38 user 22 critic

Small Change (1976)

L'argent de poche (original title)
PG | | Comedy, Drama | 3 October 1976 (USA)
The lives of a motherless boy, who is just starting to get interested in women, and his physically abused friend, who lives in poverty, are mixed with more or less innocent childhood experiences and challenges of a number of children.


François Truffaut


François Truffaut (original scenario), Suzanne Schiffman (original scenario)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Félix Nicole Félix ... Grégory's mother (as Nicole Felix)
Chantal Mercier Chantal Mercier ... Chantal Petit, the Schoolteacher
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-François Stévenin ... Jean-François Richet, the Schoolteacher (as Jean-François Stevenin)
Virginie Thévenet Virginie Thévenet ... Lydie Richet (as Virginie Thevenet)
Tania Torrens Tania Torrens ... Nadine Riffle, hairdresser
René Barnerias René Barnerias ... Monsieur Desmouceaux, Patrick's father
Katy Carayon Katy Carayon ... Sylvie's Mother
Jean-Marie Carayon Jean-Marie Carayon ... Police inspector, Sylvie's father
Annie Chevaldonne Annie Chevaldonne ... Nurse
Francis Devlaeminck Francis Devlaeminck ... Monsieur Riffle, hairdresser, Laurent's father
Michel Dissart Michel Dissart ... Monsieur Lomay, constable
Michele Heyraud Michele Heyraud ... Madame Deluca
Paul Heyraud Paul Heyraud ... Monsieur Deluca
Jeanne Lobre Jeanne Lobre ... Julien's grandmother (as Jane Lobre)
Vincent Touly Vincent Touly ... Concierge


In the town of Thiers, summer of 1976, teachers and parents give their children skills, love, and attention. A teacher has his first child, a single mother hopes to meet Mr. Right, another mom reaches out to Patrick, a motherless lad who is just discovering the opposite sex. Patrick befriends Julien, a new student who lives in poverty with his mother and has a terrible secret. Bruno shows his friends how to chat up girls. Sylvie stages a witty protest against her parents. Brothers give a friend a haircut. A toddler falls from a window and is unhurt. Everybody goes to the cinema. At camp, Martine catches Patrick's eye. A teacher explains: "Life is hard, but it's wonderful." Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Drama


PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


The literal translation of the title is "Pocket Money," which was already the name of another film (Pocket Money (1972)). It was Steven Spielberg who suggested "Small Change." Spielberg, of course, directed Truffaut in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), and made his own films about childhood adventures, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and The Goonies (1985). See more »


Little Grégory: Gregory go boom!
See more »


Referenced in Small Change (1978) See more »


Les enfants s'ennuient le dimanche
Written and Performed by Charles Trenet
See more »

User Reviews

A piece of art
2 December 2000 | by alicappiSee all my reviews

How to denounce social subjects? It is not easy. This excellent French movie director, Truffaut made it in "A small change" and in such a vivid way that I felt moved and touched by all children that were acting. And I always try to respect the culture of each movie director I found the words of the teacher at the end of the movie very smart. He was giving his last words before Summer vacations. And while many kids were going to have fun one of the class had been abused! This was good. It shows compromise and respect towards our pals, our classmates, etc. It was great!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 38 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

3 October 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Small Change See more »

Filming Locations:

Allier, France See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,206, 25 April 1999

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:



Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed