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Five Children and It (2004)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 15 October 2004 (UK)
Five children staying in their eccentric uncle's labyrinthine mansion for protection during World War I befriend a sand fairy who has the power to grant wishes.

Director:

John Stephenson

Writers:

David Solomons, E. Nesbit (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tara Fitzgerald ... Mother
Freddie Highmore ... Robert
Alex Jennings ... Father
Jonathan Bailey ... Cyril
Jessica Claridge Jessica Claridge ... Anthea
Poppy Rogers Poppy Rogers ... Jane
Alec Muggleton Alec Muggleton ... Lamb
Zak Muggleton Zak Muggleton ... Lamb
Zoë Wanamaker ... Martha
Kenneth Branagh ... Uncle Albert
Alexander Pownall ... Horace
Eddie Izzard ... It (voice)
Georgio Serafini Georgio Serafini ... Mr. Bialli
John Sessions ... Peasemarsh
Kim Fenton Kim Fenton ... RFC Flier
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Storyline

"It" is a Psammead, an ancient, ugly, and irritable sand fairy the children find one day on a secret beach at their uncle's mansion. It grants them one wish per day, lasting until sunset. But they soon learn it is very hard to think of really sensible wishes, and each one gets them into unexpected difficulties. Magic, the children find, can be as awkward as it is enticing. Written by craig47

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Country:

France | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Five Children and It See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,072,125
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final live-action theatrical movie of Norman Wisdom (Nesbitt). See more »

Goofs

Despite taking place in circa 1917, the children sing "Happy Birthday to You", which wasn't written until 1924, and didn't game popularity until around 1930. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Robert: It was the Summer of nineteen seventeen and the world was at war. Like lots of children, we had to leave our home. - Leave London. We didn't want to go, but Dad went to fly planes, and Mum went to look after the wounded, and we were stuck. They insisted we go to the country, to stay with mad Uncle Albert and our cousin Horace.
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Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #34.16 (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Robert's Theme
Written and Performed by Sean Lennon
Produced by David Kahne
Published by Usagi Music
Sean Lennon appears courtesy of Capitol Records
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A British Family Film Like they used to make (but with modern FX)
27 October 2004 | by boldlygoneSee all my reviews

I found this film utterly charming. I had to almost force my daughter to see it (she wanted to see The Princess Diaries 2 (shivers!!!!). But once the children found the Wishasuraus she was transfixed.

It is a film very much of British and of the Railway Children type. and will sadly be missed by many because of the Steam Roller Hype of Shark Tale. But this is a real FAMILY film.

The beginning has a distinct Harry Potter feel to it, The theme tune is clearly influenced by HP. Kenneth Branagh is the quintessential English Eccentric but unlike the Hollywood stereotype this is a British film that has it's tongue firmly in cheek. Zoe Wannamaker as the caring housekeeper who knows more that she lets on is wonderful.

Eddie Izzard as the voice of the Sand Fairy is perfect.

This is as British as Brighton Rock and Whelks in a tray at the sea side. And I loved it.


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