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  • Actors: Jason Robards, Jane Seymour, Patricia Neal, Noley Thornton, Lexi Randall
  • Directors: Michael Rhodes
  • Writers: Jeanne Rosenberg, Based On The Novel By Joanna Spyri
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005
  • Run Time: 191 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007LXPAY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,515 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Heidi" on IMDb

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Heidi, the dispossessed orphan who wants only to love and be loved, ends up charming her embittered grandfather and falling in love with the beautiful mountain he calls home. Heidi is soon uprooted and sent to Frankfurt where she befriends a young girl confined to a wheelchair. But the big city drains Heidi's spirit, and she must struggle with her memory of life in the Alps. In time, she follows her heart and finds a miracle. Starring Jason Robards and Jane Seymour, HEIDI is a triumph of love, friendship, and forgiveness that will capture everyone's heart.

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Get yourself a copy, you'll be glad you did.
Eric Pregosin
I have read the book and watched every Heidi movie ever made and this is by far my favorite.
HisTrumpetSounds
This is a movie you and your family will treasure and watch over and over.
Tom

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Eric Pregosin on June 24, 2005
Format: DVD
If you stacked all the DVD copies of all the box office versions of Heidi (including the late 60s version whose rep got tarnished by NBC and a football game which by the way I have bought since this review was originally writtem), and then play this, virtually everyone in my generation would start giving the other discs away as Christmas Stocking Stuffers. Despite being a made for tv (the OLD Disney Channel before they went commercial) film, it surpasses all the classics. Noley Thornton's performance is of equal caliber to Megan Follows in the Anne of Green Gables Trilogy. And what a supporting cast she has with her, Jason Robards as her Grandfather, Patricia Neal as Peter's Grandmother, Sian Phillips (yup Livia from I, Claudius herself) as Clara's Grandmother, and Jane Seymour as Fraulein Rottenmeir, Clara's governess (her first bad girl role I can think of since East of Eden 81). I was extremely grateful to see this on DVD last month, not only because it tells more of the story then any other film, but as a fellow reviewer below herself stated, the dvd copy is complete. The VHS tape had been released at 165 minutes (that's 2 hours and 45 minutes for those who can't convert fast). This disc is the full 191 minutes (3 hours and 11 minutes) as Disney made it in 93 all on 1 single sided disc. Get yourself a copy, you'll be glad you did.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Tom on January 14, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
that becomes a treasured family favorite. For our family, this is one of those films. This version of Heidi can still bring tears to our eyes after a half dozen viewings. Even my little four year old daughter, who didn't understand why, could hardly keep from tearing up as she watched the excellent rendition of this classic.
Originally over 3 hours long it has been edited to a little less than 3 hours for video without significantly affecting the story. I prefer the original uncut version, however. All the casting and acting is superb, especially Jason Robards and Noley Thornton as the grandfather and Heidi. Lexi Randall, Jane Seymour, Patricia Neal and other characters were excellent also.
Jason Robards believably captured the complex emotions of the grandfather torn between his personal guilt and torment related to the death of his son and the attempts of Heidi to get him to open his heart and life to her. Dete, the greedy and selfish distant cousin, at first casts off Heidi on the grandfather to get rid of her. Later, when she sees a way to make some money off Heidi, Dete shames the grandfather into letting Heidi go by playing up the grandfathers own fears that he will eventually turn against Heidi like he did his own son. Robards was so good expressing the anger and fear that the grandfather feels before finally realizing how much he loves and needs Heidi with him. Heidi is capably portrayed by Noley Thornton who easily captures Heidi's exuberance for life and her love for her grandfather and the mountains and her ability to change the lives of all those around her.
"Heidi" is an emotional roller coaster ride and provides ample opportunity for tears of sadness and joy. Punctuating the splendid scenery shot on location in Austria is the majestic musical score by Lee Holdridge which is worth the price of admission itself. This is a movie you and your family will treasure and watch over and over.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Jayne on May 20, 2007
Format: DVD
We have read the book to our children, and have all listened to it on audio cassette, and love the original story. We also understand that stories have to be changed somewhat to fit time formats, etc. However, the extent to which this movie has been adapted is beyond reason. The somewhat horrifying first scene is a complete Hollywood fabrication, which does nothing but detract from the overall story. Heidi's Grandfather is no longer the grumpy-on-the-outside, but loving-on-the-inside man of the book. Here he is just a mean old man, with no redeeming qualities at all. Heidi's initial life on the mountains, and her subsequent removal to the city are fairly close to the original story - again, except where the Grandfather is involved. However things really start to fall apart about half way through the second act. Pretty much all of the heart-warming third act of the book, where Heidi returns to the mountains she loves, has been lost to idiotic plot twists and ridiculous melodrama. Time after time, as this movie played, we looked at each other in astonishment, wondering what had happened to the story we know and love.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By AJM on January 2, 2011
Format: DVD
I chose this movie to watch with my daughter because I had loved the story as a child and thought this would be a great way to introduce her to the story (she's still learning how to read). I have to say that I love the actors, the settings are lovely, and the two-part format works well...However- and this is a BIG one- I don't know why the story was so horribly modified. I know that whenever a book is adapted into a film there have to be changes to have the story adapt to the new format: characters and events may be changed or even cut, etc. What makes a successful book-to-movie adaptation, however, is a respect for the essence and spirit of the story. This adaptation is very flawed and reveals deep misunderstandings of the characters and plot. Do not read further if you don't want any spoilers, but here are the main things that prompted me to give the review only one star:
* Grandfather in the novel is a gentle man who behaves in a curmudgeonly manner because he's seen some ugly sides of life (a brother who lost the family's estate, war, death of a wife and a beloved son). When Dete brings Heidi to him, he's angry at Dete- but never at Heidi. In the movie he's this rabidly angry man who constantly loses his temper in really awful ways. And that ridiculous beginning- with the argument between father and son...what crazy drama was that?? It was needless and rather pointless.
* Clara is a manipulative hypochondriac in the movie. In the novel she is a lonely and quiet little girl who truly loves Heidi and understands when it is time to let her return. There is no guilt tripping, no conditions at Heidi's departure. In the novel Clara's father is a reasonable and moral man who'd never want to cause a child any suffering.
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VHS isn't as long as it was on TV
Rest easy my friend, the DVD copy is complete. See my review. You may now use your VHS copy as a paperweight. ;-)
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