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TitleSecret Garden, The (1987)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityGeneral
CountryUK
Length
GenreDrama
Rating3
DirectorAlan Grint
CastGennie James Barret Oliver Jadrien Steele Michael Hordern Derek Jacobi
NotesOrphaned Mary is sent from sunny India to a rain swept England which to me looks like Yorkshore. There she lives in a large mansion on the moors. Whilst exploring the house she hears someone crying. Later she explores the garden and finds under the 'guidance' of a robin a door leading to another garden. She meets an older boy, brother of the maid, who has a pet rook. Then she discovers the boy in the bed. There is something indeterminately wrong with him. He has a wooden wheelchair and a machine to help the circulation in his legs. This machine basically gives him mild shocks. As they roam about the garden there are strategically placed fox, deer, goat, geese and rabbits. Eventually the lad gets out of bed after Mary has discovered he has no lump on his back and his legs aren't crooked. and with a little practice he is walking. Sumptuous scenery but dull direction. The film lacks any sense of wonderment which I feel the story needs.

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