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Streetwise (1984)

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Gritty documentary that looks at the lives of teenagers living on the streets of Seattle.

Director:

Martin Bell

Writer:

Cheryl McCall (story "Streets of the Lost")
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Roberta Joseph Hayes Roberta Joseph Hayes ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Baby Gramps Baby Gramps ... Self
Erin Blackwell ... Self (as Tiny)
Lou Ellen Couch Lou Ellen Couch ... Self (as Lulu)
Kim Kim ... Self
Lillie Lillie ... Self
Munchkin Munchkin ... Self
Patti Patti ... Self
Dewayne Pomeroy Dewayne Pomeroy ... Self
Rat Rat ... Self
Shadow Shadow ... Self
Shellie Shellie ... Self
Brandia Taamu Brandia Taamu ... Breezy
Tom Waits ... Self
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Storyline

Portrays the lives of nine desperate teenagers. Thrown too young into a seedy grown up world, these runaways and castaways survive, but just barely. Rat, the dumpster diver. Tiny, the teen prostitute. Shellie, the baby-faced blonde. DeWayne, the hustler. All old beyond their years. All underage survivors fighting for life and love on the streets of downtown Seattle. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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At 13, there's not much Lillie hasn't seen. Except love. See more »

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Documentary | Drama

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Trivia

Picked by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "50 Greatest Independent Films" in a special supplement devoted to independent films that was only distributed to subscribers in November 1997. See more »

Quotes

Rat: I love to fly. It's just, you're alone with peace and quiet, nothing around you but clear, blue sky. No one to hassle you. No one to tell you where to go or what to do. The only bad part about flying is having to come back down to the fucking world.
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Soundtracks

The Teddy Bear's Picnic
Music by John W. Bratton
Lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy
Performed by Baby Gramps
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Close to home
18 May 2002 | by jjesseySee all my reviews

This documentary hits very close to home. I grew up with "Rat" after 1984, and our lives are still involved in some ways. I saw this movie as a teenager and it really makes you think about how things could be. Most kids can't wait to get out "on their own" and when you look at the way some roads can take you, you don't ever want to leave. When I look back at how "Rat" grew up and the lives of these other kids, I think to myself how easy it could have been me or kids that I know now. When you watch this movie, you will always remember that LIFE is such a short period of time and so many things can bring you down along the journey. But you have to keep in mind that the negative is always a learning experience, the question is...would you take the same journey again?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Streetwise See more »

Filming Locations:

Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,006, 21 July 2019

Gross USA:

$9,904

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,904
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Bear Creek See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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