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The 10th Kingdom (2000)

Cast: Kimberly Williams, Kimberly Williams, John Larroquette, more...
Director: Herbert Wise, Herbert Wise, David Carson, more...
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Hallmark
Genre: Kids, Television, Fantasy, Fairy Tales & Myths, Lost Worlds, Miniseries
Running Time: 417 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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This ten-hour mini-series extravaganza originally aired on February 26, 2000 on NBC, and concerns the fate of a janitor, Tony (John Larroquette), and his lovely daughter Virginia (Kimberly Williams), who mysteriously find themselves in a land where fairies, trolls, and elves live. Their attempts to return home are thwarted by an evil witch (Diane Wiest). Appearing in supporting roles are Rutger Hauer, Warwick Davis, and Camryn Manheim as Snow White. The 10th Kingdom was rebroadcast on August, 2000, with a substantially trimmed running time of eight hours, which was shortened even further to six hours for the video release, after all commercials had been removed. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

Please note that this is volume 1 of a 3 disc set. For the full mini-series, please rent discs 2 and 3.

GreenCine Member Reviews

Excellent build-up! by Battie May 26, 2005 - 5:52 PM PDT
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
I didn't see this when it was on CBS however many years ago, so I can't recall if it was ever marketed towards children. But to be honest, I'd be surprised if it had been. At six hours, I really doubt any parent could get a child under twelve to sit through it. All the actors on the front of the cover are adult (not a single child in sight), and the guy who played Ed Bundy was one of the stars, to boot! So, bringing the movie down because it wasn't appropriate for children seems weird to me.

I've watched it twice, and I'm itching to watch it again, but I'll refrain until I can buy it. The story starts off a tad slow, but slowly builds-up to a wonderful ending. In fact, by the time it was over, I was sincerely regretting that fact. The six hours allowed me to "get to know" the characters. The main characters, Virginia, Wolf, and Virginia's father, were not perfect by any means. They were as flawed as any human being, and that, combined with the story, drove the plot and made me love this movie.

As for the story...there were so many laugh-out-loud moments and spoofs on fairy tales, I couldn't stop laughing and smiling. The rhymes inserted here and there in this movie were witty and funny once I began listening to them closely. The humor isn't always "mature" (I don't mean adult, here), but it doesn't make it stupid or bad. SouthPark, obviously for adults, has far more bad taste in the humor. The humor in this movie is very light (such as Virginia's father moaning about bad luck from breaking a mirror). It's all in "good fun," rather than hurtful, cynical, etc. But it doesn't mean it isn't funny.

The special effects and costumes aren't top-dollar, but after a while, I became accustomed to that and, in fact, it seemed to suit the series better than top-dollar everything would have.

Besides the story, which was more amusing than anything that wasn't Robin Willaims or Eddie Izzard-type humor, the characters were what I loved. My only regret is not being able to see the original ten hours. *sob* Anyone know where I can see those missing four hours???

May be innappropriate for young kids by Shaloha June 3, 2003 - 8:45 AM PDT
3 out of 25 members found this review helpful
Parents be warned - although the concept of this movie sounds great, this movie has lots of mean spirited, gratuitous violence, many sexual references, and thinly veiled references to four letter words.

For example, not ten minutes into the movie, an evil troll smashes together the heads of two young lovers enjoying the night air on a park bench. When one of them begins to wake up after being knocked out, he is again forcefully whipped on the side of his face with a boom box.

Sexual refences include talking about "little girls", and there is a saying that the trolls use all the time: "suckin elf", which I imagine is a thinly veiled reference to $%&ckin %$#ell.

I had to have my hand constantly on the remote...very tense viewing. Definitely not for kids - such poor taste that I would not even recommend it to adults.

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