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The Dark End of the Street (1981)

If a teen couple doesn't confess what they know about a friend's death, an innocent man might hang for a death he didn't cause.

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Jan Egleson

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Jan Egleson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Harrington ... Donna
Henry Tomaszewski Henry Tomaszewski ... Billy
Michele Greene ... Marlene
Lance Henriksen ... Jimmy
Pamela Payton-Wright Pamela Payton-Wright ... Mary Ann
Terence Grey Terence Grey ... Ethan
Albert Eaton Albert Eaton ... Brian
Gustave Johnson ... Detective Reynolds
George Martin George Martin ... Salvucci
Flash Wiley Flash Wiley ... Mr. Thomas
Bennie Wiley Bennie Wiley ... Mrs. Thomas
Janice Brown Janice Brown ... Terry
John Sullivan John Sullivan ... Jesse
Michael Pelham Michael Pelham ... Tucker
Michael Cambridge Michael Cambridge ... Louie (as Brian Burke)
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If a teen couple doesn't confess what they know about a friend's death, an innocent man might hang for a death he didn't cause.

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1981 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color
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Wonderful film
19 July 2011 | by karlbunkerSee all my reviews

Reviewer Wayne Malin got the plot a little wrong -- A teenager falls from a roof in an accident, not a murder, and as I recall (it's been a long time since I saw this film too), it's not clear at the end of the movie if his injuries are fatal. But I think he got most everything else right. Both Wayne and I may be hazy on plot details, but nevertheless we're in agreement that the emotional impact of the piece is unforgettable.

It may seem a cheap cliché' to praise a movie's "gritty realism," but I can't think of a better term for what this beautiful little film has in spades. The teenagers (and adults) in it are utterly, completely believable as they deal with poverty, racial tensions, honesty, loyalty, friendship, running away versus facing life's responsibilities. Also in the mix are some less-ennobling aspects of being human, like pointless, testosterone-fueled schoolyard one-upsmanship and plain teenaged stupidity.

This is a sadly-overlooked gem of a movie, and I hope it finds its way to DVD distribution some day.


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