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Little Fugitive [Blu-ray] (1953)

Richard Brewster , Winifred Cushing , Ray Ashley , Morris Engel  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Brewster, Winifred Cushing, Jay Williams, Will Lee, Charlie Moss
  • Directors: Ray Ashley, Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin
  • Format: Anamorphic, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AOCDDT4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,108 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Widely regarded as one of the most influential and enjoyable films of the American independent cinema, Little Fugitive is an utterly charming fable that poetically captures the joys and wonders of childhood. When a seven-year-old boy (Richie Andrusco) is tricked into believing he killed his older brother, he gathers his meager possessions and flees to New York's nether wonderland: Coney Island. Upon and beneath the crowded boardwalk, Joey experiences a day and night filled with adventures and mysteries, resulting in a film that is refreshingly spontaneous and thoroughly delightful. ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - BEST STORY (Original Screenplay)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS WAS MY FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE September 17, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
In 1953 I started school at PS 188 on Neptune Avenue in Coney Island. Each year, The Little Fugitive would be shown in the auditorium ...and every year I loved it as much as I had the year before ... I never forgot the movie and whenever anyone would ask my favorite film, even as an adult I would always mention it ... Several years ago when visiting NYC with my own children, after spending a day in Coney Island, eating at Nathans and going on the Cyclone, we wandered into a Manhatten video store and I was astounded to see it on a shelf. We immediately rented it and it was as wonderful in 1998 as it had been in the 1950s. My children loved it and continue to mention scenes from it today in 2003! A wonderfully charming film that goes right to the heart of childhood.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect...Absolutely Perfect. April 23, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Though this film is certainly not for all tastes, I have to say that it's definitely one of my all time favorites. I strongly recall watching it on PBS late at night as a child, and was overjoyed to rediscover it as an adult. It doesn't hurt at all, either, that I'm a HUGE fan of Coney Island history, and that this film is chock-full of 1953 footage of the park, back in the good ol' days.

The plot is incredibly simple - a young boy is tricked by his older brother and latter's unkind friends, into believing that he's committed murder. The boy runs off to Coney Island to take it on the lam, and, while there, learns a whole lot about the world. From finding out about the glory of 5-cent deposits, to (finally) riding a real pony, we see what's important in his little life, and see how he ekes out a survival for himself during his day and night away from home.

There is hardly any dialogue once he's in the park, and it's refreshing, really - almost a sensory experience through the eyes of a little boy. We are treated to a more innocent time - with very little effort, one can smell the odors of the boardwalk, taste the sweetness of a watermelon slice, and feel the sand beneath the feet. I haven't seen another film quite like this - it's truly magical.

For the Coney Island enthusiasts out there, the footage from the park is fantastic. It stands as a wonderful record of the past - the parachute jump, batting cages, food stands, a marvelous carousel, souvenir booths...it's all here, and it's incredible. If you haven't seen this film, you're missing out, and then some.

