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In the old 1949 Edition, Mary wasn't portrayed correctly. She's supposed to be (at the beginning) a girl with an attitude (for lack of a better way to put it.) She's supposed to be completely emotionally unnafected by her parent's death (according to the book)as they had never attempted to spend time with her. In the old 1949 version, Mary has an emotional outburst upon learning of her parent's death. That is out of charachter. In this version, she's more concerned about the doll she dropped when she was told. Her attitude in this 1987 version seems more in charachter.
In the 1993 version I do not like the way they took the concept of "magic" and twisted it into a seance in the garden. That is extremely out of charachter with the book. When the book speaks of "Magic" it almost hints at miricles/the hand of God. This 1987 movie kept in charachter with that.
Basically, I think this version is truer to the mysterious (in a good way) tone of the book. the manor is beautiful! and the whole scenery is in charachter with the book. The only thing they contradicted the book in was having Mary and Colin not related. In the book they're cousins. But in this version they're unrelated, which is obviously because they have Mary and Colin getting married. The only thing I would change is the actors that played the two boys, Colin and Dicken. They were pretty good actors, but both were too old. Dickon should have been someone more Mary's age, and the actor that played Colin (although he has a sufficient baby face) reveals his real age at the end when he can stand up and walk. Way too tall.Read more ›
A caution though: the beginning might be too much for younger children. In India, Mary finds her parents and servant dead or dying and then her doll is taken away and burned in the fire. This is, however, the only part with such distresses.
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Have been wanting to re-watch this moving since I was a kid. I used to have it taped on a VHS off of when they aired it as a Hallmark Special on TV. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Martina & Mike
This was my favorite movie as a kid. There was minimal scratches, but I did buy it used knowingly, so I still give 5 stars. I got it a lot quicker than expected as well.Published 2 months ago by Domenique S.
I had heard of this story and movie for many years, but never had a chance to see it until I found a copy at my thrift store a few weeks ago. I enjoyed the movie. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gail Rodgers
Great movie - the one version my kids grew up with!! Love it!Published 5 months ago by Lynn M Rarick