The story of Simon Rodia, the real-life artist who spent 30 years constructing Los Angeles' Watts Towers, a monument to Christopher Columbus, and his fictional relationship with Daniel, a young boy.

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Miguel Alamo ...
Daniel Guerra
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Sean
Jimmy Yung ...
Liko
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Simon 'Sam' Rodia
Montrose Hagins ...
Hellen Littlefield
Carmen Zapata ...
Consuelo Guerra
Beulah Quo ...
Lynn Chow
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Wexler Hatch
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Commissioner
Janice McElroy ...
Mary Lowitt ...
Customer At Store
Steven Camarillo ...
Rude Vacho 1
Telly Bilbrew ...
Rude Vacho 2
Anthony James Guttierrez ...
Rude Vacho 3
John Outterbridge ...
Postman
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The story of Simon Rodia, the real-life artist who spent 30 years constructing Los Angeles' Watts Towers, a monument to Christopher Columbus, and his fictional relationship with Daniel, a young boy.

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The "8th Wonder of the World" was in his own back yard! See more »

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Drama | Family

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18 April 1987 (USA)  »

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Daniel Guerra: Now there's eight.
Simon 'Sam' Rodia: Eight what?
Daniel Guerra: Wonders of the world. There used to be seven, now there's eight.
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Really good family movie!
8 March 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is a really nice movie adults and kids can watch together.

Daniel has some emotional problems, because his mother died, and his father left him. He lives with his kind, hard-working grandmother. He and his friends laugh at an odd older man who collects "beautiful" junk and uses it to make the unusual, odd, towers in his backyard. Daniel and his friends vandalize this man's work of art, and get into some other trouble in the neighborhood. But because of this man's kindness, Daniel learns to appreciate beauty where it can be found, and to take pride in personal work. Also, neighbors are shown helping each other, which is one of my pet themes.


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