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In MacArthur Park (1976)

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This is the story of a Mojave from the reservation struggling to make a living and support his family. He ends up in L.A. trying unsuccessfully to find a job. Finally, in desperation, he ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Adam Silver ...
Triam Lee
James Espinoza ...
Ricky
Marcy Eudal ...
Ginny
Anna Shorter ...
Yolanda (Girl in Bus Station)
Pete Homer ...
Triam's Wife's Uncle (as Pete Homer Sr.)
Doug Laffoon ...
Triam's Son (as Douglas Laffoon Jr.)
Anita Noble ...
Triam's wife
Dianne Haak-Edson ...
Charlene (as Dianne Haak)
Mary Bonner ...
Ondine
Robert Oram ...
Mr. Cooper (as Bob Oram)
Rosemary Sullivan ...
Mrs. Cooper
Bill Hartz ...
Policeman 1
Jerry Perez ...
Policeman 2
Eric Holmes ...
Hotel Manager
Garnett Hargrove ...
Plumber
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This is the story of a Mojave from the reservation struggling to make a living and support his family. He ends up in L.A. trying unsuccessfully to find a job. Finally, in desperation, he attempts a mugging. In the emotion of the moment, he stabs and kills the victim. He struggles to deal with this crime and keep away from the police. Unfortunately for him, there was an eyewitness to the crime. Written by poco loco

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The story of a man who fell through the cracks.
7 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The director, Bruce R. Schwartz, aptly describes this movie as the story of a man who fell through the cracks. The character Triam Lee has had to leave the reservation along the Colorado River because a dam has eliminated the fish his family depends on for food. Parker, Arizona has no available jobs, either.

Triam settles in Los Angeles, but cannot find a job in the dreary urban area he can afford. The story is based on an improv done in one of Bruce R. Schwartz's acting classes. The class project featured on of his students, Adam Silver. The improv went over so well, that Schwartz decided to make a feature length film. He based the main character's background on Adam Silver's real origins. The man who plays Silver's father was the actual Tribal Chairman for the Mojave tribe.

The film is done in a documentary /cinéma vérité/guerrilla filmaking style. It is very simply presented. It is no masterpiece, but it does provide a glimpse into the lives of some very desperate people in a land of plenty.

On a trivia note, the film is about a stabbing in MacArthur Park. While they were filming in the park, an actual stabbing took place within 150 feet of the actors.

Phil Konstantin


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