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Rumpelstiltskin (1987)

A musical version of the classic story about a miller's daughter who recieves help from a mischievous dwarf, then ends up over her head. Now, she and a mute servant girl may be the only ... See full summary »


David Irving


Jacob Grimm (based on the fairy tale by), Wilhelm Grimm (based on the fairy tale by) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Irving ... Katie
Billy Barty ... Rumpelstiltskin
Clive Revill ... King Mezzer
Priscilla Pointer ... Queen Grizelda
Robert Symonds ... Victor
John Moulder-Brown ... Prince Henry (as John Moulder Brown)
Yehuda Efroni ... Count Flax
Jonny Phillips ... Ralph (as Johnny Phillips)
Jack Messinger Jack Messinger ... Alf
Michael Schneider Michael Schneider ... Peasant
Yael Uziely Yael Uziely ... Emily
Julian Chagrin ... Blacksmith
Danny Segev Danny Segev ... Clerk
Susan Berlin Susan Berlin ... Clerk's Wife
Austin Irving Austin Irving ... Clerk's Child


A musical version of the classic story about a miller's daughter who recieves help from a mischievous dwarf, then ends up over her head. Now, she and a mute servant girl may be the only hope for her baby son, John. Written by Max Vaughn

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April 1987 (USA) See more »

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Cannon Movie Tales: Rumpelstiltskin See more »

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Trevor Howard was going to play King Mezzer but withdrew because of illness. See more »


Katie: [Crying ] I'm afraid to tell.
Rumpelstiltskin: Stop it, stop it, stop it, I say. If you don't stop this crying, I'll just go away!
Crow: Let's go.
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Version of Rumpelstilzchen (2009) See more »


I'm Greedy
Performed by Clive Revill
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It doesn't get much better than this!
6 June 2003 | by Liza-19See all my reviews

After years and years of searching, I am so proud to say, I do finally own a copy of this wonderful fairy tale. As a child of the 1980s, this was my absolute favorite and I rented it time and time again from my town library, in fact I rented it so many times that the tape wore out... um... Honestly, I have no idea who did that!

I can't help but love this movie! I saw it for the first time when I was six years old and have been an Amy Irving fan ever since. As it turns out, her entire family was involved in this production. Her mom, Priscilla Pointer plays the queen (which she must have had a blast doing) her brother David Irving is the director (a very nice guy, I'm so lucky to have spoken with him personally) and her stepfather Robert Symonds plays the miller to perfection.

Long before I knew the Irving connection I loved this movie. I grew up watching all the Faerie Tale Theatres and the Cannon Movie Tales but this was my all-time favorite. I grew up singing "Queen of the Castle" and "Miller's Daughter" and nothing, no matter how great a cinematic achievement will ever compete with this in my mind.

I suppose those movies that were special to us when we were children will always be perfect in our minds despite their flaws. But, I don't care. Rumpelstiltskin has no flaws. It's a lovely story. Wonderfully acted, beautifully sung, and lovingly directed. I spent years and years searching for this film, enquiring at every movie store and every rental place I ever came across. I cannot begin to say how much this movie meant to me.

Now I am actually a film student myself. Although this is a children's film and I'm in my twenties, this is one movie that I'll watch my entire life. Thank you, Amy, David, Priscilla, and Robert for inspiring me so much! I grew up watching this movie, and as a film student I know that no matter how many times I see "Casablanca" or "Lawrence of Arabia" or even "Mulholland Dr" it's the movies that I watched when I was a child that will always hold a permanent place in my heart. So what if I did have a thing for John Moulder-Brown? So what if I saw every Amy Irving movie as a direct result of this? Say all you want about Citizen Kane, it's the movies like these that you watch devotedly when you're six years old that can get you hooked for life. How can you thank someone for giving you the love of movies and inspiring you in your future career? It is a children's film, but one that I will watch until I'm ninety.

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