Overall, I can admit that this film isn't for all folks - it's slow-moving, quiet, and can drag along a bit - if you don't surrender to it, and take it at it's own pace. Once you've done so, however, you'll see how great a film it really is.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Gem" Of A Movie! February 8, 2002
By AhJay
Format:VHS Tape
When you first start watching this movie, you think the director has a budget of $10. But what you discover is a pioneer of the indendent film. This little gem is a whisical tale of 7 year old Joey Norton, who's dooped by friends into thinking he's shot and killed his older brother, Richie. Upon believing this, Joey exiles himself to Coney Island, with Richie in hot pursuit. The film does a wonderful job of catching the innocence of the 50's. If you can get them away from the computer, video games and Sponge Bob, I truly believe that even kids today would enjoy this little piece of "Americana"
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great film, poor product June 28, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is an amazing film, having seen it on Turner, BUT the manufacture of this DVD makes it junk. The DVD will not play beyond the initial screen (play,features, etc). I have ordered this DVD from four different vendors and EVERY ONE IS DEFECTIVE IN EXACTLY THE SAME WAY. Amazon was the most expensive but having bought from Amazon many times, I had hopes for a good product, but I was wrong.
KINO has a defective master and is churning out defective copies of this great little movie.
It is a shame.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My all time favorite movie January 29, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This movie takes the viewer back to the childhood in all of us. Whether you are from Iowa or Brooklyn, NY, you will be taken back to the time of your innocence, when the world was good and life was sweet. Powerful and so well done, this film looks as if it were a documentary following a child into another world. You feel it in your gut. It's also a lot of fun as well. As a personal manager repping children, exclusively I can honestly say that this film and these actors are the reason that keep me hopeful. They just don't make 'em like that anymore.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an awesome film, reminiscent of Red Balloon. December 9, 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This amazing film, made in 1953, is shot in the same, wordless, style of the French classic, The Red Balloon. A young boy is tricked into thinking he has killed his brother...you can read the synopsis. That is only the premise. The real meat of the movie is 1953 Coney Island, captured without words, in all its glory. Cotton candy machines, rides, games, as he wanders by himself around the grounds. Marvelous job capturing those days. Highly recommended! An award winner. If you own Red Balloon, you should own this one!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic that has stayed a part of my soul for 43 years February 25, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I saw "The Little Fugative" when I was seven at my neighborhood theater in Chicago in 1954 or 55. Its sweet, powerful imagery and story-line have haunted me like a friendly ghost ever since.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good but different July 26, 2002
Format:DVD
I liked this movie. It isn't a movie to watch with a bunch of people or when you are tired. This movie is slow moving --BUT...very relaxing. You follow this boy around NYC and Coney Island and you realize how nice just the simple things are in life. I also imagined my Dad watching this movie and saying things like, "I remember that type of..." . So, if you were a kid during this generation you probably would be very nostalgic. I learned a lot about how life would be as a boy during the 50's--the director didn't hype it up with a lot of drama--just a nice capture of certain moments. The director probably didn't know it back then, but he captured a good piece of real life history. Watch it mid morning and you'll have a great day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uniquely captures a blend of life experience and New York in the...
Morris Engels Lovers and Lollipops is more scripted than his earlier classic, Little Fugitive. However, it captures a common life experience for all times: single parenting and... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Saully
5.0 out of 5 stars The camera catches it all
A little boy is lost in Coney Island, but not just in a physical sense. His ordeal mirrors that of many members of our world. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Denny Meredith
4.0 out of 5 stars Purchased to hear the soundtrack - enjoyed the story
Eddy Manson was one of a small handful of harmonica players that had mastered the very advanced harmonica playing techniques shown off in the soundtrack of this movie. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Steve Watne - Security Architect
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Even though its a low budget movie and made in the 1950's, seems to be classic and well worth the time to watch it.
Published 4 months ago by RCW
5.0 out of 5 stars Picture from yesteryear........
Outstanding little flick that runs like a picture into history. Anyone old enough to recognize the Coney Island area knows that it was a great place to have fun. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alfred S. Vulpis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
A classic and singular odyssey of abandoned innocence through life's mire of kindness, indifference and dimwitted meanness. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robert Macrae
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Your DVD Library
I loved this film. It's easy to see why it spawned French New Wave film. At a moment when we are teaching kids about bullying/teasing, this offers a story parents can discuss with... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Millie A. Loeb
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, entertaining and wonderful, Morris Engel's "Little...
For photographer Morris Engel, covering life was his job. As a combat photographer during World War II and an active Photo League member, he and his girlfriend at the time, fellow... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dennis A. Amith (kndy)
5.0 out of 5 stars A long day in Coney Island
"The Little Fugitive" is both a landmark of independent American cinema and a document of 1950's Brooklyn. Read more
Published 12 months ago by The Movie Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Films of Morris Engel (LittleFugitive;Lovers&Lollipops
These films are so simple and sweet, and love the 50's NewYork in the background. The Coney Island shots were wonderful.
Published 12 months ago by waltermitty
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