Maniac Magee
Directed by: Bob Clark
Produced by: Michael Nolin
Jack Zurla
Mark Zaslove
Written by: Jerry Spinelli
Michael Nolin
Jack Zurla
Mark Zaslove
Cinematography: Marshall Adams
Release date: February 23, 2003
Running time: 68 minutes
Film rating: 50px-TV-Y7 icon.svg
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Maniac Magee is a television film made for the Nickelodeon network, based on the novel of the same name by Jerry Spinelli. The story follows twelve-year-old Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee, an orphaned runaway with many extraordinary and athletic talents, who arrives in a town divided with racial conflict. The film was broadcast on Nickelodeon on February 23, 2003.[1]


  • Michael Angarano as Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac Magee" Magee
  • Kyla Pratt as Amanda Beale
  • Orlando Brown as Mars Bar Thompson
  • Rip Torn as George McNab
  • Adam Hendershott as Big John McNab
  • Jada Pinkett Smith as the Narrator and adult Amanda Beale
  • Shan Elliot as Bump Gilliam
  • Melissa Bickerton as Dottie Freeze
  • Brandon de Paul as Russell McNab
  • Isaiah Griffin as Piper McNab
  • Rolonda Watts as Martha Beale
  • Richard Lawson as Mr. Beale

Differences from the book

  • Some of the book is cut including when Mars Bar has a conversation with Maniac
  • In the book, it ends with Amanda retrieving Jeffrey and telling him to be a permanent resident of the Beale family.
  • In the book, Earl Grayson is a big part and character. In the movie, there is no part or appearance of Grayson.
  • In the book, Jeffrey's aunt and uncle fought so much that Jeffrey decided to run away.


Maniac Magee Movie

Maniac Magee Movie


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