Emil and the Detectives

Emil and the Detectives
Emil and the Detectives
  • UR
  • 1h 39m
  • 1964
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When Emil travels by bus to Berlin to visit his grandmother and his cousin, his money is stolen by a crook who specializes in digging tunnels. Emil must get the money back as it is for his grandmother. While following the thief, Emil runs into Gustav, an enterprising young boy who gathers up all his friends to help Emil find the money. Emil's cousin also gets involved and they get into more trouble than they bargained for when Emil's pickpocket turns out to be mixed up with a couple of notorious bank robbers.
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Common Sense Says
Kids outsmart criminals in engaging detective story.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Emil and the Detectives is a 1964 Disney feature, from the 1929 novel by Erich Kastner, about young boys who team up to track down a pickpocket and bring down a trio of criminals involved in a bank heist. There are a few tense moments. A boy is knocked down in an explosion and another is held at gunpoint by a criminal, but all suspenseful moments lead to a safe and happy ending that vindicates the independence and enterprise of a group of bright young kids who manage to catch some criminals the police completely miss. Adults smoke cigars and drink wine. It's implied that a boy's father is a drinker, someone who won't notice his son hasn't come home at night because it's payday.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family
  • Release Date:December 18, 1964
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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