The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

Quiet, withdrawn 13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives peacefully in her home in a New England beach town. Whenever the prying landlady inquires after Rynn’s father, she politely claims that he’s in the city on business. But when the landlady’s creepy and increasingly persistent son, Frank, won’t leave Rynn alone, she teams up with kindly neighbor boy Mario to maintain the dark family secret that she’s been keeping to herself.

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Film Cast:

  • Rynn Jacobs: Jodie Foster
  • Frank Hallet: Martin Sheen
  • Mrs. Cora Hallet: Alexis Smith
  • Officer Ron Miglioriti: Mort Shuman
  • Mario Podesta: Scott Jacoby
  • Town Hall Clerk: Dorothy Davis
  • Bank Manager: Clesson Goodhue
  • Bank Clerk: Hubert Noël
  • Bank Clerk: Jacques Famery
  • Teller: Mary Morter
  • Teller: Julie Wildman
  • Locksmith: Gib Rotherham
  • Bank client: Zev Braun

Film Crew:

  • Costume Design: Denis Sperdouklis
  • Director: Nicolas Gessner
  • Novel: Laird Koenig
  • Director of Photography: René Verzier
  • Producer: Zev Braun
  • Co-Producer: Leland Nolan
  • Co-Producer: Eugène Lépicier
  • Editor: Yves Langlois
  • Executive Producer: Harold Greenberg
  • Original Music Composer: Christian Gaubert
  • Co-Producer: Denis Héroux
  • Sound Recordist: Patrick Rousseau
  • Executive Producer: Alfred Pariser
  • Art Direction: Robert Prévost

Movie Reviews:

  • Dave: Early and controversial Jodie Foster vehicle that has her playing the titular “Little Girl” trying her best to survive in the (somewhat) fictional town of Wells Harbor, Maine. Wise beyond her years, Rynn’s plan can best be described as sounded-good-idea-on-paper, but quickly unravels when she found in the crosshairs of a local pervert, his nosy mother, a town policeman and his nephew (a polio ridden magician). The Halloween into Thanksgiving New England time frame enhances the seaside’s funereal atmosphere with a classical score and sharp, interesting dialog. A must for fans of ’70’s chillers and fans of unconventional suspense.

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