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Five children and It - Kenneth Branagh, Zoë Wanamaker, Freddie Highmore, John Stephenson

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Movie propaganda

Anything can happen if you believe in It.

With their father away at war and their mother nursing the wounded, five children from London are sent away to stay with their Uncle in his dilapidated mansion by the sea. There they encounter a strange household, comprising Uncle, who demands absolute silence in order to write his book, Martha, the friendly but crazy housekeeper and Uncle's son Horace, a small boy with a laboratory in the basement - an evil scientist in the making.

While exploring, the children find a secret passage under the house that takes them to a strange beach. What they thought was going to be a dull summer in the country is about to become the most exciting summer of their lives when they accidentally dig up an 8000-year-old sand-fairy, a Psammead (Eddie Izzard).

It is the crankiest creature they've ever encountered, the last sand-fairy in the world, and according to It, the greatest that ever granted a wish. It confesses to dealing with greedy kings and corrupt officials with ideas above their station, but is certainly not used to children and does not care much for them either.

It, although ancient and irritable, grants them a wish a day, lasting until sunset. The children soon learn that it's very hard to think of really sensible wishes, and It derives great satisfaction in misinterpreting wishes to cause maximum devastation. They crash cars, create chaos and destruction with a house full of clones, conjure up a T-Rex, sprout magical wings and try and rescue their father from the battlefield. Magic, the children find can be as awkward as it is enticing.

Five children and It is an action packed summer adventure that blends magic, fun and perilous exploits, and proves that the power of wishes isn't as strong as the power of family.

Persons of interest

  • Kenneth Branagh .... Uncle Albert
  • Zoë Wanamaker .... Martha
  • Freddie Highmore .... Robert
  • Jonathan Bailey .... Cyril
  • Jessica Claridge .... Anthea
  • Poppy Rogers .... Jane
  • Tara Fitzgerald .... Mother
  • Alex Jennings .... Father
  • John Sessions .... Sergeant
  • Norman Wisdom .... Nesbitt
  • Duncan Preston .... Peasemarsh
  • Alec Muggleton .... Lamb
  • Zak Muggleton .... Lamb
  • Eddie Izzard .... Psammead Crustacea Anostrraca Decapodlium Anthropodolous Wishasarus ("It")
  • Edith Nesbit .... Author
  • David Solomon .... Screenwriter
  • John Stephenson .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report


Security censorship classification

PG (Mature themes, low level violence)

Surveillance time

89 minutes (1:29 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 24 March 2005 - NT, QLD, TAS, VIC
Film: 7 April 2005 - NSW, WA
Film: 14 April 2005 - SA
DVD rental: 7 September 2005
Disc: 7 July 2010

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