Little Fugitive (The Coney Island Kid ) (1953)
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A lyrical serio-comedy from the writing/directing team of Ray Ashley, Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin, The Little Fugitive stars young Richie Andrusco as Joey Norton, a seven-year-old Brooklynite left in the care of his 12-year-old brother Lennie (Ricky Brewster). Finding the boy to be a constant annoyance, Lennie and his friends devise a plan to make Joey mistakenly believe that he has killed his brother; the prank is successful, and a frightened Joey flees for the fantasy-world refuge of Coney
Jan 1, 1953 Limited
Oct 12, 1999
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That the filmmakers were able to make "Little Fugitive" at all is kind of miraculous, but the miraculousness has its limits.
An underseen indie-film landmark and an invaluable artifact of local history to boot.
Rarely has a film offered such an authentic child's-eye view of the world ...
The not-to-be-underestimated singularity of Little Fugitive is such that its legacy nearly contradicts its nature.
This amazing little film... is one of the most painful and vivid recollections of childhood I've ever seen, easily on par with Zero for Conduct, The 400 Blows and The Butcher Boy.
... the film runs largely on charm, but Engel's eye for people and landscape and social activity gives it a vibrancy that is still compelling.
You'll enjoy it from whatever angle you approach it, and you'll want to hand Joey a nickel so he can ride the pony one more time.
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