A young boy struggles on his own in a run-down motel after his parents and younger brother are separated from him in 1930s Depression-era Midwest.

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Mr. Kurlander
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Mrs. Kurlander
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Miss Mathey
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Mr. Mungo
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Lydia
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Lester
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Ben (as Joseph Chrest)
John McConnell ...
Patrolman Burns
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Ella McShane
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Mrs. McShane
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Billy Thompson
Peggy Freisen ...
Mrs. Thompson
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Christina Sebastian
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A boy whose mother is forced into a sanitarium and father gets a job as a traveling salesman. The boy fends for himself in a seedy SRO hotel. Written by Mark Allyn <allyn@netcom.com>

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When the world turns upside down, the trick is coming out on top.

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | See all certifications »
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20 August 1993 (USA)  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,299,318 (USA)
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Aaron's father's car's plate number is 415138. Though his father was out of town with his car for a very long time we saw the same car/plate just outside the house where the party is given after the graduation ceremony. That car can't be there at that moment. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Kurlander: Must you wear that filthy thing on your head?
Aaron: Ma, it's a hat. You wear it on your head.
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This film was re-recorded in a Swelltone theater See more »


Soundtracks

If I Had a Girl Like You
(1925)
Music and Lyrics by Billy Rose, Mort Dixon and, Ray Henderson
Performed by Rudy Vallee
Courtesy of the RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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Really enjoyable
24 March 2004 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

Everything works with this one. Really interesting and heart-rending story, great characters, fine sets, lighting, costumes, music, excellent acting.

Someone compared this to The Pianist and I see what he means. It reminds me of a movie like Paper Moon, but whereas I disliked the Tatum O'Neal character (stealing from those who could not afford to lose the money), I really like this boy. I also think the pangs of missing family, what it's like to be a child, are more realistically done in this movie than in Paper Moon.

I really can't imagine anyone who wouldn't like this - it's very mainstream, very good - and in contrast to those who say this reminds them of some European movie, I would say it's as American as apple pie.

I highly recommend it. (It also helps that Lisa Eichorn is my favorite living actress - and Karen Allen would be in the top ten).


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