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The Littlest Horse Thieves

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The Littlest Horse Thieves is a Walt Disney Production. Set in early 20th-century England, the film concerns three Yorkshire children who take pity on the ponies that are used as beasts of burden in the coal mines. The kids "liberate" the ponies with the help of a sympathetic groom. This action arouses so much public sympathy that the miners threaten to strike if the ponies are returned to their living deaths in the pits. A plot-solving last minute rescue segues into a joyous celebration, stage-managed by twinkly...
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Overview

The Littlest Horse Thieves is a Walt Disney Production. Set in early 20th-century England, the film concerns three Yorkshire children who take pity on the ponies that are used as beasts of burden in the coal mines. The kids "liberate" the ponies with the help of a sympathetic groom. This action arouses so much public sympathy that the miners threaten to strike if the ponies are returned to their living deaths in the pits. A plot-solving last minute rescue segues into a joyous celebration, stage-managed by twinkly old Lord Harrogate played by the indispensable Alastair Sim.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
One of Disney's better live action films of the period, The Littlest Horse Thieves is also -- and perhaps not coincidentally --a somewhat "darker" film than one usually associates with the "Mouse House." For the characters involved, the stakes are high, and their actions will mean the difference between whether the horses involved will live or die -- and if the former, how they will live. This is treated with the seriousness that it deserves, while still allowing plenty of time for amusing and lighter moments. It does, however, thankfully mean that there are fewer of the "cutesy" moments that often mar other of the studio's efforts from the 1960s and 1970s. Thieves also does a pretty good job of presenting the differing sides in a complicated issue, even if the resolution is a bit "Hollywoodized." As a history lesson, of course, Thieves is pretty far off the mark; the events described are not taken from history, but the idea of horses NOT being replaced by machinery, while it warms the heart, is a bit unrealistic. Still, this is a small complaint in an otherwise fine film, and one which has the good sense to feature the irreplaceable Alastair Sim in one of his final roles. It's also fortunate in finding a trio if young actors who are up to the task given them and who for the most part avoid the kind opf acting designed to make parents say "Isn't that adorable!" Credit is also due Charles Jarrott for his sensitive direction, as well as to Ron Goodwin, whose brass-heavy score is surprisingly adaptable to many different moods.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/1999
  • UPC: 013131071832
  • Original Release: 1976
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Presentation: Collector's Edition / Wide Screen
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alastair Sim Lord Harrogate
Peter Barkworth Richard Sandman
Maurice Colbourne Luke
Susan Tebbs Violet
Geraldine McEwan Miss Coutts
Prunella Scales Mrs. Sandman
Leslie Sands Sam Carter
Chloe Franks Alice
Andrew Harrison Dave
Jeremy Bulloch Ginger
Donald Bisset
Roy Evans
Joe Gladwin Bert
John Hartley
Ian Hogg
Ken Kitson
Duncan Lamont
James Marcus
Derek Newark
Rick Warner
Tom Laughlin
Tommy Wright
Gorden Kaye
Technical Credits
Charles Jarrott Director
Roy Ashton Makeup
Paul Beeson Cinematographer
Rusty Coppleman Sound/Sound Designer
Harry Frampton Makeup
John Furniss Costumes/Costume Designer
Ron Goodwin Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Allan James Asst. Director
Burt Kennedy Original Story
Bob Laing Art Director
Robert Laing Production Designer
Richard Marden Editor
Ron Miller Producer
Hugh Scaife Set Decoration/Design
Rosemary Anne Sisson Screenwriter
Maude Spector Casting
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