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Allan Dwan

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Plot Summary

Shirley Temple in a role that seems custom-made for her, portrays the spirited young heroine of the popular children's novel, giving her a rich emotional depth and infinite charm. When her aunt tires of caring for her, orphan Heidi is taken into the Swiss mountains to live with her gruff grandfather (Jean Hersholt), a hermit who comes to adore her. But the aunt returns to steal Heidi away, selling her to a family whose invalid daughter (Marcia Mae Jones) needs a companion. Bullied by an evil governess (Mary Nash), Heidi still charms the entire household and never stops trying to return to her beloved grandfather.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 14
  • Fresh: 14
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Like all Shirley Temple stories, Heidi traces the reaction of human wickedness to the Temple dimples; unlike many of them, it has a craftsmanlike dramatic structure. – TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It's far from being a personal work, but as always with Dwan, it's the best movie imaginable from the limited material at hand. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A wonderful movie.

R.I.P. Shirley Temple. A great legend and Heidi is one of my favorites.

Please make available for purchase!

One of the best movies ever. Need to be able to purchase...

Heidi movie

Heart touching story

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Released: 1937

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