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Heidi

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An orphaned young girl named Heidi (Shirley Temple) lives happily with her grouchy but gentle grandfather, Adolph (Jean Hersholt) in the Swiss Alps. When she's stolen by her ruthless aunt, Dete (Mady Christians), and sold as a servant to the wealthy Herr Sesemann (Sidney Blackmer), Adolph embarks on a journey to find his granddaughter. Meanwhile, Heidi keeps her spirits high and befriends Sesemann's crippled daughter, Klara (Marcia Mae Jones), but longs to return home.

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  • Mar 04, 2020
    Once this was a go-to venerable Christmas classic shown every year on television, a staple as much as It's A Wonderful Life, but a network snafu back in 1968 somehow worked to take this (and most other Temple movies as a matter of fact) out of the public eye. Which is unfortunate. Well-rounded and charming, here is a great example of family entertainment that does not deserve to be forgotten, but rather celebrated. Temple is delightful, and the rest of the cast is admirable as a little girl finds family after the death of her parents. Don't let this one get by you at any time of year, but especially during Christmas.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2016
    A Shirley Temple classic, Heidi is a touching film about the bonds of family and redemption. The story follows an orphaned girl named Heidi who's taken to live with her hermit grandfather, but just as they're starting to bond her aunt abducts her and sells Heidi to a rich family to be a playmate to their invalid daughter. Shirley Temple gives a terrific performance and has great chemistry with Jean Hersholt; who plays her grandfather. And per usual a cute little dance number is worked in, which features some elaborate costumes. Heidi is a beloved holiday classic and really highlights Shirley Temple's amazing talent to light up a screen and win over the hearts of the audience.
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  • Jan 08, 2012
    Very good little movie.. the acting was great and the storyline was interesting... Shirley temple is a great actress in this. However.the overall ending was predictable and highly unlikely in a real life situation
    Paul A Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2010
    There aren't many classic films that are very appropriate for children as well as adults, and this is considered one of the more happy and family friendly choices in film history. Of course it significantly helps that the lead is Shirley Temple, the most adorable springy haired child in the history of cinema. Feeling as happy go lucky as a Frank Capra film, "Heidi" is one of the more popular adaptations of the book, and has the same kind of plot that made "The Little Princess" immensely popular. Both star Temple, both have the lead character kidnapped and trapped under the watchful eye of a wealthy benefactress, and eventually they find their loved ones and go back to them. Besides being about the troubles that a small Swiss mountain girl gets herself into, it is also about her cheerfulness eventually warming the heart of her curmudgeon grandfather. Temple and Hersholt's performances are really quite heartwarming, as they find each other after having such hard and intolerable misfortunes, and fight to stay together even when Heidi is eventually kidnapped by her aunt and sold to a widower and his crippled daughter. Of course, what makes this film a bit saccharine with its sweetness is the intolerable cuteness that Temple exaggerates at every turn. She isn't exactly off-putting with her schmaltzy adorableness, but between the dimples and cutesy voice it becomes difficult to imagine that the film is set in the Swiss Alps and not on a Californian soundstage. Still, it's not common to watch films that are made to be watched by children and for children and yet see an intelligence and happy energy to it. "Heidi" may be a tad flawed compared to its literary counterpart, but it's oh so entertaining.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer

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