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The First of May


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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 a 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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111 minutes