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.
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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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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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The all-American Hit! See more »

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Drama | Family

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Eddie Manson, a professional harmonica player provided the background music. 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

Harry: Ya shot him Joey. Ya shot your brother!
Charley: Yeah... you shot him Joey
Joey: I didn't! I didn't!
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Connections

Featured in Ruth Orkin: Frames of Life (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Les patineurs (The Skaters)
(1882) (uncredited)
Music by Emil Waldteufel
Played when Joey first rides the merry-go-round
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A Quiet Masterpiece
30 November 2002 | by BobLibSee all my reviews

A true classic of American Cinema Verite, "The Little Fugitive" works on several levels. On one level, it's a magnificent portrait of New York, and particularly Coney Island, during the early '50's, when New York City, if you were a kid, was truly a magic place. Anyone growing up in that period can easily identify with the fun and wonders to be seen at Coney when you were a kid and had the day free and money to spend from turned-in pop bottles (Remember those?). Professional photographers, the husband-and-wife team of Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin told a simple story with an eye toward preserving, on film, a way of life that would disappear in just two decades time, and in such an involving way that you feel yourself becoming part of it. All that's missing is the salt air and discarded popcorn bags.

Now to the performances, every one of them a gem. Rickie Brewster and especially little Richie Andrusco as Lennie and Joey, two boys with no previous acting experience, give natural, ingratiating performances as the two brothers at the center of the story. One wonders whatever happened to them, and if, in fact, they're still recognized almost 50 years later. As to the adults, most of them New York-based stage actors, Winnifred Cushing, as the boys' mother, come off as just a bit too arch to be really likeable, but Jay Williams, in the main adult role of the ingratiating pony ride man, more than makes up for it with an enjoyable, lively performance. And see if you can recognize a very young Will Lee, aka "Mr. Hooper" from "Sesame Street," as the photo booth man who lets young Joey help him out.

In short, "Little Fugitive" is not only great as a movie, but also as an evocation of a time and place that lives only in the memories of those who were there.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1953 (France) See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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