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A Little Romance
A Little Romance
Actors: Laurence Olivier, Diane Lane, Thelonious Bernard, Arthur Hill, Sally Kellerman
Director: George Roy Hill
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
PG     2003     1hr 48min

An American teenager living in Paris meets and falls in love with a French teenager. Encouraged by an old con man, the two decide to elope.


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Actors: Laurence Olivier, Diane Lane, Thelonious Bernard, Arthur Hill, Sally Kellerman
Director: George Roy Hill
Creators: Pierre-William Glenn, George Roy Hill, Patrick Kelley, Robert Crawford Jr., Yves Rousset-Rouard, Allan Burns, Claude Klotz
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/07/2003
Original Release Date: 04/27/1979
Theatrical Release Date: 04/27/1979
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 48min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 14
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

A beautiful gem of a movie
Joseph L. Shipman | 12/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was sorry to have missed this when it came out (in 1979 when I was 18), then forgot about it for many years. The other day I saw a picture of Diane Lane, and remembered this movie, and decided it would be a good family film that my wife and 2 oldest kids (girl 12, boy 15) would enjoy.It was indeed. I don't have much to add to the glowing reviews others have already given it here; I'll just note that 1) There are so many subtle grace notes that repeated viewings will be well repaid
2) It is not suitable for 10 and under, due to sexual references
3) I wish even more now that I'd seen "A Little Romance" when it came out, its existence in my memory would have enriched my life for the past 24 yearsWhat really makes the movie a classic is bullseye performers by ALL the actors. The hardest kind of character for an actor to play is an extremely intelligent one, only very intelligent actors can do it, and the two leads are up to it. (Too bad the scriptwriter uses the word "etymological" once when he means "ontological", it is the kind of mistake Lauren would never have made, but this is the tiniest possible blemish, and no movie this rich can avoid having a handful of forgivable glitches)."
Endearing tale of young love... Excellent DVD
dooby | 06/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This endearing tale of young love will bring smiles and tears to both young and old alike. It features two bright, innocent 13 year olds, an American girl and a French boy who fall in love. When her mother disapproves, the pair run off with the aid of an elderly gentleman who take them across Europe for their romantic tryst under the Bridge of Sighs in the ancient city of Venice. Along the way we get to take in the sights of Paris and Verona before finally ending in the magnificient Piazza San Marco and on the gondolas plying the canals of the old city. It features a very young Diane Lane in her screen debut at age 13 and the venerable Lord Laurence Olivier who famously hailed his young costar as "the next Grace Kelly".

The lovely score by George Delerue won an Academy Award but much of the most memorable music within the movie is actually by Antonio Vivaldi. The loveliest piece, titled "Love's Not Like That", which is used throughout the movie to accompany the young lovers is actually the Largo from Vivaldi's Lute Concerto in D, RV 93.

This 2005 release is the same DVD released in January 2003. The film has been beautifully transferred in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 (anamorphic), not 1.85:1 as stated at Amazon's website. Although there are occasional nicks on the print as befits its vintage (1979), it is a generally good and clean transfer with bright, natural colors and crisp images. Sound is a very basic 2.0 mono which although perfectly serviceable does not do true justice to the nuances of the lovely baroque music. Extras are pretty limited. There is an enagaging 7 minute look-back by Diane Lane on the making of the film and her reminiscences of her costars, especially of Lord Larry. There is a single theatrical trailer for the movie (also anamorphic). The rest of the extras consists of Production Notes, awards garnered and a Poster gallery. Even without any extras, the main feature alone is worth the price of the DVD, an unjustly neglected little masterpiece."
Romantic young first love at its best | Tucker, Georgia | 06/22/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In 1980, my former college girlfriend called me and told be that I HAD to see this movie. She thought that the girl in the movie was me (and I am male) so I went out and purchased a ticket to the movie. Well she was right, the girl in the movie, a wonderful precocious 12 or 13 year old girl named Lauren was me about the time I started to college (at 15) when my old girlfriend met me. The movie is so wonderful, two adorable young but very bright children that meet and have so much in common but so little in common with other children their age. It is a wonderful endearing story of their entrance into the real world, of love and caring and loss. Their very adult wondering of whether there is someone exactly for them out there, and if they will meet and even if they will live at the same time really sounded like myself at that age. I showed the movie to my wife (yes I found that woman, the one for me) and she adores the movie, the music, the romance and of course Paris. We have been to Paris and walked the avenues and plan to go to Venice and kiss under the Bridge of Sighs at sunset. What a wonderful legend, even if only made up for the movie. I believe."