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      Fairy Tale: A True Story

      PG Released Oct 24, 1997 1 hr. 39 min. Kids & Family Fantasy List
      56% 32 Reviews Tomatometer 66% 10,000+ Ratings Audience Score After enduring family tragedies, young cousins Elsie (Florence Hoath) and Frances (Elizabeth Earl) spend time in rural Yorkshire, England, where they see fairies in a nearby meadow. They then snap pictures of the fairies, which suddenly gain international notoriety. Author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Peter O'Toole) announces he's a believer. Magician Harry Houdini (Harvey Keitel), however, is a skeptic. Both join a media circus to see if the pictures indeed are genuine and if fairies are real. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Apr 17 Buy Now

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      Believe -- Fairy Tale: A True Story's sense of wonder and magic may help overlook the science behind the film's flaws.

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      StephenPaul C The greatest 01 hour: and 39 minutes of fairies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/21/23 Full Review andy h It's got some boring grown up parts, but the kids moments are very cute. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review sean g Great story, great Sunday movie Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review robert p I love Fairy Tale, hopefully a true movie!!! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review steve d Not true and not at all interesting. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a fun movie with lovely scenery. I really enjoyed it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Fairy Tale: A True Story

      FairyTale: A True Story: Official Clip - Chalk Trick FairyTale: A True Story: Official Clip - Chalk Trick 1:15 FairyTale: A True Story: Official Clip - The Burden of Proof FairyTale: A True Story: Official Clip - The Burden of Proof 2:13 FairyTale: A True Story: Official Clip - Do You Ever Tell Anyone? FairyTale: A True Story: Official Clip - Do You Ever Tell Anyone? 1:55 FairyTale: A True Story: Official Clip - Finishing the Fairy House FairyTale: A True Story: Official Clip - Finishing the Fairy House 2:08 FairyTale: A True Story: Official Clip - A Visit from the Fairies FairyTale: A True Story: Official Clip - A Visit from the Fairies 2:13 FairyTale: A True Story: Official Clip - Sir Arthur Meets the Girls FairyTale: A True Story: Official Clip - Sir Arthur Meets the Girls 2:13 FairyTale: A True Story: Official Clip - Do You Believe in Fairies? FairyTale: A True Story: Official Clip - Do You Believe in Fairies? 1:46 FairyTale: A True Story: Official Clip - It's My Daddy FairyTale: A True Story: Official Clip - It's My Daddy 1:48 FairyTale: A True Story: Official Clip - The New Girl in Class FairyTale: A True Story: Official Clip - The New Girl in Class 0:43 FairyTale: A True Story: Official Clip - I Can See Them! FairyTale: A True Story: Official Clip - I Can See Them! 0:54 View more videos

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      Derek Elley Variety Fairy Tale: A True Story is as light — and centerless — as a marshmallow. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Nick Bradshaw Time Out It's a respectable tale, but there's too much baggage for the fancy fully to take flight. Aug 16, 2007 Full Review Nell Minow Movie Mom Charming special effects and appealing heroines, and truly an ambitious meditation on the nature of fantasy and reality and growing up. Rated: 4/5 May 22, 2003 Full Review Dan DiNicola The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY) Trying to entertain adults and kids, this work falls through the cracks. Rated: C Jan 10, 2023 Full Review Edward Porter Sunday Times (UK) A sugared but poignant account... Nov 7, 2022 Full Review David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor Charles Sturridge's fantasy is too slow and complicated for very young viewers, but others will enjoy its wholesome story and detailed depiction of the World War I era, not to mention the fairyland scenes, which are truly magical. Rated: 3/4 Mar 28, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis After enduring family tragedies, young cousins Elsie (Florence Hoath) and Frances (Elizabeth Earl) spend time in rural Yorkshire, England, where they see fairies in a nearby meadow. They then snap pictures of the fairies, which suddenly gain international notoriety. Author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Peter O'Toole) announces he's a believer. Magician Harry Houdini (Harvey Keitel), however, is a skeptic. Both join a media circus to see if the pictures indeed are genuine and if fairies are real.
      Director
      Charles Sturridge
      Executive Producer
      Paul Tucker
      Screenwriter
      Albert Ash, Tom McLoughlin, Ernie Contreras
      Production Co
      Icon Entertainment International
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Kids & Family, Fantasy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 24, 1997, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 15, 2011
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $14.1M
      Sound Mix
      Dolby, Surround
      Aspect Ratio
      35mm
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