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Little Fugitive (1953)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | 16 December 1953 (France)
A young boy fears that he shot his older brother, who is only faking. He then runs away to Coney Island, a crowded beach area, and gets money by returning soda bottles for their deposits.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Richard Brewster ...
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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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boy | beach | f rated | child | pony | See All (12) »

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Morris Engel's all-American classic. See more »

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Drama | Family

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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16 December 1953 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Coney Island Kid  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$27,373 (USA) (10 January 2014)
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1.37 : 1
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Filmed with hand-held 35mm cameras that could not record sound. All the dialog and background sound was dubbed in post production. See more »

Quotes

Mother: I tell you what. Next Sunday, we're all going to get out into the air. I'm gonna take you to Coney Island.
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Remade as Little Fugitive (2006) See more »

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L'estudiantina
(1912) (uncredited)
Music by Emil Waldteufel
Played during the merry-go-round sequence
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An important snapshot of an age of innocence.
16 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

This movie has great value in so many ways. I'd like to comment on only one of them. One of the things that might make a young person skeptical about this film is that a seven year old could wander Coney Island without fear. The '50's was a unique time in American history. The awakening of the social conscience of the 60's was ahead, and the horrors of WWII were behind. It was, in many ways, a time when Americans lived in relative personal safety and a kind of innocence. One of the things that might make a young person skeptical about this film is the idea that a seven year old could wander Coney Island without fear. About the time this film was made I was living in Los Angeles. I became separated from my mother and lost on the bus system. In the afternoon a man asked what the problem was. He called my mom and waited for her to come for me. I remember I was on Hollywood Blvd., near Vine. I was nine.

We need to remember the innocence as well as the guilt.


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