Valiant

August 19th, 2005







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Plot
Set in 1944, Valiant is a woodland pigeon who wants to become a great hero someday. When he hears they are hiring recruits for the Royal Homing Pigeon Service...

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 5.6/10 (9,182 voted)

Critic's Score: 45/100

Director: Gary Chapman

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ricky Gervais, Tim Curry

Storyline
Set in 1944, Valiant is a woodland pigeon who wants to become a great hero someday. When he hears they are hiring recruits for the Royal Homing Pigeon Service, he immediately sets out for London. On the way, he meets a smelly but friendly pigeon named Bugsy, who joins him, mainly to get away from clients he cheated in a game of find-the pebble, and helps him sign up for the war.

Writers: George Webster, Jordan Katz

Cast:
Ewan McGregor - Valiant (voice)
Ricky Gervais - Bugsy (voice)
Tim Curry - Von Talon (voice)
Jim Broadbent - Sergeant (voice)
Hugh Laurie - Gutsy (voice)
John Cleese - Mercury (voice)
John Hurt - Felix (voice)
Pip Torrens - Lofty (voice)
Rik Mayall - Cufflingk (voice)
Olivia Williams - Victoria (voice)
Jonathan Ross - Big Thug (voice)
Brian Lonsdale - Toughwood (voice)
Dan Roberts - Tailfeather (voice)
Michael Schlingmann - Underlingk (voice)
Sharon Horgan - Charles De Girl

Taglines: Some pigeons eat crumbs, others make history.



Details

Official Website: Disney [United States] |

Release Date: 19 August 2005

Filming Locations: England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: £1,096,329 (UK) (27 March 2005) (403 Screens)

Gross: $19,447,478 (USA) (6 November 2005)



Technical Specs

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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Part of the theme O/S for the film has been used as the theme music for Katanga Canyon at Alton Towers for years before the film was produced. The area is an African themed area hosting the Rapids and Run-Away Mine Train. The park's owners at the time, Tussauds, signed a contract to allow the use of the music for the film.

Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the movie members of the French Resistance, play "Non, je ne regrette rien" sung by Édith Piaf. However World War II was over twelve years before the song was even written.

Quotes:
[first lines]
Lofty: [seeing Valiant & Bugsy] For a, quote, 'elite unit', unquote, they seem to be letting in anything with wings
[to Bugsy]
Lofty: , including those flies circling your bottom.



User Review

A good time for kids.

Rating: 7/10

I just got back from taking my 4 year old daughter to see Valiant. She really enjoyed it. It was not heavy or dark even though the movie is set in WWII. The enemy all looked and sounded evil as well as menacing. It was not a bad movie, but not a great movie either. But a point that is worth mentioning. I think movies like Valiant should be supported at the box office if for no other reason than to show support for G rated movies. As a parent, I would really appreciate Hollywood and the film industry to produce more of these light, G rated movies that I can take my kids to see. No overt sexuality, no foul language, no bodies ripping apart, just light-hearted fun. Its just a shame that movies like Valiant are the exception instead of the rule.









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