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USA & UK: Twentieth Century Fox
Cast: Josh Hutcherson, Charlie Ray, Bradley Whitford, Cynthia Nixon, Willie Garson, Tonye Patano, J Kyle Manzay, Josh Pais, Josh Dossett, Talia Balsam, Jonah Meyerson, Michael Anthony Bush, Brian W Aguiar, Nick Cubbler, Anthony Laflamme, Neil Jay Shastri, Leigha Nicoloro, Juliette Nicoloro, Mike Chat, Loston Harris, Doug Wright, Olga Pavlova, Shane Rhoades, Caitlin McCall, Robert Belk, Franny Flackett-Levin, Aaron Grady Shaw, Jacob Levine, Ray Robertson, Christopher Wynkoop, Marsha Dietlein Bennett, Timothy Adams, Jess Weixler, Paul Borghese, Sal Darigo, George Riddle, Calvin Brown, Lynn Chen, Hasani Houston, Connor Hutcherson, The Smokin' Section, Chris Berger, Quincy Davis, Marcus Parsley, Linda Thompson Williams, Alex Trebek
Director: Mark Levin
USA: 84 mins
UK: 91 mins
USA Rated: PG for mild thematic elements, language and brief action
UK Certificate: PG contains mild language
USA Release Date: 30 September 2005 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 7 July 2006
New York City is the most romantic place in the world - especially when you're falling in love for the first time. LITTLE MANHATTAN is a romantic comedy about life, the Big Apple - and that mysterious, maddening and wonderful phenomenon known as "first love."
Nothing is as big as your first love. Everybody knows or remembers what it's like to experience the strange, new feelings that accompany first love, which can lead to confusion, rapturous joy and, sometimes, heartbreak.
Gabe Burton is no exception.
Gabe (Josh Hutcherson) is an 11 year-old fifth grader, living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his father (Bradley Whitford) and mother (Cynthia Nixon). Gabe's parents have been separated for a year and a half but still share the apartment. Gabe considers New York to be his city - well, at least the 10 square blocks that surround his home.
Gabe is happy hanging out with his three best friends, playing basketball in the schoolyard and scooting around the neighborhood. He has no time for or interest in girls. But when Gabe joins a karate class and is partnered with Rosemary Telesco (Charlie Ray), whom he's known since nursery school, everything changes. Gabe is smitten with Rosemary, even if he doesn't understand the feelings that are both thrilling and tormenting him.
And so Gabe begins his bumpy road to first love. When Rosemary reveals she is leaving soon for summer camp and - even worse! - may be attending private school next year, Gabe is stunned. With the stakes never higher (at least in his first decade), he must take action to keep his first love - all in a wonderful, magical world known as the Upper West Side.
LITTLE MANHATTAN is a true labor of love for director Mark Levin and screenwriter Jennifer Flackett. Following a decade as a successful writing team for film and television, Levin and Flackett, who are husband and wife, decided they were ready to direct their first feature film.