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The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)

13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives alone in a high-class Quebec small town, but unknown to the neighbors, she is leading a secret and dangerous life.


(as Nicholas Gessner)


(novel), (screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Mort Shuman ...
Dorothy Davis ...
Town Hall Clerk
Clesson Goodhue ...
Bank Manager
Hubert Noël ...
Bank Clerk (as Hubert Noel)
Jacques Famery ...
Bank Clerk
Mary Morter ...
Julie Wildman ...


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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Ask Her No Questions And Nobody Dies. See more »


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Release Date:

26 January 1977 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Das Mädchen am Ende der Straße  »

Box Office


CAD 1,100,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The picture was "originally intended as a TV movie" according to 'Halliwells'. See more »


Officer Ron sets his wine glass on the mantle before he leaves the house. When we see the mantle later, the wine glass is gone. When we see the mantle the third time, the wine glass has re-appeared, but in a different position. See more »


Rynn: [about her mom] My father had given me a small bottle containing some white powder. He said if she should arrive, I should put it in her tea. Calm her, make her less agressive.
Mario: Well it sure did, but you didn't know what it was, eh?
Rynn: Not until after. I looked it up based on it properties. Potassium cyanide.
Mario: And that's what you put in her tea?
Rynn: Father meant what he said about doing anything you have to to survive.
[Mario looks at his tea]
Mario: How come you're not drinking yours?
Rynn: Mine's still too hot, I ...
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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 »


References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »


"The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane (Finale)
Written and Performed by Christian Gaubert Et Son Orchestre
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User Reviews

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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