Fairy Tale: A True Story

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After enduring family tragedies, young cousins Elsie (Florence Hoath) and Frances (Elizabeth Earl) spend time in rural Yorkshire, England, where they see fairies in a nearby meadow. They then snap pictures of the fairies, which suddenly gain international notoriety. Author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Peter O'Toole) announces he's a believer. Magician Harry Houdini (Harvey Keitel), however, is a skeptic. Both join a media circus to see if the pictures indeed are genuine and if fairies are real.

Cast & Crew

Florence Hoath
Elsie Wright
Elizabeth Earl
Frances Griffiths
Paul McGann
Arthur Wright
Phoebe Nicholls
Polly Wright
Peter O'Toole
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Harvey Keitel
Harry Houdini
Bill Nighy
Edward Gardner
Bob Peck
Harry Briggs
Tim McInnerny
John Ferret, a Reporter
Paul Tucker
Executive Producer
Zbigniew Preisner
Original Music
Michael Coulter
Cinematographer
Peter Coulson
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Critic Reviews for Fairy Tale: A True Story

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Audience Reviews for Fairy Tale: A True Story

  • Nov 24, 2014
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 16, 2009
    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
  • Apr 18, 2009
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2007
    Ive seen this, was a decent period film too.
    Alexander C Super Reviewer

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