The Little Riders

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Filmed on location in Holland, the made-for-cable The Little Riders is set during the wartime Nazi occupation of that country. Living with her Dutch grandparents in the village of Kirkendam, American-born Joanne Hunter (Noley Thornton) is a helpless bystander in the real-life drama being played out between the locals and German occupational officer Captain Kessel (Malcolm McDowell). Grimly determined to break down any and all resistance to the Nazis, Kessel is prepared to destroy the villagers' most cherished possession: He intends to dismantle the six lead statues--or "little riders"--which revolve hourly on Kirkendam's 300-year-old clock tower, and melt them down for bullets. Intensifying the situation is the growing relationship between Joanne and Lt. Braun (Benedick Blythe), a conscience-stricken German officer billeted in her grandparents' home. Paul Scofieldheads the cast as the clock's caretaker, who also happens to be the head of the resistance movement--not to mention Joanne's grandfather. The Little Riders debuted March 24, 1996, over the Disney Channel. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Noley Thornton
as Joanna Hunter
Paul Scofield
as Pieter Roden
Rosemary Harris
as Juliana Roden
Malcolm McDowell
as Capt. Kessel
Benedick Blythe
as Lt. Karl Braun
Luke Edwards
as Paul Petersen
Derek de Lint
as Dirk Petersen
Renée Soutendijk
as Beatrix Hunter
Niven Boyd
as Sgt. Borken
Christopher Villiers
as 2nd Lt. Muller
Frederik de Groot
as Father Hugo
Michael Nooter
as Frederick
Hidde Maas
as Dr. Van Renesse
Karin Meerman
as Mrs. Van Renesse
Wim Serlie
as Hans Keer
Jeff Harding
as Michael Hunter
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  • This is a small tale, affectingly told. And the cast is superb: Paul Scofield as the caretaker, Rosemary Harris as his wife and Noely Thornton as their spirited American granddaughter.

    Sep 27, 2019 | Full Review…

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