Summer of the Monkeys (1998)

Genres - Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Family-Oriented Adventure, Animal Picture, Period Film  |   Run Time - 101 min.  |   Countries - Canada, United States  |   MPAA Rating - G
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Synopsis by Bhob Stewart

Michael Anderson directed this Canadian coming-of-age adventure that generates nostalgia for rural America at the turn of the century. Farmer John Lee (Michael Ontkean) and wife Sarah (Leslie Hope) have two children, Jay Berry (Corey Sevier) and crippled Daisy (Katie Stuart). Hoping to buy a pony, Jay Berry works during the summer at the town's general store, run by Gramps (Wilford Bramley). After a train wreck, circus monkeys escape. Jay Berry spots them and sees an opportunity to earn extra money by collecting the reward. But how can he catch them? Shown at the 1998 Toronto Film Festival.




Americana, childhood-adventures, circus, escape, general-store, monkey, small-town, train-disaster