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The Kid (Silent)

One of the greatest films of the silent era. Includes; bonus, rare short Charlie Chaplin and Edna Purviance in "Jitney Elopement" (1915).
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DVD-R Details

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 15 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: July 29, 2014
  • Originally Released: 1921
  • Label: Alpha Video

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Directed by
Screenwriting by
Cinematography by
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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 33


User Ratings: 15,354
Beyond its ability to wring the heart, The Kid of all Chaplin's pictures perhaps most manifests his extraordinary knowledge of life, which his sensitive perceptions and comic imagination use as the raw material for laughter. Full Review
The Spectator
May 14, 2018
While it will move people to uproarious laughter and keep them in a state of uneasing delight, it also will touch their hearts and win sympathy, not only for the star, but for his leading woman, and little Jackie Coogan. Full Review
Jul 22, 2008
As always, Chaplin's opulent Victorian sentimentality is made palatable both by the amazing grace of his pantomimic skills and the balancing presence of harsh reality. Full Review
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Chaplin proved himself equally adept at tickling funny bones and pulling heartstrings, and his chemistry with young Jackie Coogan remains one of cinema's great onscreen pairings Full Review
From the Front Row
Jun 5, 2019
Rating: 4/5 -- Clearly recalling his own troubled childhood in Victorian London, the film is remarkable for the chemistry between the Tramp and that window-smashing moppet Jackie Coogan. Full Review
Radio Times
May 14, 2018
Rating: 3/4 -- The movie opens with the words "a picture with a smile -- and perhaps, a tear," a mission statement that would serve Chaplin well over the ensuing decades. Full Review
Creative Loafing
Feb 27, 2016
Rating: A+ -- The Kid (1921) is silent comic star Charlie Chaplin's classic of comedy and pathos - his first feature-length film (it was a more sophisticated six-reeler or "6 Reels of Joy" than his previous shorts). Full Review
AMC Filmsite
Oct 8, 2019

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Charlie Chaplin's first full-length directorial effort, The Kid, which he also wrote, produced and starred in, is widely regarded as one of Hollywood's great enduring masterpieces. "A comedy with a smile -- and perhaps a tear," he successfully blended humor with pathos while launching the career of Jackie Coogan as the irresistible 5 year-old. Due to its cultural, historical and aesthetic significance, The Kid was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress in 2011.

Early one morning, Charlie, the little tramp, discovers an infant boy in the trash with a note imploring the finder to "love and care for," the child. Despite his limited means, he provides a loving environment and somehow manages to raise the boy to the age of five. However, when the authorities get wind of the child living in abandoned buildings with a tramp, they seize the boy. En route to the orphanage, Charlie intercepts the driver. The happy pair are reunited on the streets, as they remain one jump ahead of the law, determined that they will not be separated again. Starring Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Coogan and Edna Purviance. Written, Produced and Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Original music score Don Kinnier.

BONUS: Jitney Elopement (1915): Love-smitten Charlie is determined to rescue his sweetheart from an arranged marriage. Starring Charlie Chaplin and Edna Purviance. Directed by Charlie Chaplin.


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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 26,518
  • UPC: 089218743596
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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