Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997)



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Charles Sturridge directed this fact-based film drama. In 1917, Harry Houdini (Harvey Keitel) and Arthur Conan Doyle (Peter O'Toole) are fascinated and intrigued by photographs of fairies taken by cousins Francis Griffiths (Elizabeth Earl) and Elsie Wright (Florence Hoath). Filmed in England (Didcot,London, Yorkshire, Pinewood Studios, Shepperton Studios). Over the past seven decades, the photos by the two girls have been publsihed in numerous books and magazines, and eventually someone … More

Rating: PG (for brief mild language)
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Albert Ash, Ernie Contreras
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 31, 1998
Paramount Pictures


as Elsie Wright

as Frances Griffiths

as Polly Wright

as Harry Houdini

as Arthur Conan Doyle

as Arthur Wright

as E.L. Gardner

as Harry Briggs

as John Ferret

as Frances' Father

as City Woman

as City Businessman

as First Soldier

as Second Soldier

as O'Neill

as Charlotte

as Newspaper Editor

as Old Print Worker

as Lady Calling to Fair...

as Station Photographer

as Boy in Hospital

as Chess MC

as Sydney Chalker

as Red-Faced Man

as Joseph Wright

as Pushy Photographer

as Older Photographer

as First Reporter

as Second Reporter

as Elabigathe

as Mr. Bandylegs

as Nanny Button Cap

as Prince Malekin

as Fenoderee

as Tom Cockle

as Peerifool

as Yarthkins

as Shellycoat

as Queen Mab

as Habetrot
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Critic Reviews for Fairy Tale: A True Story

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (13)

Flits, falters and falls flat.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Chicago Sun-Times
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Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Fairy Tale: A True Story


All that this pathetic and incredibly silly movie wants is to be cute, and so it shies away from the truth with a ridiculous justification that more important than reality is "magic" - even if coming from a deceiving fraud that supposedly brings comfort to people. Truth is, it is not.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

If you have faith, anything is possible. I saw this Movie long time ago. It is Amazing even Adults believe in Fairies, but we even believe in Angels why not Fairies. Very inspiring Movie. Even though they revelead that the Pictures the girls shot were fake, I still think Children see more than us Adults. It makes you believe in Magic so hardly.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Another film off the list from the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival, from the Galas. Again a Movie that I missed when it came out and the only reason I saw it was because of this list. This movie is not only for children or adults with children, anyone with a open mind should see this, or anyone one who enjoys a movie that is just not another movie. Set right after WWI, 2 young girls find and take a picture of a fairy, And the girls meet Harry Houdini, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ( The Lost World) who takes an interest in them. All and all a good clean Family movie, saw nothing that would make me not let children see it. 5 stars alone for that reason. 5 stars for the acting and overall story.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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