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Madeline (1998)

PG | | Comedy, Family | 10 July 1998 (USA)
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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 »

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Cast

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Lord Covington (segment "Lord Cucuface")
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Leopold the Tutor
Arturo Venegas ...
Mr. Spanish Ambassador
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Lady Covington
Katia Caballero ...
Mrs. Spanish Ambassador
Chantal Neuwirth ...
Helene the Cook
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Pepito (as Kristian De La Osa)
Clare Thomas ...
Aggie
Bianca Strohmann ...
Vicki (as Bianca Strôhman)
Christina Mangani ...
Chantal
Rachel Dennis ...
Lucinda
Pilar Garrard ...
Beatrice
Jessica Mason ...
Serena
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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. The biggest problem comes up when Lord Covington decides to sell Madeline's school. Written by Anonymous

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In an old house in Paris, that was covered with vines...

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Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for momentary language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 July 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Madeline - il diavoletto della scuola  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,414,668 (USA) (10 July 1998)

Gross:

$29,767,901 (USA) (23 October 1998)
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(Dolby 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound)| (as Sony Dynamic Digital Sound) (5.1 Surround Sound)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This whole film is based upon three books: "Madeline", "Madeline and the Bad Hat", and "Madeline and the Gypsies". See more »

Quotes

Miss Clavel: [at the carnival] All right, girls, everyone stay with your partners and... let's have fun!
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Referenced in School Bus Diaries (2016) See more »

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In Two Straight Lines
Written and Performed by Carly Simon
Produced by Russ Titelman and Carly Simon
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Cute But Tame
24 January 1999 | by (Cairns Australia) – See all my reviews

In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines, Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.

If you don't know and love those lines, and if your children don't either, then none of you are likely to enjoy Madeline very much.

Ludwig Bemelans wrote those opening words for the first Madeline book published in 1939. Admirers of Bemelans cite his charming, economical use of words and images. He also illustrated his stories. Madeline the film is by all accounts a faithful homage to this man's notable children's literature.

It's possible that some parents have schooled their children to appreciate the Madeline tales but if they haven't it's likely that Madeline will be considered a little too tame by all but the real littlelees. There's just none of the brash, relatively violent noise of most children's film fare here.

However the film does star Frances McDormand (Fargo) and Nigel Hawthorne (Yes Minister, The Madness Of King George) and they do what they can with a film that some will find charming.

Hawthorne in particular is particularly touching in one of the final scenes. And young Hatty Jones is appropriately determined and fearless.


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