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Little House on the Prairie - The Pilot
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The pilot movie introduces the Ingalls family for the first time. The characters aren't as polished or well-rounded as they are in the TV series. The pilot also introduces their longtime family friend Mr. Edwards.
It starts out by telling the story of why they left their original home (and relatives). Charles finds a nice piece of land and sets up his residence for his family. It is at this time that they meet Edwards who helped in the construction of their new home.
Also included in this movie is a very touching Christmas scene (that was repeated in subsequent "flashback" "Little House" episodes) where the Ingallses celebrate their first Christmas in their new home. Mr. Edwards even plays Santa by surprising the entire family with his cheer and gifts.
Keep in mind that this is not set in the town of Walnut Grove (where the TV series took place). In the pilot movie they lived in a different location which was even more remote with no town and no neighbors to speak of (except the Native Americans who befriend the Ingallses).
Tragedy strikes when their log house catches on fire. I thought it would all be burned down, however they were blessed with a beautiful rainstorm which saved their home and barn.Read more ›
In the early 1990's Channel 4 Television bought 'Little House' and promised a complete screening promptly starting with "Harvest of Friends". No one I knew who was a fan of the show seemed to realize there was a pilot movie which made me wonder if it had ever been broadcast in the UK. However a book I had - and still have - listing movies on TV has an entry for it so I knew that it existed.
As you can imagine I was delighted when I spotted that The Pilot had been released on DVD and that complete episode seasons were also coming out as boxsets. I couldn't wait and quickly purchased this together with the first season knowing that I would be in for some really satisfying entertainment.
The Pilot is a stand alone TV movie that sells the concept of a harsh life on the Kansas plains very well. It isn't difficult to see why NBC invested in future episodes as the writing, directing, and performances of the cast are first rate. The music by David Rose (Bonanza), is also unforgettable.
Presented in a bright case with a photo of Michael Landon dominating the cover, the film itself is exceptionally sharp and colorful.Read more ›
This movie tells the Ingalls story before they reach Walnut Grove. They settle and build a new home and their new life. Only they are forced to move after it is discovered that they have built their house on Indian territory.
The quality of the movie is excellent and you just can't go past looking at the extras.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The picture is so much more clearer than the old dvd's love them!!Published 2 months ago by Pat Messing
This is a great way to teach a part of history to your kids. I grew up watching the show on television. It was clean, fun entertainment that I now enjoy sharing with my children.Published 5 months ago by Bama Mom
I love this movie because I love watching the tv show of this movie. I also had the vhs of this movie and wanted it in dvd.Published 7 months ago by Cindy Ellenberger
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|is the pilot 95 mins.or is it 120 mins. i have a vhs thats 120 mins and...||
It's 95 minutes. I have a VHS that also boasted 120 minutes that I am giving away, but it too is 95 minutes. These off brand manufacturers will do anything to get your attention (including exaggerate the running time based on commercials). It aired for 2 hours with commercials on NBC in 1974,... Read More
Jan 18, 2012 by Eric Pregosin | See all 2 posts
Hello, I just bought the Pilot Little House on the Prairie DVD movie... I am little disappointed that my DVD did have the marked (CC) on this DVD movie for closed captioned. When I was ready to watch this movie with CC .. they did not came out with closed captioned at all on this pilot movie. ... Read More
Nov 8, 2010 by Margaret Brannen | See all 6 posts