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Urchin (2007)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery | 26 June 2007 (USA)
In a tunnel deep under Manhattan, the Old Man rules the citizens of Scum-City. He swears to lead them to a paradise within the hollow earth once he finds five noble souls; but until then ... See full summary »







Cast overview, first billed only:
Sebastian Montoya ...
The Kid
Rick Poli ...
Larry Swansen ...
The Old Man
Gates Leonard ...
Julia (as Gates Lauren Leonard)
Donald Silva ...
The Father
Dr. Ken
Ken's Wife Elena
Angela Who Knits
Jack R. Marks ...
Dock Master Joe
Jennifer Boutell ...
Tom's Wife Dana
Doug McKrell ...
Johnny Appleseed (as Douglas MacKrell)
Rudy Costa ...
Jennifer Jurek ...
Jesus Martinez ...
Zed or Kirby


In a tunnel deep under Manhattan, the Old Man rules the citizens of Scum-City. He swears to lead them to a paradise within the hollow earth once he finds five noble souls; but until then his followers must steal and deal to support him. A terminally ill hunchback named Goliath, crazed by his approaching death, decides to find the five noble souls and present them to the Old Man;by beheading New Yorkers he deems worthy of the honor. Meanwhile, another Scum-City dweller known as The Kid tries to do the Old Man's bidding, tangling with deadly gangsters and eccentric drug dealers-even though The Kid is only nine and his main weapon is a water pistol filled with acid. As both Goliath and The Kid pursue paths they believe will lead to paradise, they rob, kill;and inevitably confront each other in a grand showdown. Written by Roast Muffin

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$1,475, 17 February 2007, Limited Release
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1.85 : 1
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When The Kid carries Julia and the bag across the street near the end of the movie, he is no longer limping - he walks normally. In the previous scene, Julia was walking and he was holding her hand; he was limping along, dragging the bag along the ground one step at a time. The next time we see him walking, he is limping again. See more »

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Saw in progress version
15 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

I saw a work-in-progress version of this movie at the Hackers On Planet Earth conference earlier this year.

It was a wonderfully strange story with cool effects and locations. Basically, it's about a homeless boy who does petty crimes for a living, and lives underground with an old 'Fagan' type character, who is called "The Old Man" in the cast list, although no one says his name in the movie. The Old Man is trying to lead them to "Paradise", as he keeps saying, which is somewhere deeper in the tunnels than where they live.

The bad guy is a dirty little man who coughs up blood and cuts peoples heads off, and he is trying to get to paradise before them.

It's hard to describe the rest of it without giving too much away, but there's a normal family that the homeless boy finds as he's doing a drug deal, and he has a little sister to protect, and he fights everyone with an electric fork that shocks people to death and lots of people die.

It reminded me of The City Of Lost Children but with more action, but it still had that contemplative feel that that film had. It was a complicated story too. I feel like there's more too it that I missed.

The director talked for a bit first, and the fact that they shot in the underground tunnels and in the subway without permission added to it for me. I also was very surprised by how good the acting was, even by the hackers Phiber Optik and Emmanuel Goldstein who played weirdly formal gangsters.

I want to see it again, especially if many things have changes. The film looked done to me, but the director said he had a few months of work left.

Anyone know when it is coming out?

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