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The Prince of Central Park (1977)

A teenage boy and his younger sister flee from an abusive foster mother into Central Park, where they make their home in a treehouse they find. Along the way, they butt heads against a young hoodlum and befriend a lonely elderly woman.

Director:

Harvey Hart

Writers:

Evan Rhodes (novel), Jeb Rosebrook
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
T.J. Hargrave T.J. Hargrave ... J.J.
Lisa Richards Lisa Richards ... Laurie
Ruth Gordon ... Mrs. Miller
Marc Vahanian ... Elmo
Eda Reiss Merin Eda Reiss Merin ... Alice
Carol Gustafson Carol Gustafson ... Ardis
Jo Flores Chase Jo Flores Chase ... Italian Woman
Estelle Omens Estelle Omens ... The Preacher Lady
Ellin Ruskin Ellin Ruskin ... Tour Guide
Brooke Shields ... Kristin
Dan Hedaya ... Hot Dog Vendor
J. Herbert Kerr Jr. J. Herbert Kerr Jr. ... Security Guard
Bruce Howard Webster Bruce Howard Webster ... Rodney
William Frederick Knight ... Rodney's Father (as William Knight)
Carol Nadell Carol Nadell ... Mother in Cafeteria
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A teenage boy and his younger sister flee from an abusive foster mother into Central Park, where they make their home in a treehouse they find. Along the way, they butt heads against a young hoodlum and befriend a lonely elderly woman.

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Genres:

Drama | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Central Parkin prinssi See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Connections

Remade as Prince of Central Park (2000) See more »

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Great, imaginative childhood drama
11 October 2015 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

I remember watching this film one afternoon in the UK many years ago. I don't know exactly when but I know it was a very long time ago, as in my recollection the lead character J.J. was quite a mature young adult. Having just re-watched it for the first time since then just the other day I was very surprised to discover that he was just a little kid! Clearly I was significantly younger than him when I saw this back then. Anyway, I suppose the important thing is that, despite all the years in between, I actually remembered this one quite well and recalled some scenes pretty clearly. The story is very straightforward and has two orphan kids flee from their uncaring foster home and wind up living in a secret tree house in the middle of New York's Central Park. They soon begin communicating with a lonely elderly woman by way of leaving written messages on a park bench. The intervention of a local mugger brings events out in the open, so to speak.

Revisiting The Prince of Central Park after what must be thirty five years was a very pleasant experience. This was a film made at a time when American TV movies were really rather good. This one is a fine example of a family movie that easily appeals to adults too. Its brother and sister duo make for very appealing central characters. And of course we also have the always brilliant Ruth Gordon, as the woman who befriends them. The story is about love between a brother and sister. It's also about the idea that the children and elderly woman ultimately share similar fears and that some problems are universal. It's very touching and remains a hidden gem of a movie. Someone really needs to give it some kind of release on DVD, as this is one that will always have a certain appeal.


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