes Dodge's beloved children's novel. Set in 1860's Holland along the famed Zeider Zee -- young Hans Brinker finds himself responsible for supporting his family after his father becomes injured in an accident. He and his sister Gretel travel to Amsterdam in search of funds to help pay for their father's operation. Their only hope lies in the city's annual ice skating race, where Hans must face off against his arch rival Ludwig Schimmel in the hopes of winning the prize money. Don't miss the heart-pounding race to the finish in this tale of courage and a family's determination to survive that will have everyone cheering!

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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Story, Classic Disney Storytelling August 1, 2004
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This movie was filmed for the Disney anthology TV series "Walt Disney's Wonderful World Of Color" (also known as "The Wonderful World Of Color") and was shown in two parts on January 7 & 14, 1962. The film was released theatrically outside the United States in 1964. I consider this film among Disney's best live-action films of its time.

The film is based on Mary Mapes Dodge's classic 1865 book of the same title. It is a shame that the book and film are both unknown by most people, because both are very special.

The story has everything I want in a film - characters I can admire and care about, who overcome numerous hardships and earn their happy ending.

The scenery is beautiful - filmed in the Zuider Zee area of Holland near the scenic communities of Comperduin and Volendam, as well as at Rembrandt's home in Amsterdam. The winter scenes for the skating races were filmed in Sweden.

The basic plot is of a brother and sister trying to win a skating race for money for their father's operation. He needs an operation due to brain damage from a head injury. The family is also desperately poor, because only the father knows where their savings are hidden - and he cannot remember. The story is full of adventure, hardship, mystery, and the love of a family for each other.

I first remember this film from seeing it on the Disney Channel in the mid 1980s. I have enjoyed watching the film numerous times over the years and am thrilled to finally have a chance to buy it on DVD.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars silver skates February 9, 2005
By joyce
This was a wonderful uplifting family movie and was understood even by my 5 year old grandchild. It held all of our attention thoughout the movie.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Warm story with memories September 16, 2004
I'm not quite sure how this movie would do with young people today. I saw it once nearly 30 years ago and I loved it and felt the need to buy it just to see it again when it was released on DVD. I found myself remembering certain parts of it and images in an uncanny sort of way.

The story is a bit simplistic, but the scenery is interesting and there is a surreal little dream sequence which is great, though not brilliant. Overall, I got out of it what I wanted and would gladly share this movie with other young people...though I'm not sure how much of their attention it would hold in this modern age...?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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BEHIND THE SCENES & TRIVIA: Shot on location in Amsterdam, and the towns of Camperduin and Volendam. The ice skating races on the frozen lake and river were shot in Sweden according to the Disney film book by Harry Tytle. Harry was the European Disney Representative overseeing film project s for many years. Like many of the films made in Europe under Walt Disney's guidance, this film was made with local actors and crew with the exception of a few administrative special positions. The art director, cameramen, wardrobe, sound, lights, and set construction was all provided by local talent. The very capable acting was all local talent as well. The film was directed by Norman Foster and he also acted as the local associate producer, (Walt's name always appeared as producer), and had previously directed some of the episodes of Davy Crockett, Zorro, and Elfego Baca shows for Disney. He also makes an appearance in the October 27, 1954 show The Disneyland Story". Mr. Foster also wrote the screenplay for this film based upon the classic book of the same name by Mary Maples Dodge. A co-director from the region worked with Foster on the set. The music was by one of the long-time Disney Studio staff composers, Oliver Wallace who won an Academy Award ® for his work on Dumbo, as well as working on scores for Cinderella, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and Lady and the Tramp. The artwork that Hans sketches throughout the film was created by an artist hired for the film, Joshua Meador.

The film was made for the television show "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" as a two episode movie airing January 7 & 14, 1962. It aired three years later on April 18 & 25, 1965. The episodes were edited together for European theatrical release as a movie in 1963.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie December 6, 2004
By Bren
I simply love this Movie I saw this as a child, it seemed it only showed for a few years after that and then just went away to the film locker. But I kept it in my memory and decided to see if I could find it. My kids would find it boring and OLD but to those of us Oldies who remember it and loved it it is a Wonderful memory filled movie to watch.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My kid liked it. November 6, 2006
I notice a few reviewers think that younger people would be bored by this movie. I just watched it with my eleven year old and he liked a lot. He said at first that it looked dull but then sat down and got sucked into it, especially the racing scenes. The acting is good and the story moves along.

I only give it four stars though, because it is only about 50% like the book that I enjoyed so much as a child. The book was really good--I don't know why they didn't stick to it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Entertainment April 12, 2006
By Twriter
Uplifting film that teaches the importance of family and hard work. Beautiful scenery.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes you to Holland and the Zeider Zee. May 9, 2010
The story of a young-man and his family who live in Holland along the Zeider-Zee (Southern-Sea).

Filmed in Holland and Sweden with Dutch actors / ice-skaters. Disney-color.

Hans is poor. The girl he loves is wealthy. The girl's father wants her to date only wealthy boys. The wealthy rival gives Hans trouble.

Half of Holland was once ocean; made into dry farmland, by building dikes / dams, and draining the water by windmill-driven-pumps into canals. One city in Holland reaches 23-feet below sea-level.

A story of action, adventure, friendships, and family. Will Hans win the 26-mile ice-skating race and the prize-money he needs?

This Disney-version is the best version. The other version is pleasant, and has several ok songs; but this Disney-version has more story and more drama.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great children's film
What a great kid's movie. I gave my granddaughters Barbie dolls of the world; among them Dutch Barbie. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Neem
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I enjoyed being able to share this movie with my children. They enjoyed it. There's action, romance, mystery, honor for parents, and chivalry. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Family Movie Night DVD
A very exciting story for children and parents alike, that focuses on sacrificial love for the family. We watched it during our study of Holland. A classic!
Published 8 months ago by MomTimesTwo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film
I really enjoyed Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates! I can't tell you how much this movie means to me. I saw it years ago and was so pleased when this movie arrived at my door step. Read more
Published 9 months ago by James
4.0 out of 5 stars Holds up well as a family film
Watching this film on Wonderful World of Disney was a regular ritual when I was a child back in the sixties. Read more
Published 9 months ago by F. Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this movie!
We checked this movie out from the library so much that I decided we should get our own copy to share with others who visit in our home. Nothing replaces the old Disney movies!! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Love puppies
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay for the Good Ole' Days!
I hadn't seen this story in years. It brought me back to my childhood and Sunday nights with Walt Disney. Thank you!
Published 11 months ago by Vivian Galanti
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchase for senior daycare facility
We play it for seniors including Alhzeimers patients, well received. Participants really enjoy seeing films from their younger days and ones with upbeat themes and situations.
Published 14 months ago by Eleanor Antreassian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment!
Hans Brinker is a wholesome family story interwoven with Dutch heritage. Set in the time of the Impressionists, this movie was shot on location in the Netherlands. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Artist
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
This is a Walt Disney classic for young and old. Great story about adversity and how a family sticks together because of it.
Published 20 months ago by Betty Vecchiolla
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