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Madeline (1998)

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)

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

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

Miss Clavel: Good night little girls, thank the Lord you are well.
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In Two Straight Lines
Written and Performed by Carly Simon
Produced by Russ Titelman and Carly Simon
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Cute But Tame
24 January 1999 | by Steve-176See all my reviews

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

If you don't know and love those lines, and if your children don't either, then none of you are likely to enjoy Madeline very much.

Ludwig Bemelans wrote those opening words for the first Madeline book published in 1939. Admirers of Bemelans cite his charming, economical use of words and images. He also illustrated his stories. Madeline the film is by all accounts a faithful homage to this man's notable children's literature.

It's possible that some parents have schooled their children to appreciate the Madeline tales but if they haven't it's likely that Madeline will be considered a little too tame by all but the real littlelees. There's just none of the brash, relatively violent noise of most children's film fare here.

However the film does star Frances McDormand (Fargo) and Nigel Hawthorne (Yes Minister, The Madness Of King George) and they do what they can with a film that some will find charming.

Hawthorne in particular is particularly touching in one of the final scenes. And young Hatty Jones is appropriately determined and fearless.


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