When the seven-year-old Joey is cruelly tricked into believing he killed his older brother, he flees to New York’s nether wonderland: Coney Island. Upon and beneath the crowded boardwalk, Joey experiences a day and night filled with adventures and mysteries.
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I LOVED this movie. I was crazy about horses as a kid too & identified with Joey on that--very exciting that he was cantering on his own by the end of the segment! More seriously, this movie captures the magic of childhood's seriousness, and the magic of being out on the street, and when I napped just after screening it, led to lovely dreams and explicit nightmares of growing up in 50's Amerika.
1950's American arthouse classic, starring a little kid who escapes to Coney Island. File this alongside "ON THE BOWERY" (1956), minimalist fictional stories that are vehicles for showing life in the streets of New York City in the 50's. GREAT.
This movie makes you experience the adventurous life of a child again. It is charming, authentic and fun. The visual style is stunning in its own, independent way, and Joey is just a lovely kid. I love this movie, it's great.
An early example of low budget, indie, mostly improvised narrative film-making. Charming, entertaining, well filmed, and a valuable document of a time not that long ago which would send current hoveringly protective Americans into an apoplectic fit.
Francois Truffaut once credited Ray Ashley, Morris Engel, and Ruth Orkin's American independent classic as one of the inspirations for the French New Wave. A charming story of a young boy's adventure on Coney Island after his brother pulls a cruel prank to get away from him, LITTLE FUGITIVE is an inventive and essential work of independent cinema.
23 years later, the wonderful experience of "Menschen am Sonntag" is pursued by a triade of directors, a collective experience like the one before: how to lo(o)se fiction in a world of living? How to live fiction with a camera on the loose?