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Small Time (1990)

 -  Drama | Crime  -  8 November 1991 (USA)
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A supremely realistic film of repression in the inter-city ghetto.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Barboza ...
Vince
Carolyn Kinebrew ...
Vicky
Scott Ferguson ...
Mike
Keith Allen ...
Peppy
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Police Lt. Callaway (as Robert F. Amico)
James Campia S. Williams ...
Woman who Fights Back
Kim Anderson ...
Woman On Street (as Kim "Scruffy" Anderson)
Brana Barnard ...
Woman Mugged at Bus Stop
Deborah Bickel ...
Woman on Subway Platform
Kristin Blessin ...
Waitress
Jerome Brenner ...
Police Captain
Lobell Brown ...
Corpse
William Bunche ...
Prisoner
Joseph Carl ...
Carl
Julie Chibbaro ...
Prostitute
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A supremely realistic film of repression in the inter-city ghetto.

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Break Up To Make Up
Gladys Stackhouse
Originally recorded by The Stylistics
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Guidebook to the life of a street mugger
23 January 2007 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

This is a rather stylized representation of a day in the life of a New York street mugger which blends the dialog and timing of a stage play with monochrome art film cuts to give an overview in several chapters of how a Small Time thug's routine escalates to the almost inevitable conclusion of murder. Early scenes of his home life show him almost relating to his mother and two half-siblings, all of whom rely on his street skills to keep them fed. Later he meets up with his work friends who pass the time between muggings by practicing their rap routines. Most of the film's running time is devoted to his pattern of stalking likely victims--usually older women--on the sidewalks and in the subways of New York. When the opportunity arises, he allows himself to be taken home for gay sex, but his anger always suggests a violent conclusion. By the time the hand gun appears, the conclusion is obvious, but the reasoning remains unclear. Vince is not an antihero, nor even a tragic victim, and why such a character rates his own movie is a question without an answer.


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