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Laird Koenig (novel)
Laird Koenig (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 December 1976 (Sweden) See more »
She was only a little girl. She lived in a great big house... all alone. Where is her mother? Where is her father? Where are all the people who went to visit her? What is her unspeakable secret? Everyone who knows is dead. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Not Your Typical Story Line! What a Terrific Off-Beat Thriller. See more (98 total) »


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Jodie Foster ... Rynn

Martin Sheen ... Frank Hallet

Alexis Smith ... Mrs. Hallet
Mort Shuman ... Miglioriti

Scott Jacoby ... Mario
Dorothy Davis ... Town Hall Clerk
Clesson Goodhue ... Bank Manager
Hubert Noël ... Bank Clerk (as Hubert Noel)
Jacques Famery ... Bank Clerk
Mary Morter ... Teller
Julie Wildman ... Teller

Directed by
Nicolas Gessner  (as Nicholas Gessner)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Laird Koenig  novel
Laird Koenig  screenplay

Produced by
Zev Braun .... producer
Harold Greenberg .... executive producer
Denis Héroux .... co-producer
Eugène Lépicier .... co-producer
Leland Nolan .... co-producer
Alfred Pariser .... executive producer
Original Music by
Christian Gaubert 
Cinematography by
René Verzier (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Yves Langlois 
Art Direction by
Robert Prévost 
Costume Design by
Denis Sperdouklis (wardrobe designer)
Makeup Department
Bob Pritchett .... hair stylist
Mireille Recton .... makeup artist
Joe Tubens .... hairdresser: Miss Smith
Production Management
Claude Léger .... production manager
Ginette Sénécal .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Braive .... second assistant director
Justine Héroux .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jacques Chamberland .... prop man
J.P. Charette .... carpenter (as J.-P. Charette)
Ronald Fauteux .... set dresser
Vianney Gauthier .... property master
Georges Savard .... set builder
Sound Department
Louise Coté .... assistant sound editor (as Louise Côté)
Frank H. Griffiths .... sound mixer (as Frank Griffiths)
Normand Mercier .... boom operator
Marcel Pothier .... sound editor
Patrick Rousseau .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Christophe Harbonville .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
John Berrie .... second electrician
Yvon Boudrias .... second grip
Jean-Yves Bruel .... still photographer
Jean-Jacques Gervais .... second assistant camera (as J.-J. Gervais)
Denis Gingras .... first assistant camera
Serge Grenier .... key grip
Richard Pronovost .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Blanche-Danielle Boileau .... wardrobe assistant (as Blanche Boileau)
Ginette Magny .... wardrobe (as Ginette Magny-Aird)
Editorial Department
Ion Webster .... assistant editor
Location Management
Lyse Lafontaine .... location manager
Music Department
Mort Shuman .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Pierre Gendron .... driver
Other crew
Micheline Bonin .... production accountant
Peter S. Buchanan .... production executive
Allan Hitelman .... financial advisor
Robert A. Kanto .... production executive (as Robert A. Kantor)
Marie La Haye .... continuity (as Marie Lahaye)
Richard Lahaie .... production assistant
Christiane Laurin .... unit publicist
Howard Lipson .... assistant to producers
Richard C. Meyer .... creative consultant
Jean-Guy Montpetit .... production assistant (as J.-G. Montpetit)
Bernadette Payeur .... production secretary
Jocelyn Simard .... production assistant (as Jocelyne Simard)
Connie Foster .... double: Jodie Foster (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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100 min | USA:91 min | West Germany:94 min
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Did You Know?

The film was made and released about two years after its source novel of the same name by Laird Koenig was first published in 1974. Koenig also wrote the screenplay for the movie.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When the character of Mario is returning to the house after digging the hole in the garden, he walks without a limp even though his character is crippled and has a limp throughout the film.See more »
Mario:Yeah, but kids have to go to school.
Mario:Okay, so your father taught you. Everybody doesn't have a father like yours. Everybody can't be like you.
Rynn:If I'd listened to them, I'd be like them.
Mario:Damn. You keep saying "them" like everyone's out to get you.
Rynn:Maybe they are.
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Movie Connections:
My Dear MarioSee more »


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57 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
Not Your Typical Story Line! What a Terrific Off-Beat Thriller., 18 July 2000
Author: Scot6 from Washington, DC

Great Suspense and Atmosphere. This movie instantly became one of my all-time favorites and is difficult to describe without giving too much away. More than most movies I can remember, reading too many comments about it's content beforehand can detract from the viewing experience (and a great one at that!) and ruin the suspense. I will try not to give too much about the film away beforehand.

First of all, I loved the production quality, atmosphere and locale. It would be a great movie to see on Halloween night for example, at least in my opinion. It really can be watched anytime however and will be just as great. The acting was high quality, all the way around but especially with Jodie Foster and Martin Sheen and the direction and score are excellent as well.

I had a problem with the plausibility of Jodie Foster's character behaving essentially as an adult. It was a little tough for me to buy into a 13 (or newly turned 14 year old) cooking gourmet meals, serving fine wines, listening to Chopin and generally acting much older than her chronological age.

Even taking into consideration the events in her life which apparently had shaped her personality, she seemed too mature for her age. If you put that concern aside however and accept it as a given premise of the movie you can sit back and enjoy the fun of trying to figure out what's going on.

And trying to figure out what's going on really *is* fun in this movie. Figuring out what's going on with her mysterious father is enough to keep you occupied in itself (if you think you've figured out what's going on with him you will find later that you probably haven't) and that's only one aspect of this complex scenario.

I hate when movies this good are not in general circulation any longer. Brian de Palma's "Sisters" and many other excellent movies also fall into this category. I can't figure out why studios can't figure out ways to continue to make them available to the public, after all...they went to the trouble to make them in the first place.

If you do get a chance to see "Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane" however, jump at it. You aren't likely to be disappointed.

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