Hans Christian Andersen

 (1,510)1 h 52 min195313+
The opening scene of the movie describes it best: "Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about the great spinner of fairy tales."
Directors
Charles Vidor
Starring
Danny KayeFarley GrangerZizi Jeanmaire
Genres
DramaKidsArts, Entertainment, and Culture
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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Producers
Samuel Goldwyn
Studio
Samuel Goldwyn Films
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4.7 out of 5 stars

1510 global ratings

  1. 84% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 9% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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Lacemaker427Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Anything with Danny Kaye is simply magical!
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I remember watching this on TV when I was a child in the late 1960s. It is such a lovely story, and Danny Kaye is the only actor that could do the title role justice. It is lovely to pop this into the DVD player and watch a profanity-free, moral story that keeps the viewer’s interest riveted to the screen. I need to find more Danny Kaye movies to purchase!
9 people found this helpful
Alexander CarrilloReviewed in the United States on March 1, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Thank You again Danny
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When I first went to Denmark in 1988 that I was staying at the city in where the story is base on the famous writer - Odense, FYN Denmark as I was told the real story of Hans C Andersen, as yes he did come from Odense but his father was the shoe clobber, his birth house stills stands in Odense, and his other house in which it is a museum, and library. Both places are the treasures of Denmark, and he was right when he said To Travel is to Live, as Copenhagen is also a place to go, and experience when he was there. as for the film again Danny Kaye in using his talents with children, and also he was rightly chosen for this role, I recommended in watching this film.
13 people found this helpful
Lorraine ThompsonReviewed in the United States on January 12, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Children's Hero
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This is a movie of my childhood and, loving Danny Kaye, I wanted it for my own library of films. The colouring was done quite well, not too garish, crisp. I thought it was a really good deal and, when I heard the songs, I was back in my childhood, singing duets with my father. Compared to all the zip-bam-boom of today's children's fare, this is a quiet, lovely movie to share with our grandchildren.
14 people found this helpful
Just As I AmReviewed in the United States on June 9, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful, timeless film
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Wonderful, timeless film. Rented it for streaming tonight and it took me out of a deep 2017 funk, just to be back in a world of innocence again. I give it 4 stars because I gladly skipped past his long ballet sequence which takes up maybe almost 1/5 of the film. But delightful in every way otherwise. Danny Kaye is a gem especially in this...Think I'll buy it for the best videos to lift me out of a funk library. . .
11 people found this helpful
BrittReviewed in the United States on February 19, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
This was one of my all-time favorite movies as a child
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This was one of my all-time favorite movies as a child. I was so excited to see it available on Amazon. I watched it with my family immediately upon receiving the DVD and was treated, not only to an amazing story and music, but the memories associated with it from my childhood! Danny Kaye's genius is in full-force with the movie, moving from the romantic to the silly to the sad and back again seamlessly. This beautiful interpretation of a moment in Hans Christian Anderson's life is a tale for young and old!
9 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
This is a great movie but beware if you have problems playing it because of an old DVD player!
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This is a great movie but because the dvd was released recently, I was not able to play the movie in my DVD player (Samsung, purchased on 2010), it has great image quality, but no sound. And after much research, I learned that it's because older DVD players need to be updated with files in order to play newer dvd releases. That was the only reason why I gave my experience as a buyer 1 star, it's not for the movie, and I have always received great service here on Amazon, it's just that I was surprised to see that DVD players need to be updated in order to play newer dvd movies. So, simply keep that in mind when purchasing newer movies, because your player might need to be updated in order to play these discs.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful dvd booklet, but couldn't play it because of disc incompatibility with my DVD player.
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This is a great movie but because of disc incompatibility with my DVD player, I was not able to play the movie. I had great image quality, but no sound. And after much research, I learned that it's because older DVD players need to be updated with files in order to play certain dvd releases. That was the only reason why I gave my experience (as a buyer) 3 stars, it's not for the movie, and it's not for the service, because I have always received great service here on Amazon, it's just that it was a surprise for me to see that even DVD players need to be updated in order to play certain movies. So, keep that in mind when purchasing some dvd.
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Carol Mary HillReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
What nobody is SAYING!!!
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I am so sorry that not one reviewer is saying the one most amazing thing about this movie is about Hans Christian Anderson himself. Yes, the movie is one of the greatest children's movies(ok, I am prejudiced, my mother was a singer and did ballet). But H.C. Anderson was a real, honest-to-God author. He wrote The Little Mermaid, The Emperor's New Clothes, Thumbelina, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Match Girl, to name a few.
If anyone has any negative things to say about this remarkable movie, they are young and have been raised by this insensitive, desensitized world, where everything and everyone has been told that good is bad, bad is good and if youdont agree then you are one of the 'bad people.'
God bless those who made this movie. Every minute was perfect. Even the schoolmaster redeemed in the end.
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