Heidi (1937)

Johanna Spyri's perennial children's favorite Heidi was retailored to the talents of Shirley Temple, resulting in one of her best vehicles. Orphaned early in the proceeding, Heidi is left in the care of her bitter, misanthropic… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: October 15, 1937
DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002
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TIME Magazine

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.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Decent film with some inventive scenes, and values that still echo today.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's depressing material, but Temple's universal warmth and appeal -- as well as Dwan's skill -- make it work.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Under Dwan's capable hands, this so-so children's story classic by Johanna Spyri comes out much better than expected.

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Ian Waldron-Mantgani
Apollo Guide

Call me a sap, but Temple gets to me.

Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Classic Shirley Temple film promotes positivity.

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TV Guide

This classic children's film, expertly directed by Allan Dwan, is wonderfully entertaining, with moppet Temple at her adorable best.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

One of Temple's best, thanks to Dwan's lucid direction.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
There aren't many classic films that are very appropriate for children as well as adults, and this is considered one of the more happy and family friendly… More
Leigh Ryan
It was okay.
Cindy I
My first Shirley Temple film, and very likely my last. I cannot for the life of me figure out the appeal of Shirley Temple. I find her cloying and irritating,… More
Dann Michalski
A Shirley Temple classic, Heidi is a touching film about the bonds of family and redemption. The story follows an orphaned girl named Heidi who's taken to… More
Wahida K
Heidi is The Pride of Switzerland.
Sunil Jawahir
When Shirley Temple cries, it makes me want to cry. How gay is that?