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The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (1979)

Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a lion messiah.

Director:

Bill Melendez

Writers:

C.S. Lewis, David D. Connell (story adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Rachel Warren Rachel Warren ... Lucy (voice)
Susan Sokol Susan Sokol ... Susan (voice)
Reg Williams Reg Williams ... Peter (voice)
Simon Adams Simon Adams ... Edmund (voice)
Victor Spinetti ... Mr. Tumnus (voice)
Dick Vosburgh Dick Vosburgh ... Professor (voice)
Don Parker Don Parker ... Mr. Beaver (voice)
Liz Proud Liz Proud ... Mrs. Beaver (voice)
Stephen Thorne ... Aslan (voice)
Beth Porter Beth Porter ... Jadis, The White Witch (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicholas Barnes Nicholas Barnes ... Edmund (voice)
Rusty Goffe Rusty Goffe
Sheila Hancock ... Jadis - The White Witch (voice)
Nick Joseph ... Moss Man
Arthur Lowe ... Mr. Beaver (voice)
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Storyline

Four children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are evacuated to the country in World War 2. They stay in a large house owned by an old Professor. First Lucy, then Edmund, then all four children find their way through an old wardrobe into Narnia, a magical land with talking animals and mythical creatures such as fauns and dwarves. But Narnia is held under a magical spell by the evil White Witch to ensure it's always winter but never Christmas. The children have to battle evil creatures and deal with betrayal and treachery but make many good friends as well. Finally, with the help of Aslan (The Lion) they defeat the evil witch and spring and freedom come back to Narnia. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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An adventure to dazzle the eye, delight the senses, gladden the heart! Four unique adventurers enter the magical world of Narnia - a land of talking animals and mystical creatures. And join a noble lion in battle against the evil White Witch.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

At around 15 min into the film, when Lucy is at the wardrobe while she and the others are playing hide and seek, the left door on the wardrobe is open. Then in the next shot, both doors are closed just as she opens both doors. See more »

Quotes

Lucy: You're not a bad faun at all! You're the nicest faun I've ever met.
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Alternate Versions

SPECIAL EDITION: In 2006, this TV movie was released on a Special Edition DVD with audio commentary, interviews, a deleted scene, and sketches and artwork. However, the film was presented in a wide screen format with the top and bottom of the original picture removed. See more »

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Great music, faithful to the book
10 February 2000 | by VidRothSee all my reviews

If you appreciate the Narnia books, you should find a way to see this movie. Though very stylized, it is a solid adaptation of the classic story.

In fact, this movie is only genuinely unfaithful to the book in one (inexplicable!) place: the "Father Christmas" scene is mostly omitted. Maybe they didn't have a clear idea of the look they should go for with him, who knows? At least they cover it well, later in the movie.

Special note must be given to the sound in this film: the voice work (at least in the English version!) is quite good, with the exception of Lucy's crying, which is really, really terrible. And definitely pay attention to the musical score--it is one of the best I've ever heard in an animated film.

If you can find it, give it a watch you won't be disappointed.


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