Escape from the Dark
Escape from the Dark (American title: The Littlest Horse Thieves) is a 1976 British-American family drama film produced by Walt Disney Productions, directed by Charles Jarrott and starring Alastair Sim (in his final film role), Peter Barkworth and Maurice Colbourne.
|Escape from the Dark|
UK Quad Poster
|Directed by||Charles Jarrott|
|Produced by||Ron Miller|
|Written by||Rosemary Anne Sisson|
|Story by||Burt Kennedy|
Rosemary Anne Sisson
|Music by||Ron Goodwin and The Grimethorpe Colliery Band|
|Edited by||Richard Marden|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Distribution|
|May 26, 1976 (UK)|
March 11, 1977 (US)
The film was released in the United Kingdom on May 26, 1976. In the United States, it was released under the title The Littlest Horse Thieves on a double bill with The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh on March 11, 1977.
Set in 1909, a coal mine in Yorkshire, England has used pit ponies to haul coal for many years. When they are to be replaced by machinery that will speed up production and increase profits, three children – Dave (Andrew Harrison), Tommy (Benjie Bolgar) and Alice (Chloe Franks) – learn the ponies are to be slaughtered so they team up in a scheme to steal the horses and give them their freedom.
- Alastair Sim as Lord Harrogate
- Peter Barkworth as Richard Sandman
- Maurice Colbourne as Luke Armstrong
- Susan Tebbs as Violet Armstrong
- Andrew Harrison as Dave Sadler
- Chloe Franks as Alice Sandman
- Benjie Bolgar as Tommy Sadler
- Prunella Scales as Mrs. Sandman
- Leslie Sands as Foreman Sam Carter
- Joe Gladwin as Bert
- Jeremy Bulloch as Ginger
In June 1999, Anchor Bay Entertainment released the film on DVD for the first time in widescreen (1.85:1) aspect ratio and full-frame presentation without bonus features; Anchor Bay re-released the film on DVD on January 21, 2003 but only in full-frame presentation.
On July 28, 2009, The Littlest Horse Thieves was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment as a Disney Movie Club exclusive DVD, available only to club members for mail or online ordering.