The Whipping Boy (1994)

TV Movie   |  G   |    |  Family, Fantasy

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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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28 September 1999 | Anya-fan
| Great adaptation!
This adaptation of the popular children's book, The Whipping Boy, succeeds very well!

I enjoyed the entire movie from beginning to end - it stays very close to the story, with an extra element or two added in. These do not divert from the original story but simply add to it.

The story is well-acted and authentic, the villains and the children are good fun. If you like a light but moving story, this is the movie for you!

A special note is that Max Brindle, credited for writing the screenplay, is actually a pseudonym for Sid Fleischman, author of The Whipping Boy. (See The Abracadabra Kid, Sid Fleischman's autobiography.)

Enjoy the movie! Although it was made for television, you can find it on video.

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Release Date:

28 September 1995



Country of Origin

UK, USA, Germany, France

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