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Danny the Champion of the World (1989)

Somewhere in England, in the Autumn of 1955, widowed father William Smith (Jeremy Irons) and his son Danny (Samuel Irons) live an idyllic life together. Only their gas station happens to ... See full summary »


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Roald Dahl (novel), John Goldsmith (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... William Smith
Robbie Coltrane ... Victor Hazell
Samuel Irons ... Danny
Cyril Cusack ... Doc Spencer
Michael Hordern ... Lord Claybury
Lionel Jeffries ... Mr. Snoddy
Jean Marsh ... Miss Hunter
Jimmy Nail ... Rabbetts
Ronald Pickup ... Captain Lancaster
John Woodvine ... Tallon
William Armstrong William Armstrong ... Springer
Ceri Jackson Ceri Jackson ... Mrs. Clipstone
James Walker James Walker ... Vicar
Phil Nice Phil Nice ... Postman
Anthony Collin Anthony Collin ... Wheeler


Somewhere in England, in the Autumn of 1955, widowed father William Smith (Jeremy Irons) and his son Danny (Samuel Irons) live an idyllic life together. Only their gas station happens to sit on a piece of land that a local developer wants to buy, and when he won't take no for an answer, and sets government inspectors and social works onto Danny and his father. Danny and his father decide to get even with Victor Hazell (Robbie Coltrane) and his pheasant-shooting friends in a manner in keeping with their own family tradition. Written by Kathy Li

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Release Date:

29 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daantje de wereldkampioen See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The movie was filmed entirely on-location in Oxfordshire, England. Much of the filming took place in Stonor Park, the house on which is used as the location for Victor Hazell's mansion. See more »


Lord Claybury: Where are all the bloody birds!
Vicar: [puts his hands over Danny's ears] Claybury! Sorry, Danny.
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Referenced in The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl (2005) See more »

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Utterly Charming
28 December 2000 | by taitaSee all my reviews

A charming movie set in rural England after the war. Widowed Father Jeremy Irons is bringing up his son in a caravan on a small piece of land where he also runs his own garage. Unfortunately this small piece of land is crucial to the plans of the local, much disliked, Nouveau Riche squire played by Robbie Coltrane. A real smarmy cove. He wants their land and will call in all favours to get rid of them. He is also currying up to the local gentry with a pheasant shoot, but what if there were no pheasants for anyone to shoot?. What they need is a champion pheasant catcher..

This is another winner from Roald Dahl the peerless childrens writer. Real-life father and son Jeremy and Samuel Irons play the leads in this with Grandad Cusack as the local doctor. Just a bit of a whimsical romp for the two elder actors whereas young Samuel had to put a noticable effort into it. All the same it is a thoroughly heartwarming story. There are quite a few well known faces in it, Jean Marsh doing a caricature of a spinsterish do gooder, Michael Hordern as a slightly dotty Lord, Jimmy Nail as a disgruntled gamekeeper, and Lionel Jeffries as the tippling but exceedingly fair Headmaster. It's almost as if they thought "What shall we do this summer? I know lets do a movie together." They are all perfectly natural and comfortable. A joy to watch.

Watch it with your children you wont regret it.

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