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Prince of Central Park (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  25 December 2000 (Brazil)
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A young boy sets out to find his mother. After setting up camp in Central Park, he encounters a group of people even needier than himself.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Cairn
Noah Cairn
Mrs. Ardis
Frank Nasso ...
JJ Somerled (as Frankie Nasso)
The Guardian
Rosa Sanchez (as Lauren Velez)
Mtume Gant ...
Annalisse Somerled
Sophia's Mom
Francesco Vittorio ...
Young JJ
Michael P. Moran ...
Security Guard (as Michael Moran)
Stephanie Berry ...
School Principal
Frank Anthony ...
Carousel Operator


JJ's life has been miserable ever since his ill mother had to give him up. The only two good things he has are his best friend Sophia and his wonderful talent for music. Determined to know what happened to his mom, the young man escapes from his foster mother, a woman who encourages her charges to steal and bully. Following his memories, he takes shelter in Central Park. JJ becomes the new protégé of the Guardian, a homeless eccentric and self-appointed King of Central Park who promises to protect the boy and offers him the companionship of a dog called Mutt in exchange for food. Also, JJ's path crosses with Rebecca Cairn, another eccentric who lives in a brownstone overlooking the park. She takes particular interest in him, as does her estranged husband Noah Cairn who is always rescuing Rebecca when she grows depressed. JJ tries to shake off the help of these characters, thinking that his life would be better on his own. However, JJ's foster mother is looking for him, making his ... Written by Max Vaughn

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Rated PG-13 for some violence | See all certifications »




Release Date:

25 December 2000 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

O Príncipe de Central Park  »

Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,810 (USA) (22 September 2000)


$5,810 (USA) (22 September 2000)

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The final theatrical film appearance of Jerry Orbach. See more »


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4 July 2002 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

I like the semi-eccentric guardian. He is like the father JJ never had. I like JJ's relationship with Sophie, it's was pure; full of love and care for each other, what every romance should be. I like the scene where he knocked the abusive woman unconscious and then placed an iguana there, that really was a good idea. I like the fact Rebecca let go of her son, and learned to love JJ as his own person, not a body to fill a void. I especially like the fact Noah loved "Reb" so fully, that he saw it enough reason to love JJ as his own. It is a beautiful and timeless story of love, if you can get past the human tendency to be critical of anything dispensed to a mass of people. Though I may not be the most eloquent or know much of film directing, I do know movies are made mainly for entertainment, enlightenment, or tradition. I believe a film only needs to leave a person a little more fulfilled than when they first saw in order to be worthy of viewing, and I am more fulfilled every time I watch it.

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