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Little Children (2006)

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Comedy, Drama, Romance |

Little Children is a American drama film directed by Todd Field. It is based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta, who co-wrote the screenplay with Field. It stars Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Connelly, Jackie Earle Haley, Noah Emmerich, Gregg Edelman, Phyllis Somerville and Will Lyman. The original music score is composed by Thomas Newman. The film screened at the 44th New York Film Festival organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. It earned 3 nominations at the 79th Academy Awards: Best Actress for Winslet, Best Supporting Actor for Haley, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Field and Perrotta.

Sarah Pierce is a hapless, stay-at-home mother in a small suburb of Boston. She had been working on a doctorate in English, but set aside her work to marry Richard, and raise their 3-year-old daughter, Lucy. Her marriage falls apart when she discovers that Richard is addicted to online pornography. Sarah meets Brad Adamson, a law student who brings his 4-year-old son, Aaron, to the park. Brad is married to Kathy, and although their marriage is loving and amicable, it has been lacking intimacy.

When Brad is supposed to be studying for the bar exam, he instead plays on a local football team or sits and watches teenagers skateboard outside his house, fantasizing about being young and carefree again. Brad and Sarah become friendly and, on a dare, kiss in the park, scandalizing the other park parents. They are instantly attracted to each other, but resolve to keep their relationship platonic. One day, several parents panic when they see sex offender Ronnie J. McGorvey, who was recently released from prison, swimming in the pool with the children. After Ronnie is escorted away by the police, it begins to rain.

Director: Todd Field

Writers: Todd Field (screenplay), Tom Perrotta (screenplay & based on the novel by)

Stars: Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Noah Emmerich, Gregg Edelman, Phyllis Somerville

Cast:

Kate WinsletSarah Pierce
Jennifer ConnellyKathy Adamson
Patrick WilsonBrad Adamson
Jackie Earle HaleyRonnie J. McGorvey
Noah EmmerichLarry Hedges
Gregg EdelmanRichard Pierce
Phyllis SomervilleMay McGorvey
Raymond J. BarryBullhorn Bob
Jane AdamsSheila
Ty SimpkinsAaron Adamson
Sadie GoldsteinLucy Pierce
Helen CareyJean
Sarah BuxtonSlutty Kay
Mary B. McCannMary Ann
Trini AlvaradoTheresa
Marsha DietleinCheryl (as Marsha Dietlein Bennett)
Will LymanNarrator
Catherine WolfMarjorie
Thomas GreaneyTroy
Anna AudiaIsabella
Celestial HakimCourtney
Hunter ReidChristian
Chadwick BrownTony Correnti
Phil McGlastonDewayne Rogers
Bruce KirkpatrickBart Williams
Adam MucciRichie Murphy
Chance KellyPete Olaffson
Rebecca SchullLaurel
Crystal FieldJosephine
Lola PashalinskiBridget
Walker Ryan‘G’
David ColeSkateboarder 2
Weston ElrodSkateboarder 3
Erica FaeRichard’s Secretary (as Erica Berg)
Leo TrombettaFrank
Christopher Nicholas SmithSteak House Waiter
Adam SietzLarge Man
Tom PerrottaSmall Man
Stan CarpCabbie
Sandra BerriosKind Woman in Hospital
Ivar BroggerICU Counselor
Myra TurleyICU Nurse
David RowdenTow Yard Attendant (as David Rowdon)
Paul MottBoy in Kathy’s Documentary
Margaret PaceEMT
Beatrice RigaudConcerned Mom at Pool #1
Mary GogginConcerned Mom at Pool #2
Jillian LindigConcerned Mom at Pool #3
William Harvey1st Policeman at Pool
Casper Andreas2nd Policeman at Pool
Matt GarifoLifeguard
Brooke FazioSnack Girl
Monica DobsonWading Pool Mom
Ken TiradoBartender
Carlie LaPortaChild at Steakhouse
Cody RubensteinChild at Steakhouse
Joe GuestTed from Richard’s Office (as Joe C. Guest)
Bruce Lee GrossRay from Next Door (as Bruce Gross)
Patrick LarkinAuditor Team Captain
Michael DieselPolice Officer at McGorvey’s
Jennifer RainvilleReporter – “Channel 5 News” Segment
Gary Anthony RamsayOff-Screen Anchor – “Channel 5 News” Segment (voice)
Patricia A. GangemiConcerned Parent #1 – “Channel 5 News” Segment
Cynthia L. WieseConcerned Parent #2 – “Channel 5 News” Segment
Loren WieseConcerned Parent #3 – “Channel 5 News” Segment
Clare F. MitchellConcerned Parent #4 – “Channel 5 News” Segment
Leon VitaliOddly Familiar Man
Conrad Angel CorralSlutty Kay Fan Club Member
Darrell GeerSlutty Kay Fan Club Member (as Darrell E. Geer)
Gil Ira HayesSlutty Kay Fan Club Member
Mark A. PierceSlutty Kay Fan Club Member
Marshall LefcourtSlutty Kay Fan Club Member
John BegleyBackground Football Player
Mike GanimBackground Football Player
Travis KoestlerSkateboarder
Daniel FallaSkateboarder
Luis TolentinoSkateboarder
Tugman TookmanlianSkateboarder
Heidi AlbertsenModel (uncredited)
Deanna DysVanity Fair Pool Girl (uncredited)
Ashley FungGirl at the Pool (uncredited)
Kevin FungBoy at the Pool (uncredited)
Jennifer ScottConcerned Mom at Pool #5 (uncredited)
Callie ThompsonLittle Girl at Pool (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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