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Access to the Masterpiece Theatre website; Scene selection and closed captions
This is a WONDERFUL movie for kids (& adults) from 5 years & up. I have watched it 3 times & I still laugh!
This was a very funny movie, great for all ages. Though it's not very common I think you should watch it. It is especially funny because it is portrayed from a little boys perspective. I definately suggest you watch this movie!
I am a huge fan of Gerald Durrell and his books, especially the Corfu Trilogy, which I used to reread every summer when I was a kid, so naturally I was looking forward to see this film. I was not disappointed but then BBC seems to make such excellent takes on these classics. The casting is excellent, and I laughed out loud quite a bit. I loved Imelda Taunton and Matthew Goode, who is hilarious as Larry Durrell. Of course, given that it is a 1,5 hr film as opposed to a TV series (which would be able to accomodate all the stories much better), a lot of stuff is missing from the books, but the rest is delightful, witty and charming. I will rewatch it again and again when I am in a bad mood. And read the books!
This is a remake of a short series that was out some 15 or 20 years ago. I had the good fortune to see the first series with the great Brian Blessed as the family's Greek interpreter. It was fantastic. This remake does not even come close. Very disappointing.