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Where the Day Takes You -- This gripping drama examines the lives of homeless runaway teenagers struggling to survive on the streets of Hollywood. Drugs, prostitution and violence are daily fare, but these youngsters pull together and form a new family -- replacing the unbearable homes they've fled. Featuring a fine ensemble cast of today's best young performers, WHERE THE DAY TAKES YOU is both relevant and compelling; a...


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Release Date:
11 September 1992 (USA) See more »
No parents. No rules.
A group of teen-age runaways try to survive in the streets of Los Angeles. Drugs, prostitution, violence... See more » | Add synopsis »
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unsettling study of street kids See more (31 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Laura San Giacomo ... The Interviewer

Dermot Mulroney ... King

Robert Knepper ... Rock Singer

Sean Astin ... Greg

Balthazar Getty ... Little J

Will Smith ... Manny

James Le Gros ... Crasher (as James LeGros)

Ricki Lake ... Brenda

Lara Flynn Boyle ... Heather

Peter Dobson ... Tommy Ray

Kyle MacLachlan ... Ted

Nancy McKeon ... Vikki

Adam Baldwin ... Officer Black

Rachel Ticotin ... Officer Landers

Alyssa Milano ... Kimmy
Debbie James ... Mrs. Burtis

David Arquette ... Rob

Leo Rossi ... Mr. Burtis
Ken Kerman ... Older Cop

Stephen Tobolowsky ... Charles
Cynthia Szigeti ... Counselor

Joey Dedio ... Teen
Dennis Phun ... Korean Man
Michael Maguire ... Cop #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kimberly Bailey ... (unconfirmed)
Cheryl Moore ... Bag Lady (uncredited)

Angela Torrez Parker ... Blue, Runaway Teen (uncredited)

Christian Slater ... Social Worker (uncredited)

Directed by
Marc Rocco 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Hitchcock 
Marc Rocco 
Kurt Voss 

Produced by
Lisa M. Hansen .... executive producer
Paul Hertzberg .... producer
Catalaine Knell .... co-producer
Guy J. Louthan .... line producer
Donald C. McKeon .... co-executive producer
Philip McKeon .... co-producer
Marc Rocco .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mark Morgan 
Cinematography by
King Baggot 
Film Editing by
Russell Livingstone 
Casting by
Mary Jo Slater 
Production Design by
Kirk M. Petruccelli 
Set Decoration by
Greg J. Grande 
Costume Design by
Michael Fitzpatrick 
Makeup Department
Angela Nogaro .... makeup artist
Michael White .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Linda A. Borgeson .... executive in charge of production
Robert G. Magaudda .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott Javine .... first assistant director
Philip McKeon .... second assistant director
Art Department
P. Scott Bailey .... set dresser
Kimberly Cossette .... set dresser (as Kim Cossette)
Serge Nofield .... muralist
David C. Potter .... set dresser
Sound Department
Barney Cabral .... supervising sound editor
Kelly Cabral .... sound editor
Tom Caton .... boom operator
Patrick Cyccone Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
William Fiege .... sound mixer
Dean St. John .... adr recordist
Dean St. John .... foley recordist
Ed White .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Kevin McCarthy .... special effects (as Kevin Francis 'Boomer' McCarthy)
John Ashker .... stunt double: James LeGros
John Ashker .... stunts
Rick Barker .... stunts
Dan Blom .... stunts
Clay Boss .... stunts
Bunny Blue Boyle .... stunts
Dan Bradley .... stunts
Debbie Evans .... stunts
Brett A. Jones .... stunts (as Brett Jones)
Randy Lamb .... stunts
Ray Lykins .... stunts
Dermot Mulroney .... stunts
Anthony G. Schmidt .... stunts
Erik Stabenau .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Craig Greene .... gaffer
Gino Mifsud .... still photographer
Gary Molyneux .... rigging grip
Louis Niemeyer .... first assistant camera
George Palmer .... key grip
Nick W. Pastrano .... grip
Simon Scheeline .... grip
Randy G. Singer .... best boy electric
Rich Sutherland .... best boy grip (as Rick Sutherland)
Robert Dog Thomas .... dolly grip
Rick Tiedeman .... Steadicam operator
Casting Department
Jan Glaser .... casting associate
Ann Ross .... extras casting
David Sherry .... casting assistant
Timothy W. White .... extras casting
Wendy Wassall-Engalla .... casting associate (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Terry Doering .... second assistant editor
David Rennie .... assistant editor
Music Department
Derek Alpert .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Gary Edelman .... production driver
Dave Garber .... driver: insert car (as David Garber)
Other crew
Jeff Ballard .... publicist
Joey Dedio .... technical advisor
Bob Landau .... assistant production coordinator
Robert G. Magaudda .... production accountant
Scott Mathews .... production assistant
Susan V. McConnell .... production coordinator
Stevie Nelson .... assistant location manager
Chris Quilty .... production assistant
Renée Rosenfeld .... script supervisor (as Renee Rosenfeld)
Jeff Sparks .... production assistant
Dirk Vahle .... helicopter pilot
Sam Montiforte .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Catherine Keener .... special thanks
Jennifer Rocco .... special thanks

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Rated R for drug use, language and violence
105 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Alyssa Milano initially auditioned for the role of Heather. Although she impressed the crew, they were reluctant to assign a former child star in the role. She was given a smaller role instead.See more »
King:It's 98.6 over here baby.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Goodfellas (1990)See more »


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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
unsettling study of street kids, 10 July 2001
Author: thomandybish from Weaverville, NC

This overlooked film about teens surviving on the streets of Los Angeles came and went pretty quickly when initially released. Pity, because it's a film that deserves a wider audience. Within the device of a journalist doing interviews as research for an article on runaways, we're introduced to a band of teens who have formed a defacto family and the various situations they encounter on the street. King(Durmont Mulroney)is the leader and protector of an assortment of kids that include druggie Greg(Sean Astin), Little J(Balthasar Getty), smart-mouthed Brenda(Ricki Lake), and newcomer Heather(Lara Flynn Boyle), whom King takes a shine to. The film follows then through their days of riding boxcars, sleeping under overpasses, and hanging out in public places while avoiding cops, drug dealers, and pimps. While the film downplays some aspects of the streets( the violence and emotional devastation of child prostitution is acknowledged but not conveyed directly), others are show with uncomfortable intensity. For some of these kids, it's a one-way trip down. Sean Austin's fate as the speed-freak Greg is disturbing; the final shot of his character in the film haunted me for days.

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