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Little Fugitive (1953)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | 16 December 1953 (France)
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A young boy fears that he shot his older brother, who is only faking. He then runs away to Coney Island, a crowded beach area, and gets money by returning soda bottles for their deposits.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Brewster ... Lennie
Winifred Cushing ... Mother
Jay Williams Jay Williams ... Pony Ride Man
Will Lee ... Photographer
Charlie Moss Charlie Moss ... Harry
Tommy DeCanio Tommy DeCanio ... Charley
Richie Andrusco ... Joey
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Storyline

Joey, a young boy, runs away to Coney Island after he is tricked into believing he has killed his older brother. Joey collects glass bottles and turns them into money, which he uses to ride the rides. Written by Anonymous

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A Gem of American Comedy See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1953 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Fugitive See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,040, 3 February 2013

Gross USA:

$29,505

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$162,373
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The photographer who tries to get Joey to smile for his cowboy photo is played by Will Lee who became Mr. Hooper on Sesame Street. See more »

Goofs

As Joey rides the carousel, he almost falls off the horse trying to high five the ride operator. You can see somebody grab his foot until he's able to pull himself up. See more »

Quotes

Charley: Think we should call the cops Harry?
Harry: I guess so.
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Connections

Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Brothers (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Kunsterleben, Op. 316 (Artist's Life)
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
In the background when Joey gets his picture taken
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A fresh, down-to-earth feeling to filmmaking.
14 November 2001 | by cinemadazSee all my reviews

Generally credited as one of the pioneers of independent cinema (as far as making your own film your own way and still getting seen in theaters), Morris Engel used his background as a New York City photographer to bring a fresh, down-to-earth feeling to filmmaking. Engel and his wife, photojournalist Ruth Orkin, wrote, directed, produced and edited their own low-budget films, shot by Engel using a hand-held 35mm camera of his own design.

The first of their three films, LITTLE FUGITIVE, is a beautiful, innocent film about a seven-year-old boy who is tricked by his older brother and runs away to Coney Island with six dollars. As the boy interacts with his new world on the boardwalk, Engel really transports the viewer there. The film feels like a documentary: sparse dialogue, realistic acting, hand-held cinematography and real locations. The FUGITIVE actors and atmosphere never come off fake: as the boy is hitting baseball in a batting cage, one hit ball flies towards the camera and you find yourself jumping out of the way!

The actor doesn't stop with this film "mistake", he's having fun and keeps going. All the childhood loves are there: bottles in the sand, hot dogs and cotton candy, ponies and parachute rides. With their films, Engel and Orkin created folklore, paving the way for directors like Truffaut, Godard, Cassavetes and Leigh.

FUGITIVE was successful for a non-studio film in the '50s, playing to over 5,000 theaters.


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