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The Kid (1921)

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Legendary actor Charlie Chaplin stars as The Little Tramp who stumbles upon an abandoned baby in the alley and takes him into his care, in this landmark silent film. As "the kid" (Jackie Coogan) grows older, they become partners in crime, until one day when the child falls ill and hospital workers endeavor to take the boy away. One of the most famous silent films of all time -- and the first that Chaplin wrote and directed himself -- it is also regarded as the first-ever comedy-drama.

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  • Actors: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Jackie Coogan, Carl Miller, Albert Austin
  • Directors: Charles Chaplin
  • Writers: Charles Chaplin
  • Producers: Charles Chaplin
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P2A5VM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,228 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Kid (1921)" on IMDb

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Simon Mall Giftcard Customer on January 4, 2008
Format: DVD
I'm sorry to say, this particular version of this classical movie has the wrong musical score. The music is completely off--happy music is played during the mother's sad scene of giving the child up and sad music is played during parts that were meant to be humourous. The movie itself, with the correct music, is wonderful. But this version is just horrendous and an extreme disappointment, seeing as I was very excited to recieve this.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 3, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
The Kid is a wonderful movie, which all too few people have even heard of (even those familiar with some silents). Chaplin's first feature film involves his hilarious and touching adventures after "adopting" an abandonned child (played by a young Jackie Coogan - you'd never recognize the future Uncle Fester). And the portrayal of overzealous child "protectors" ripping apart families unfortunately still rings true today. The one minor misstep in the entire movie is the brief dream sequence towards the end, which slows down the momentum right at the climax. Still, one of the greatest movies ever made, and probably the most underrated. The Idle Class isn't nearly at the level of The Kid, but it's thrown in as a bonus and has some very funny moments.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Danforth on January 20, 2014
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This is a great film - it's just that the soundtrack is WRONG!!!! It's a shame that Chaplin isn't around to sue the people at Synergy Entertainment to use the music that he wrote specifically for the movie. I guess I have to go back to my VHS tape that has the correct music. This misrepresentation should be ILLEGAL!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robert Jordan on November 1, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The Kid remains my favorite Chaplin film. The first time I saw it I actually cried. It continues to amuse and move (I show it to college film students each semester and they love it). Consider this: Chaplin stared, directed, produced, wrote the script and even composed the musical score!
Another item that may increase your appreciation of this film: Chaplin and his wife had just had a baby die when he began developing the idea of having his alter-ego, the Tramp, raise a baby. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't have the strength to share my pain with ten million people by turning it into a movie.
This gem belongs in any video collection. Enjoy!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jules on March 6, 2008
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This DVD has the wrong music! It completely ruined my enjoyment. I do not recommend buying this DVD just because it is cheap.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This is the most charming, touching, story from that genius little fellow Chaplin! There's one scene in the film that you can never forget. Hauntingly beautiful score written by him to boot, how could one man have so many gifts?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I loved this movie! It's one of my best. Right up there with Life is Beautiful (made by Roberto Benigni, who was also a Chaplin admirer). The music was also as touching as the story. Overall: Great, Great, GREAT!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Obi on April 26, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Perhaps not as polished as "City Lights" and "The Gold Rush", this movie tells an interesting story about an orphan boy (played by a very young Jackie Coogan or Fester as his friends call him) who gets abandoned by his mother, played by Edna Purviance, and finds himself in the care of a tramp played by you know who. There are many usual early Chaplin features such as a good fight scene and bumbling police officers ala the "Keystone Cops" and hard-headed bureaucratic types. Well to make it short, despite much drama, the kid gets reunited with his mother and all ends well.

Matched with a fun little short, "The Idle Class", Chaplin spoofs the well-healed and their penchant for playing golf and partying. In a case of mistaken identity, the tramp and a millionaire find themselves in the same resort and some funny drama ensues with Edna Purviance in the middle of it. The golf scene is very funny and the sight of the millionaire character finding himself in a phone booth without any pants on is enough to conjur up terrifying dreams of the past.

Both movies are very entertaining and my little girls love to watch them both, laughing themselves silly at numerous scenes. The score is also really good. Chaplin really had a good feel for what music goes well with each scene. If you can find a copy, get it, keep it and enjoy it.

I welcome feedback on this and all reviews at wstrnlibwarrior@yahoo.com
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