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Marvin, a heavy-drinking widower who has seen better days and now ekes out a living at odd jobs, meets Tige, an 11-year-old black boy about to kill himself because his mother has just died.... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Marvin Stewart
Richard Davis
Gibran Brown ...
Tige Jackson
Vanessa Jackson (as Denise Nicholas-Hill)
Brenda Davis
Georgia Allen ...
Carrie Carter
Jerry Penson ...
Charles Darden ...
TV Salesman
May K. Pearce ...
Lou Walker ...
Cab Driver
Rob Harke ...
Danny Nelson ...
Je Nie Fleming ...
Sylvia Davis
Frank Hart ...
Dr. Ross
Tami Dash ...
Shirley Carter


Marvin, a heavy-drinking widower who has seen better days and now ekes out a living at odd jobs, meets Tige, an 11-year-old black boy about to kill himself because his mother has just died. With nowhere else to stay, Tige moves in with Marvin and they develop a close (if sometimes stormy) relationship which is good for both of them. Marvin wants to adopt Tige but knows that he is too poor to give him a good home, as becomes painfully clear when Tige catches pneumonia. Then he discovers who Tige's father is: a rich suburbanite who doesn't even know that Tige exists. Should he, and can he, give up the boy he loves, and who loves him, in favor of a stranger with the right genes and bank balance but who doesn't care? Written by Paul Emmons <>

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The movie's release was delayed due to the prominence of the Atlanta child murder spree in the news at that time. The movie, set in Atlanta and dealing with the relationship between an adult and a child, was deemed too sensitive. See more »


Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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Cassavetes was a powerful actor.
23 November 1998 | by (Oakland, California, USA) – See all my reviews

I had forgotten how powerful an actor Cassavetes was until I stumbled on this film on cable. The movie, of course, is a tear jerker and as such manipulative, but that does not detract from the force of his performance. Watching him remove his coat is an acting lesson. As I watched him, I found myself thinking of Pacino. Too bad they couldn't have done a film together.

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