The Little Girl Who Lives Down the LaneDirector: Nicolas Gessner
In this Canadian thriller, Jodie Foster plays the title character, a reclusive, fiercely self-reliant teenager who lives alone in her father's house. When visitors call, Foster explains that her father is away on business. He's away, all right...far, far, away. And Foster, determined not to lose her independence, will go to any lengths to protect her secret, a fact that nosy neighbor Alexis Smith learns to her regret. A new danger to Foster's well-being looms in the form of pedophile Martin Sheen, who schemes to place the girl in a compromising position. Offering a helping hand to Foster is misfit teenager Mario (Scott Jacoby). Laird Koenig adapted his own novel to the screen.
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Cast & Crew
|Martin Sheen||Frank Hallet|
|Alexis Smith||Mrs. Hallet|
|Dorothy Davis||Town Hall Clerk|
|Clesson Goodhue||Bank Manager|
|Hubert Noel||Bank Clerk|
|Jacques Famery||Bank Clerk|
|Ronald Fauteux||Set Decoration/Design|
|Christian Gaubert||Score Composer|
|Richard S. Lochte||Screenwriter|
|Mort Shuman||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Denis Sperdouklis||Costumes/Costume Designer|
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Jodie Foster, as many of you know, started acting as a child; first in commercials, then TV (Here's Lucy, The Brady Bunch), before hitting it big in the movie, Taxi Driver, and the TV version of Paper Moon. In 1976, she made The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane, a taut little tale of suspense made in Canada. More of a "howcatchum" than a "whodunnit", Foster plays an annoyingly stunning teenager living in a small New England town, but for some reason, nobody ever seems to see her parents. Not the landlady (Alexis Smith, from Sondheim's Follies), or her creepy son, played by a very young Martin Sheen. Foster plays her part with a strong independence and maturity. A free thinker when many people still were not. Young Jodie had a brief (back to the camera) nude scene that was always snipped from TV prints. I was understandably surprised to see this scene in the uncut version on this DVD, which shows me that we may have never seen this film the way it was intended, and for this reason, The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane, is a real time capsule, and a significant part of Ms. Foster's body of work. It sits proudly in my DVD collection, inbetween Gerard Damiano's Let My Puppets Come (If you like Comedy Central's Crank Yankers, you will love that film), and Little Shop of Horrors (The original).
What I love about this movie is the performances, all of the actors did a fantastic job, especially Jodie Foster and Marin Sheen. They pulled off strong, believable characters that stuck with you. Still it is rather unnerving, but definitely unforgettable. Not for young children.
I thought this movie was cheesy and boring. I bought it because it has Jodie Foster in it as a young actress and it was worth that as she has talent and it's fun to see who she was then and who she is now.
Even as a young girl, Jodie Foster had the ability to establish a strong character. In this movie, the character is supposed to be creepy and make you uncomfortable and she is able to pull it off. Paired with Martin Sheen, this movie is very effective. Keep in mind, though, that it is very unnerving.
I remember watching parts of this movie when I was a kid and enjoying it. I saw it at the store and picked it up. It was marked as being rated PG, so I brought it home to share with my family. This movie is NOT a PG movie. The "F" word is used several times and there is nudity. I tried to ignore the language, but when the character was removing clothes to jump in bed for a sex scene, we had to turn it off quickly. This was my first movie purchase from B&N, and will most likely be my last.