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Heidi (1968)

Swiss orphan Heidi's (Jennifer Edwards') Aunt Dete (Miriam Spoerri) leaves her in her grumpy grandfather's (Sir Michael Redgrave's) care up in the Alps, where she also meets young goatherd Peter (John Moulder-Brown).

Director:

Delbert Mann

Writers:

Earl Hamner Jr. (teleplay) (as Earl Hamner), Johanna Spyri (novel)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jennifer Edwards ... Heidi
Michael Redgrave ... Grandfather
Maximilian Schell ... Richard Sessemann
Jean Simmons ... Frl. Rottenmeier
Walter Slezak ... Father Richter
Peter van Eyck ... Dr. Bernd Reboux
Zuleika Robson Zuleika Robson ... Klara
John Moulder-Brown ... Peter (as John M. Brown)
Karl Lieffen Karl Lieffen ... Sebastian
Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel ... Grandmother (as Elisabeth Neumann)
Miriam Spoerri Miriam Spoerri ... Aunt Dete
John Crawley John Crawley ... The Boy
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Storyline

Young orphan Heidi (Jennifer Edwards) is left to live with her estranged grandfather (Sir Michael Redgrave), who lives like a hermit in the Swiss Alps. While he is cold and distant at first, he grows to love and cherish her, until he's faced with choosing her well-being over his own heart. Written by Scott Jarreau

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Taglines:

A Classic Children's Tale.

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heidi See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

This was the television adaptation of "Heidi" that, through no fault of its own, became embroiled in a U.S. broadcasting brouhaha known to this day as the "Heidi Bowl". On Sunday, November 17, 1968, NBC was scheduled to begin airing this movie at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, following coverage of a National Football League game between the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders. The game ran long; however, with the Jets leading the Raiders, 32-29, NBC broke away to begin this movie on schedule. During the unseen remaining minute of play, Oakland managed to score two touchdowns, and ended up beating New York, 43-32. Outraged football fans inundated NBC switchboards. The network expressed regret, saying it had intended to stay with the game until it ended, and blaming a series of miscommunications for the gaffe. A result of this fiasco is that National Football League television contracts require games to be televised in their entirety in the markets of the two teams. See more »

Connections

Version of Heidi (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

A Place of My Own
Lyrics by Rod McKuen
Music by John Williams
Sung by Carri Chase
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Good cast wasted in one dimensional roles
2 February 2003 | by wisewebwomanSee all my reviews

Actually the cast were stunning, Jean Simmons, Michael Redgrave, Maximilian Schell. The scenery was spectacular also. However the grandfather's role was too thin, there should have been more depth to his character apart from a guy who did not want his daughter to ever leave and as a result refused to play the organ again and lived as a recluse. Some of the scenes between Heidi and her grandfather and uncle are quite touching. Jean Simmons is wonderful and makes the most of her part as a governess in love with the uncle. 6 out of 10 by me, 9 out of 10 from the child in my life.


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