Madeline (1998)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Family

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Horrified at the prospect of her beloved school being sold, a young French girl uses her wit and craftiness to attempt to save it, making an unlikely new friend in the process.




  • During a break in shooting, the girls get a behind-the-scenes lesson in filmmaking.
  • Frances McDormand in Madeline (1998)
  • Frances McDormand and Daisy von Scherler Mayer in Madeline (1998)
  • The Spanish Ambassador's son, Pepito (Kristian De La Osa) makes a dramatic entrance at his birthday party dressed in a traditional toreador's costume.
  • Madeline (Hatty Jones, second from right) and faithful helper Aggie (Clare Thomas, far right) instruct their schoolmates in the fine art of housecleaning.
  • Hatty Jones and Kristian de la Osa in Madeline (1998)

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14 March 2005 | hbarannik
| Delightful movie for children AND adults
I just loved this version of Madeline, with the inimitable Frances McDormand and Nigel Hawthorne. Funny, attractive movie that is lively enough for adults to enjoy. I highly recommend it. Nothing offensive in it at all. The cinematography, the acting, the costuming was of the highest quality.

As a child I did not really read the Madeline series of books, but I did as an adult, and I found that this screenplay and production bring the book to life. At a time and in a society where there is so much negative entertainment, this was a pleasant offering. It was uplifting. It even had just enough suspense to make it interesting for adults.

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Release Date:

10 July 1998


English, French, Spanish

Country of Origin

France, USA

Filming Locations

Croissy-sur-Seine, Yvelines, France

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,414,668 12 July 1998

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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