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      Rumpelstiltskin

      G 1987 1 hr. 24 min. Kids & Family Musical List
      Reviews 60% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score In this musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale, a foolish father brags that his daughter, Katie (Amy Irving), can turn straw into gold by spinning it on a wheel. The scheming and secretive magical dwarf, Rumpelstiltskin (Billy Barty), comes to Katie's aid and creates the gold, leading to marriage and motherhood for her. Unfortunately, Rumpelstiltskin demands her first-born baby as payment, and the only way that Katie can get her child back is to figure out his name. Read More Read Less

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      Roscoe C The movie "Rumpelstiltskin" is an absolute delight to watch.🤩 It is a well-crafted adaptation of the classic fairytale that is sure to captivate audiences of all ages. The plot is richly detailed, featuring compelling characters and a storyline that is both engaging and unpredictable. The film's visual effects are stunning and add an extra layer of magic to the already enchanting story. The actors deliver outstanding performances, bringing their respective characters to life with great skill and nuance. Overall, "Rumpelstiltskin" is a cinematic masterpiece that is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who watches it.✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧ Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/24 Full Review Kye R greatest movie I've ever seen and I've seen at least THREE movies Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/27/23 Full Review Audience Member While not the first one made, Rumpelstiltskin was the first of the Cannon Films' Movie Tales series to make it to the U.S. It's notable because it's the only movie in which Billy Barty had the lead. It also has Amy Irving as the miller's daughter, with her brother David directing and writing the movie and their mother, Priscilla Pointer, playing the Queen. Robert Symonds, their stepfather, plays the miller. Richar Harrington's Washington Post review said, "Rumpelstiltskin is as bad a children's movie as has been made in the last 20 years, but in the canon of Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus' Cannon films, it's about average — badly written, badly directed, badly acted and badly made." The miller's daughter can spin gold out of straw, so the king (Clive Reville) locks her in his castle and demands that she use that spinning wheel and bae of hay he got her to start making some gold for him. Her tears bring Rumpelstiltskin, who promises to use his magic to transform the straw into gold if she gives him her first-born child. If only Cannon had made these movies with the same actors that they used for their regular films, so Chuck Norris could be the woodsman shooting the Big Bad Wolf with a rocket launcher or Charles Bronson shoving a bowl of porridge in Goldilocks' face and screaming, "You know what this is for?" Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Great fun movie. Don't know what else to say except give it a look... Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member She can spin straw into gold. A poor but beautiful girl lives with her father in the forest. They meet the prince and they become smitten, but the king demands an amazing task be completed to earn his son's hand in marriage. He demands she weaves straw into gold after the girl's father alludes she is capable. The girl is locked in a room and given one night to complete the task. She sits in the room with no idea how to conquer this task until a magic man of sorts appears and promises to complete the task for a small fee, and unimaginative fee. Will the girl succumb to the price of the strange man or be beheaded by the king? "The last man who said 'but' had his head chopped off." David Irving, director of CHUD II, Night if the Cyclone, Good-bye Cruel World, The Emperor's New Clothes, and Sleeping Beauty, delivers Rumpelstiltskin. The storyline for this picture is interesting and fun to watch unfold. The musical numbers are mediocre but the acting is fun and entertaining as were the settings and costumes. "The devil told you that!" I came across this on Netflix and thought it had potential as an interesting period pierce of a classic tale. It was pretty good and worth a viewing. It was far from a classic movie, but it tells the story well in an entertaining way. I recommend watching this once. "If I am this nice, there will be a price." Grade: C+ Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member The title character of this now famous fairy tale is a seemingly helpful dwarf who shows his true colors for the worse when a favor he does for another is not repaid. Played with relish by the late Billy Barty, Rumpelstiltskin talks and rhymes his way through this kitschy, low-rent musical. Disappearing and reappearing at will with a cackling laugh and an obviously wicked sneer, the infamous elf comes to the aid of an unfortunate miller's daughter imprisoned by a greedy king who tasks the lass into spinning straw into gold. Impossible, one would obviously say, but it turns out that the elfin creature can indeed pull off the trick -- provided he is rewarded for his services. But when the girl becomes a princess and is advised to give up her first child to the greedy midget, she is tasked to guess his name in three days time to spare her offspring from slave labor. The outcome is not hard to guess, but such is the nature of a fairy tale. A good story, no doubt, but one that's best suited for a shorter medium than an 83-minute film, much less one with cheap production values and a fair smattering of cheesy moments as opposed to sincerity. Aside from Barty, who is dead on in the lead role, the rest of the cast is very strange; Amy Irving doesn't feel right as the miller's daughter, and Clive Revill chews so much scenery as the king (especially during his insufferably awful "Greedy" song) that it's hard to take him seriously, even for a fairy tale character. John Moulder-Brown is a rather bland love interest as well. The performance I liked the best was that of a mute little servant girl who aids Irving later in the movie, but this movie isn't about Shakespeare quality acting. The songs are a mixed bag as well. Some are pleasant enough, with Barty's brief but devilish ditty being particularly fun, but the lyrics are often corny and lack substance. To its credit, this movie does remain faithful to the tale, but it's a B-movie picture at best. It's moderately enjoyable, nothing else. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Grace Montgomery Common Sense Media '80s musical fairy tale is slightly scary, a little slow. Rated: 2/5 Apr 1, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis In this musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale, a foolish father brags that his daughter, Katie (Amy Irving), can turn straw into gold by spinning it on a wheel. The scheming and secretive magical dwarf, Rumpelstiltskin (Billy Barty), comes to Katie's aid and creates the gold, leading to marriage and motherhood for her. Unfortunately, Rumpelstiltskin demands her first-born baby as payment, and the only way that Katie can get her child back is to figure out his name.
      Director
      David Irving
      Executive Producer
      Itzik Kol
      Screenwriter
      David Irving
      Production Co
      The Cannon Group, Golan-Globus Productions
      Rating
      G
      Genre
      Kids & Family, Musical
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 3, 2021
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $142.8K
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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