Danny, the Champion of the World

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  • 1989
  • 1 hr 35 min
  • 6.7  (1,459)
  • 64

Danny, the Champion of the World is a heartwarming family-friendly movie that was released in 1989, starring Jeremy Irons, Robbie Coltrane, and Samuel Irons. The movie directed by Gavin Millar is based on the novel by Roald Dahl of the same name. It tells the story of a young boy named Danny (played by Samuel Irons) who lives with his father William (played by Jeremy Irons) in a gypsy caravan on the outskirts of a small English town.

Danny and his father are very close, and spend much of their time together. William is a mechanic and runs a small garage, and Danny often helps him out by fetching tools or running errands. Danny's mother died when he was young, so his father is the only parent he has ever known.

One day, Danny discovers that his father has a secret hobby: poaching pheasants from the nearby estate owned by the wealthy Victor Hazell (played by Robbie Coltrane). William is a skilled poacher and has been stealing pheasants from Hazell's estate for years. Danny is impressed by his father's ability to outsmart the estate's gamekeeper, Mr. Hazell, and soon becomes a skilled poacher himself.

Danny and his father revel in the thrill of the chase and enjoy the freedom of running around the countryside in pursuit of their prey. But soon they find themselves in serious trouble when Mr. Hazell catches them in the act of poaching.

Undeterred, Danny comes up with a plan to outsmart Mr. Hazell and save his father from being sent to jail. He enlists the help of the other villagers in a daring scheme to steal all the pheasants from Mr. Hazell's estate on the night before a big hunt.

Throughout the movie, Danny's relationship with his father is at the forefront. The love and respect Danny has for his father are palpable, and it's clear that William has raised his son to be kind, brave, and resourceful. Despite the danger they face, Danny remains optimistic and determined to do the right thing.

The movie is set in the English countryside and captures the charm and beauty of rural life. The scenery is lush and green, and the cinematography is lovely. The soundtrack is composed of whimsical music that adds to the playful nature of the film.

The acting is superb. Jeremy Irons delivers a nuanced performance as William, a man who has his flaws but loves his son deeply. Samuel Irons also does an excellent job as Danny, bringing his character to life with sincerity and heart. Robbie Coltrane is delightfully villainous as Mr. Hazell, and his interactions with Danny and William are some of the movie's highlights.

Overall, Danny, the Champion of the World is a heartwarming and entertaining movie that the whole family can enjoy. It's a story about love, family, and friendship, with a touch of adventure and mischief thrown in. The movie is a faithful adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic novel and is sure to delight fans of the author's work.

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    6.7  (1,459)
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