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The First of May

4.5 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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A "First of May" is someone in his first season with a circus. Eleven-year-old Cory (Dan Byrd) is a foster child nobody wants. Carlotta (Academy Award®-nominee Julie Harris) is an elderly woman the world has forgotten. Together, they find friendship and family when they join a traveling circus, and show "what an old has-been and a First of May can do." Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney costars as excitable circus owner, Boss Ed, with Charles Nelson Reilly as the clown who takes Cory under his wing, and Baseball Hall of Famer and 20th century icon Joe DiMaggio in his memorable last screen appearance as kindly stranger who offers Cory baseball tips and encouragement Winner of the Best of Fest award at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, The First of May is that rare family film that will touch viewers of all ages.

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"Enchanting and emotional...runs rings around other family fare." -- Daytona Beach News-Journal

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  • Actors: Joe DiMaggio, Julie Harris, Mickey Rooney, Charles Nelson Reilly, Dan Byrd
  • Directors: Paul Sirmons
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Questar
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2008
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013FCYD2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,026 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The First of May" on IMDb

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By Mr. Sean A. Brown on March 15, 2008
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I just watched this movie on a movie channel in London. Made me laugh and made me cry. This is one of the BEST family movies I have seen in a LONG time. May can't get here soon enough for me to get this movie for my family.
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I watched The First of May for the first time a few years back when it aired on HBO family channel and let me tell you, I just fell in love with this movie. This is one of the greatest family movies I have ever seen and a must have for anyone who enjoys clean fun family movies. I can't say enough about it. I'm so excited about it coming out on dvd and I can't wait to recieve mine. You will love this movie!!!
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I loved this move, as I worked on the Clyde Beatty Cole Bros. Circus in the 60's and later with Ringling Bros. Circus. So watching the set ups, and performance scene's mixed in with a great story line was very enjoyable. However there was one very big disappointment the DVD is not Closed Captioned, or Subtitles. And I am deaf. So it is very hard to follow the story. As far as I know all DVD's and Blue Ray Disks are now Closed Captioned, and Subtitled these days. I think they missed on this one. Other wise if you have good hearing, this is a great family movie.
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I truly love this movie...I watch it with each of my children, and grandchildren & great grand children. They all love it too. Good stars in it..and the little boy is so good in his role. I was adopted, and I have one of my children that is adopted, so I really applaud anything that promotes adoption.
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What a great story! I don't think I can say enough good about it! It had character in a young foster boy. It had the love of a grandmother figure, which the boy needed badly. It had famous people like Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Rooney, who played their parts excellently. The circus, the acts, the clowns, the animals.........were so intertwined that you not only saw circus acts, but life behind the acts and how they lived in their everyday life! As I would say again, this was a must see by people who love heart, character, goodness, and love all rolled up into one package: THE FIRST OF MAY!
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Sitting here alone with my cat, drinking coffee and watching the dreary first day of the new year. I turned on the religious programming channel and was uplifted by a Christian teaching. I was going to switch off the set when, for some reason I switched to the other Christian channel and this Gem was starting. The channel listing was for a 30 min show so I said what the heck, it was still raining. And then it happened.
I was drawn into a wonderful film of drama, humor and the beautiful, uplifting, cleansing, exhilarating catharsis of tasting the joys of the Human Experience!
This was such a jewel of honesty, whimsy and the deep needs of the human Heart that I was literally shocked by such artistry and yet I had never heard of it. Tears and smiles and the rare chance to be one with a story that truly warms the Spirit and the Soul. Actually a miracle, as I was expecting an episode but ended up with a true classic, which I just had to have for my favorites collection! If I could share this with all Mankind, I would in a heartbeat.
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to to cutsey, no kid acts that way in real life, I do not mind tales like the wizard of oz where everything is fantasy but did not like this movie for the total fake with no redeeming morals taught. no lessons to teach the kids As if running away to the circus or taking an old woman out of a nursing home and on the road was a good thing?
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Another good family film. One finds it hard to get good moral family films that touch the heart and teaches at the same time giving the family a time to talk about the film and how it applies to our life! Thanks
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