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Watership Down (Richard Adams's Watership Down) (1978)

Watership Down
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7.6 IMDB rating

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John Hurt John Hurt
Hazel
John Bennett John Bennett
Capt. Holly
Ralph Richardson Ralph Richardson
Chief Rabbit
Simon Cadell Simon Cadell
Blackberry
Terence Rigby Terence Rigby
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Roy Kinnear Roy Kinnear
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Written by
Martin Rosen Martin Rosen
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The Whole World is your Enemy.

12 years, 2 months ago at Mar 22 17:34
2 votes
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.

The story start... read more

An involving, at times horrifying animated classic

9 months ago at Sep 1 10:00
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A passion project for writer-director Martin Rosen, 1978's Watership Down is an adaptation of the treasured novel of the same name by Richard Adams, compressing the 413-page source into a streamlined 92-minute animated movie. At its core, this is a survivalist adventure picture with political undertones, and it's a genre classic that is most remembered for not being suitable for little kids. Indee... read more

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12 years, 7 months ago at Oct 14 23:10
1 vote
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).
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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: 14 October 1978
UPC: 085393750121
Tags: Animation (21), Drama (13), Animals (9), Dark (8), 1978 (8), Rabbits (8), British (7), 1970s (7), Family (5), Action (4), Adventure (4), Based On Novel (4), Animated (3), Blood (3), Book Adaptation (3), Traps (3), Fantasy (2), UK (2), Mythology (2), Talking Animal (2)
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An involving, at times horrifying animated classic

“A passion project for writer-director Martin Rosen, 1978's Watership Down is an adaptation of the treasured novel of the same name by Richard Adams, compressing the 413-page source into a streamlined 92-minute animated movie. At its core, this is a survivalist adventure picture with political undertones, and it's a genre classic that is most remembered for not being suitable for little kids. Indeed, do not let the cutesy rabbit characters or the PG rating fool you, as Watership Down is brutal and harrowing, the furthest thing imaginable from a classic Disney movie. It's a confident and remarkably realised anthropomorphic vision, bolstered by sumptuous animation and a roster of sublime actors who deliver the material with astute sincerity.

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