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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.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Brewster Richard Brewster ... Lennie
Winifred Cushing 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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The picture that set Hollywood on its ear! 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:

The Coney Island Kid 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

Filmed with hand-held 35mm cameras that could not record sound. All the dialog and background sound was dubbed in post production. 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

Mother: I tell you what. Next Sunday, we're all going to get out into the air. I'm gonna take you to Coney Island.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 (On the Beautiful Blue Danube)
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played when Joey is reaching for the ring on the merry-go-round
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Pure mood
20 August 2002 | by ivan-22See all my reviews

This movie is something else. It dares to be different. Too many movies are absurdly, laughably goal-oriented, trudging along their preset paths toward nowhere, never smelling the roses, failing to dwell on this world's sheer radiance and magic. This is the movie that dwells (although it too has a bit too much plot). In a semi-documentary fashion we get a precious slice of 1953 - which to me are the good old days, unmarred by many words, with a wonderfully simple musical track. Too many movies depict children as smartalecks or tap-dancers. This one has the wisdom to say: being yourself is your biggest accomplishment. There is something of Mr. Rodgers in it. Time slows down in this movie, yet it is far less boring than speedier concoctions.


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