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A movie directed by David Irving

Rumpelstiltskinis a classic Brothers Grimm tale about greed, magic, and the power of belief. In this 1987 musical version by Cannon Films, the boastful miller declares that his beautiful daughter Katie (Amy Miller) has the power to spin gold out of straw. … see full wiki

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Director: David Irving
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the very first of the Cannon MovieTales

  • Jun 15, 2007
RUMPELSTILTSKIN was the very first installment of the Cannon MovieTales series in 1987. These great, family-friendly musicals have become quite popular and beloved over the years, and have now found their way to DVD.

"A promise made is a promise kept": that's the moral of this delightful fairytale which tells the story of Katie (Amy Irving), the beautiful miller's daughter who, according to her tale-telling father, can spin straw into gold. Of course, she cannot perform this task, but the greedy King Mezzer (Clive Revill), so taken with the concept of more wealth, demands that Katie spins the straw into strands of gold...or she will die. In the attic of the castle, Katie is visited by a strange little man, who offers to spin the gold...but for a price.

Amy Irving shines with a delicate performance; and reveals a lilting singing voice with such musical numbers as "Queen of the Castle", "I Need a Miracle", and "One Little Name". This film was very much a family affair for the Irving clan, because Amy's brother David Irving was the director, with their mother Priscilla Pointer as Queen Grizelda.

Clive Revill also turns in a suitably-hammy performance as the King; and Billy Barty commands with his wonderful turn in the title role. Yael Uziely is also very effective as the mute ladies' maid. John Moulder-Brown plays Prince Henry.

This was the premiere installment of the Cannon MovieTales series (which were filmed, very economically, back-to-back on location in Israel); however the subsequent titles all went straight to video.

A fantastic family musical at a price that's bound to please--and be sure to seek out the other Cannon MovieTales titles!

(Single-sided, single-layer disc)

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