The Worst Film Ever
Although it has its amusing moments, in eneral the plot does not convince.
At first rather annoying in its heavy emphasis on reenactments, this movie ultimately proves fascinating, simply because the complicated, highly dramatic tale it tells still almost defies belief.
Norman Tokar directed this appealing family film from Disney that stars Jodie Foster as Casey, who is enlisted by con man Harry Bundage(played by Leo McKern) to infiltrate the household of Candleshoe, led by an old woman(played by Helen Hayes) who Casey pretends to be the granddaughter of in order to locate a valuable treasure said to be located somewhere in the mansion. David Niven plays the butler of the house, who has concealed the fact of their bankruptcy from everyone, and who would also love the money derived from the fortune, if they can find it. Meanwhile, Casey finds herself becoming a part of the family, and decides to help them, and work against Harry. Entertaining film with bright direction and good cast, with a most charming story and setting.
The only thing I wasn't clear about in the film was whether Jodie Foster really remembered a loose brick in the fireplace (this was not in her initiation) or just got lucky making it up. She stares at the fireplace as though she really remembers. So little is made of this. And the ambiguity of whether she guessed the box was a musical box that played Greensleeves (a tune she'd been tipped off about) or also remembered the box for real... But then she ate a strawberry at the beginning and didn't like rice pudding, so .. maybe not.Maybe I'm analysing this too much as this scene is the only scene I remember as a 9year old - it really made an impact on me ... I have since watched the whole film again and loved it ... and if it is meant to be ambiguous as to whether she could be the long lost grand daughter, I suppose that's an unusual thing in a Disney film. The end is open, the grandmother says herself at the end that maybe she is the real granddaughter and we never really know.
Directed by Norman Tokar with an hysterical screenplay from David Swift and Rosemary Anne Sisson.Candleshoe is a fun and surprisingly touching tale of childhood adventure and one of the best non animated films to come from Disney.The story is all about young orphan Casey Brown(Jodie Foster)who lives with foster parents in America.One day she is taken to a posh hotel by a private detective and there she meets con man Harry W.Bundage(Leo McKern).He tells her all about a scam he has going on with his cousin Grimsworthy(Vivien Pickles),to find the mysterious treasure hidden in the sprawling English mansion Candleshoe.Casey must pretend to be the long lost granddaughter of the owner Lady St Edmund(Helen Hayes).Once she wins the old ladies trust she can start to follow clues on a piece of paper to the treasure.When Casey gets to the mansion the old lady believes her story and she actually finds herself loved for the first time in her life.The highlight of the film though is David Niven as Lady St Edmunds butler,gardener,chauffeur,cook and best friend Priory.He goes through various disguises to prevent his mistress knowing her money is very nearly gone and all the other staff have left her.He's helped in this by some local orphans adopted by Lady St Edmund loyal and feisty Cluny(Veronica Quilligan),sweet floor slider Bobby(David Samuals),shy Anna(Sarah Tamakuni)and natural leader Peter(Ian Sharrock).Jodie Foster gives a fine early performance as the lonely teenager and David Niven and Helen Hayes are perfect.There is also more than a touch of the Ingrid Bergman film Anastasia here.In which Helen Hayes plays the Dowager Empress Marie the grandmother of the murdered Romanov children who believes the young woman is her youngest granddaughter.Yes it's cheesy and some bits look dated but this is a good film about friendship,family,adventure and fun this is one to watch whether your young or old.
Before this vehicle became contrived, Disney did it while it was still fresh. A group of orphans must save the castle in which their adoptive "grandmother" has housed them. This work involves some intrigue and a very young Jodi Foster as a nearly incorrigible ruffian girl.This is a lot of fun, but it also bears some touching moments, endearing characters, and a great script. Honestly, this is one of my favorites of the Disney Family series. It offers you hope, love, and a promise of better things to come.This is truly good.It rates an 8.9/10 from...the Fiend :.