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 Posted:   May 13, 2010 - 11:12 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Well, I finally found a copy of this ol 1968 TV film, notorious mostly as the film that interupted the Super Bowl of that year (or some such thing; I'm not too familiar with the story).

It's not a very good film. Everything is far too sugary/SOUND OF MUSIC-like (including bits of Williams' music, especially the opening) and most of the performances are stale as cardboard. The sole exception is Michael Redgrave as the grandfather. Maximillian Schell and Jean Simmons are fine actors in their own right, but don't really get a lot to work with here. If you want a more credible and engaging version of this story, go to the German TV series from the 70's - I remember watching that as a kid in the late 80's when it was shown on Norwegian TV and it still holds up.

Williams' music, on the other hand, is quite good. It's FULL of pathos, from the playful music as Heidi plays with her goats to the romantic, open-air main theme (that is even sung as source music by the character herself) to some fine music for the scene d'amour to a little burst of spinetingling "religious sound" for when Clara takes her first steps (I believe it's called "The Miracle" on the album). It's quite an underrated little gem of a score that received an Emmy at the time, even though the film itself is forgettable.

The Label X album represents all the major highlights of the score, IMO.

 
 
 Posted:   May 13, 2010 - 11:29 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Well, I finally found a copy of this ol 1968 TV film, notorious mostly as the film that interupted the Super Bowl of that year (or some such thing; I'm not too familiar with the story).



Wikipedia to the rescue:

"In professional American football, the Heidi Game (often referred to, facetiously, as the "Heidi Bowl") refers to a famous American Football League (AFL) game between the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders, played on November 17, 1968 in Oakland, California. This game is memorable largely because the NBC television network terminated the broadcast in the Eastern and Central time zones with 65 seconds left to play in the game in favor of broadcasting a pre-scheduled two-hour airing of Heidi, a new made-for-TV version of the classic children's story. (The telecast included commercial breaks; the actual film ran 104 minutes.)

With the Jets leading 32-29 with only 65 seconds left in the game, NBC executives attempted to reach their broadcast operations unit to extend coverage of the game but were unable to reach them in time to delay the cutover or reinstate coverage before the game ended. In the meantime, the Raiders came back and scored 14 points, winning 43-32. As a result, no fan following the game on TV was able to see Oakland's comeback live. The complaints to the network indicated a new height of popularity for the game in the United States."

More details (if anybody cares) here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heidi_Game

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2010 - 11:35 AM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Yep, this notorious incident is this silly little movies claim to fame. I never have seen the film, it seems too girlish for my tastes.

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2010 - 12:47 PM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Im not familiar with film or score, but I see the cd is still readily available. Is this early Williams worth a purchase?Whats the sound quality on this release like?

 
 
 Posted:   May 13, 2010 - 12:53 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Im not familiar with film or score, but I see the cd is still readily available. Is this early Williams worth a purchase?Whats the sound quality on this release like?

Yes, it's definitely worth a purchase. Lovely, breezy, melodic score. The sound quality is fine. No "scratchy LP sound", if that was what you feared.

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2010 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

Yep, this notorious incident is this silly little movies claim to fame. I never have seen the film, it seems too girlish for my tastes.

I know exactly what you mean...

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2010 - 5:14 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Yep, this notorious incident is this silly little movies claim to fame. I never have seen the film, it seems too girlish for my tastes.

I know exactly what you mean...


Who in their right mind wants to watch- much less READ "HEIDI"? - A story for girls if there ever was one. I loathed it as a kid, and I still don't like it.

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2010 - 5:18 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

I never have seen the film, it seems too girlish for my tastes.

Then, instead, check out "Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny, & Girly", a 1970 British black comedy about a kooky family whose childrens' games are committing murders, directed by Freddie Francis.
This is one "Girly" you shouldn't want to miss...

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2010 - 5:25 PM   
 By:   KevinSmith   (Member)

Isn't Label X illegal?

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2010 - 5:41 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Isn't Label X illegal?

Yes. It is forbidden.

 
 
 Posted:   May 13, 2010 - 6:03 PM   
 By:   Cricket853   (Member)

Not familiar with the Williams composed film, but do I ever love Lee Holdridge's "Heidi". Never seen either version, but Holdridge really does a number with his beautiful string arrangements.

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2010 - 1:04 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Yep, this notorious incident is this silly little movies claim to fame. I never have seen the film, it seems too girlish for my tastes.

I know exactly what you mean...


Who in their right mind wants to watch- much less READ "HEIDI"? - A story for girls if there ever was one. I loathed it as a kid, and I still don't like it.


It's the story ABOUT a girl, but it isn't any more "girly" than other coming-of-age tales that have been adapted for the screen(s) over the years. The underlying themes are all very universal to everyone who was once a child or who otherwise felt a need for a "base" in life. But then again, I guess THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK is too girly for you too.

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2010 - 4:20 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I agree with Thor on both counts.
The music is quite good, and a 'must' if you are a serious John Williams fan.
The Miracle cue near the end is quite searing, bringing to mind the stuff he did in Born On The 4th July. The main theme is very sweeping, breezy and 'out-doorsy'.
I don't think the film is any more 'girly' than most coming-of-age dramas. It's just a bit flat and dull.

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2010 - 1:21 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Here's a visual/narrated summary of the "Heidi Bowl" controversy, with comments by director Delbert Mann:

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2010 - 2:36 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Ha, ha...funny to hear how defensive Mann is about his film - obviously a result of years of criticism that indirectly affects him. It would have been OK if it was actually a decent film he was defending, but not that sub-par affair.

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2010 - 7:09 AM   
 By:   KevinSmith   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2010 - 7:18 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Heidi lands on moon ... but I wanna chew on my Hershey an' watch the game.

Ah, I always did like history lessons.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2010 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

Who in their right mind wants to watch- much less READ "HEIDI"? - A story for girls if there ever was one.

Another remarkable statement to exhibit alongside those "nobody listens to mono" remarks made elsewhere.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2010 - 8:42 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

And we wonder why so few females join these discussions.

 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2010 - 10:44 AM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)


It's not a very good film. Everything is far too sugary/SOUND OF MUSIC-like (including bits of Williams' music, especially the opening) and most of the performances are stale as cardboard. The sole exception is Michael Redgrave as the grandfather. Maximillian Schell and Jean Simmons are fine actors in their own right, but don't really get a lot to work with here. If you want a more credible and engaging version of this story, go to the German TV series from the 70's - I remember watching that as a kid in the late 80's when it was shown on Norwegian TV and it still holds up.



I remember watching it, the night it originally aired, as we were watching the football game. I remember liking the location photography, and found it pleasant enough. I don't recall a single comparison to The Sound of Music, which would have been okay by me, other than Jennifer Edwards (Heidi) being Julie Andrews' step-daughter (Blake Edwards' daughter). Nothing else, including its score, is memorable to me.

 
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