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)
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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 last film that producer Steven Seagal and Julius R. Nasso worked together and their production company "Seagal/Nasso Productions" broke apart. See more »


Remake of The Prince of Central Park (1977) See more »


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Wonderful Kid's Movie
24 July 2000 | by (Ghent, Belgium) – See all my reviews

A young boy flees the clutches of his foster-mother and decides to take up residence in Central Park. There he meets a few people that will help him to shape his future: a bully, The Guardian (a witty Harvey Keitel) and a couple with needs of there own (Aielo and Turner). This movie has some surreal undertones and can count on a very strong cast to make the story not too sentimental.

A real treat for children of all ages.

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