- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 51 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 7, 2003
- Originally Released: 1979
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1979 -
Best Original Score: Georges Delerue
Variety - 04/04/1979
"...A LITTLE ROMANCE emerges as a classy winner. A charming blend of youthful innocence and guile..."
As George Roy Hill observed, A LITTLE ROMANCE is, in many ways, a remake of his earlier take on adolescence, THE WORLD OF HENRY ORIENT. But in this film the delicate relationship between stars Thelonious Bernard as Daniel and Diane Lane as Lauren is reciprocal. Both on the cusp of adolescence, they meet on a film set in Paris when Daniel spots Lauren reading a book. The mutual discovery of their shared intellectual precocity sparks a romance, and the two begin dating amid the City of Lights. When Daniel ends up slugging the egomaniacal director boyfriend (David Dukes) of her self-absorbed actress mother, Kay (Sally Kellerman), Lauren is forbidden to see him. Naturally, she refuses to obey. After Julius (Laurence Olivier), a charming old con man, spins a tale for the couple about lovers kissing under the Bridge of Sighs in Venice at sunset, they arrange to go, taking him along as chaperone. Since none of their parents has been informed about the impromptu trip, an international search is soon under way. A completely charming fable of adolescent romance set against picture-postcard European backgrounds, the film is less about the emotional roller coaster of love than the innocent joy of finding a soulmate at last. The kids are perfectly cast in what may be Lane's best film, and one only has to see Olivier kiss his fingers and press them against the window as he watches the couple disappear to appreciate genius at work.
Diane Lane stars as a young American girl abroad who meets a French boy--and romance blossoms. With the help of an aging pickpocket, engagingly played by Laurence Olivier, the girl finds the courage to pursue her new love. George Roy Hill's exquisitely entertaining work is one of the great romance films of all time.
- The character of the annoying director is thought to be an inside joke on William Friedkin, then a friend of Hill's.