The Little Ark (1972) EPIC UPLOAD!


This heart-rending family-oriented drama chronicles the adventure of two Dutch children who temporarily lose their father and mother during the great flood of 1953. Fortunately, they and their animals are taken in by a salty old boatman who helps them reunite with their father.

Director: James B. Clark.
Writers: Joanna Crawford, Jan de Hartog.
Stars: Theodore Bikel, Geneviève Ambas, Philip Frame, Max Croiset, Truus Dekker, Lo van Hensbergen, Edda Barends, Johan te Slaa, Lex Schoorel, Helen van Meurs, Guus Verstraete, Heleen Pimentel, Riek Schagen, Martin Brozius, Maurits Koekoek.

1973 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song (Fred Karlin/Meg Karlin).


Note: Big, big thanks to David for sending me a copy of this ultra-rare movie. The first 6 minutes of the film are in very poor condition I guess from damage on the tape from which this print comes from, but after that it clears and the quality is acceptable.

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  1. JW
    March 5, 2019

    Jon, you are knocking it outta the park this week! I also love that other collectors out there are gracious enough to help you out with some of the harder-to-find rarities! Thanks, David!

  2. Jonathon
    March 5, 2019

    This is a super find. Very pleased to be able to see it!

  3. Gabrielle
    March 6, 2019

    Thanks so much for this! Amazing and so rare!

  4. Steve Burstein
    March 7, 2019

    Reminds me of the CBS CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL.

  5. Tania
    November 30, 2019

    Thank you so much for posting this movie. I watched when I was still a child and have been trying to find it for many years. It was amazing to be able to watch it again.

  6. Alfredo
    January 23, 2021

    Hi. Thank you so much for post this movie! Im from Brasil and the little ark (in portuguese Os órfãos (the orphans)) made a huge sucess in the 80’s. But, unfornately, the TV company lost this copy dubbed. So, I search this movie since 1986. I couldnt fiind even VHS copies in Latin America. Regards from Brazil.

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