My Little Girl

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My Little Girl
Directed byConnie Kaiserman
Written byConnie Kaiserman
Nan Mason
StarringMary Stuart Masterson
James Earl Jones
Geraldine Page
Music byRichard Robbins
CinematographyPierre Lhomme
Edited byKatherine Wenning
Distributed byHemdale Film Corporation
Release date
  • August 31, 1986 (1986-08-31)
(Montréal World Film Festival)
Running time
118 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$25,000[1]

My Little Girl is a 1986 American drama film the directorial debut of Connie Kaiserman that was released in the U.S. in 1987. It is also Geraldine Page's final role and Jennifer Lopez's film debut.


Franny Bettinger (Mary Stuart Masterson) has had a privileged and wealthy upbringing. One summer she takes a job at a halfway house where she finds herself personally affected by the people she meets. Despite facing hostility due to her background, Bettinger becomes determined to teach the youngsters that they are important and can succeed in life. Unfortunately, she faces opposition from her parents and from her supervisor.



Award Year Category Category / Recipient Result
Sundance Film Festival 1987 Grand Jury Prize Dramatic Film / Connie Kaiserman Nominated


  1. ^ "My Little Girl". Retrieved 2021-06-01.

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