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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.

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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

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...

Genres:

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

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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One half of the girls are French, while the other half are English. See more »

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Pepito: [to his father, while watching a carnival show "Los Idiots"] They're so stupid. That's why they're idiots.
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Madeline, the movie, is as charming as it's heroine
5 July 2003 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Taken from the classic books by Ludwig Bemelmans, Madeline is the darling story of 12 little girls who live in a boarding school. The woman in charge of the home is a nun, Miss Clavel (Frances McDormand). Red-headed Madeline is the smallest of the girls but is, nevertheless, fearless and curious. The film follows Madeline's escapades as she has her appendix out, clashes with Pepito (the boy next door), falls in the river and more. There is a subplot concerning the approaching sale of the school and what it will mean to the girls who live there. Is it possible to have a happy ending?

This extremely watchable movie for children is a wonderful addition to the repertoire of good children's films. Hatty Jones is a delight as Madeline and the other little girls are fun and expressive. The leap from book to movie is smooth and successful; the film includes many of the books' key elements and will thus be appreciated by Bemelmans' fans. There is more than enough action and humor to keep children interested from start to finish. Adults will be charmed by the film as well. Recommended for families who are looking for quality alternatives to Disney, Beethoven the dog, Charlotte's Web, etc.


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