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Un Bon Petit Diable (A Good Little Devil) (1983)

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Set in mid 1800's France, A Good Little Devil is the story of Charles, a mischievous 10-year-old orphan boy living with his wealthy older cousin, Léontine MacMiche. Madame MacMiche is a bitter old woman who hates children and is very quick to spank! Not entirely fond of having a red bottom all the time, Charles, with the help of the family maidservant, Betty, thinks of some pretty ingenious and clever ways of eluding Léontine. But fed up with his trouble making, Madame MacMiche sends Charles to an orphanage not too far from the French coast and threatens to take his $50,000 inheritance away if he doesn't shape up. Once confined to the orphanage, the castigation continues with almost daily discipline sessions. But what do you get when you put a devilish 10-year-old with a large group of frolicsome boys? Mayhem and chaos for not only the Headmaster of the orphanage, but for the entire town! Can Charles inject a little fun in an otherwise dull and dreary orphanage? He can as A Good Little Devil! UNCUT; In French, with optional English subtitles. Approximate running time: 90 minutes.

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  • Format: NTSC, Subtitled, Full Screen, Director's Cut, Limited Edition
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,850 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Festival_man on July 8, 2010
Format: DVD
Ah, the French! Un Bon Petit Diable (The Good Little Devil) is loosely based on the novel written by, the sometimes misunderstood, La Comtesse de Ségur (The Countess of Segur). The book, originally published in 1865, has been made into a movie before: René Leprince's 1923 version, and Jean-Paul Carrère's 1961 version - which actually was a movie of the week. Jean-Claude Brialy's 1983 take on this classic children's novel, like its predecessors, takes the story of young Charles (Paul Courtois) to a level unseen (or rather, rarely seen) in American cinema.

It is said that the character of Charles was actually based on the Countess' own cousin, who never let a day go by without playing some sort of prank on the Countess. She was said to have feared the devil and fairies, almost as much as she feared her cousin's next prank.

After reading the book, I can't imagine how this was - or ever became a classic children's novel. In the book. Madame MacMiche is much more violent to young Charles - frequently using a "whip" to lay down the law. Perhaps back in the 1800's it was considered appropriate reading material for a youngster (or an appropriate punishment), but nowadays the novel of Un Bon Petit Diable would find its way on the banned list in most schools. The movie, however, specifically this version, is a lot more tame than the novel. A "whipping" for punishment gives way to a hand-spanking or a caning, and certainly not with as much violence. The book version sees Charles dishing out far more sinister revenge plots (and who wouldn't want to, after a whipping), but this film version puts a little humor into not only Charles' punishments, but his mischievous little "revenge" pranks.
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By Juicy Kumquat on June 30, 2011
Format: DVD
Wanted to comment as the two reviews above were so different concerning this dvd. If you found the summary/plot interesting to you, it is an enjoyable movie. However the film is not a "restored" version and therefore not the "best" video quality but not unwatchable by any means. As to the subtitles: They could have done a lot better. There are many lines not subtitled. Although annoying, there is more then enough to understand the film. If you are interested in seeing this movie, and can get it cheap, don't let this review frighten you off. Two stars taken off for the poorly done subtitles.

If this movie were to have a rating it would be PG for sure.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ultraman Gaia on January 17, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie wasn`t to good when compared to other movies of it`s type. A lot of the subtitles were missing so dialog was lost unless you speak french.These unknown titles like this are hit or miss. The comments of the first reviewer is misleading or he like bad foreign films.
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