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Terry Pratchett's Hogfather (2006)

It's Hogswatch (equivalent to Christmas) on the Discworld and the Hogfather has gone missing, requiring Death to take his place while his granddaughter Susan endeavors to find out what has happened.

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Vadim Jean

Writers:

Vadim Jean (adaptation), Terry Pratchett (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Jason ... Albert
Marc Warren ... Teatime
Michelle Dockery ... Susan / Death of Rats
David Warner ... Lord Downey
Tony Robinson ... Vernon Crumley
Nigel Planer ... Mr. Sideney
Peter Guinness ... Medium Dave
Stephen Marcus ... Banjo
Craig Conway ... Chickenwire
Rhodri Meilir Rhodri Meilir ... Bilious
Sinead Matthews ... Violet
Ian Richardson ... Death / Narrator (voice)
Neil Pearson ... Quoth the Raven (voice)
Nicholas Tennant Nicholas Tennant ... Corporal Nobbs
Richard Katz ... Constable Visit
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Storyline

It's Hogswatch (equivalent to Christmas) on the Discworld and the Hogfather has gone missing, requiring Death to take his place while his granddaughter Susan endeavors to find out what has happened.

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Official Sites:

Sky One

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts) (DVD) | (2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Sir David Jason, who plays Albert, would later go on to play the wizard Rincewind in The Color of Magic (2008). See more »

Goofs

When Death and Albert are walking through the streets only one of Death's eyes has its blue glow. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Everything starts somewhere, although many physicists disagree. There is the constant desire to find out where - where is the point where it all began. But much, much later than that, the Discworld was formed. Drifting onwards through space, atop four elephants on the shell of a giant turtle, the Great A'Tuin. It was some time after its creation when most people forgot that the very oldest stories of the beginning are, sooner or later, about blood. At least, that's one theory. The ...
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Crazy Credits

Terry Pratchett, the author of the "Hogfather" novel, is credited in the opening credits with the line "Mucked About by Terry Pratchett". See more »

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An impossible task
19 December 2006 | by anthony-horwoodSee all my reviews

Converting anything of Terry Pratchett's to film was always going to be difficult. Getting it right for everyone, impossible. However I was pleased to give this, made for TV, movie 8 of 10 for a sterling effort. The effects were a little crummy at times, Death's face was just a mask and the monster under the bed was just a bloke. Some liberties were taken with the plot, but overall the story was given the care it deserved and the the acting was solid. I liked Michelle Dochery as the singularly stolid Susan. It's hard to be that beautiful and still get Susan's character right and Marc Warren as Teatime was excellent for the job, possessing just the right amount of menace without overplaying it. Nicholas Tennant as Nobby, too, was brilliantly cast.

There were some scenes, particularly those with Death in them, where a little more care would have been good. The Hogfather's Grotto scene and the little dead girl scenes among them, but it's hard to act in an inflexible mask (Unless you're Darth Vader).

I know that there will be millions who will disagree with me because you just can't do justice to Pratchett's imagination in a movie, but I still think this movie made an excellent stab at it.


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