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Danny the Champion of the World (1989)

Somewhere in England, in the Autumn of 1955, widowed father William Smith (Jeremy Irons) and his son Danny (Samuel Irons) live an idyllic life together. Only their gas station happens to ... See full summary »

Director:

Gavin Millar

Writers:

Roald Dahl (novel), John Goldsmith (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... William Smith
Robbie Coltrane ... Victor Hazell
Samuel Irons ... Danny
Cyril Cusack ... Doc Spencer
Michael Hordern ... Lord Claybury
Lionel Jeffries ... Mr. Snoddy
Jean Marsh ... Miss Hunter
Jimmy Nail ... Rabbetts
Ronald Pickup ... Captain Lancaster
John Woodvine ... Tallon
William Armstrong William Armstrong ... Springer
Ceri Jackson Ceri Jackson ... Mrs. Clipstone
James Walker James Walker ... Vicar
Phil Nice Phil Nice ... Postman
Anthony Collin Anthony Collin ... Wheeler
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Somewhere in England, in the Autumn of 1955, widowed father William Smith (Jeremy Irons) and his son Danny (Samuel Irons) live an idyllic life together. Only their gas station happens to sit on a piece of land that a local developer wants to buy, and when he won't take no for an answer, and sets government inspectors and social works onto Danny and his father. Danny and his father decide to get even with Victor Hazell (Robbie Coltrane) and his pheasant-shooting friends in a manner in keeping with their own family tradition. Written by Kathy Li

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This movie was adapted from a children's' novel by Roald Dahl. Lionel Jeffries (Mr. Snoddy) is better known for his role as Grandpa Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), the screenplay of which was adapted by Dahl from a children's novel by Ian Fleming. See more »

Quotes

Lord Claybury: Where are all the bloody birds!
Vicar: [puts his hands over Danny's ears] Claybury! Sorry, Danny.
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brilliant!
23 July 2005 | by ultraviolet400See all my reviews

This is sterling stuff. A charming film that all the family can watch. Jeremy Irons is really believable as the single father of Danny Smith. Together they hatch a plot to do down wealthy landowner Hazell, played excellently by Robbie Coltrane. It is Jeremy Iron's heartwarming performance that I enjoyed most however, and he works incredibly well with his son Samuel. Their relationship is a joy to watch. I've rarely seen a father and son relationship portrayed so touchingly on screen. Good supporting performances too, from Cyril Cusack and Jimmy Nail among others. I can't think of better actors who could have played the characters in the film. Also lovely music and views of the English countryside. The film is quite evocative of the time it was set in (1955). Great that it's coming out on Region 2 DVD, I think this film deserves more recognition as it definitely captured the spirit of the book.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daantje de wereldkampioen See more »

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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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