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Heidi (2006)

Emma Bolger , Max Von Sydow , Paul Marcus  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Emma Bolger, Max Von Sydow, Geraldine Chaplin, Diana Rigg
  • Directors: Paul Marcus
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, 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: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 8, 2006
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FFL2H0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,244 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Heidi" on IMDb

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The beloved tale of Heidi, the Swiss miss whose indomitable spirit touches all those around her, despite having been dealt a harsh hand in life, gets a spunky boost in this 2005 film adaptation. A stellar cast includes Max von Sydow as Grandfather, a roiling-with-inner-rage Geraldine Chaplin as Rottenmeier, and a benevolent Diana Rigg as Grandmamma. At the center of their world--like it or not--is Heidi, played with irrepressible optimism by the adorable Emma Bolger. As the orphaned Heidi is flung from home to home, city to city, valley to mountain, by those who profess not to want her, she accepts her fate and still manages to cast sunshine on her bleak situation. This version features breathtaking scenery--Grandfather's mountain aerie looks more like a Canadian Rockies summer spread than a place of self-imposed solitary confinement. At times the pan-European cast gives the film a feel of being the United Nations on location; Chaplin and Rigg's upper-crust British accents clash with von Sydow's clipped Swedish delivery, and Bolger's accent adorably reflects her Dublin roots. (Only the goats truly look Swiss.) But the story of Heidi has a huge heart, and this film is family entertainment in the best sense of the word. --A.T. Hurley

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Set in the Swiss Alps 100 years ago, Heidi is the story of a young orphan girl who is sent to stay with her grandfather in the High Alps. A tale of the indomitable spirit of children amid the hardships of an adult world, Heidi has been a favourite childhood fiction for generations around the world.

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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last ! September 8, 2006
The story in this movie is faithful to the book in almost all respects. More important, the movie is faithful to the spirit of the book. The characters are appealing, and Max von Sydow manages to play the grandfather's gruff moments without alienating the audience. Also, the screenwriter obviously learned a thing or two from the previous movie versions and incorporated some of the effective touches from those movies.

The Shirley Temple version is very good at the beginning, then the screenwriter throws the book away, and the chase scenes and the cloak-and-dagger intrigue are not only ineffective but embarrassing.

The 1952 version shortens the story but adds a nice touch of having her Aunt lie to Heidi about being able to return to the mountains.

The 1968 version almost throws the book away and the child is too old for the role, but the scenery and the music are very good.

The 1993 version reproduces most of the story of the book but throws the book away at the end. Also, the characters are totally different, even antithetical, to what they are in the book. I tried watching it a second time just to be sure and I couldn't make it through the movie.

So, this is THE version of the book.

The minor departures are the grandfather's angry reaction when Heidi returns. (Fortunately, this is only momentary.) And the walking. The movie has Clara take her first steps as a result of a situation of danger. Thereafter, however, they do put in the patient physical therapy which the grandfather practices to enable Clara to walk by the end of the summer.

