Fairy Tale: A True Story

Theatrical Release: October 24, 1997
DVD Release: November 11, 2003
Fairy Tale: A True Story


In this film loosely based on a scandal that erupted around World War I, two cousins, Elsie (Florence Hoath) and Frances (Elizabeth Earl), discover spirits in their garden and take their pictures to prove they exist. When all of England hears of their secret, they become instant celebrities, hobnobbing with the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Peter O’Toole) and Harry Houdini (Harvey Keitel). But are the spirits real? And if not, does it matter?

Dove Review

This is a charming true story about two young girls, who take a picture of fairies in their garden. Whether it was true or fake was the question that everyone tried to learn. But like the magician Houdini said in the movie, “You can tell people the truth but they may or may not believe you.” Filled with the wonder of amazing magic and fairies makes this an interesting story with a surprise ending.

We want to note that the film does look briefly at the topic of spiritualism and mediums and some families will want to make note of this. Because this movie also deals with death of a loved one, and there are some scenes with soldiers, this may be scary to younger children, Dove awards our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for 12+.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: A-1
Violence: Wounded Soldiers shown with battle scars.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Young Girl in tub taking a bath.
Other: Discussions of a loss of a loved one; discussions regarding spiritualists and mediums; discussions regarding speaking to a dead person; the belief in fairies, ghost of young boy.


Company: Paramount Home Entertainment
Genre: Children
Runtime: 97 min.
Industry Rating: G
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe