Synopsis: Swiss girl Adelheid 'Heidi' is orphaned young. Aunt Detie brings her to grandpa Alp, who lives isolated in the Alps since his murder charge. Heidi soon takes to the wild country, especially accompanying young goatherd Peter. Grandpa refuses to send her to school in the city, but aunt Detie returns and forces him to give in. She's sent to a posh lady in Frankfurt, where she'll be a companion for crippled daughter Clara after school hours.
Genre: Drama, Family
Director(s): Paul Marcus
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
104 min

Everyone calls him Uncle Alp, because

that's where he lives.

On top of an alp.

Well, some mountain

in Switzerland, anyway.

When he was younger,

he drank, you know.

And gambled away practically the

entire family fortune.

And when he joined the Army, well...

they say that he killed a man and

that he had to go to court...

and then things took a very nasty turn.

I'm appalled at the prospect of

leaving the child with a man like that.

But I have to work.

And I won't get a good position

with a child along.

And the lord knows I've done my best

for her since my poor sister died.

Are you all right, Heidi?


What's he like, my grandfather?

You'll love him.

Well, he's everything you'd expect

in a grandfather.

Is this where grandfather lives?

No, he lives much further

up the mountain.

He must be mad, honestly.

Who lives here?

How should I know, child?

Do you think they'd of water?

Ask them.


May I have a drink of water, please?

What's your name, then?


What's yours?


What are you doing up here anyway?

I've come to live with my grandfather.

Uncle Alp?

That's what they call him, I think.

Rather you than me.

Quickly now.

Say hello to your grandfather, then.

Hello, grandfather.

I'm Heidi.

Your granddaughter.

Why have you brought her here?

She's come to live with you.


I've done all I can for her these

past few years.

Now it's your turn.

Don't be ridiculous, girl.

Where's Detie?

She's gone, grandfather.


Then you'd better hurry

up and catch her, hadn't you?

But she said she only had

one ticket to Frankfurt.


You can't stay here. It...

Where will I sleep, grandfather?

Where you like.

I could sleep up here, grandfather.

You'll need this one also. It gets...

much colder later.

Thank you, grandfather.


Morning, grandfather.


Hello. Hello.

Hey, what's your name?

What's their names, grandfather?

Well, this one's Daisy, this is Dusky.

It's Pete, come to take them

up to high pasture.

Can I go with him?

I suppose so.

Only, wash your face first...

so the sun won't laugh

at how dirty it is.

Presumably you have no objections,

General of the Goats?

Suppose not.

This is her lunch.

See she gets all of it, mmm?

And mind you look after her.

Especially around that ravine.

The sun can't laugh at me now,


See you later then.

Careful! Hey!

Didn't you hear Old Alp

warn me about the ravine?

I was only looking.

And don't call him Old Alp.

Stay where I can see you

from now on, all right?

Is that all you're having?

It's all we can afford.

Have this. And the bread.

Are you sure?

I've got more than enough of this.


Get off.

Don't send him away. What's his name?


He's more trouble than

the rest of them put together.

I think he's lovely.

What's that?

A hawk, of course.

Does it live up here?

It has a nest at the top

of the peak there.

Can we go up and see it?

Don't be silly.

Even the goats can't get up there.

Why does it make that noise?

I don't know.

Where's that stupid Finch gone now?

Oh, no!

- Come on.

- Don't you dare!

He needs to be taught a lesson.

He's just a baby. No, I said!

Promise me more of that

cheese tomorrow, then.

Tomorrow and every day.

And the bread,

just so long as you promise...

to never never beat any

of them ever again.


Bye, Peter.

Can I come with you tomorrow, then?

If you like.

Can I, grandfather?

Of course.

I brought you these.

Oh, no, what happened to them,


Perhaps they wanted to stay in the sun.

I'll never, ever pick any more ever again.

Why does it croak like that?

He's jeering at all the people who

live down in the village...

and make trouble for one another.

He's telling them...

"why don't you mind your own business?"

"Or climb to the top

of a mountain sometime.

You'd all be a lot better off."

What are you doing, grandfather?

Making cheese.

Can I try?

Are your hands clean?

All right, go on then.

You'll need to do it

much harder than that.

That will be Peter.

All right, run along. I'll finish off.

It will snow soon.

How do you know?

I just know.

My grannie,

she said she'd like to meet you.

What's she like?


And blind.

She sees people through her fingers.

Really? I'd like to see her do that.

What about tomorrow, then?

All right.

Don't forget about tomorrow.

I won't.

Come on.

In you go, Daisy.

Grandfather, have you made that?!

It is just something for you to sit

on by the fire when the winter comes.

Oh, grandfather, thank you. It's lovely.

Thank you, thank you.

Peter says I'll be going to meet

his grannie tomorrow.

Will that be all right?

Yeah, I suppose so.

How will Peter get up here with the

goats, grandfather?

He won't be able to.

But I promised to visit his grannie.

She'll be expecting me.

She'll just have to be patient, won't she?

And so will you.

Now, go get some warmer clothes on.

Where are you going?

To see Heidi.

The snow's too deep, Peter.

Don't worry, I'll be all right.

I'll be back before dark.

Who's this, grandfather?

My son.

Your father.

He died in an accident.

Him and your mother.

Don't you remember them at all?

I was only a baby, Aunt Detie said.

What was he like? My father?

A lot like you, actually.

Why don't you ever go down

to the village, grandfather?

Oh, I...

I go when I have to.


Are you out of your mind,

coming up here before

the snow's even frozen?

I'm here, aren't I?

Hello, Heidi.


So, General you're going to have to start

chewing a pencil again, eh?

Chewing a pencil?

In the winter, Peter has to go to school.

And he finds chewing a pencil helps a lot.

Don't you, Peter?

What do you do at school, Peter?

Learning to read and write.

Not like I'm ever gonna bother to.

Why not?

Because it's a waste of time.

Why does a goatherd need to read

and write anyway?

Well, that would depend, wouldn't it?

On whether the goatherd wanted to

spend the rest of his life being a goatherd.

I have to go.

Bye, Peter.

Will I ever have to go to school,


Have you ever been to school?

The nearest school was miles when

I lived with Aunt Detie.

I mean, she was too busy to take me.

When can I go and visit Peter's grannie?

When the snow has frozen over.

When will that be?

Once Christmas is over.




Are you all right?

Oh, yes, grandfather.

Now, close your eyes, Heidi.


Just turn your back and close your eyes.

You can open them now.

Grandfather, a sledge!

Be careful, Heidi.

Your Christmas present.

I'm sorry it's a bit late.

Oh, grandfather, it's beautiful.

Thank you, thank you.

You said you wanted to see

Peter's grannie.

Off we go.


Hold on.


Wait, wait, wait. Hold on.

Now, in you go.

Just make sure to tell Peter...

to have you back home well before dark.

Heidi, of course. Come in, welcome.

Mother, it's Heidi.


Such warm hands.

Where's Peter?

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Brian Finch

Brian Finch (25 July 1936 – 27 June 2007) was a British television scriptwriter and dramatist. His longest relationship was with the ITV1 soap opera, Coronation Street, for which he wrote 150 scripts between 1970 and 1989. He also helped the development of All Creatures Great and Small, The Tomorrow People, and Heartbeat. He contributed several episodes to the British detective programmes The Gentle Touch, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, Bergerac and The Bill. It was for his work as a writer on Goodnight Mr Tom, a bittersweet drama starring John Thaw, for which he received a BAFTA. more…

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