Napoleon and Samantha
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I first became familiar with Napoleon and Samantha when renting movies from a local video (gasp! what's VHS?) rental store in Alabama back in the 90's. I was one, if not my top rented movie because we couldn't find it anyplace else back in the day, including Suncoast or even at Disneyworld on trip to Disney when we inquired about it.
I was very happy to get a copy of my own about 3 years ago on Christmas when it came out on DVD.
Now, what do i like about Napoleon and Samantha so much? Everything. It's hard to explain, but it has an incredible depth and charm so hard to find in other movies. The musical score is beautiful (and apparently equally rare, i haven't been able to find a copy of the soundtrack anywhere) and the scenery is equally beautiful and breathtaking. The acting of Johnny Whitaker (Sigmund and The Sea Monsters, Tom Sawyer movie), is great, and it is interesting to Jodi Foster and Michael Douglas so young, one of the first movie appearances for both of them. And, if you are a fan of The Waltons as i am, it is an added treat to see both Grandma and Grandpa Walton (Will Geer, Ellen Corby) in their respective roles as Napoleon's Grandpa and Samantha's housekeeper. As stated, the plot is slightly weightier than most Disney fare, with the death of Napoleon's Grandpa and a hinted-at child pervert named Mark (whom is only referred to as a "psycho")
The story starts with a lovable but slightly mischievous boy named Napoleon growing up in a small, unnamed rural town with his sidekick, best friend and next door neighbor, Samantha.Read more ›
In spite of the age of the film, the DVD picture is of fine quality and will please Disney collectors. The disc itself is rather bare-bones with no extras (unfortunately). A recent cast interview with those mentioned would have been great.
All in all, well worth the small investment.
Note: the scene about death and loss, between young Napoleon and his grandfather, is something that every child should watch, especially if they have experienced loss of a loved one, or are about to experience loss. Beautifully done piece by Walt Disney Studios, this movie truly holds up after all these years. Enjoy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun movie but be warned I was surprised that my daughter woke up with a bad dream because of the Mark character. Sometimes you can't tell what will spook the kids. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lonnie Darvell
This VHS tape was brand new! Arrived in perfect condition and made for a wonderful addition to my son's collection of old VHS tapes. Thanks so much.Published 7 months ago by RMW