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Little Fugitive -- A seven-year-old boy is tricked into believing he killed his older brother, he gathers his possessions and flees to New York's Coney Island. There he experiences adventures and mysteries.
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16 December 1953 (France) See more »
The picture that set Hollywood on its ear! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Ray Ashley 
Morris Engel 
Ruth Orkin 
Writing credits
Ray Ashley (written by) &
Morris Engel (written by) &
Ruth Orkin (written by)

Ray Ashley (screen play by)

Produced by
Ray Ashley .... produced by
Morris Engel .... produced by
Original Music by
Eddy Lawrence Manson (music composed by) (as Eddy Manson)
Cinematography by
Morris Engel (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Ruth Orkin (edited by)
Lester Troob (edited by)
Sound Department
Harold Johnson .... sound effects
Ruth Longwell .... sound cutting
Lester Troob .... sound supervised by
Peter Riethof .... sound consultant (uncredited)
Howard Warren .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Morris Engel .... camera design by
Charles Woodruff .... camera design by
Music Department
Eddy Lawrence Manson .... music performed by (as Eddy Manson)
Lester Troob .... music supervised by
Other crew
Ray Ashley .... presents
Morris Engel .... presents
Leonard Rosenberg .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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80 min
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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Coney Island is an escapist paradise, 12 June 1999
Author: Strombol

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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