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The Prince of Central Park (1977 film)

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The Prince of Central Park is a 1977 made for television movie starring T. J. Hargrave, Lisa Richards and Ruth Gordon, and featuring Brooke Shields.

It was directed by Harvey Hart.[1], based on the novel The Prince of Central Park by Evan Rhodes[2]

The Prince of Central Park
Directed byHarvey Hart
Produced byPhilip Capice Harvey Hart
Written byEvan Rhodes Jeb Rosebrook
StarringT. J. Hargrave

Lisa Richards

Ruth Gordon

Marc Vahanian

Brooke Shields
Music byArthur B. Rubinstein
CinematographyVictor J. Kemper
Edited byHerbert H. Dow Marjorie Fowler
Lorimar Productions
Distributed byLorimar
Running time
76 minutes

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The movie tells the story of 12 year old J.J. and his younger sister Laurie, who in the aftermath of the death of their parents escape an abusive foster mother and find refuge in an abandoned tree house in Central Park.

While relying on their own wits to survive and and displaying a childlike but mature sibling companionship, they adopt a stray dog ‘Shadow’, make their new fort home safe and comfortable, dubbing themselves the Prince and Princess of Central Park.

Hesitantly they befriend a lonely old lady, Mrs Miller, joining together to fight against lurking evil in the form of delinquent teenage mugger Elmo.


  • T. J. Hargrave as J.J.
  • Lisa Richards as Laurie
  • Ruth Gordon as Mrs Miller
  • Marc Vahanian as Elmo
  • Brook Shields as Kristin



  1. Roberts, Jerry (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors. The Scarecrow Press, Inc. p. 237. ISBN 978-0810861381. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. Goble, Alan (1999). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. De Gruyter Saur. p. 388. ISBN 978-3598114922. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. Shales, Tom (17 June 1977). "Prince Of Central Park': A Joy". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2 August 2021.

External links[edit]

Category:1977 movies Category:Movies based on novels Category:Movies set in New York City

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