The First of May | Chicago Reader

The First of May

This 1999 adventure yarn has its heart in the right place: what young boy and his grandmotherly friend wouldn't want to run away from their dreadfully ordinary lives and join the circus? Foster child Cory (Dan Byrd) and Carlotta (Julie Harris), the well-to-do resident of a nursing home, travel from town to town hamming it up in playful disguises. Paul Sirmons's film, which also deals gently with rejection and death, has the subdued look and amiable feel of a cable project. Harris has a jolly good time playing the grande dame; with cameos from Mickey Rooney, Charles Nelson Reilly, and Joe DiMaggio.

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