Little Fugitive (The Coney Island Kid )
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Little Fugitive (The Coney Island Kid )
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"That the filmmakers were able to make "Little Fugitive" at all is kind of miraculous, but the miraculousness has its limits."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"...a charmer from another age."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"This amazing little film... is one of the most painful and vivid recollections of childhood I've ever seen, easily on par with Zero for Conduct, The 400 Blows and The Butcher Boy."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A remarkable indy classic, made on a shoestring budget."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Like childhood itself, it's over before you're ready to let it go."
‑ Eric Hynes, Time Out New York
"Rarely has a film offered such an authentic child's-eye view of the world ..."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"... the film runs largely on charm, but Engel's eye for people and landscape and social activity gives it a vibrancy that is still compelling."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"An underseen indie-film landmark and an invaluable artifact of local history to boot."
‑ Joshua Land, Village Voice
"The not-to-be-underestimated singularity of Little Fugitive is such that its legacy nearly contradicts its nature."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"You'll enjoy it from whatever angle you approach it, and you'll want to hand Joey a nickel so he can ride the pony one more time."
‑ Don Willmott,
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