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The Little Prince (1974)

Richard Kiley , Steven Warner , Stanley Donen  |  G |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Kiley, Steven Warner, Gene Wilder, Bob Fosse, Victor Spinetti
  • Directors: Stanley Donen
  • Writers: Alan Jay Lerner, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Producers: Stanley Donen, A. Joseph Tandet
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001AW07U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,217 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Little Prince" on IMDb

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A pilot crash-lands in the Sahara desert, and is surprised to meet a tiny prince with a sword... but who doesn't know the story of the beloved book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry? The slim philosophical classic has delighted millions, and the 1974 musical of the book has its own charms. Scored by the estimable team of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe and directed by Stanley Donen, this is a tuneful piece of whimsy that's better in moments than it is overall. Two guest appearances energize the second half: Gene Wilder as a lonely fox, and the superbly slinky Bob Fosse as a salacious snake (Fosse choreographed his own number, a welcome touch of Cabaret amidst the whimsy). Some of the book's slight observations don't translate well to the literalness of the screen, but that won't matter to kids, who should be hooked from the very first "Draw me a sheep." --Robert Horton

Product Description

A wandering child from a faraway place comes upon a pilot who crashlanded in the Sahara.
Genre: Feature Film Family
Rating: G
Release Date: 6-APR-2004
Media Type: DVD

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
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I cannot too highly praise this 1974 film of "The Little Prince" produced and directed by Stanley Donen. The presentation is rather that of an American musical or a "Singspiel": spoken dialogue interspersed with musical numbers. The lyrics and music of Lerner and Loewe do not terribly impress me but they are suitable and essentially effective. To my surprise and delight, everything else works: Richard Kiley is absolutely convincing as The Pilot. His acting is first rate, he sings very well indeed, and his handsome, expressive face and athletic body present a Pilot who is at the same time very strong and very gentle. I think of the exuberance of the scene in which he and the Little Prince playfully splash about in the water of the oasis or of the final moments when his sense of loss and sorrow comes across so powerfully as he carries the Little Prince in his arms after the snake has given its gift of transformation and the essence of the child is no longer in his body. Stephen Warner somehow speaks to me as The Little Prince, Saint-Exupery's Little Prince himself, incarnate in his every word and movement, and in the costuming as well.

The irrepressible Gene Wilder brilliantly zips about as a hyper-active and most loveable fox who allows himself (indeed desires)

to be tamed at last by love. The great choreographer Bob Fosse, at the height of his career, dances a shifty, jazzy snake, even if the length of the dance is a bit self-indulgent. The visual movement back and forth between animals and human actors is very effective. The ballet of the roses is delightfuly reminiscent of a production number in a 1930s Busby Berkley musical.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spirit of the Little Prince October 27, 2000
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This movie captures the spirit of the book, The Little Prince. It is utterly captivating and charming. The music is outstanding, of course, Frederick Loewe. Richard Kiley is excellent as the Pilot. The direction is worthy of Broadway by Stanley Donen. Bob Fosse is amazing as the Snake. Gene Wilder sitting in the wheat field is heart-wrenching; and his dance scene with the Prince is delightful. The slightly surreal atmosphere only adds to the magic and truth of the story. The Little Prince himself is truly this little boy. What a great job everyone does! Kids will enjoy this movie, but I think it's the adults that will get the most out of it. Who has not had a childhood vision crushed by grown-ups? This movie will restore your vision and dreams.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ENCHANTING! December 7, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of my favorite films. I had read the book, and bought the video to share with my French classes since we do not have time to read the book. Not knowing anything about the film, I was shocked at the faithfulness of the film to the book. The little boy is stunning--he IS the Little Prince! I loved Gene Wilder as the fox, but I could have done without the LONG presentation of the snake--BLAH! My three children (7,5,2) have each been mesmerized by it several times. WARNING-Pass on the cartoon version!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative Masterpiece October 8, 2004
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Kudos to Stanley Donen! His vision made this film a exhilirating experience, and gave it a heart.

It has a superbly creative cast, especially Bob Fosse and Gene Wilder, who played snake and fox respectively. Bob Fosse's snake looks and moves would be imitated (and made more popular) years later by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The snake dance is more than enough reason to watch this. Gene Wilder, as the very wise fox, is so endearing. Steven Warner, as the very young prince, is so cute and lovable, you would want to take care of and protect him from all kinds of harm.

The music is great, too, especially "I Never Met A Rose"
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I Gave This a Chance despite the first viewing August 6, 2006
By Kendra
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I saw this film with my grandmother at Radio City Music Hall as a child back in 1974 (I think this is the year). I had not read the book at that time, and certainly did not like the movie. Since falling in love with the soundtrack of Le Petit Prince (Richard Cocciante's and Elisabeth Anais's French version), I decided to give this film another look. Also, it's considered a classic, so I thought maybe I'd like it better now.

I did like the main cast. I think Richard Kiley as the aviator was excellent and I very much enjoyed Steven Warner as the Little Prince. Gene Wilder (the Fox) like always, was great.

The movie was really bad, though. And, the musical score was appalling (I do not use this term lightly)! The Little Prince, too, is filled with poor melodies and lyrics. I am not a huge fan of Lerner and Lowe's, but these songs are just really atrocious. I wound up fast forwarding halfway through most of the songs since they sounded horrid and repetitive. Worse, they seemed to come out of nowhere with no real transition from dialogue to music. The Prince's Rose, for instance, said goodbye coyly yet gently but then belted out her obnoxious and brash goodbye song. And, it was HORRIBLE as were most all the tracks. Really atrocious stuff. I'm surprised it even passes as music.

The main message here is wonderful. The film does keep the main message, but if you don't know the book, some of the lessons learned and taught are lost in this film. You reach the same conclusion, because it's spelled out for the watcher, but some lessons (vanity, too much work-not enough play, focus on money) are lost along the way. In addition, the troubled yet charming lamplighter is absent here. Really, if time was an issue, why not cut out the horrendous musical numbers?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
One of my favorites. A must see for the family.
Published 1 month ago by M. Abe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everyone should own this film. Traditional story set to the music of Lerner and Lowe.
Published 1 month ago by BIZBOPPER
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everything was just perfect!
Published 1 month ago by Gloria Zurita
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story. I really love this musical adaption of ...
Great Story. I really love this musical adaption of The Little Prince, so good and well done. The musical numbers are amazing. More amazing is the heart of the story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rosella Myles
3.0 out of 5 stars A little cheesy
We thought it was a funny diversion. It was a little cheesy, but my kids (4 and 7) sat through the whole thing!
Published 2 months ago by Beth
3.0 out of 5 stars Odd film
Quite an odd film- then again, the book is interesting too. My students recognized Gene Wilder from Willy Wonka and enjoyed that, along with the singing numbers, especially Snake... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ryan Merold
2.0 out of 5 stars Next
Odd and trippy w/a kid who walks on planets as well as a talking snake and fox. I recommend the book, but I can't really say the same for the movie.
Published 2 months ago by James A. Harris
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I was so looking forward to watching this movie because I enjoyed the book but unfortunately it was boring and my children and I couldn't get through half of it.
Published 2 months ago by Alynne R. DeHart
1.0 out of 5 stars just not something my daughter was interested in.
Didn't realize it was such an old movie when we started it. Was looking for a kids movie, but my daughter was not interested.
Published 3 months ago by Chacqie E. Chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time favorite
This movie has such sweetness and innocence have loved it since I was a child. It has a message that is still relevant today maybe even more so.
Published 3 months ago by Lissbug
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