The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane details
|Starring:||Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith, Mort Shuman, Scott Jacoby, Dorothy Davis|
The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane
|Run time:||1 hour 28 minutes|
|Rental release:||20 Oct 2008|
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Not such a little girlBy marcooni (11 reviews) from Congleton , 18 Oct 2008
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[Highly rated reviewer]Although the premise of a young teenage girl living on her own, providing for herself seems a bit too unbelievable, if you can overlook that, you will find this an enjoyable movie. I first saw the movie 30 years ago, when you watched everything the talented Jodie released. If you overcome a couple of grisly scenes and a naked Jodie (not really Jodie, it's her big sister who does the nude scene) you have quite an entertaining movie. The 'one on one' scenes with Jodie and 'vicious child molester' Martin Sheen are classic,especially when she makes him a cup of tea, she had true class even at that age.
Even though Jodie is cast as a murderess, she came her closest to playing a normal kid in this mild-mannered horror movie, for people who don't much enjoy being scared. Miss Foster's foul deeds, which prove to be not so foul after all, are committed either accidentally or off-camera. The rest of the time, Jodie listens to Chopin, plays with her hamster, and falls so desperately in love that, when things go wrong, she can barely touch her dinner, which consists of a burger and a shake.
Check out her earlier roles in 'Alice Doesn't Live Here Any More' and 'Echoes Of A Summer'.
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Watchable but mediocreBy The KnightWatcher (629 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 04 Apr 2013Very early Jodie Foster (brilliant) , playing weird 13 year old girl who murders her mother, landlord, and the local child molester. Very low budget dated mediocre film . Feels more like a play.
weird and slowBy cheesekake (1498 reviews) from uk , 28 Dec 2012this was an ok film, not one of Fosters best ones as it was very slow, but otherwise it was well strange and you couldn't help but watch it.
A strange mood piece.By CineLanguage (10 reviews) from London , 20 Jun 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]This is an unusual & intriguing film that wanders off on it's own beaten path in a way that seems unique to movies from the 60's and 70's. Jodie Foster is great and shows a toughness that most actresses don't have while Martin Sheen is genuinely creepy in his role.
If you really like American films as I do from this period when acting, character and mood were more valued then 'The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane' is definitely worth checking out.
Tasteless piece of grand guignol? Guignol Review!By Naws (31 reviews) from Abingdon , 24 Apr 2012'Tasteless piece of grand guignol.' (I think that means a 'Muppet show' using less esoteric language.)
From a review written in 2006, about a film made in 1976.
I guess that reviewer would comment on the work of Chaplin, and complain it is black and white and has no sound!
This film is 30+ years old. It shows.
Some of the the soundtrack is very 70's & is dated. On the other hand the rest of the soundtrack has not become dated, the classical parts of the score work as well now as the did when it was made.
I assume the writer of the 'caustic' review will look equally 'Muppet like' in 2036. The star, Jodie Foster went on to be a multi-academy award winner. At the time she was 13/14, and from this film her future success is clear to see. An amazing performance from one of the best. Pity it is such a forgotten film, I loved it last time I saw it, 25+ years ago, and second time around it was just as good.
A story of a very precocious young girl trying to grow up alone without drawing attention to herself - all she wants to do is get from 13 to 16 and become 'an adult' legally. Her attempts to avoid attention backfire, and draw attention, sadly from quite the wrong person- the local pervert.
Also a horror story, but with the twist that you are actually supposed to be on the side of the girl, who is the 'monster' in the film.
A forgotten gem....By Anna6077 (5 reviews) , 17 Jan 2012When people think about Jodie Foster's early films, they think mainly of Bugsy Malone or Taxi Driver but in 'The little girl who lives down the lane', she also gives a truly outstanding performance. Sadly though, this movie seems to have been all but forgotten! I saw this years ago and am so glad to have finally had the chance to see it again. It's a brilliant must-see movie for all Jodie fans and Martin Sheen and the rest of the cast give excellent performances.
The content won't be everyone's cup of tea - Martin Sheen plays, very convincingly (!), the part of a pervert who preys upon the young Jodie but it's not too distasteful or shocking and there's a lot more to the story! Although it's quite old now (1976) it's still a great movie and you certainly won't be disappointed if you rent this one!!
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