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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 And Nobody 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The next picture that this film's director Nicolas Gessner directed after this movie also had a long title with eight words, it being It Rained All Night the Day I Left (1980). The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976) still remains today [to date, May 2013] as being the movie with the longest title that actress Jodie Foster has ever appeared in. See more »

Goofs

When Mario is in the house having come out of the rain, he's helping Rynn get the bodies in the cellar. In the close-up shot, his hair is wet, but his clothes are dry. In the longer shots, they still look dry, too. See more »

Quotes

Mario: Like your father said in that letter: Since when do they let kids do what they want?
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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 Ida, Be Thy Name: The Frightful Females of Fear (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Little Girl's Mystery
Written and Performed by Christian Gaubert Et Son Orchestre
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User Reviews

 
sadness and willpower!
29 June 2004 | by olivhiaySee all my reviews

This is a wonderful movie!You can reach to the "little girl" and feel her solitude and, at times, you wish you were as strong as she is!The story in itself is great but the way it was directed, the set, the actors make you feel you are a part of it! There is no way to explain that story:you just have to discover it and you will understand,through the movie, the poetry of that "little girl"'s life who is not a "little girl",just someone who had to take care of her life from an early age surrounded by characters who just see a "bohemian child"from divorced parents in a little town where the so called low classed people have to be nobody in front of the single rich family! There is so much to tell and I don't want to spoil that movie!It is just great:you just have to feel!


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