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Madeline (1998)

PG | | Comedy, Family | 10 July 1998 (USA)
Horrified at the prospect of her beloved school being sold, a young French girl uses her wit and craftiness to attempt to save it, making an unlikely new friend in the process.

Director:

Daisy von Scherler Mayer (as Daisy Von Scherler Mayer)

Writers:

Ludwig Bemelmans (books), Malia Scotch Marmo (screen story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frances McDormand ... Miss Clavel
Nigel Hawthorne ... Lord Covington (segment "Lord Cucuface")
Hatty Jones ... Madeline
Ben Daniels ... Leopold the Tutor
Arturo Venegas Arturo Venegas ... Mr. Spanish Ambassador
Stéphane Audran ... Lady Covington
Katia Caballero Katia Caballero ... Mrs. Spanish Ambassador
Chantal Neuwirth ... Helene the Cook
Kristian de la Osa ... Pepito (as Kristian De La Osa)
Clare Thomas ... Aggie
Bianca Strohmann Bianca Strohmann ... Vicki (as Bianca Strôhman)
Christina Mangani Christina Mangani ... Chantal
Rachel Dennis Rachel Dennis ... Lucinda
Pilar Garrard Pilar Garrard ... Beatrice
Jessica Mason Jessica Mason ... Serena
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Storyline

The adventurous, young Madeline is very good at getting into trouble, but she's also fantastic in solving problems as well, and her school-mistress Miss Clavel is not too approving of her. The biggest problem comes up when Lord Covington decides to sell Madeline's school. Written by Anonymous

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In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines...

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Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for momentary language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

After this movie, Hatty Jones had auditioned for the role of Hermione Granger for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001). She and Emma Watson were down to the final two, and the role went to Watson for Jones was considered too old. See more »

Quotes

Pepito: Senoritas, you honor me with your presence.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits have hand-drawn artwork See more »

Connections

Referenced in Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

In Two Straight Lines
Written and Performed by Carly Simon
Produced by Russ Titelman and Carly Simon
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Charming and sweet
1 April 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Not entirely captivating by all means, but very sweet and charming. While the story has some weak spots and the screenplay superficial at times, what saves it is how it is filmed and acted and how it keeps to the spirit of the picture books. I for one loved how it was filmed; I wasn't expecting another Wizard of Oz or Secret Garden, but the film is very nicely shot, with some dark serious tones but I particularly loved the shots of the Parisian skies. The music is beautiful as well and has a certain liveliness to it. The acting is very good; Hattie Jones has a very likable spunk and with her cute appearance the camera clearly loves her. Frances McDormond is perfectly cast as Miss Clavel, staying true to her character. Nigel Hawthorne is given less to do, but he does well with what he is given as Lord Covington(or Lord Cukooface as the girls call him). Overall, this is a charming and I think underrated film. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

10 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,414,668, 12 July 1998

Gross USA:

$29,967,750

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,967,750
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Dolby (Dolby 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound)| SDDS (as Sony Dynamic Digital Sound) (5.1 Surround Sound)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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