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Candleshoe

1 rating: 5.0
A movie directed by Norman Tokar

Welcome to Candleshoe, a stately English manor where a swashbuckling pirate hid a fortune in Spanish doubloons centuries ago. And that's what young orphan Casey (Award-winning actress Jodie Foster) and a sly con man (Leo McKern) are determined to find. … see full wiki

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Director: Norman Tokar
1 review about Candleshoe

fun-filled Disney adventure!

  • Mar 8, 2005
Rating:
+5
CANDLESHOE is a fun-filled adventure from Disney with Jodie Foster leading the cast of veteran actors. This was Foster's second Disney movie of 1977 (the other being the delightful FREAKY FRIDAY). The story is based on Michael Innes' book "Christmas at Candleshoe".

The movie opens with feisty orphan Casey (Jodie Foster), who is convinced by slimy opportunist Harry Bundage (Leo McKern) to pose as the long-lost granddaughter of Lady St. Edmund (Helen Hayes). Once inside Lady St. Edmund's Candleshoe estate, Casey must find the valuable treasures hidden there. With some 'help' from ex-housekeeper Grimsworthy (Vivian Pickles), Casey is given the first clue to finding the loot, but soon her loyalties are put to the test when she grows fond of Lady St. Edmund and her family of orphan children (Veronica Quilligan, Ian Sharrock, Sarah Tamakuni and David Samuels).

David Niven also puts in a delightful performance as Lady St. Edmund's faithful butler Priory, a man of many guises! Disney's attempt at an ANASTASIA-style adventure mystery is one of their finest movies of the late 70's. Jodie Foster gives an amazing performance as cynical street-urchin Casey. Helen Hayes, as always, offers a touching portrait of comedy and wisdom as Lady St. Edmund. Leo McKern and Vivian Pickles are hilarious as grasping villains Bundage and Grimsworthy.

The movie is presented in pleasing 16:9 enhanced widescreen. Sadly, no extras to speak of. Originally released by Anchor Bay, now being distributed under the Walt Disney banner proper.

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