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Credited cast:
Diana Belshaw ...
Mrs. Petrie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kathleen Fee
Charles Jolliffe
Victor Knight
Sean McCann
Maurice Podbrey
Philip Pretten
Rob Roy
Philip Spensley


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13 September 1985 (Canada)  »

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A minor step
4 January 2005 | by (Sidney, Canada) – See all my reviews

Ron Petrie (Keanu Reeves) is a teenager who has a police record and is a pariah in the apartment block where he lives with his mother. He falls in with a gang whose members are plotting to attack an elderly person, but backs out and returns home to face the justice system. Meanwhile, Ron's mother is behind on her rent and under pressure by a landlord (Sean McCann) who has more lust than scruples.

This well-meaning drama from the National Film Board of Canada is weighted by wooden acting (although Reeves' wood is appropriate and McCann puts some life in his role) and a story which adds nothing fresh to the genre. Ron's encounter with the gang is tense at first, but soon becomes unconvincing. The resolution is especially weak. "One Step Away" is a minor part of Reeves' road to stardom.


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