The Whipping Boy (1994)

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The king of tiny Bratenberg hopes in vain his lazy, unruly heir Horace will behave for the sake of his whipping boy, abandoned commoner Jemmy, whom he had absurdly arrested as later his kid... See full summary »


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2 March 2013 | thinker1691
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| " During the time you've been a Prince, you've become good at nothing "
Albert Fleischman wrote the book and the Screen play for this movie. He did an excellent job as little was changed in the film version. Indeed, one can read the book and realize the screen adaption is nearly identical. Moreover, the casting of Truan Munro and Nic Knight as Prince Horace was a stroke of luck. Moreover, with Kevin Conway and Vincent Schiavelli providing the comedic humor, it allowed the film to sail unhindered and provided an atmosphere of frivolity for the entire family. It is interesting, the easiest actor to point out, namely George C. Scott was relegated to a bit part. The story as told here concerns a young prince (Nic Knight) who's bored with being the heir apparent and is angry at his father's inattention. Believing he is not wanted and considered a nuisance for all of his pranks, decides to escape the palace. Running away, he takes the court 'Whipping Boy' (Truan Munro) as a companion. Both are soon kidnapped by a couple of inept would-be-thieves who soon learn of the huge reward offered for them, plan to win it. The film proves exceptional, fun family entertainment and worthy of the Disney brand. Easily recommended. ****

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Trivia

Max Brindle, screenwriter, is actually Albert Sidney Fleischman, author of the book version.


Alternate Versions

Feature Films for Families released a micro-edited DVD version of "Prince Brat and the Whipping Boy" in 2009 with a 94:37 run time, cutting 01:58 from the theatric release in 20 edits, three of which deleted dialogue while keeping the images. With times relative to the 96:36 version, at 07:53, 00:28 was cut deleting the scene where the song seller recounts the ballad of Hold-Your-Nose-Billy and Cutwater who "cuts up small children before they's full grown." At 11:50, 00:01 was cut where Jemmy says "Gol". At 18:21, 00:11 was cut where George asks "And the original owner", and Billy answers "Used to wear his head on top" while Cutwater adds "It made him a might muddled when we moved it". At 27:40, 00:12 was cut where Mrs. Chesney reseals the letter to Annyrose and says "God help those who help themselves, I always say". At 33:05, 00:04 was cut where a man reading a book says "Get away from me you (little?) guttersnipe or I'll have the guards on you". At 33:27, 00:02 was cut where the man reading a book says "Ya cheeky little strumpet". At 43:29, 00:02 was cut where Horace says "You stupid whipping boy". At 46:42, 00:08 was cut where Horace says "polite to rogues, scoundrels and thieves" and Bill says "Oh, you forgot vicious murders" and only sound was deleted where Cutwater adds "but only in the line of duty". At 48:12, no frames were cut but the sound of Cutwater saying "Oh, you couldn't get a fairer verdict in church, says I" was removed. At 49:58, 00:07 was cut where Billy says "Now do us that document or I'll shoot off a toe or two and then your fingers and then your ears and then your nose". At 51:31, 00:02 was cut where Horace says "you witless guttersnipe". At 52:11, 00:09 was cut where Cutwater says "Tell him we're dangerous men with reserve places in Hell, you might say." At 54:59, 00:10 was cut where Cutwater says "til we're ready to feed them to the bears" and Billy adds "dog rich" and Cutwater adds "(dog?) rich" and Billy asks "How are we gonna keep from pickin' our own pockets?" At 60:04, no frames were cut but only the sound of Betsy saying "The devil take me" was cut. At 62:44, no frames were cut but only the sound of Billy saying "Damn" was cut. At 63:07, 00:03 was cut where Billy says "you skinny lying scum". At 63:42, 00:08 was cut where Billy says "only this time we'll know how to treat 'em". At 78:34, 00:03 was cut where Captain Nips says "I'll beat 'em red and blue". At 87:42, 00:06 was cut where Jemmy says "and they're real mean drunks". At 94:25, 00:02 was cut where Annyrose says "Gol". Curiously enough, two instances of Jemmy uttering "Gol" remain in this finished edited version at 21:49 (edited time) when he enters the royal chambers for the first time to be whipped and at 44:54 when he realizes he and Horace have been captured by Hold-Your-Nose-Billy and Cutwater.


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Family | Fantasy

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28 September 1995

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English


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UK, USA, Germany, France

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