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Madeline (1998)

PG | | Comedy, Family | 10 July 1998 (USA)
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. ... See full summary »

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Daisy von Scherler Mayer (as Daisy Von Scherler Mayer)

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Ludwig Bemelmans (books), Malia Scotch Marmo (screen story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

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 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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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

10 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madeline - il diavoletto della scuola See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,414,668, 12 July 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$29,767,901, 25 October 1998
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Sound Mix:

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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Trivia

Carol Burnett were considered for the role of Miss Clavel. See more »

Quotes

Madeline: The Spanish Ambassador's a midget?
Pepito: [Looks at Madeline in disbelief]
Miss Clavel: Madeline. This is Pepito, the Spanish Ambassador's *son*.
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Referenced in Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth (2000) See more »

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What a Wonderful World
Written by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele
Performed by Louis Armstrong
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under License from Universal Special Markets
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Lively, endearing and sweet; what a Children's film SHOULD BE!
17 April 1999 | by Jill-36See all my reviews

Whether or not this film was critically acclaimed by the "so-called" experts or not, is irrelevant. The REAL experts are the children who watch, are captivated and endeared by Madeline's well casted characters. Every child I know (including my own) that has seen this film loved it and has begged for it on video.

Parents may not see this as a daring, frolicking action adventure; but rather as a sweet and funny children's film, which is after all, what is was designed to be.

There are so few films that really MEET a parent's expectations for what they WANT their children to see and can TRUST to not be "profane" (many older children's films that were "G-rated" are being remade now as "PG" under the guises that parents will "want" to watch them to; but do the kids really need the addition of bad language and sexual innuendo?).

Madeline, the movie, is true to the author's original story-line and keeps its poetical, lyrical style and flavor. The children and adults in the cast are true to what the author's characterizations were intended to be.. rather than a so-called "modern version" of it.

It is childhood at its best and its worst, with "realistic" villains (instead of the monstrous or far-fetched) and more of the genuine fun and whimsy that childhood is supposed to possess.

Children everywhere adore this film! As an adult, I appreciate it and APPLAUD it. I wish filmakers would TAKE NOTE and produce MORE films like this... TRULY for Children and SOLIDLY "G-rated". After all... children are the best experts on what they like.. and they LOVE THIS... so do I.


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