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The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)

13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives alone in a high-class Quebec small town, but unknown to the neighbors, she is leading a secret and dangerous life.

Director:

Nicolas Gessner (as Nicholas Gessner)

Writers:

Laird Koenig (novel), Laird Koenig (screenplay)

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jodie Foster ... Rynn Jacobs
Martin Sheen ... Frank Hallet
Alexis Smith ... Mrs. Cora Hallet
Mort Shuman Mort Shuman ... Officer Ron Miglioriti
Scott Jacoby ... Mario Podesta
Dorothy Davis ... Town Hall Clerk
Clesson Goodhue Clesson Goodhue ... Bank Manager
Hubert Noël Hubert Noël ... Bank Clerk (as Hubert Noel)
Jacques Famery Jacques Famery ... Bank Clerk
Mary Morter ... Teller
Julie Wildman Julie Wildman ... Teller
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Storyline

In a little seaside town, the thirteen year-old Rynn Jacobs is celebrating her birthday alone on a Halloween night since her father is not at home. They have arrived from England recently and leased the house for three years from Mrs. Cora Hallet. Out of the blue, Mrs. Hallet's pervert son Frank Hallet visits Rynn and sexually harasses her. Then his mother visits also the house and asks for Rynn's father. The girl tells that he traveled to New York. Mrs. Hallet tells that she needs her jelly glasses that are stored in the cellar and Rynn asks the impolite woman to go. Later she returns and opens the cellar door despite Rynn's refusal. However, she has an accident with the support of the cellar door that hits her head and she dies. Rynn tries to get rid of Mrs. Hallet's car to hide the evidence that she had visited her, but she has trouble to start the car and the aspirant magician Mario Podesta helps her. Rynn immediately trust Mario and discloses her secret to him. What is Rynn's ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Thank heaven for little girls. Thank HELL for the little girl who lives down the lane! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Switzerland | France | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1977 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Mädchen am Ende der Straße See more »

Filming Locations:

Kennebunkport, Maine, USA See more »

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Budget:

CAD1,100,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The next picture that this film's director Nicolas Gessner directed after this movie also had a long title with eight words, it being It Rained All Night the Day I Left (1980). The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976) still remains today [to date, May 2013] as being the movie with the longest title that actress Jodie Foster has ever appeared in. See more »

Goofs

Frank Hallet tells Rynn that she put more milk in her cup than in his when she makes them tea, but this isn't even close to true, as she barely put any milk in her cup at all. See more »

Quotes

Mario: Rynn, don't bodies...
Rynn: Decompose? Well, you can put stuff on them.
Mario: How do you know how do to that stuff.
Rynn: I looked it up in the library.
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Crazy Credits

Rynn sits staring at Frank Hallet through the entire ending credits as the fire burns behind her. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the overseas release, a shot of Rynn nude from behind was allegedly added in the sequence where she and Mario are upstairs in her bedroom. See more »

Connections

References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

The Mystery Of The Basement
Written and Performed by Christian Gaubert Et Son Orchestre
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User Reviews

 
Not Your Typical Story Line! What a Terrific Off-Beat Thriller.
18 July 2000 | by Scot6See all my reviews

Great Suspense and Atmosphere. This movie instantly became one of my all-time favorites and is difficult to describe without giving too much away. More than most movies I can remember, reading too many comments about it's content beforehand can detract from the viewing experience (and a great one at that!) and ruin the suspense. I will try not to give too much about the film away beforehand.

First of all, I loved the production quality, atmosphere and locale. It would be a great movie to see on Halloween night for example, at least in my opinion. It really can be watched anytime however and will be just as great. The acting was high quality, all the way around but especially with Jodie Foster and Martin Sheen and the direction and score are excellent as well.

I had a problem with the plausibility of Jodie Foster's character behaving essentially as an adult. It was a little tough for me to buy into a 13 (or newly turned 14 year old) cooking gourmet meals, serving fine wines, listening to Chopin and generally acting much older than her chronological age.

Even taking into consideration the events in her life which apparently had shaped her personality, she seemed too mature for her age. If you put that concern aside however and accept it as a given premise of the movie you can sit back and enjoy the fun of trying to figure out what's going on.

And trying to figure out what's going on really *is* fun in this movie. Figuring out what's going on with her mysterious father is enough to keep you occupied in itself (if you think you've figured out what's going on with him you will find later that you probably haven't) and that's only one aspect of this complex scenario.

I hate when movies this good are not in general circulation any longer. Brian de Palma's "Sisters" and many other excellent movies also fall into this category. I can't figure out why studios can't figure out ways to continue to make them available to the public, after all...they went to the trouble to make them in the first place.

If you do get a chance to see "Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane" however, jump at it. You aren't likely to be disappointed.


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