Little Fugitive (1953)Director: Ray Ashley, Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin, Ricky Brewster
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 Island. A lost classic waiting to be rediscovered, The Little Fugitive was highly acclaimed upon its initial release, scoring an Oscar nomination for "Best Screenplay" as well as sharing a Silver Lion award at the 1953 Venice Film Festival alongside such legendary fare as Kenji Mizoguchi's Ugetsu Monogatari. Shot on an extremely low budget, the film's innovative use of hand-held cameras and staccato editing techniques establish a rough-and-tumble, documentary-like edge perfectly attuned to its incisive, realistic treatment of childhood wonderment and fear.
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|Winifred Cushing||The Mother|
|Tommy de Canio||Charlie|
|Jay Williams||Pony Ride Man|
|Eddy Lawrence Manson||Score Composer|
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Delightful classic full of humor and wisdom, starring another one of those perfect little child actors. It can be taken as documentary or drama, but in either case is exceptional. We loved it.
This is not a review of the movies' technical or esoteric merits. Like many babyboomers, there are brothers born right before the war, and immediately after. Unless you came from one of those rare families always taking 8mm home movies or always snapping away with the Kodak camera, visual memories are hard to comeby. This movie takes you back to see your childhood. You see the neighborhood, the trainride to Stillwell Avenue and the Coney Island of your youth-Steeplechase and all. This movie is worth seeing if only to enhance your memories of a time gone forever.