An insider's look at the gritty streets of New York City, seen through the eyes of street booksellers.



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Credited cast:
Peter Whitney ...
Street bookseller, Toadlover, Artist
Rick Sherman ...
Street bookseller, Magician, Wiseguy
Marvin ...
Street bookseller, Angel, Recovering alcoholic
Everett Shapiro ...
Street bookseller, End-of-the-night Journeyman
Polish Joe ...
Street bookseller, Smoker of 100 cigarettes
Al Mappo ...
Street bookseller, Seller of maps
Margueritte ...
Street bookseller, Strong woman
Ron Harris ...
Street bookseller, Damn-that guy
Jason Rosette ...
Street bookseller, MediaMaker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zachary Aptekar ...
Kind bookseller
Thomas Dukleth ...
Bookseller extraordinaire
Allen Eisenberg ...
Grumpy bookseller
David Manso ...
Sad bookseller
Paul Rickert ...
Youngest bookseller


The gritty world of New York City street booksellers is exposed in a remarkable story that chronicles their lives and loves and their unique perspectives on life. Directed by a street bookseller, it explores the other side of the book tables along the streets of the Village, on the Lower East Side, along 6th avenue, and elsewhere in New York City. See the Mayor, the University and the NYPD try to shut them down! Written by Barney Oldfield, Angelika Entertainment NYC

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The Word is on the Street



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Release Date:

9 June 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Life and Death on the Streets of New York: Bookwars  »

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$55,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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Because of extreme budget limitations, the production of "BookWars" was financed from books sold at the filmmaker's sidewalk book stand - as more books were sold, more tape and film stock could be bought. See more »

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A treat for film (and book) lovers.
23 July 2000 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Its a few months since I saw it, so I can't comment on details, but I loved this film. I caught it by chance on a French cable channel, one rainy night! What a happy discovery! It captured me straight off. Charming, stirring, strangely gripping, moving, passionate, surprising, just plain interesting - so many things that films should be, but rarely are.

I'm so glad it was too wet to go and see the floodlit castle!

I thoroughly recommend it.

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