Hans Brinker, Or The Silver Skates
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The film is based on Mary Mapes Dodge's classic 1865 book of the same title. It is a shame that the book and film are both unknown by most people, because both are very special.
The story has everything I want in a film - characters I can admire and care about, who overcome numerous hardships and earn their happy ending.
The scenery is beautiful - filmed in the Zuider Zee area of Holland near the scenic communities of Comperduin and Volendam, as well as at Rembrandt's home in Amsterdam. The winter scenes for the skating races were filmed in Sweden.
The basic plot is of a brother and sister trying to win a skating race for money for their father's operation. He needs an operation due to brain damage from a head injury. The family is also desperately poor, because only the father knows where their savings are hidden - and he cannot remember. The story is full of adventure, hardship, mystery, and the love of a family for each other.
I first remember this film from seeing it on the Disney Channel in the mid 1980s. I have enjoyed watching the film numerous times over the years and am thrilled to finally have a chance to buy it on DVD.
The story is a bit simplistic, but the scenery is interesting and there is a surreal little dream sequence which is great, though not brilliant. Overall, I got out of it what I wanted and would gladly share this movie with other young people...though I'm not sure how much of their attention it would hold in this modern age...?
The film was made for the television show "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" as a two episode movie airing January 7 & 14, 1962. It aired three years later on April 18 & 25, 1965. The episodes were edited together for European theatrical release as a movie in 1963.Read more ›
I only give it four stars though, because it is only about 50% like the book that I enjoyed so much as a child. The book was really good--I don't know why they didn't stick to it.
It is so refreshing to find a movie without profanity and immoral relationships. This one is a superb example of family film making at its finest. A true treat for the whole family!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie is a trip down memory lane. I watched this in my younger days and was excited to have my own copy. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Teresa Bartos
I had seen thison the Disney channel years ago and I am glad it is available to purchase.Published 9 months ago by HELLENIC
So glad to find this classic in dvd. My copy was VHS and I wanted to have it for my grandchildren.Published 11 months ago by tisha