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Director  Ralph Senensky
Duration  
Cinematography  John M. Nickolaus Jr.
Country  United States
4.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Musical, Comedy, Drama
Running time  1h 38m
Music director  Allyn Ferguson, Buz Kohan
Language  English
The New Adventures of Heidi movie poster

Release date  1978
Writer  Johanna Spyri (novel), John McGreevey
Cast  Burl Ives (Grandfather), Katy Kurtzman (Heidi), Sean Marshall, Marlyn Mason (Mady), John Gavin (Dan Wyler)
Similar movies  Heidi (1952), Heidis Song (1982), Heidi 4 Paws (2008), Courage Mountain (1990), Heidi and Peter (1955)

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The New Adventures of Heidi is a 1978 American made-for-television musical comedy-drama film updating the Heidi character to the present time and shifting the action from Switzerland to New York City. The film was released theatrically in Spain and Australia. Charles B. Fitzsimons had the idea to turn the film into a musical with comedy writer Buz Kohan writing ten songs for the film, sung by the stars Katy Kurtzman, Burl Ives, John Gavin and Marlyn Mason who played Heidi on stage in 1954 at the Player’s Ring Theatre in Hollywood.

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Plot

When Heidi's grandfather finds he is losing his sight he does not wish to tell Heidi, but he makes her live with her relatives, Cousins Tobias and Martha to attend school in a large city. There Heidi meets the troubled Elizabeth Wyler who is fascinated by Heidi and her rural life. Through his secretary Mady, Heidi joins Elizabeth and her busy widowed father Dan Wyler for a Christmas in New York City.

Cast

  • Katy Kurtzman as Heidi
  • Burl Ives as Grandfather
  • John Gavin as Dan Wyler
  • Marlyn Mason as Mady
  • Sherrie Wills as Elizabeth Wyler
  • Sean Marshall as Peter
  • Alex Henteloff as Chef Andre
  • Charles Aidman as The Hermit
  • Walter Brooke as Cousin Tobias
  • Amzie Strickland as Cousin Martha
  • Molly Dodd as Mother Gertrude
  • Adrienne Marden as Sister Agnes
  • Arlen Stuart as Telephone Operator
  • Barry Cahill as Hotel Manager Krebbs
  • Bartlett Robinson as Oscar the Butler
  • Production

    With the low budget of the television film precluding having the film shot in Switzerland or New York City, the crew shot Swiss sequences in Snowmass, Colorado with imitation red poppies and the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, California with imitation snow.

    Novelization

    A paperback novelization of the film was written by John Pearson and published by Dell Publishing in December 1978 as a promotional tie-in.

    References

    The New Adventures of Heidi Wikipedia
    The New Adventures of Heidi IMDb The New Adventures of Heidi themoviedb.org