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Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (1996)

The Wind in the Willows (original title)
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Mole's underground home is bought by the Weasels from wealthy landowner Mr. Toad and Mole is thrown out. He and Rat start to fight to get his home back from evil Weasels.

Director:

Terry Jones

Writers:

Terry Jones (screenplay), Kenneth Grahame (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Coogan ... Mole
Eric Idle ... Rat
Terry Jones ... Toad
Antony Sher ... Chief Weasel
Nicol Williamson ... Badger
John Cleese ... Mr Toad's Lawyer
Stephen Fry ... The Judge
Bernard Hill ... The Engine Driver
Michael Palin ... The Sun
Nigel Planer ... The Car Salesman
Julia Sawalha ... The Jailer's Daughter
Victoria Wood ... The Tea Lady
Robert Bathurst ... St John Weasel
Don Henderson ... The Sentry
Richard James ... Geoffrey Weasel and Mole's Clock
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Storyline

Mole's underground home is bought by the Weasels from wealthy landowner Mr. Toad and Mole is thrown out. He and Rat start to fight to get his home back from evil Weasels.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

weasel | mole | toad | rat | mating | See All (65) »

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Go wild in the country!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for fanciful villainy and gunplay | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$72,844, 2 November 1997

Gross USA:

$72,844
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Terry Gilliam had originally been offered the voice role of The River, but turned it down due to being committed to 12 Monkeys (1995). See more »

Goofs

Although Badger and Rat swapped the labels round on the barrels to make sure that the explosives were delivered to the factory, the plunger would presumably have still been wired up to the ones in Toad Hall, so there shouldn't have been any explosion at all when the Chief Weasel pressed it. See more »

Quotes

Chief Weasel: [shouting at the drunk weasels] I'm blowing up this place in ten minutes whether or not you lot are out of it!
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Connections

Version of The Wind in the Willows (1987) See more »

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Messing About On The River
Music by Tony Hatch
Lyrics by Terry Jones
Performed by Eric Idle
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Hold on, hold on - this is just a fun film......
16 October 2004 | by nemo183See all my reviews

Hey, what's going on?

I've been reading the reviews of this film, and can't understand the (over) reaction to it.

This is a children's film. For children. Adults watching it who are not amused must have hearts of stone - even though it does not follow the current trend of having a subtext directed at the adult audience.

And yet, other reviewers are comparing it to Monty Python, Pink Floyd, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, John Majors pre 97 UK - et al. This is ridiculous.

It's a light hearted representation of the story which does not stick to the original text. I'm sure the author would have laughed in the right places. I've seen (a few) better films of the genre - I've seen many, many worse.

The low points?

  • the songs


  • the pet food factory plot (Why??)


The high points?

  • the fact the songs are very short


  • the costumes (an eclectic mix of modern, Victorian, Edwardian, and Middles Ages which I think work really well).


  • Toad's green face paint


  • The steam train.


Anyway, my children, who can be deeply cynical of films like this, loved it. I laughed. End of story.


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