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A Little Romance (1979)

A French boy (Daniel) and an American girl (Lauren), who go to school in Paris, meet and begin a little romance. They befriend Julius, who enchants them with his storytelling. In an attempt... See full summary »


George Roy Hill


Allan Burns (screenplay), Claude Klotz (novel) (as Patrick Cauvin)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Olivier ... Julius
Diane Lane ... Lauren
Thelonious Bernard Thelonious Bernard ... Daniel
Arthur Hill ... Richard King
Sally Kellerman ... Kay King
Broderick Crawford ... Brod
David Dukes ... George de Marco
Andrew Duncan ... Bob Duryea
Claudette Sutherland Claudette Sutherland ... Janet Duryea
Graham Fletcher-Cook ... Londet
Ashby Semple Ashby Semple ... Natalie
Claude Brosset Claude Brosset ... Michel Michon
Jacques Maury Jacques Maury ... Inspector Leclerc
Anna Massey ... Ms. Siegel
Peter Maloney ... Martin


A French boy (Daniel) and an American girl (Lauren), who go to school in Paris, meet and begin a little romance. They befriend Julius, who enchants them with his storytelling. In an attempt to ensure the teens' love forever, the three journey to Venice. Written by Felicia H. Berke <feberke@vassar.edu>

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France | USA


English | French | Italian

Release Date:

27 April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un pequeño romance See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first and last movies that Daniel (Thelonius Bernard) watched were Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and The Sting (1973), which were directed by this movie's Director George Roy Hill. See more »


Around minute 51 when on the Champs-Elysees a pedestrian makes an obscene gesture to the camera. They should've noticed this and re-shot on the spot. See more »


Natalie Woodstein, Lauren's dorky friend: [looking at a sculpture of a nude male] Have you ever seen a real one?
Lauren King: One what?
Lauren King: Oh. Sure
Natalie Woodstein, Lauren's dorky friend: Who's? His?
Lauren King: Who's?
Natalie Woodstein, Lauren's dorky friend: You know, his... Daniel's.
Lauren King: Oh, sure.
Natalie Woodstein, Lauren's dorky friend: Have you ever... you know...
Lauren King: Done it? All the time, every which way.
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Innocence personified
17 June 2006 | by SBowe7722See all my reviews

There are no words to express the real beauty of this movie, nor the depth of its import. There are those who have lived in such innocence and courage as the children in this movie, but in this new millennium such would be as rare as purity itself. After 106 minutes of near flawless value, it makes one wonder what has happened to wonder and gentleness; it seems they have journeyed far away, taking with them respect and graciousness. Such a treasure as this film makes one long for a time of civility and trust. Diane Lane had an auspicious beginning here, though too many of her later films lacked the substance of this one. Sally Kellerman does what she does best, and Arthur Hill seems the father of whom all daughters dream. By all means, rent this film and share the adventure!

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