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Maniac Magee (2003)

An extordinary orphan boy changes the lives of a variety of people as he searches for a home.

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Credited cast:
... Maniac (Jeffrey Lionel) Magee
... Dottie Freeze
... Mars Bar
Caylen Clark ... Maniac's Mother
... Jump Rope Girl
Brandon de Paul ... Russell McNab (as Brandon Depaul)
... Bump Gilliam
Isaiah Griffin ... Piper McNabb
... Big John McNabb
... Mr. Magee
... Mr. Beale
Tommy Leavy ... Baseball Player
... Mr. Cobble
... Narrator
... Amanda Beale
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Jeffrey "Maniac" Magee was orphaned as a baby, but nothing gets him down. He comes to a small town which, although divided by racism, is populated by colorful/comical characters. As he searches for his place in the world, Maniac changes the people around him, espcially the other children. With his amazing athletic abilities and good, almost unbelievable deeds, his name becomes legend and with this new status he will try to unite the town. Written by Max Vaughn

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23 February 2003 (USA)  »

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The character Grayson is a big character in the second act of the book but is not present in the movie See more »

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Maniac Magee: They don't call me "Maniac" for nothing!
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Loved the book, hated the movie.
16 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

I adored this book as a kid. I also grew up in the town Twin Mills is based on (Jerry Spinelli's hometown, Norristown, Pa.) and I can guarantee you that the people who made the movie have never been to Norristown. They probably didn't even read the book.

It was much, much too happy and shiny with no sense of its story or setting. Norristown is a bleak town divided by racial tensions; the story of Maniac is one boy making a difference. The movie is a trite little piece of shiny Nickelodeon crap.

All in all, I can't recommend avoiding this movie enough. Just read the book to your kids, and while you're at it, read Dump Days, an excellent companion.


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