Little Fugitive
Little Fugitive (1953)

A boy from Brooklyn, wrongly led to believe that he killed another child with his rifle by an 'ornery older brother, flees to the fantasy and fun of Coney Island to escape in this all-but forgotten drama that proves that big budgets and… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 6, 1953
DVD Release Date: October 12, 1999
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Sragow
New Yorker

At its core, this pioneering independent film, from 1953, is just an urban heart-warmer, but it has a fresh, gritty surface and a Grade A horror-comic hook ...

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Joshua Land
Village Voice

An underseen indie-film landmark and an invaluable artifact of local history to boot.

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Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

Rarely has a film offered such an authentic child's-eye view of the world ...

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

That the filmmakers were able to make "Little Fugitive" at all is kind of miraculous, but the miraculousness has its limits.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] Made in 1953 by three confident filmmakers, "Little Fugitive" is as much an invaluable filmic document of post World War II New York as it is an enchanting incipient work of independent cinema.

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

The not-to-be-underestimated singularity of Little Fugitive is such that its legacy nearly contradicts its nature.

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Eric Hynes
Time Out

Like childhood itself, it's over before you're ready to let it go.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...a charmer from another age.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Somewhere between The 400 Blows and a Kookla, Fran and Ollie flick, this pioneering 1953 film was a watershed for being an American independent and for its… More
Randy Tippy
No frills look at kids growing up in 1950's New York City. The unpolished style adds to its charm and ambiance.
Devon Bott
As twilight descends on coney island, you can almost taste the salt water air and feel the cool ocean breeze on your cheek. The movie is less a character study… More
Stella Dallas
the very first american indie. remarkably natural performance from the kid. a low budget documentary style snapshot of a more innocent time and a big… More