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Little Boy (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, War | 24 April 2015 (USA)
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An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jakob Salvati ... Pepper Flynt Busbee / Little Boy
Emily Watson ... Emma Busbee
David Henrie ... London Busbee
Michael Rapaport ... James Busbee
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Hashimoto
Tom Wilkinson ... Fr. Oliver
Ben Chaplin ... Ben Eagle
Ted Levine ... Sam
Kevin James ... Dr. Fox
Ali Landry Monteverde ... Ava (as Ali Landry)
Abraham Benrubi ... Teacup
Eduardo Verástegui ... Fr. Crispin
Aaron Leddick ... Red Cross Soldier
Americus Abesamis Americus Abesamis ... Giant Tokyo Joe
Andy Geller Andy Geller ... Dr. Foley (as Andrew Geller)
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Storyline

Little Pepper Busbee (Jakob Salvati) enjoys an idyllic life in an American small town, but his world is shattered when his beloved father (Michael Rapaport) is sent off to fight in World War II. But a chance encounter with a stage magician (Ben Chaplin) awakens his dormant abilities and clues him into the power of faith. Now his devotion to his father will extend past time and space and into the realm of miracles..

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Believe the impossible

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic material and violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El gran pequeño See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,750,356, 26 April 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,420,319, 7 June 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kevin James met Eduardo Verástegui during the filming of this movie. The two got along so well that James wrote a character in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) specifically for Verástegui. See more »

Goofs

The Army bus that takes James Busbee away to boot camp is a Crown Coach Co. bus built in the mid 1970s. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ben Eagle Narrator: [narrating] This is O'Hare, California. Back then it was nothing more than a sleepy fishing village, with a hill at the end of Main Street. Like you see in postcards. My story takes place on the home front, in the midst of World War II. That's me, the little fella.
Photographer: [motioning to the youngest]
Little Boy: Closer?
Freddy Fox: [ribbing him] Stop causing trouble, you midget.
Ben Eagle Narrator: Nobody in that town liked me much.
Photographer: One, two, three.
[flash]
Ben Eagle Narrator: I was eight years old. But the story really starts the day I met my dad. My only...
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Connections

References The Grapes of Wrath (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

This Little Heart of Mine
Arranged and Performed by R.T. Valine (ASCAP)
Used by Permission
(p) 2015 Little Boy Production, LLC, under exclusive license to Milan Entertainment Inc.
(p) R.T. Valine
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A little less than what they expected
2 May 2015 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

I expected the movie to pull all the right strings and hit all the right buttons to make me laugh in the right places and get me teary in all the right places, but it did not do it for me. It just did not click like that.

I did not find the little boy who played Little Boy all the appealing, just winning and not inspiring. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, I did find appealing. I liked his character, the Japanese man living In a small town during World War 2 was worth watching.

I like how the story played out as the town folks hated his presence, and the relationship between him and the Priest of the town, played by Tom Wilkerson.

Also like Kevin James, who had a small part as Dr. Fox who attempts to weasel his way into a war widow's life. Although I just like Kevin James in general so that helps

Michael Rapport's small but important part as Little Boy's father a drafted solder who becomes a prisoner of war.

The movie had some lightly dark moments about a kid dealing with his father fighting overseas that is very relatable, but I really feel the movie suffers cause I found the little boy uninteresting, especially compared to the more seasoned actors around him.

He's cute but that was not enough to watch for 2 hours


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