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Little Secrets (2001)

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Emily Lindstrom, 14, is an aspiring concert violinist; she's spending the summer practicing for a big audition while her girlfriends are at camp. She's also got a thriving neighborhood ... See full summary »


Blair Treu
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Evan Rachel Wood ... Emily Lindstrom
Michael Angarano ... Philip
David Gallagher ... David
Vivica A. Fox ... Pauline
Jan Broberg ... Caroline Lindstrom (as Jan Broberg Felt)
Rick Macy ... Eddie
Paul Kiernan ... Don
Tayva Patch Tayva Patch ... Elaine
Danielle C. Ryan ... Lea (as Danielle Chuchran)
Caitlin E.J. Meyer ... Isabelle (as Caitlin Meyer)
Micah Schow Micah Schow ... Gregory
Landon Kunzelman Landon Kunzelman ... Mikey
RuDee Sade ... Laurel (as RuDee Lipscomb)
Haley McCormick Haley McCormick ... Jenny
Wayne Brennan Wayne Brennan ... Gump's Salesman
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Emily Lindstrom, 14, is an aspiring concert violinist; she's spending the summer practicing for a big audition while her girlfriends are at camp. She's also got a thriving neighborhood business: for 50 cents, she'll keep your secret. Her mother is very pregnant, and her parents seem more concerned about the new baby than anything Emily cares about. A new family moves in next door; their son, Philip, 12, becomes Emily's friend. Eventually, the weight of Emily's secrets - her own, the ones she's keeping professionally, and a secret Philip tells her, send her life temporarily crashing down. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Family | Music

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Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


In Isabelle's bedroom, you can see *NSYNC, No Doubt, Stone Temple Pilots, blink-182, and Britney Spears posters on the wall. See more »


When Philip and Emily are eating pizza, Emily is having some sort of vegetable pizza in her close-up shot but Hawaiian pizza in other shots. See more »


David: [to Emily] I would've told you eventually. Because, if you want to be close to someone, you can't keep secrets from them.
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Alternate Versions

A scene was deleted featuring Emily and Philip bribing the security guard explaining how Emily and Philip got into the concert hall. See more »


Referenced in You're So Cupid! (2010) See more »


Three Tools
Written by Sam Cardon
and Kurt Bestor
Published by Treble V Music
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Very cute movie; fun for the whole family
16 April 2003 | by ArizWldcatSee all my reviews

We rented the DVD of this movie the other night, and my daughters and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Those who were hard on the violin faking are being slightly ridiculous, in my humble opinion. I have been playing the violin for 30 years, and in those years I've seen some truly HORRIBLE fake violin "playing" on TV and in movies...for example, Michael Landon as "Pa" in Little House on the Prairie didn't even BOTHER to put the bow on the strings...now HIS faking was laughable. The other night as we watched "Pride and Prejudice" (the A&E version), it was quite noticable that the string quartet was faking, and badly. They could at least attempt to put their bows on their strings! At least Ms. Wood held the violin correctly and moved her fingers sort of close to the rhythms being played. I thought she was one of the better fakers I've seen. According to the commentary on the DVD, she learned all of this by simply watching professional violinists on a tape the director gave her. I have been teaching my own daughter to play, and after two months, she still struggles to hold the bow and the violin correctly. It takes a lot of practice! I applaud Ms. Wood's efforts. Vivica A. Fox, on the other hand, could have used a little of the same kind of practice. But truly, the fake fiddling didn't detract from the story for me at all. They played some very lovely music, and overall, the soundtrack was simply delightful.

The plot of the movie was sweet and quite touching. The child actors were all top notch (particularly Ms Wood, David Angarro, and David Gallagher. I get so tired of seeing movies in which we are subjected to much too "real" situations that some children find themselves in...drug problems, divorce, etc. I found it refreshing that these children lived in a normal neighborhood as MOST Americans do. Sure, bad things happen to kids occasionally, but to dwell on the dark side of life is depressing, and not at all entertaining. This is a kid's movie (actually it's a family movie) and I appreciated that it was sweet and charming. I highly recommend it.

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Release Date:

23 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Secret Keeper See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$191,747, 25 August 2002

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Dolby Digital | SDDS


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