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The Children of Times Square (1986)

Not Rated | | Crime , Drama | TV Movie 3 March 1986
An alienated teenage boy runs away from home and ventures to New York City where he falls in with a gang of juvenile delinquents working as drug dealers and pickpockets for a shady crime boss.

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Curtis Hanson

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Curtis Hanson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... Otis Travis
Joanna Cassidy ... Sue Roberts
David Ackroyd David Ackroyd ... Peter Roberts
Larry B. Scott ... Skater
Jason Bernard ... Lt. Devins
Danny Nucci ... Luis Sotavento
Silvana Gallardo Silvana Gallardo ... Lizette Sotavento (Luis' mother)
Brandon Douglas ... Eric Roberts
Griffin O'Neal ... Rick
De'voreaux White ... C.J.
Mars Callahan ... Brian (as Gregory 'Mars' Martin)
Annie Oringer Annie Oringer ... Debbie
Selma Archerd Selma Archerd ... Welfare Worker
Guy Christopher Guy Christopher ... Detective
Yasmine Delawari ... Carla
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Storyline

A 14 year old boy runs away from his uncaring stepfather. Ultimately he lands in Time Square and is taken in by a Fagin-like cocaine dealer. The dealer introduces him to a band of homeless teens and initiates his training along with another youth. Meanwhile the youth's mother begins a feverish search for the boy. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les enfants de la nuit See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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After problems with his mother and step-dad at home, a young teenager runs away from home and try to make a living in New York. Quickly he mixes with the wrong crowd.
21 April 2014 | by KobusAdAstraSee all my reviews

One of the worst movies I have seen in a long time. The plot is predictable. The handling of this interesting and relevant topic is clumsy and superficial. The editor was clearly not much involved with the film; the editing is shoddy and looks like it has been completed in a hurry. The acting? Stilted and unnatural. The characters, even that of the protagonist, is one-dimensional. The actors are supposed to be homeless and work on the street, but every day they look as if they have just left a beauty parlor, not a hair out of its place. Typical sitcom looks. I am trying to find something positive to add, but sorry, there is nothing. I am not going to waste more time with this one. It is not worth it.


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