Heidi (2005 live-action film)

Heidi is a 2005 British family film directed by Paul Marcus. It is based on the iconic 1881 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
Written byBrian Finch[1]
Based onHeidi by Johanna Spyri
Produced byChristopher Figg
Martyn Auty
StarringEmma Bolger
Max von Sydow
Geraldine Chaplin
Diana Rigg
CinematographyPeter Sinclair
Edited byDavid Rees
Music byJocelyn Pook
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


Heidi, a cheerful girl, is taken to live with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps. She becomes close friends with Peter, a goatherd, and spends much of her time with the boy and his goats outdoors.

Heidi is sent to the wealthy Sesemann family in Frankfurt, to be the hired companion of Clara Sesemann, an invalid. The strict housekeeper, Fräulein Rottenmeier, views the household disruptions Heidi causes as her misbehavior and places Heidi under increasing restrictions. Heidi grows homesick and pale. Her one diversion is learning to read and write, motivated by the thought of going home and reading to Peter's blind grandmother. Clara's grandmother visits and becomes a friend to Heidi.

After Heidi becomes seriously ill, the adults allow her to return to her grandfather. Heidi and Clara stay in touch and exchange letters. Clara's doctor, believing the fresh mountain air and wholesome companionship will do her good, recommends that Clara visit Heidi. Clara visits again the following season and spends a wonderful summer with Heidi, growing stronger on goat milk and fresh air. Peter, jealous of Heidi and Clara's friendship, pushes Clara's empty wheelchair down the mountain. The wheelchair is destroyed. While retrieving the wheelchair for Clara, Heidi nearly falls into a ravine. Clara rushes to save her and finds herself able to walk. Her grandmother and father are overcome with joy, and the doctor promises to take care of Heidi when her grandfather's no longer able to do so.



The soundtrack is composed by Jocelyn Pook. The mountain scenes were shot mostly in Julian Alps in Slovenia, scenes of Frankfurt in Ljubljana and village scenes in Neath, and Llanelli, Wales. The Sesemann 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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