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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.
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.
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...
Heart touching story
- Genre: Kids & Family
- Released: 1937
- © 1937 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Renewed 1965 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.