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Little Fugitive (1953)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | 16 December 1953 (France)
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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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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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Morris Engel's all-American classic. See more »

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Drama | Family

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16 December 1953 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Coney Island Kid  »

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Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$27,373 (USA) (10 January 2014)
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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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Referenced in The Dick Van Dyke Show: You Ought to Be in Pictures (1966) See more »

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Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
(1887) (uncredited)
Music by Juventino Rosas
Played as Joey first approaches the merry-go-round
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Brilliant innovative film about 6 year old boy hiding out in Coney Island
15 September 2003 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

A brilliant masterful one of a kind film. Morris Engel's beautiful photography and Ruth Orkin's talented editing take this film to heights rarely seen. An innovative camera allows for a `documentary/candid' quality to this film about a 6 year old boy (Richie Andrusco) who runs away to Coney Island because he thinks he accidentally killed his brother. Beautifully composed shots under the boardwalk a images never to be forgotten. For any serious film student (in fact for anyone) this is a `must see'.

French New Wave cinema must be incredibly indebted to this poignant, sensitive and insightful film.


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