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Pelle erobreren (1987)

A gritty film in which you could almost smell the poverty, filth and adversity the people endured on that farm. One could say that Pelle Hvenegaard was worthy of a Boy Actor Oscar but he was matched in this film by Max von Sydow's magnificent performance as the weak father. The winter scenes were obviously genuine and I wonder how poor Pelle got through doing that scene running over the broken ice pursued by the school bullies? The film came over as completely realistic and showed the sadism of not just the people in charge of the farmhands but the farmhands themselves who could all mutually sneer and laugh at a young boy being whipped naked by a bullying young overseer. Definitely a DVD to grace the collection of any devotee of the Boy Actor even, if sadly, there were no extras. It was also refreshing to see the nude scenes handled properly and effectively by the director, Bille August. Not something you would be allowed to see in a British film!

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Peter Pan (2003)

This is a fine film which treats J M Barrie's play well enough. Many will have thought the casting of Jeremy Sumpter, who turned 14 while making the film, as too old for the part and casting an American boy too! I thought Sumpter was excellent as Peter and that boy actor's good looks made Peter even better! His sword fight with Captain Hook was the highlight of the film especially when Hook says Wendy doesn't love him any more and Peter is momentarily defeated.

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Le Petit Nicolas (2009)

This was a charming French film with lots of cute young French boys parading around in their shorts. It reminded me of the type of children's films they made in the fifties ... very pretty and nice.

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Pinocchio (1940)

Animated yes but surely even animated films featuring a boy are acceptable on BA? This is a Walt Disney classic and beautifully rendered and full of great one liners and musical numbers.

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The Prince and the Pauper (2000)

This is one of those versions little known about with exemplary performances from both Jonathan and Robert Timmins, unknown British boy actor twins. A fairly lavish production, the settings are bright and colourful with American actor, Aidan Quinn, giving great support as the befriending Miles Hendon.

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The Prince and the Pauper (1937)

This is another of those wonderful old B&W boy films from the thirties. The Mauch twins play their parts almost to perfection and even Errol Flynn can't act them off the set! Also of note is the film's musical score written by Erich Korngold which is quite outstanding and has been mentioned by several film reviewers in the past.

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The Prince and the Pauper (1996)

Another BBC six-parter of Mark Twain's classic story. Philip Sarson is outstanding playing both King Edward VI and Tom Canty as there must be a lot of pressure on a boy acting two roles in a lengthy TV series.

I have the DVD set though there are no extras to tell us more about this elusive boy actor.

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Prince Brat and the Whipping Boy (1994)

A delightful film in the Prince and the Pauper mode. Here urchin rat catcher Jeremy, charmingly played with street wise ernestness by Truan Munro, meets spoiled Prince Horace played by Nic Knight, a boy actor I had never heard of before. After some adventures encountering a couple of dastardly villains on the way, the two boys become friends and each helps the other achieve a happy ending. I believe the film was originally titled simply 'The Whipping Boy'.

The only other time I have seen Truan Munro was in the BBC TV production of 'Little Lord Fauntleroy' where he played Dick, the boot boy..

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Radio Flyer (1992)

I reckon this must be the first film for Elijah Wood and Joseph Mazzello as they are so young. It has all the makings of a dramatic plot except it goes way off course. The abusive stepfather and two brothers who are far too cute. In fact the whole film is too cutesy with the boys uttering lines no kid would. Then the ending goes into the realms of fantasy that just doesn't add up. I believe 'Radio Flyer' bombed at the US box office and I'm not surprised.

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Ransom (1996)

Plenty of suspense and some nail biting plot twists. Although not a big part, Brawley (where do they get these names?) Nolte played his part well as the kidnapped son.

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Rascal (1969)

Beware of boys-with-dogs films but this one has Billy Mumy in it so that makes it okay.

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Real Steel (2011)

What could have been an interesting storyline is wasted with this film. Having never heard of Dakota Goyo before, he gave a real acting performance here even if his character, Max, was the type of precocious kid you longed for the robot to swot into oblivion. Whether the robot, Atom, really saved the boy's life when he slid down the cliff is never followed up. It was evident that Atom was more than your ordinary fighting robot but neither father or son seemed interested in that possible aspect. They only wanted the machine to get in the ring and knock hell out of another machine. The final fight was a farce and totally predictable. How could Zeus, the gigantic World Champion robot boxer, suddenly begin to run out of power in the last round? In the end he was completely helpless and little Atom went on to win in true American style.

I echo 'josephk's sentiments entirely.

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Richie Rich (1994)

Some might argue that this film is typical American schmaltz and even an excuse for rich people living the way they do. I thought it one of Macaulay Culkin's better movies. He plays the part well ably supported by British actor, Jonathan Hyde, as the butler.

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Richie Rich's Christmas Wish (1998)

Sequels are often poor attempts at trying to equal the original - 'Christmas Wish' is no exception. Although David Gallagher and Jake Richardson do their very best to lift this film off the ground they are defeated by the sheer banality of the script. Better handled by a better director might have saved the day. It also lacks the presence of Jonathan Hyde as the butler this part being replaced by an aged Keene Curtis who is actually in a wheelchair in the final scenes!

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The River Wild (1994)

A fast paced thriller with some great outdoors scenery and the versatile Joseph Mazzello playing his part wonderfully. I liked the scene where Joseph realises Bacon's character is a bad guy and says "I thought you were a nice man" and throws the baseball cap away. Good acting all round.

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Road to Perdition (2002)

You won't get a much better 30s atmosphere movie than this one. The period detail is amazing. Tyler Hoechlin plays the lead role as the son of a gangster hitman. He's sharing the screen with cinema stars like Tom Hanks and Paul Newman yet holds his own. A brooding story reflecting the harsh, brutal world of godfather-style gangsters. The car the father and son drive in makes you want to get behind the wheel of one of those marvellous contraptions!

Violent and dramatic, 'The Road to Perdition' is a great film. Everyone just about gets bumped off. I even feared at the end when Michael goes back to the old farming couple for sanctuary that the wife was going to come out with a gun and blow HIS head off!

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The Road (2009)

A gripping film that tells an unsettling story of just what could happen if there was some terrible worldwide catastrophe. Grey and bleak, the heartrending portrayal of father and son trying to survive a lawless world was stamped on every frame. Kodi Smit-McPhee was outstanding as the boy thrown into this world while so young. The cannibals may have shocked some viewers but when you thought about it, that was a way to survive! A relentless film that had you always wondering how it would all end. As it happened, the ending was a mixture of sadness and hope for the future.

It was interesting to note that in the scene where father and son plunge into the lake by the waterfall, the man is starkers but the boy still wears shirt and shorts! Quite unrealistic, of course, but then what can film makers do when confronted by the taboo of showing a child's naked body?

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Robosapien: Rebooted (2008)

After seeing Bobby Coleman in 'Martian Child' what a let down this film was. After one viewing, my DVD went straight to the charity shop.

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A Room for Romeo Brass (1999)

A film of a typical boyish friendship put to the test when the dangerous stranger comes between them. It's one of those films where you are kept wondering what's going to happen and then it does in the most innocuous of circumstances during a day by the seaside. The friendship between the two boys is dealt with very effectively by the director even though Andrew and Ben apparently quarrelled a lot on set.

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Scrooge (1951)

Dickens is what the British do best and 'Scrooge' is a fine example. Masterly acting by Alistair Sim as the miser and the scene with Tiny Tim (Glyn Dearman) looking in the shop window beautifully done. I liked the good looking John Charlesworth as Peter.

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