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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 ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Baby Gramps Baby Gramps ... Himself
Erin Blackwell ... Herself (as Tiny)
Lou Ellen Couch Lou Ellen Couch ... Herself (as Lulu)
Kim Kim ... Herself
Lillie Lillie ... Herself
Munchkin Munchkin ... Himself
Patti Patti ... Herself
Dewayne Pomeroy Dewayne Pomeroy ... Himself
Rat Rat ... Himself
Shadow Shadow ... Himself
Shellie Shellie ... Herself
Brandia Taamu Brandia Taamu ... Breezy
Tom Waits ... Himself
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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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The streets - your only chance for life. See more »

Genres:

Documentary

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Законы улицы See more »

Filming Locations:

Washington, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bear Creek See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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

Rat's Theme
Written and Performed by Tom Waits
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this movie will stay with you forever
10 July 2000 | by tonloSee all my reviews

I could never forget the kids in the movie, I have done some searching and found out info on some of the kids, pics too and anyone interested can email and I will fill you in. Some think it was scripted, either way it is a touching movie and a harsh look at what life on the street for anyone let alone kids is like.


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