Heidi (2005 live-action film)

Heidi is a 2005 British family film directed by Paul Marcus. It is based on the iconic novel Heidi by Johanna Spyri, and stars Irish child actress Emma Bolger in the title role, alongside Max Von Sydow and Diana Rigg.

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Directed byPaul Marcus
Produced byChristopher Figg
Martyn Auty
Written byBrian Finch[1]
Based onHeidi by Johanna Spyri
StarringEmma Bolger
Max von Sydow
Geraldine Chaplin
Diana Rigg
Music byJocelyn Pook
CinematographyPeter Sinclair
Edited byDavid Rees
Piccadilly Pictures
Surefire Films
Storm Entertainment
Suitable Viewing
Lux Vide
Distributed byStorm Entertainment
Warner Bros. (United States)
Release date
  • 19 August 2005 (2005-08-19)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


The story is about the titular young girl who goes to stay with her grandfather, in the Swiss Alps. She becomes close friend of the young boy, Peter the goatherd and often she goes with him and his goats on the mountains. Later, she goes to stay with the rich family Sesemann in Frankfurt, to be a hired companion to Clara Sesemann, who is regarded as an invalid. However, the Sesemanns' strict housekeeper, Fräulein Rottenmeier, views the household disruptions as wanton misbehavior, and places Heidi under more and more restraint. Soon Heidi is terribly homesick, and grows alarmingly pale. Her one diversion is learning to read and write, motivated by her desire to go home and read to Peter's blind grandmother. Clara's own grandmother visits the children and becomes a friend to Heidi. After becoming very homesick and ill, Heidi returns to her beloved grandfather. Heidi and Clara continue to keep in touch and exchange letters. Clara's doctor recommends that Clara visit Heidi. He feels assured that the fresh mountain air and the wholesome companionship will do her good. While a shy Rottenmeier stays behind after a heart to heart conversation with Clara's grandmother, Clara herself makes the journey again the next season and spends a wonderful summer with Heidi and becomes stronger on goat's milk and fresh mountain air. But one day, Peter, who grows jealous of Heidi and Clara's friendship, pushes Clara's empty wheelchair down the mountain to its destruction. While attempting to bring the wheelchair back to Clara, Heidi is about to drop into a ravine, and Clara, running to save her, without realizing it, starts to walk. Her grandmother and father are amazed and overcome with joy to see Clara walking and the doctor promises to provide permanent care for Heidi, if there comes a time when her grandfather's no longer able to do so.

The film eventually ends with a still of Heidi playing ball with her friends.



The soundtrack is composed by Jocelyn Pook. The film was shot in Neath, and Llanelli, Wales. The Sessemann house in Frankfurt was shot at Stradey Castle in Llanelli.[2]


  1. Staff Reporter (2014). "Tribute to script writer (From The Bolton News)". theboltonnews.co.uk. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  2. WalesOnline (13 August 2005). "'Heidi hi to the Welsh Alps' WalesOnline". Retrieved 27 July 2018.

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