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The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)

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A lone 13-year-old resorts to murder to protect her haven.

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Rynn Jacobs is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives in a secluded house that she and her father have rented in a quiet seaside community. But whenever anybody from the town tries to satisfy their curiosity, Rynn's father is never around, and it seems as if the girl is all alone. Rynn's resourcefulness is put to the test as several people try to find out what she might be hiding, including the snobby landlady and her sleazy son. Written by acidxian

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girl | father | house | alone | murder | See more »

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Ask Her No Questions And Nobody Dies. See more »


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26 January 1977 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Das Mädchen am Ende der Straße  »

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CAD 1,100,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Jodie Foster was thirteen at the time of filming and refused to appear nude. Thus, her older sister, Connie Foster, was used as her double in the film's brief nude sequence. See more »

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Throughout the movie, the calendar in Rynn's kitchen disappears and reappears a few times. See more »

Quotes

Rynn: Maybe you don't understand about poets: Edgar Allen Poe was a drug addict, Dylan Thomas drank himself to death, Sylvia Plath took her own life.
Miglioriti: Rynn, we're talking about your father.
Rynn: Yeah well, sometimes my father goes into his room and locks the door, keeps something in a desk drawer, I don't know what it is. I know when he locks that door, he doesn't want me to see the way he becomes, you know?
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Crazy Credits

Rynn sits staring at Frank Hallet through the entire ending credits as the fire burns behind her. See more »

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References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

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Piano Concerto No. 1 E-Minor
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Atmospheric thriller...
8 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was made in 1976, when thriller/suspense still had to have some semblance of a plot; innuendo rather than special effects; decent acting rather than explosions and violence.

And for that it is to be appreciated. Jodi Foster is very good as Rynn, a mysterious 13 year old who lives alone in a seaside town, somewhere off the coast of Massachusetts. Martin Sheen, as always, is excellent as a neighborhood creep, interested in Rynn, (he has some sort of criminal history against children).

Scott Jacoby is her peer, trying to help her live alone, and stay in the house her father has provided, although her father and mother have both mysteriously disappeared.

All in all an interesting theme, with some beautiful landscapes of the New England, and the beaches during winter. 8/10.


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