A young British girl born and raised in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle's estate. Her uncle is very distant due to the ... See full summary »
The adventurous, young Madeline is very good at getting into trouble, but she's also fantastic in solving problems as well, and her school-mistress Miss Clavel is not too approving of her. ... See full summary »
Daisy von Scherler Mayer
When Sport plays with his dad in their apartment, someone is visible on the left side of the screen in the adjacent room of the apartment. See more »
[the Spy Catchers are eating cake at their clubhouse; Pinky eats his slice using a wrench]
Someone told me the only reason you guys hang out with me is because of my mom's cake.
[with his mouth full]
Well, it is very good cake.
[a furious Marion throws a crumpled up tin foil wrapper at Pinky causing him to flinch]
Yeah, but how come we get these pieces and you guys get those?
We told you: we're officers.
And we need our strength.
[tosses a wrench towards Jamie]
You get to fix the clubhouse.
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During the opening credits, items from Harriet's spy kit (i.e. magnifying glass, flashlight, and compass) are seen interacting with the credits as they appear. See more »
near perfect kiddie film has killer insights in soul of writing
with the possible exception of irvin kershner's 1966 adaptation of elliot baker's a fine madness, i don't i've seen a better translation of a book about writing into a film. sure we think of louise fitzhugh's harriet trilogy (harriet the spy, the long secret, and sport) as being about the the comic adventures of a little girl and her friends in nyc and they are; but the heart of harriet's writerly spirit comes shining through in bronwen hughes film of douglas petrie's fairly literal, and literate, adaption. there is a period update which makes some of the book's innocence play a little quaint and the kid movie necessary rapid edit kiddie silliness that saps some of the seriousness without actually attaining the levity it seeks; but by and large the film is worth taking any kid over 8 to and anyone who has ever seriously thought of writing, or even just felt a longing to express and accepted. PS the rosie odonnell billing is way over valued. Michelle Trachtenberg,as Harriet, more than ably carries the film, especially considering she was only 11 at the time.
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