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.

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Nicolas Gessner (as Nicholas Gessner)

Writers:

Laird Koenig (screenplay), Laird Koenig (novel)
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Complete credited cast:
Jodie Foster ... Rynn Jacobs
Martin Sheen ... Frank Hallet
Alexis Smith ... Cora Hallet
Mort Shuman Mort Shuman ... Ron Miglioriti
Scott Jacoby ... Mario Podesta
Dorothy Davis ... Town Hall Clerk
Clesson Goodhue Clesson Goodhue ... Bank Manager
Hubert Noël ... Bank Clerk (as Hubert Noel)
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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Who is the Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane? Everyone Who Knows is Dead. See more »


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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Rynn puts the poison in the tea, poison only comes out on the first tap, but not the rest. See more »

Quotes

Mario Podesta: But what about school?
Rynn Jacobs: School is having people tell you what life is and never finding out by yourself.
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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 »

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

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The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane (Main Title)
Written and Performed by Christian Gaubert Et Son Orchestre
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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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Release Date:

26 January 1977 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Kennebunkport, Maine, USA See more »

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Budget:

CAD1,100,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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