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Children Are Too Young to Die (1990)

The film graphically calls attention to the brutal dangers of playing on top of elevators in public housing high-rise 30-story buildings in New York City. The slang is called "elevator ... See full summary »

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Stephen Edwards ...
Jerome Green
Lisa Cunningham ...
911 Caller
Kevin Dineen ...
Officer #1
Herbert Sellers ...
Officer #2
Paul Caldararo ...
Elevator Mechanic
Evelyn Lee ...
EMS Medic #1
Miguel Villanueva ...
EMS Medic #2
Nicholas Haylett ...
Surgeon
Peggy Alston ...
Mrs. Green
Joe Melendez ...
Detective #1
Reginold Bennett ...
Detective #2
Jovita Castillo ...
Morgue Mother
Patric Lam ...
Morgue Attendant
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Stg. Peters
Will Hussung ...
Mr. Gardner
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The film graphically calls attention to the brutal dangers of playing on top of elevators in public housing high-rise 30-story buildings in New York City. The slang is called "elevator surfing", "elevator action" or "elevator chicken" and it is a deadly game in which groups of children ride up and down the elevator shafts on top of a moving elevator car and jump from one moving car to the top of another. At times, a child waits in the pit of the elevator shaft. When a car pauses on the lowest floor, he grabs the electrical cable and rides upward. "Children Are Too Young To Die" begins with a bloody reenactment of an elevator accident in which a 10-year-old boy gets his arm cut off by the counterweight in an elevator shaft. The story unfolds and reveals real issues and deaths resulting from such dangerous activities. Written by Marc Cerutti

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Short | Drama

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3 January 1990 (USA)  »

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$120,000 (estimated)
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Won first place Telly Award for "Safety Video." See more »

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