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Based on the beloved series of children's books by Ludwig Bemelman, this endearing family film tells of Madeline, an orphan who lives at a charity-run boarding school in Paris and has a knack for continually getting into trouble, particularly with Miss Clavel, the school's supervisor. Frances McDormand, Nigel Hawthorne and Hatty Jones star.

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The schoolgirl adventures of Madeline, a flame-haired orphan, are lovingly adapted from Ludwig Bemelmans's classic children's books. His sly and witty writing is transferred to this first-rate film, one that should not be thought of merely as childhood entertainment. Spunky Madeline is most adept at finding trouble. She is also a quick-witted and likable child who can solve almost any problem. Her latest scheme is to keep her school, which is also her home, from being sold by its owner, the recently widowed Lord Covington (Nigel Hawthorne).

Unlike most youthful movie fare, this adventure boasts high production values that wisely include colorful Parisian locations. Hatty Jones is all spunky self-sufficiency and sweet innocence in the title role, and Frances McDormand is quite humorous as the stern school-mistress, Miss Clavel. -- Rochelle O'Gorman

Product Details

Media Type Movie
Recommended Age 5 and up
Actors Frances McDormand, Nigel Hawthorne, Christopher Plummer, Tracey Lee Smythe, Stevie Vallance
Director Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Running Time 89 minutes
Studio Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release Date Dec 15, 1998
Language English