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Writers:
Ray Ashley (written by) &
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Release Date:
16 December 1953 (France) See more »
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The picture that set Hollywood on its ear! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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A Quiet Masterpiece See more (28 total) »

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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)
 
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Featured in Morris Engel: The Independent (2008) (V)See more »
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Home on the RangeSee more »

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26 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
A Quiet Masterpiece, 30 November 2002
Author: BobLib from Cherry Hill, New Jersey

A true classic of American Cinema Verite, "The Little Fugitive" works on several levels. On one level, it's a magnificent portrait of New York, and particularly Coney Island, during the early '50's, when New York City, if you were a kid, was truly a magic place. Anyone growing up in that period can easily identify with the fun and wonders to be seen at Coney when you were a kid and had the day free and money to spend from turned-in pop bottles (Remember those?). Professional photographers, the husband-and-wife team of Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin told a simple story with an eye toward preserving, on film, a way of life that would disappear in just two decades time, and in such an involving way that you feel yourself becoming part of it. All that's missing is the salt air and discarded popcorn bags.

Now to the performances, every one of them a gem. Rickie Brewster and especially little Richie Andrusco as Lennie and Joey, two boys with no previous acting experience, give natural, ingratiating performances as the two brothers at the center of the story. One wonders whatever happened to them, and if, in fact, they're still recognized almost 50 years later. As to the adults, most of them New York-based stage actors, Winnifred Cushing, as the boys' mother, come off as just a bit too arch to be really likeable, but Jay Williams, in the main adult role of the ingratiating pony ride man, more than makes up for it with an enjoyable, lively performance. And see if you can recognize a very young Will Lee, aka "Mr. Hooper" from "Sesame Street," as the photo booth man who lets young Joey help him out.

In short, "Little Fugitive" is not only great as a movie, but also as an evocation of a time and place that lives only in the memories of those who were there.

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