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Max
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Tim
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Ruby
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Collins
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Tony
Pat McNamara ...
Daggett
Josephine Nichols ...
Bag Lady in Ladies' Rm.
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In an effort to understand the plight of homeless women living on the streets, young social worker, Carrie Lange (Daphne Zuniga) attempts befriending a homeless woman named Florabelle ('Lucille Ball'). Florabelle believes Carrie is runaway and tells her to go to the homeless shelter for help. Carrie stops another woman from stealing Florabelle's cart and gains her dubious trust. So begins Carrie's education in survival on the streets of Manhattan. Florabelle begins to teach Carrie street survival skills such as when threatened act crazy-the crazier the better, drinking vinegar to toughen the feet and innards, which garbage cans are good to go through for food, and where to find places to sleep and for warmth. This movie makes an effort to investigate the plight of the homeless and what avenues can be taken to help them to help themselves. Written by tonileigh58@yahoo.com

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Ein Bett aus Asphalt  »

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For this movie which is set in the winter, Lucille Ball had to wear several layers of heavy clothes and as a result had to be hospitalized for dehydration. At this time her doctors also informed her that she was allergic to cigarettes, which she had been smoking for 56 years. See more »

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A grocery bag from "Publix" is clearly visible in Florabelle's cart. There is not now, nor has there ever been a Publix store in or around New York. See more »

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Florabelle: New York City water... the best water in the country... what'd you think?
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What a performance!!
30 April 2003 | by (Watertown, TN) – See all my reviews

I love this movie!! Lucy put her all in it, even sacrificing her health, and brought up a problem she correctly felt our society needs to address, more. I sure would like to see it on tv, again, and be able to find it on VHS! This is a 'must-see' movie for all, so PLEASE help get it aired!


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