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Tracy Cross
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Joe
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David Arnott ...
Chris Cross
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John Cross
J.C. Quinn ...
Jetty
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Louis
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Blacky
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Oakley (as Cathryn dePrume)
Nada Despotovich ...
Kelly
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Blondie
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Shelly
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Monica (as Anna Levine Thompson)
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Snyder
Christy Martin ...
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Set in 1969, a twelve-year-old grows up in Key West with his mother, who is paying the bills by stripping at the local topless bar. The boy finds out about her activities and tries to convince her to stop, to no avail. A local restaurant owner hires him to collect fish from a boat out in the bay, and the boy discovers that the restaurant owner is using the fish to bring drugs in to shore. He steals one load and goes about selling it so his mother can afford to quit her job. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Rated R for language and drug-related scenes, and for brief but strong sensuality | See all certifications »
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8 May 1992 (USA)  »

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Criss Cross  »

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$3,052,738 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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The monastery visited in the film is popularly called "The Ancient Spanish Monastery" and is situated in North Miami FL. It was built in Spain, 1133-1141, as "The Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux ". It was purchased in 1925 by William Randolph Hearst, disassembled, and shipped to the US in 11,000 crated pieces. It was eventually reassembled in North Miami by subsequent owners. See more »

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On a still July day, the voice of a Common Loon on its Minnesota lake is heard way down in Florida. See more »

Quotes

Chris Cross: How come you don't got somebody? Aren't you lonely?
Emmett: Yeah, sure. The only thing worse than being lonely with yourself is to be lonely with someone.
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References Dark Shadows (1966) See more »

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Oh Well
Written by Peter Green
Performed by Fleetwood Mac
Playing on the radio (in early part of movie) while J.C. Quinn and Steve Buscemi are cooking in the kitchen at the hotel/Eden House
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A pleasant little diversion.
22 November 2002 | by (Shropshire, England) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies where the user rating seems strangely out of step with the comments on it. With one, barely worth the mention, exception, all those who have commented liked the film. I too found it a very pleasant diversion and a film that I have happily watched several times.

To my way of thinking young David Arnott does a terrific job and is absolutely charming. He plays Chris, a completely innocent kid who gets on the wrong side of the law, when he sees an opportunity to get enough cash to rescue his mother, Goldie Horn, from her new job as a stripper. It is a big ask to take a 12-year old lad with no acting experience to play what amounts to the lead in a movie and to narrate it too. It is also asking a lot for him to have to be filmed briefly in the buff in one scene. If he had a problem or two, it is hardly surprising. Nevertheless, it is his innocent charm which carries the film. There is also a nice chemistry between David Arnott and Goldie Horn.

I sincerely hope that this was not another case of the critics massacring a movie and with it a promising kid's career.


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