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7.41 h 51 min2016U
Orphan girl Heidi spends the happiest days of her childhood with her grandfather (Bruno Ganz, Downfall), in the Swiss Alps. Together with her best friend Peter, she tends to the goats and enjoys freedom in the mountains to the fullest.
Alain Gsponer
Bruno GanzAnuk SteffenKatharina Schüttler
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Peter Lohmeyer
Reto SchaerliLukas HobiUli PutzJakob Claussen
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4.6 out of 5 stars

556 global ratings

  1. 76% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 12% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 8% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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John RichardsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 October 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Just OK
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It looks beautiful, but it sounds really grating because of the terrible dubbing. Bruno Ganz has such a wonderful voice and yet they've replaced him with some gruff buffoon channelling grandad from Only Fools and Horses through a mis-remembered haze. I loved this story as a child and now they've ruined my memories of it. Thanks. Not.
3 people found this helpful
TreehuggerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 August 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
This little girl is absolutely ADORABLE, from her cheeky smile to her spontaneous exuberance
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This little girl is absolutely ADORABLE, from her cheeky smile to her spontaneous exuberance. This is easily far and away the best version of Heidi I have ever seen (and I've seen them all - I'm such a sad sack lol). This is a wonderful old fashioned movie to watch with your children, It has that 'feel good factor' in spades. Heidi is entirely believable and a wonderful little actress.
The dubbing is not an issue at all; I would much rather hear the words in English then try to struggle through it in German or be distracte by subtitles. Children certainly won't notice this non-issue.
As other reviewers have said the Swiss mountain scenery is absolutely stunning and is really showcased in this movie. The thread running through the whole film is the beautiful mountains, and this is really highlighted when Heidi climbs up a tower in Frankfurt to try to see her beloved mountains, only to find streets and houses stretching as far as the eye can see... and she hangs her head sadly and brokenly murmurs "Grandfather..." which is very heart rending.

It is mostly very true to the book, even the ending. Heidi's spirit being broken by Fraulein Rottenmeyer and the opressive atrmosphere of the house in Frankfurt is very movingly portrayed.
The whole film is absolutely beautiful. I purchased it to "watch now", but I will be buying the DVD as well, as I can't wait to share it with the children and watch it again myself!! 10 stars!
7 people found this helpful
pipnutsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 January 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Beauty and Tristesse.
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I had hoped that this version would dig more overtly into the psychological aspects of each character, than previous versions, but on reflection, in the traditional style of european films, this piece examines the psychology in a way that assumes intelligence in the viewer, and eschews melodrama in favour of a style that allows you to take what you can from the film. In this way, each will understand the story according to their level of emotional maturity, and each will find beauty and tristesse. The acting is good, with Bruno Ganz brooding as well as ever, and the disc reproduction is crisp. The use of Swiss German was a welcome novelty for me.
D. K.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 August 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Perfect quality of production
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Motion picture aside (I think it's great, but we have IMDB for that), what surprised me most is the quality of DVD. I started watching it on Prime, and the quality was dreadful, even on "HD". And I thought it must be what I'll get on DVD, but I've got one nevertheless. Either the home cinema improved the quality that much, or the production was so careful, but I have absolutely no problems with either the picture or the 5.1 sound.

Still too bad the Bluray is not available in English, and they decided to sell separate BD for each country (Germany, Italy and France) where each has only one Audio track, native to that country. Still, the picture quality of DVD is just perfect.
all-in-a-ditherReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 August 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Highly recommended and true to the original book.
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Perfect viewing for small children and for adults who still like movies with positive messages of freedom of expression, and that it's okay to be who you want to be. Just watched this film with our 7 year old granddaughter, and it was good to see her respond without the speed and hectic in her eyes of kids cartoons, she really enjoyed herself hoping for everyone to be happy again. Lovely to see. I read the book myself as a child, it's just how I remembered it, too.
4 people found this helpful
Janice G.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 May 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic best version of Heidi ever Its a must watch for all ages ...
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This is the best film I have ever seen... It has you believing you are actually in the Swiss mountains ... The actress and actors are so natural it seems so real ... praise to the young girl who played Heide and the boy who was Peter the guy that was Grandfather was terrific ... I can not praise them enough.. if I could rate this film higher Id give it 10 out of ten, the acting is 100% natural as if they are the people in the story... ALL I can say is Heidi is a must watch. for all ages fantastic
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Cls14Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 November 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A beautiful, fun little film
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This is a beautifully made film based on the classic Swiss tale of the young girl Heidi. Maybe I'm going soft in my old age but it's one of the cutest films I've ever watched. The scenery is stunning, the story line is simple but entertaining, the score is actually pretty darn good and Heidi is as cute as a button. The only one downside is that the dubbing is sometimes ever so slightly forced for some of the characters but it's a tiny point that in no way detracts from what is really a fantastic film. Even better I imagine if you have children you can watch it with.
10 people found this helpful
Adrian ShillidayReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 December 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
7 year old daughter loved it and has watched it multiple times and the ...
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7 year old daughter loved it and has watched it multiple times and the accompanying score was very good. the dubbing didn't bother me or my daughter. if only childhood now was as innocent and people saw what nature has to hold..
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