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A suicidal older man, Gordon Trout, is kidnapped for his car and money by three runaway teenagers who live on the streets. Their experiences together make them a close-knit family, but the nature of the crime committed could tear them apart. The intricacies of these complex relationships are explored through an emotional story with twists and turns. Written by
This well written film explores four fundamentally different characters who each learn from one another. They start out, each with large chunks of who they are missing, and by the end they've each found out a lot about themselves and how they relate to the world.
The films lead is taken by Martin Landau, doing some of his better work. Martin plays an older man about to take his life-- but he's 'rescued' by three teen runaways who kidnap him for his money and car.
Throughout the experiences that follow we learn more about why each one of them is on the street. And through an odd series of events, Landau soon comes under suspicion by the law for kidnapping, and at the same time identifies with the kids.
By the time the movie over each character was made to face that which prevented them from being whole. Some of them manage to fill the hole, or move to do so, but one only briefly faces a fear and never comes back to meet that fear.
I was amazed at how well the movie worked... great direction, good writing.
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