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The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)

13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives alone in a high-class Quebec small town, but unknown to the neighbors, she is leading a secret and dangerous life.

Director:

Nicolas Gessner (as Nicholas Gessner)

Writers:

Laird Koenig (novel), Laird Koenig (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jodie Foster ... Rynn Jacobs
Martin Sheen ... Frank Hallet
Alexis Smith ... Mrs. Cora Hallet
Mort Shuman Mort Shuman ... Officer Ron Miglioriti
Scott Jacoby ... Mario Podesta
Dorothy Davis ... Town Hall Clerk
Clesson Goodhue Clesson Goodhue ... Bank Manager
Hubert Noël Hubert Noël ... Bank Clerk (as Hubert Noel)
Jacques Famery Jacques Famery ... Bank Clerk
Mary Morter ... Teller
Julie Wildman Julie Wildman ... Teller
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Storyline

In a little seaside town, the thirteen year-old Rynn Jacobs is celebrating her birthday alone on a Halloween night since her father is not at home. They have arrived from England recently and leased the house for three years from Mrs. Cora Hallet. Out of the blue, Mrs. Hallet's pervert son Frank Hallet visits Rynn and sexually harasses her. Then his mother visits also the house and asks for Rynn's father. The girl tells that he traveled to New York. Mrs. Hallet tells that she needs her jelly glasses that are stored in the cellar and Rynn asks the impolite woman to go. Later she returns and opens the cellar door despite Rynn's refusal. However, she has an accident with the support of the cellar door that hits her head and she dies. Rynn tries to get rid of Mrs. Hallet's car to hide the evidence that she had visited her, but she has trouble to start the car and the aspirant magician Mario Podesta helps her. Rynn immediately trust Mario and discloses her secret to him. What is Rynn's ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Thank heaven for little girls. Thank HELL for the little girl who lives down the lane! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Switzerland | France | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1977 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane See more »

Filming Locations:

Kennebunkport, Maine, USA See more »

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Budget:

CAD1,100,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Eleven years later, co-stars Martin Sheen and Jodie Foster both appeared in Siesta (1987). See more »

Goofs

Someone or multiple someones can be seen in the house when the character Mario emerges in the house from the rain. See more »

Quotes

Rynn: I think I should warn you that the police are watching our house right this very minute, Mr. Hallet.
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Crazy Credits

Rynn sits staring at Frank Hallet through the entire ending credits as the fire burns behind her. See more »

Alternate Versions

The infamous nude scene with Jodie Foster's body double (her older sister, Connie) and one dropping of the F-word from Scott Jacoby has been reinstated for the MGM DVD release. The producers didn't notice that Connie Foster was wearing a gold bracelet on her left arm, which subsequently disappears when Jodie Foster returns for her close-up under the covers. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Science Fiction Film Awards (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane (Main Title)
Written and Performed by Christian Gaubert Et Son Orchestre
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DARJEELING OR EARL GREY???
5 December 2002 | by jonpdSee all my reviews

Unique suspense film made in Canada in the mid-1970s. It's a shame that no one has ever really noticed this little film. Well, TBS sure did and I first watched it on there in 1987 or 1988. Since, I have found it in a couple of video stores and eventually taped it off of TBS in 1990 or 1991. Nonetheless, it is a truly wonderful thriller featuring a spectacular performance from a young, gifted Foster. Sheen and Smith are quite nasty as her enemies, and Shuman and Jacoby are good as her friends. Altogether, a remarkable suspense film that has not received the praise it deserves.


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