Now for the first time on television - February 23rd at 7PM EST on Nickelodeon. Starring Mike Angarano as Maniac Magee, Kyla Pratt as Amanda, Rip Torn as George McNab, Jada Pinkett Smith as Mrs. Bealle, Orlando Brown as Mars Bar and Garrett Morris as Mr. Cobbell. Directed by Bob Clark. He wasn't born with the name Maniac Magee. He came into this world named Jeffrey Lionel Magee, but when his parents died and his life changed, so did his name. And Maniac Magee became a legend. Even today kids talk about how fast he could run; about how he hit an inside-the-park "frog" homer; how no knot, no matter how snarled, would stay that way once he began to untie it. But the thing Mania Magee is best known for is what he did for the kids from the East Side and those from the West Side. He was special all right, and this is his story, and it's a story that is very careful not to let the facts get mixed up with the turth.