Little Fugitive [Special Edition] [DVD] [1953]

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Special Features

  • Feature-length audio commentary by Morris Engel
  • Two Documentary Films by Mary Engel: Morris Engel: The Independent
  • Ruth Orkin: Frames Of Life
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Gallery
  • Remastered from a New High-Definition Transfer


The Little Fugitive
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 initial release, scoring an Oscar nomination for "Best Screenplay" as well as sharing a Silver Lion award at the 1953 Venice Film Festival alongside such legendary fare as Kenji Mizoguchi's Ugetsu Monogatari. Shot on an extremely low budget, the film's innovative use of hand-held cameras and staccato editing techniques establish a rough-and-tumble, documentary-like edge perfectly attuned to its incisive, realistic treatment of childhood wonderment and fear. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Ricky Brewster - Lennie
  • Richie Andrusco
    Richie Andrusco - Joey
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    Tommy de Canio - Charlie
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    Charlie Moss - Harry
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