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Watership Down (1978)

Watership Down
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7.7 IMDB rating
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John Hurt John Hurt
John Bennett John Bennett
Capt. Holly
Ralph Richardson Ralph Richardson
Chief Rabbit
Simon Cadell Simon Cadell
Terence Rigby Terence Rigby
Roy Kinnear Roy Kinnear

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Martin Rosen Martin Rosen
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The Whole World is your Enemy.

9 years, 5 months ago at Mar 22 17:34
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I plan to read the book sometime this year so my opinion is solely based on this film.

Although it is quite dark and gruesome at bits, I saw this film at a young age but wasn't distracted by the violence. Animted films with a grittier edge and underlying tone have always appealed to me much more than Disney films. Don Bluth was a great example of this.

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9 years, 10 months ago at Oct 14 23:10
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I thought this was just okay, but this opinion is colored by having read the book first, which I felt was far superior. I think this film might be more enjoyable if you have not read the book (and are not planning to).


5 years, 8 months ago at Dec 20 0:34
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Watching this, I realized that when I was a kid I used to watch so much more real gruesome stuff then nowadays. This movie actually shocked me and in the end I realized how overly protective we've become.
The story remind me of a much happier animation that had such a "adult" perspective of animals and their society.
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Description: In the Sandleford warren, Fiver, a young runt rabbit who is a seer, receives a frightening vision of his warren's imminent destruction. When he and his loving brother, Hazel, fail to convince their chief of the need to evacuate; they set out on their own with a small band of others who heeded the warning and barely manage to elude the Warren's military caste. What follows is a perilous journey in which the band faces dangers of all varieties like predators, humans and even their own kind. While they eventually find a peaceful new home at Watership Down, they have new problems that will lead to a deadly conflict with the neighbor ... (more)
Release date: 1 November 1978
UPC: 085393750121
Tags: Animation (21), Drama (12), 1978 (9), Animals (9), Rabbits (9), 1970s (8), Dark (8), British (7), Family (6), Based On Novel (4), Action (4), Traps (3), Blood (3), Adventure (3), Animated (3), Book Adaptation (3), UK (2), Talking Animal (2), Fantasy (2), Seer (2)
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