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Flight of the Doves

Having perpetrated a repellent mixture of bloody violence, pacifist plea and spoony romance in Soldier Blue, Nelson followed upwith this equally odious whimsy about two Liverpudlian moppets who take flight from a cruel stepfather and head for Ireland, where a loving granny (McGuire) waits with open arms in a little thatched cottage. Various grotesques met along the way, plus Moody as a wicked uncle with an eye to their inheritance (and adopting a series of wild disguises as he gives chase), provide some laborious relief from the maudlin sentiment. Nelson produced and co-scripted as well as directing, so the sorry mess is all his.

Release details

Duration: 101 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Ralph Nelson
Screenwriter: Frank Gabrielson, Ralph Nelson
Cast: Ron Moody
Jack Wild
Dorothy McGuire
Stanley Holloway
Helen Raye
William Rushton
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Davey J

Its a kids/family movie, so its meant to be funny, sentimental, and charming. It actually hits all the targets and yes, its a little too schmaltzy in places, but what the heck! Just enjoy it and go with it!