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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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Complete credited cast:
Richard Brewster ...
Winifred Cushing ...
Jay Williams ...
Will Lee ...
Charlie Moss ...
Tommy DeCanio ...
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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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A Gem of American Comedy 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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Eddie Manson, a professional harmonica player provided the background music. See more »

Quotes

Harry: Ya shot him Joey. Ya shot your brother!
Charley: Yeah... you shot him Joey
Joey: I didn't! I didn't!
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Referenced in The Dick Van Dyke Show: You Ought to Be in Pictures (1966) See more »

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Les patineurs (The Skaters)
(1882) (uncredited)
Music by Emil Waldteufel
Played when Joey first rides the merry-go-round
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Coney Island is an escapist paradise
12 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

A magical little movie about a boy who runs away to Coney Island after thinking he's accidently killed his older brother. It's almost a silent movie, as the younger boy escapes by playing games and collecting bottles off the beach and his brother looks for him in vain among the endless Coney Island crowds. Not much happens but it's all very watchable. It probably already felt nostalgic to audiences the year it was released.

It's too bad more modern kids haven't seen this movie. They'd probably be able to see themselves in Richard Brewster and Richie Andrusco a lot more than in any of the underwritten Hollywood brat parts in mainstream kid-friendly movies. ***1/2 out of ****


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