The mother of thirteen year-old Andrew passed away three days ago, leaving him under the care of his stepfather, who is not a cruel man but an uncaring and non-understanding one. Andrew's mother was his ideal guide in a world that has been less than hospitable to their poor and broken family. His inability to bring his mother back - which he thought he could do by fixing her beloved radio - coupled with being ashamed of the family's poverty, which in turn results in ridicule by his classmates, leads Andrew to rebel against the world around him. Any hope of Andrew getting over this traumatic period in his life will depend on the caring of individuals who understand what he is going through, these people who include the school counselor and a psychologist. Written by
Like many films produced and directed by Sid Davis, this one was recorded silently. The sound was recorded later and synched to fit the picture; in many cases, Arthur Swerdloff, the editor, cut to another shot to allow him to re-sync the audio and the video. See also, Gang Boy (1954). See more »
Simply awesome melodrama about a kid who loses his mother and then starts his downward spiral, striking everything in his path down. I am guessing this was the coup de grace for Sid Davis, as this film tries with some really creative cinematography, angles and acting from the lead, who was REALLY quite good. Unfortunately, everything else suffers (but in a good way). The dubbed voices sound like they are coming from 2 people only, the other actors in the cast don't shine as the lead, and there's some rather weird directorial flourishes you wonder if old Sid was tipping his hat to Ed Wood Jr or Dolores Wishman. Nevertheless, I can't recommend this movie enough, and of course is a MUST SEE on this site!
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