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Thicker Than Blood (1998)

TV Movie  |  Drama  |  31 May 1998 (USA)
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Griffin Byrne is the idealistic new history, English and maths teacher in Father Frank Larkin's school in a mainly Latino ghetto neighborhood where most kids, even many of its graduates, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Griffin Byrne
Lee Cortez
Camilla Lopez (as Lauren Vélez)
Dick Latessa ...
Brandon Segarra ...
Travis Delingua ...
Agustin Rodriguez ...
Floyd Resnick ...
Lanisha Mora ...
Camilla's kid


Griffin Byrne is the idealistic new history, English and maths teacher in Father Frank Larkin's school in a mainly Latino ghetto neighborhood where most kids, even many of its graduates, end up in crime and poverty. He takes a particular interest in one of the boys nobody believes will ever come to anything, Lee Cortes, who he finds to be a prodigy in cartoon drawing but who never spoke a word at school, and always wears a Walkman, essentially because of his home situation: his elder brother Tyro, a drug dealer, abuses him and his mother, so he often stays home to mind the smallest siblings. Griffin tries everything to help Lee, despite everyones cynicism, even takes him in his bachelor flat, but finds the whole family situation must be solved, which is probably beyond his power, yet tries tireless, even if he gets nothing but abuse and the results seem to do more hurting then helping... Written by KGF Vissers

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Futterman is just fantastic
19 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ever since I've seen this actor in Birdcage and Shooting Fish, I had to search for more of his work. I came across this VHS tape of Thicker Than Blood. I was taken by another great performance for this actor. It seems he can do anything, and certainly deserves recognition, beyond the likes of a Ben Afleck and his buddy Mark Damon, to name just a few. Mickey Rourke suprised me in a low key performance which reveals also true talent. The ending was predictable and a disappointment, but the movie as a whole was very satisfying. See it for Futterman's performance.

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