The First of May

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"An unwanted boy and a forgotten old lady find running away to join the circus is really coming home."
  • G
  • 1999
  • 1 hr 51 min
  • 6.8  (454)

The First of May is a heartwarming family film that was released in 1999. It tells the story of an unlikely friendship between an elderly carnival worker and a young orphan boy. The film opens with a young boy named Cory (Dan Byrd) who has grown up in an orphanage and has never known the love of a family. He's a mischievous and curious young boy who longs for adventure and a place to call home.

Cory's life takes a turn when he decides to run away from the orphanage and join the carnival that has come to town. It's there that he meets an old carnival worker named Carlotta (Julie Harris). Carlotta is a wise and kind woman who takes Cory under her wing and shows him the ropes of the carnival life.

Cory quickly becomes part of the carnival family and makes friends with the other workers, including a talented clown named Red (Mickey Rooney). Red takes Cory under his wing and teaches him the art of clowning, eventually encouraging him to perform in the carnival.

As Cory becomes more involved in the carnival, he begins to grow attached to the people he meets and begins to see them as his family. However, his happiness is threatened when the orphanage catches up to him and tries to take him back. Cory must decide whether to stay and fight for the family he's found or return to the orphanage and face an uncertain future.

The First of May is a film that is full of heart and soul. The outstanding performances from the talented cast, particularly Julie Harris and Mickey Rooney, bring the characters to life and create a sense of warmth and nostalgia that is rarely seen in modern filmmaking.

The film's message of the importance of family and the sacrifices that individuals make for the ones they love is universal and deeply moving. It's a film that will leave you feeling uplifted and inspired, and it's sure to be a family favorite for years to come.

Overall, The First of May is a beautiful and touching film that is perfect for anyone looking for a heartwarming, family-friendly movie. It's a film that celebrates the importance of family and the connections that we make with the people around us. It's a definite must-see, and it's sure to leave a lasting impression on audiences of all ages.

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    1 hr 51 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (454)