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Little Manhattan (2005)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Romance  |  5 January 2006 (Puerto Rico)
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Reviews: 71 user | 38 critic | 10 from Metacritic.com

A 10-year-old and an 11-year-old find love in New York City.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
J. Kyle Manzay ...
Master Coles
Mickey Telesco
Jackie Telesco
Michael Bush ...
Max (as Michael Anthony Bush)
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Nick Cubbler ...
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In Manhattan, 10-year-old Gabe finds his first love when he meets his former kindergarten mate, eleven-year-old Rosemary, in his karate classes. Confused with his new feelings and with the divorce process of his beloved parents, Leslie and Adam, he experiences the delightful unknown sensation of being in love for the first time. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Nothing's as big as your first love. See more »


Comedy | Family | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements, language and brief action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 January 2006 (Puerto Rico)  »

Also Known As:

A Magia do Primeiro Amor  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$36,397 (USA) (30 September 2005)


$384,924 (USA) (16 December 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Charlie Ray grew so much during the shoot that, in some scenes, Josh Hutcherson had to stand on crates to keep their height differences constant in the film. See more »


When Gabe and Rosemary are trying to make a date, Rosemary says she cannot meet Sunday morning because she is studying for the ERBs to get into Private School. In order to get into the New York private schools you have to take the ISEEs not the ERBs. See more »


Gabe: Love is an ugly, terrible business practiced by fools. It'll trample your heart and leave you bleeding on the floor. And what does it really get you in the end? Nothing but a few incredible memories that you can't ever shake. The truth is, there's gonna be other girls out there. I mean, I hope. But I'm never gonna get another first love. That one is always gonna be her.
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References The Karate Kid (1984) See more »


The Very Thought Of You
Written by Ray Noble
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Cutest movie I've ever seen!
30 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the cutest movies I've ever seen in my life! The movie is light-hearted and incredibly sweet. It tells the story of an adorable 10-year-old boy named Gabe whose parents are divorcing, but under New York law they must remain living together until the divorce is final. (This creates a small problem, as you can probably imagine.) Gabe becomes infatuated with Rosemary, a girl in his karate class he knew as a kindergärtner. They begin to practice karate together and Gabe's like for her blooms into love. I won't spoil anything but Josh Hutcherson is SO sweet narrating the movie, which melted my heart. Charlie Ray is one of the prettiest little girls I've ever seen! It's one of my all-time favorites and a great movie to see as a family. Let me tell you now that the presence of New York City (of which I was born and raised) is the backbone of the movie, having many beautiful scenes along the river and in Central Park. That's almost as good as Gabe's imaginations of karate gurus- you'll have to see it to know what I mean!

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