The Little Kidnappers (1990 film)
Director Donald Shebib
Music director Mark Snow
Genre Crime, Drama
|Release date August 17, 1990|
Writer Coralee Elliott Testar (screenplay), Neil Paterson (screenplay), Neil Paterson (short story "Scotch Settlement")
Nominations Gemini Award for Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
Cast Charlton Heston (James MacKenzie), Bruce Greenwood (Willem Hooft), Patricia Gage (Mrs. Mackenzie), Dan MacDonald (Tom Cameron), Leah Pinsent (Kirsten MacKenzie), Charles Miller (Davy Mackenzie)
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The little kidnappers 1990
The Little Kidnappers is a 1990 Canadian/American television film </ref> made by Testar Productions; Margellos-Resnick and Jones 21st Century for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Disney Channel. It tells the story of orphans Harry and Davy MacKenzie (Leo Wheatley and Charles Miller) sent to live with their stern grandfather, James MacKenzie (Charlton Heston).
Based on the short story Scotch Settlement by Neil Paterson, (which had previously been filmed in 1953), and set in Nova Scotia in 1903, the film was shot in several locations throughout Nova Scotia with dockside scenes being filmed aboard the CSS Acadia at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax.
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Coralee Elliott Testar's version of the story revolves around letters written by James' son to his wife and children. Harry and Davy have brought them in a box James had carved for his son many years before. Through these letters, James begins to find healing from the grief he feels over the death of his son at the hands of Dutch soldiers in the Second Boer War in South Africa and deliverance from the hatred in his heart for neighboring Dutch farmers and acceptance of his daughter's love for the village Doctor who is also of Dutch heritage.
The movie's title refers to the discovery and rescue by Harry and Davy of the neighbor's baby briefly left unattended on a beach and their decision to hide and care for it themselves rather than risk their grandfather's harsh and unmerciful reaction to it.
The 1990 film receives broad international distribution and has been nominated for numerous awards, winning the prestigious "Banff World Media Rockie Award".
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