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Little Fugitive (1953)

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Young boy fears he shot his older brother who is only faking. Young boy runs away to Coney Island, a crowded beach resort, gets money by returning soda pop bottles for their deposits.

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Joey, a young boy, runs away to Coney Island after he is tricked into believing he has killed his older brother. Joey collects glass bottles and turns them into money, which he uses to ride the rides. Written by Anonymous

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16 December 1953 (France)  »

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The Coney Island Kid  »

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$30,000 (estimated)

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$9,040 (USA) (1 February 2013)

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$27,373 (USA) (10 January 2014)
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Les patineurs (The Skaters)
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Music by Emil Waldteufel
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'Real-Life' Curiosity Piece
6 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Talk about a movie with a different feel to it!

It looks like a home movie with real people, not actors. Actually, it almost is that, as these were new actors filmed by new filmmaker managing on a threadbare budget.

The little boy in the film, Richie Andrusco, was the central character and he had never acted before and has never acted after this film! No wonder he looked so "real." Most of the people in the film - at least in the background - were real people, not actors, so you really get a feel of being in New York City and Coney Island in particular in the mid 1950s.

The story is a simple one, about a kid who thought he killed his brother and runs away, spending a night and two days at Coney Island. It shows how a kid that age probably would spend his time at this place. You almost have to fast-forward through a couple of scenes as they go on too long, such as the boy picking up bottles to return for cash.

This movie is real curiosity piece. It's not a film you would watch over and over but it's definitely worth at least one look.


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