A young man tries to escape the South Side of 1920s Chicago.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Knight ...
Kenny Killarney
Venetia Stevenson ...
Robert Casper ...
Patrick Lonigan
Katherine Squire ...
Helen Westcott ...
Miss Julia Miller
Kathy Johnson ...
Frances Lonigan
Charlie the Greek
Suzi Carnell ...
Madame Spivy ...
Mother Josephine (as Mme. Spivy)
Jim Drum ...
Jim Doyle


A young man tries to escape the South Side of 1920s Chicago.

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Blue Jeans 1920  »

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Father Gilhooey: I haven't seen you in quite some time. I think the last time was at Paulie Haggerty's funeral. You were drinking with Paulie the night he was killed. You were drinking with Weary the night he raped the girl. Has it ever occurred to you, William, that under the influence of alcohol you could have been Weary, or Paulie? God spared you, William. And now you're afraid he won't spare you again.
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Incredibly Realistic!
13 March 2003 | by (Long Island, NY) – See all my reviews

adopted from the novel, this movie is one of the best movies EVER! christopher knight plays the misguided teen through a tough life in chicago. i saw this movie to see frank gorshin in his early career and i've never regretted it! the story really makes you think and if you're looking for good actors this is the movie to see! the cast was really in tune with their characters which made the movie really real. a superb film with an excellent cast and a great story!

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