A nice touch is the addition of the doctor's role in Dorfli. None of the other movie versions saw fit to put it in. This movie not only puts it in but shows why it is important. The child who plays Heidi is appealing and close enough in age.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED this version! Finally the real Heidi! October 24, 2006
I loved this version of Johanna Spyri's classic novel. Emma Bolger is so cute and sweet and just how I had always pictured Heidi. This story follows the book better than any I have ever seen. Sometimes it is quite sad - we cried during some scenes. But Max Von Sydow and Emma Bolger show the wonderful relationship between Grandparent and Grandchild. The acting and directing are Superb! I rarely give 5 stars but I certainly will this time.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this version of Heidi November 9, 2006
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I was always a fan of the Shirley Temple version of Heidi because it was sentimental and it touched my heart-strings! I enjoyed this version so much because of the photography, the actors, and as an adult now I felt the story touched broadly on "life" themes of hurt, forgiveness, love and joy of simple living and of life in general....not to mention the happy ending which I'm always a sucker for. Thorougly enjoyable and one I know I'll watch and share over and over again.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Overall this is our favorite version of Heidi in film. We highly recommend it! Our family watched this movie anticipating the same cutesy antics and departures from the novel as before but were surprised to find this one quite close to the book. It is a bit more somber than the book in my view but this adds a real 19th century feel anyway. Emma Bolger plays Heidi with enough childlike charm, she's not always perfect but her shining eyes and sweet grin helpd me forgive a few tiny flaws in her acting. Max Von Sydow plays Grandfather immaculately with the right amount of grumpiness and compassion. The best performance I think is Del Synott as Sebastian the butler! The only thing I wish the director would have done differently is to spend more time on Heidi's enjoyment in the pastures as is done in the beginning of the book. I would have been delighted to see more expansive views of the Swiss alps also, some of the cinematography is shot closer in with cozier views. I recommend watching this movie then going back to the read the book once again if it has been awhile. It is a truly heartwarming parable.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars They took God out of the story April 22, 2011
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The only reason I give this review 3 stars is because it's a decent, conservative, family film about love and nature. The moral of the story, though, as we (my children and I) learned from the book - which we read before watching the movie - is that God answers prayer and forgives us no matter what. This basic foundation of the story that was so carefully included by the original author was completely ignored in this movie. I am so disappointed. I read the reviews before buying to make sure not to buy a "cinderallafied" version, and this accomplished that objective, but it's such a shame that they took God out of the story.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I purchased this version hoping it would be the best version to date of Johanna Spyri's delightful and thought provoking book. It is not ! The dialog and feel of the film are rather modern and compromise the efforts of the actors/actresses.

The grandmother, played by Diana Rigg is excellent. Fraulein Rottenmeier, played by Geraldine Chaplin (whom I like otherwise), is overplayed and positively villainous. Clara's father is excellent and so is the Doctor. Clara was quite good, convincing and definitely in character.

The goatherd, besides being given ridiculous lines, is a poor actor. Aunt Dete was sulky and peevish, instead of self-centered and nasty. Unfortunately, Emma Bolger as Heidi disappoints. She is not well developed as a young actress. She does not convince one that she is young, innocent, and charming. Simply, she does not bring Heidi to life. It would help if her dialog were more convincing as well. Grandfather was bland, or shallow, one of the two. He was ok, or a little better than ok, that's all. His lack of dialog was not the reason for this. For proof, see the Grandfather in the Shirley Temple version. He says volumes, yet rarely opens his mouth.

Too much drama, not enough innocence and joie de vivre, and a soundtrack that is overdone (perhaps thinking of CD sales ?).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another wonderful old movie.
Published 29 days ago by elizabeth gates
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Second best version of Heidi. The best version is a 26 episode TV version, on 4 PAL DVD's.
Published 1 month ago by Dale Hanks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great present for my mom. It's one of her favoriates!
Published 1 month ago by T Reed
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing authenticity
Having seen several film versions of "Heidi", this one does seem to follow the story line of the children's novel written by Swiss author, Johanna Spyri, better than many of the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sweet Pea
3.0 out of 5 stars purchased this dvd for the wife because she wanted movies of...
just bought this movie to please the wife....nothing more.....i have seen this movie since i was a youngster and now the wife want a copy....
Published 3 months ago by wetdreams47
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good
My kids read the book and they loved it. The movie on the contrary was very boring so they couldn't get thru it. We stopped watching it after 15 minutes into the movie.
Published 3 months ago by A. Shchurova
5.0 out of 5 stars NBC had it right about Heidi
A magical story to watch with grandchildren. Heartwarming to see people who care about each other. Love and kindness rather than strange creatures and bad behavior.
Published 4 months ago by Ann Kinken Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Heidi
I first heard of the story of Heidi, when I was seven years old, and our grade two teacher was reading the book to us. I love the movie for the story and the memory it holds.
Published 4 months ago by Sharon Metz
4.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
We had read the book and wanted the movie to go with it. This was close to the book and my 7 year old liked it
Published 4 months ago by debbie oneill
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful!
I read the book many times as a child but hadn't really liked the one movie version I had seen. I didn't read
anything about this movie but it looked like it might live up to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by carol
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