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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:

Ask her no questions, she'll tell you no lies. Ask her too many and somebody dies. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Switzerland | France | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1977 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Mädchen am Ende der Straße See more »

Filming Locations:

Kennebunkport, Maine, USA See more »

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Budget:

CAD 1,100,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's soundtrack was released on vinyl only in Japan. Christian Gaubert's main theme was also released in Asia as a 45 rpm single. In 2013, the soundtrack was released to CD in a limited quantity by Disques Cinemusique, based in Quebec. See more »

Goofs

When Rynn buys the raffle tickets from Officer Ron, neither fills out the stub. Later when Frank is at the house, she gets a phone call from Officer Ron letting her know that she won the raffle. See more »

Quotes

Mario: I'll make a deal with you. You tell me about the car, I'll tell you why I'm crippled.
Rynn: No.
Mario: It was Polio shots. See, I have so many brothers and sisters that my mother forgot who did and who didn't
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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

For the overseas release, a shot of Rynn nude from behind was allegedly added in the sequence where she and Mario are upstairs in her bedroom. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 1 E-Minor
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Claudio Arrau with London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Eliahu Inbal
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Intriguing, macabre and brilliantly acted - a must see film!
13 December 2005 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Wow, where has this little flick been? The Little Girl who Lives Down the Lane is an intriguing mystery, an intense character portrait and a dark, brooding thriller all rolled into one rather odd little package - and on a personal note, I liked it a lot! The film has gained some notoriety (although not as much as it would have if it was more seen) for the scene involving a thirteen year old Jodie Foster undressing - but that never offsets the point of the film, and besides that; it's hardly like the scene has just been thrown in to satisfy the perverts in the audience. Furthermore, the most shocking scene in the film involves a hamster with no naked teenage girl present! Anyway, The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane is about a young girl, living down a quiet lane with her poet father. Only nobody has ever this man, and it isn't long before nosey neighbours - such as the perverted Frank Hallet and his enquiring, power mad mother comes sniffing round, eager to upset her life. She's not quick to let them know the truth, however, and along with her boyfriend; a crippled young magician from the neighbourhood, she is forced to take steps to preserve her independence.

The most obvious theme running through the film stems from loneliness, and how being brought up on your own will ultimately leave you a different person to if things such as schools are allowed to take charge. This is interesting; as it preaches the idea of social conditioning makes up the person more than most like to admit. The film is often touted as being a horror, but this is incorrect. While the film does feature several macabre instances, and a foreboding and mysterious atmosphere that is present throughout the run time; there's very little in the way of actual horror. The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane is much more of a drama-come-mystery than a horror film. The film is probably most notable for it's lead performance. Jodie Foster had already impressed in 1976 with her role in Martin Scorsese's hit film, Taxi Driver - but here she is far better. Despite her young age, Foster commands the screen and despite being a child, her maturity and acting talent shine through to make this a more complete performance than most actresses manage in a lifetime.

On the whole, this film was once hard to come by; but with the new DVD currently doing the rounds, the film should be seen by everyone. The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane fits snugly alongside the rest of the classics of the seventies, and the fact that it has only just resurfaced is one of cinema's biggest injustices. Highly recommended viewing!


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