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A Little Romance (1979)

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The disarming comedy A Little Romance features Diane Lane as a 13-year-old American, living in Paris with her businessman stepfather (Arthur Hill) and her promiscuous mother (Sally Kellerman). Mom is currently enamored with pretentious-filmmaker David Dukes, and it is on the set of Dukes' latest picture that Lane meets another 13-year-old, insatiable French film buff Thelonious Bernard. A likeable street-smart petty thief and gambler, Bernard is instantly attracted to Lane. With the help of roguish old Laurence Olivier, Lane and Bernard arrange a romantic rendezvous under the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. Naturally, when the kids disappear it's a cause for international concern, but all ends as it should. Some of the best moments in A Little Romance belong to Broderick Crawford, unselfconsciously playing "himself" at a movie party.

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Cast

Diane Lane
as Lauren King
Thelonious Bernard
as Daniel Michon
Arthur Hill
as Richard King
David Dukes
as George De Marco
Andrew Duncan
as Bob Duryea
Ashby Semple
as Natalie
Claude Brosset
as Michel Michon
Jacques Maury
as Insp. Leclerc
Anna Massey
as Mrs. Siegel
Dominique Lavanant
as Mme. Corier
Mike Marshall
as 1st Assistant Director
Michel Bardinet
as French Ambassador
Jeoffrey Carey
as Makeup Man
David Gabison
as French Representative
Jeffrey Carey
as Makeup Man
John Pepper
as 2nd Assistant Director
Michael Marshall
as 1st Assistant Director
Denise Glaser
as Woman Critic
Jeanne Herviale
as Woman in Metro
Carlo Lastricati
as Tour Guide
Judy Mullen
as Secretary
Philippe Brigaud
as Theater Manager
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Critic Reviews for A Little Romance

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (7)

The film's portrait of young love may be touching, but its most moving moments celebrate love of a different kind: the passion that movie professionals, both young and old, have for their craft.

September 22, 2015 | Full Review…
TIME Magazine
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Thanks to the heavy synthetic hand of director George Roy Hill, the potentially charming aspects of th kids' infatuation curdle into syrupy gruel.

September 22, 2015 | Full Review…
Washington Post
Top Critic

Fulcrum in script is the beneficent boulevardier, limned by Laurence Olivier in a modern refashioning of the old Maurice Chevalier role.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

It's not one that'll win over hardened cynics.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

A Little Romance is so ponderous it seems almost mean spirited.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

It gives us two movie kids in a story so unlikely I assume it was intended as a fantasy. And it gives us dialog and situations so relentlessly cute we want to squirm.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for A Little Romance

A Little Romance is actually a sweet and simple tale about young love that is sure to capture hearts. With its pretty interesting characters, light yet fascinating scenes, and lovely musical score, every minute was nothing less than charming. After seeing this little piece of jewel, I became in love with the idea of being in love a whole lot more.

Maymay Asahan
Maymay Asahan

Super Reviewer

Not sure why I didn't like it as much as everyone else here, perhaps it's just a bit dated to me, yet young love will always be a timeless story.

Dannielle Albert
Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

½

Super adorable. Two wicked smart kids, one French & one American, vow to "kiss under the Bridge of Sighs at sunset while the bells toll." When the girl, a super young Diane Lane, has to move back to America the two run off together with the help of Laurence Olivier. Teen romance and shenanigans ensue.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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