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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 »

Director:

George Roy Hill

Writers:

Allan Burns (screenplay), Claude Klotz (novel) (as Patrick Cauvin)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

27 April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un pequeño romance See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film which Lauren isn't allowed into (for not having ID), is Three Days of the Condor (1975), which Daniel angrily says; 'they don't want you to see 3-seconds of Ms (Faye) Dunaway's ass'. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lauren King: [on phone] Natalie? Lauren. What happened in school today?
Natalie Woodstein, Lauren's dorky friend: We were playing mixed soccer with the boys, Billy and another boy were choosing girls to be on their team. Can you imagine how nervous I was?
Lauren King: Natalie, he's your cousin!
Natalie Woodstein, Lauren's dorky friend: Second cousin. The kids don't come out funny or anything, I checked.
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Connections

References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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I plan to take this gondola ride with MY true love next summer!
15 October 2004 | by sizzerhandsSee all my reviews

We were the first family in our neighborhood to have a VCR. The first movie I can remember watching was A Little Romance!! Can you imagine being a 5 year old girl and seeing Europe for the first time through the eyes of these two beautiful teen agers. Seeing true LOVE for the first time in such a genuine, honest story! I was overwhelmed by the beauty of it all. I LOVE this movie! I have watched it many times in my life, at various ages. I have shared it with friends and family and watched with some odd sort of pride as they too fell in love with the story and its characters. Such a whirlwind story. Never a dull moment. And can I just say that the soundtrack is incredible!!!

I still own our original VHS tape. It came encased in plastic inside a large cardboard, front-opening box. It has traveled with me, moved with me countless times, been watched repeatedly, and probably even cried on. But, like the true love it represents, it has withstood the test of time. However, last Spring, my own sweet, wonderful boyfriend did buy me the DVD, "for when your copy goes to that big VCR in the sky". (what a keeper he is)

I cannot express the depth of emotions this movie triggers in me. And I can't explain how I managed to cling to the belief that love, can indeed be as simple and beautiful as the characters portray. But I can say that it has been my quest "to kiss under the bridge of sighs, at sunset, while the bells toll". It has become a dream to be fulfilled. Summer of 2005, my boyfriend and I will be in Europe. And we WILL visit Venice. And we WILL take that gondola ride. And as the incomparable Sir Laurence Olivier says in the movie " What are legends anyways, but stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things.....Something that two people who are in love create together, against impossible odds, CAN hold them together...forever!"

We believe the legend is real!!!!


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