- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 21, 2003
- Originally Released: 1955
- Label: Homevision
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
Performers, Cast and Crew:
A charmingly idiosyncratic fable, A KID FOR TWO FARTHINGS stars Jonathan Ashmore as Joe, an imaginative young boy growing up in London's impoverished East End. After absorbing a tale about the magical power of captured unicorns from the kindly tailor Kandinsky (David Kossoff), who employs the boy's mother, Sonia (Diana Dors), he goes in search of the mythic beast. He returns with a goat sporting a nascent horn, believing it can solve the problems of his overburdened friends and neighbors. Who's to say he's wrong'
The relationship between fantasy and reality in the mind of a small boy is Carol Reed's subject in this whimsical fable, set among the small shops and bazaars of London's East End in the 1950s. It stars Jonathan Ashmore as Joe, a highly imaginative boy living with his mother, Joanna (Celia Johnson), above the tailor shop where she is employed. When Kandinsky (David Kossoff), the kindly old tailor, spins a tale for the boy that emphasizes the magical powers of a unicorn, the boy decides to find one, hoping to solve his problems and those of his friends. He finds his "uncorn"--a scrawny kid bearing the stump of a horn, and begins making wishes: for a local beauty, Sonia (Diana Dors), to marry; for her boxer boyfriend, Sam (Joe Robinson), to win a big fight; for Kandinsky to obtain a much-needed steam presser; and for the boy to be reunited with his father. When things begin to work out, who can deny the "unicorn" the credit' A KID FOR TWO FARTHINGS is an unusual blend of fantasy and social realism, featuring a touching performance by Kossoff.
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