Little Boy

Little Boy

Blu-ray Disc - 2015
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Little Pepper Busbee enjoys an idyllic life in an American small town, but his world is shattered when his beloved father is sent off to fight in World War II. But a chance encounter with a stage magician awakens his dormant abilities and clues him into the power of faith. Now his devotion to his father will extend past time and space and into the realm of miracles.
Publisher: Universal City, CA :, Universal Studios Home Entertainment,, [2015]
Branch Call Number: BLU LITT
Characteristics: video file,Blu-ray,1080p high definition,rda
digital,optical,stereo,surround,DTS-HD Master audio 5.1,Dolby digital 5.1,Dolby digital 2.0,rda
1 videodisc (107 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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joseph
Sep 05, 2017

Very enjoyable film from historical set designs and costumes of the mid-1940s to the story that reaps with emotional pluses without being preachy. Well done film and highly recommended.

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reiyos
Mar 05, 2017

Devotion of a little boy to his father. Deals well with some difficult topics. And yes, I consider it a family film.

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rubydogvpl
Dec 20, 2016

A score of 30, yes THIRTY, on Metacritic. Need I say more?

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DickyMicky
Dec 19, 2016

Treacly

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Janice21383
Dec 18, 2016

Never mind the nuclear holocaust, daddy's coming home! Actors have troughs as well as peaks in their careers, true, but I had no idea Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, and others had sunk this low. Can't movies like this stick to performers like Kevin James?

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Manuel
Jul 30, 2016

I agree with firefly5. This film has a quote on DVD's the cover: "Bet family film of the year." This is NOT a family film. It is full of bullying, threats , racial slurs and violence, both in the tiny American town and in the archival footage. In my opinion, it is a lie to present it as a "family film."

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firefly5
Jul 05, 2016

I see good reviews, but I don't agree that it was a good movie! Could not stand the racism and bullying! Not my type of movie!

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hammer59
Jun 05, 2016

Surprisingly well done! Strong plot, solid acting---positive message despite dealing with difficult topics such as faith, war, bullying, racism.

Amazingly, 95% of the "investors" (financiers) were Hispanic Americans.

"Little Boy" is one of the finest movies that you never heard of. Hidden GEM for sure. Highly recommended!

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jimg2000
May 28, 2016

Wonderful clever family story that touched on numerous tough topics in the most sensible way, even on racism and the concept of reason vs faith. Don't miss it.

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taviwan
Apr 15, 2016

This is a very good movie. Amazing life. This boy should get an acting award.

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jimg2000
May 28, 2016

Spoiler Alert (read quotes after the movie unless you don't mind spoiler)
Pepper: Father Oliver said God was responsible ... Hashimoto said it was my father's will ...
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Hashimoto: I do believe men can move mountains, Ollie. With dynamite.
Oliver: I believe that what happened to the mountain can't be reduced to a game of chance.
Hashimoto: Much of life is a gamble, Ollie. You're advising a desperate child who's ready to believe anything
that he is told. So tell me, Ollie... what happens when your imaginary friend works in His mysterious ways... and his father dies?
Oliver: Then my "imaginary friend" will also help him through it.
Hashimoto: Tell the kid to stop. If he doesn't, could lose faith in himself. That's what you should be worrying about.

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jimg2000
May 28, 2016

You told the boy that if he waves a magic wand, he can bring his father back. You don't believe that, do you?
Fr. Oliver: Maybe. Maybe not. If it's God's will, yes. He can do anything. He could turn you into a rabbit if He wanted to. Have faith, Hashimoto. You should try it.
Hashimoto: Not again. I do have faith. Faith in oneself. Not in your imaginary friend in the sky. Let's hope this little game of yours doesn't mess with the boy's mind.

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jimg2000
May 28, 2016

Father Crispin: That's the kind of faith that Moses had when he parted the Red Sea... the kind of faith that little David had when he defeated Goliath with a little stone. That's what we need, my friends, in these difficult times. So like Father Oliver used to ask, "What can we do? What can we do for our relatives at war? What can we do if we are here and they are there? And the answer is... if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, we can move a mountain. If we can move a mountain, then nothing will be impossible for us. Not even ending this war... and having our loved ones back.
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Father Oliver: There, it moved.
Pepper: No, you moved it.
Oliver: Yes, because you moved me to move it. See, I moved it because you wanted the bottle to move so much. And that, you could say, is how faith works. At least some of the time.

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green_owl_448
Jan 19, 2016

do you believe you can do this

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green_owl_448
Jan 19, 2016

green_owl_448 thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over

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kkcox
Jan 13, 2016

kkcox thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Janice21383
Dec 20, 2016

Think I'm harsh? This is Alan Scherstul of the Village Voice's summary:

Did you know that there's a new family-audience feature film that implies God nuked Japan because one plucky American moppet dared to dream? That's no exaggeration. In the summer of 1945, the kid stands on a California dock, points his fingers magician-style out at the Pacific horizon, and screams a series of prayerful "Arggggh!"s in his efforts to perform some war-ending miracle. He's trying to move heaven and earth to get his father home from a P.O.W. camp; the movie, confoundingly, intercuts the dad's capture and torture with the son's being tossed by small-town bullies into a dumpster.

The kid prays and arggghs until the filmmakers, gauche and monstrous, cue up a jubilant "This Little Light of Mine" for the payoff to a gag you will have dreaded since learning the film is called Little Boy and that "Little Boy" is its small-fry hero's nickname. One morning his neighbors are dancing in the street, and the headline in the local paper credits "Little Boy" with de facto ending the war. That God, always eager to smite foreign cities if you just believe!

Examinations of faith on film don't have to be noxious. This spring a welcome restoration of René Clément's 1952 jewel Forbidden Games will be hitting screens. That's an honest film about children's faith and trauma in World War II, one about the ways that ritual can help us persevere through loss. But Little Boy is fitted for an era in which finding the faith that might sustain just isn't uplifting enough -- despite the fact that that's the only thing faith can actually do. Instead, the faith of Pepper Busbee (Jakob Salvati) is just another superpower.

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