Director Ralph Senensky
Cinematography John M. Nickolaus Jr.
Country United States
Genre Musical, Comedy, Drama
Running time 1h 38m
Music director Allyn Ferguson, Buz Kohan
|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.
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.
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.
ReferencesThe New Adventures of Heidi Wikipedia
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