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as Adolph Kramer
as Blind Anna
as Pastor Schultz
as Fraulein Rottenmeier
as Herr Sesemann
as Aunt Dete
as Police Captain
as Klara Sesemann
as Peter the Goat Boy
as Organ Grinder
as Village Woman
Critic Reviews for Heidi
Like all Shirley Temple stories, Heidi traces the reaction of human wickedness to the Temple dimples; unlike many of them, it has a craftsmanlike dramatic structure.
It's far from being a personal work, but as always with Dwan, it's the best movie imaginable from the limited material at hand.
Decent film with some inventive scenes, and values that still echo today.
Under Dwan's capable hands, this so-so children's story classic by Johanna Spyri comes out much better than expected.
Audience Reviews for Heidi
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.
My first Shirley Temple film, and very likely my last. I cannot for the life of me figure out the appeal of Shirley Temple. I find her cloying and irritating, and unlike many, I don't think she sings or dances very well. But since "Heidi" was one of my favorite books as a child, I thought I'd give it a chance . I loved the book because of the imagery it put in my head -- of the old grandfather, the mountains, the cabin, and Heidi's friendship with Peter the Goatherd. This film only barely touched on those things, and only concentrated on Shirley/Heidi's sickenly-perky, curly-headed form. Watched about 1/2 of it and couldn't take anymore. Maybe this isn't one of her better vehicles, but I remain unimpressed with Miss Temple and her "talents."
Heidi is The Pride of Switzerland.
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