Nearly silent comedy filmed in black and white follows a street artist (Charles Lane), who rescues a baby after her father was murdered. The artist then sets off to find the mother, but has... See full summary »


Charles Lane


Charles Lane
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Credited cast:
Charles Lane ... Artist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Alpern Tom Alpern ... Bookseller
Nicole Alysia Nicole Alysia ... Child
Edwin Anthony Edwin Anthony ... Penny Pincher #1
Michael Baskin ... Doorman / Street Cop
Jeff Bates Jeff Bates ... Police Officer #2
Angel Cappellino Angel Cappellino ... Bully's Mother
Jeffrey Carpentier Jeffrey Carpentier ... Homeless Native American
John Carr John Carr ... S.O.B. Man
Vince Castelano Vince Castelano ... Child Customer #3
Jimmy Clohessy Jimmy Clohessy ... Precinct Cop #2
Robert Clohessy ... Alley Tough #1
Tanya Cunningham Tanya Cunningham ... Girlfriend
Deena Engle Deena Engle ... Park Mother #1
Ellia English ... Bag Lady


Nearly silent comedy filmed in black and white follows a street artist (Charles Lane), who rescues a baby after her father was murdered. The artist then sets off to find the mother, but has to first learn how to care for the child. Ultimately he ends up in a horse drawn chase of the murderers. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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Received a 12 minute long standing ovation at Cannes. See more »


Director/actor Charles Lane giving directions to the other actors in the film. See more »

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1 December 2020 | by gbill-74877See all my reviews

Going silent (or almost entirely silent) was an outstanding choice by Charles Lane, and his film feels like an homage to Chaplin in its humor and humanism. In updating the tramp character to a homeless person of color, he seems to ask mainstream audiences to remember a time when so many more were destitute, and to suspend our tendency to judge in favor of empathizing. He also inverts the 'get rich quick by meeting a rich man' theme from Depression era films by having a female shop owner be the wealthy one and love interest. Most of all, he makes a film that's touching and funny.

Not hearing these characters (or even seeing intertitles) in no way took away from the ability to tell the story, and ironically it made me connect to them more deeply. I should say, not hearing them until the very end, when hearing a few plaintive requests for help hits like an emotional ton of bricks. Nicole Alysia is adorable as the little kid, Charles Lane is heartfelt as the struggling street artist, and Sandye Wilson is compelling as the business woman whose heart is as big as her right cross. How did Charles Lane not get more opportunities after creating this film, even if 'True Identity' was a bust? How did Sandye Wilson never appear in a feature film again?

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Release Date:

January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sidewalk Stories See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


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Palm Pictures See more »
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1.85 : 1
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