Set in 1969, a twelve-year-old grows up in Key West with his mother, who is paying the bills by stripping at the local topless bar. The boy finds out about her activities and tries to convince her to stop, to no avail. A local restaurant owner hires him to collect fish from a boat out in the bay, and the boy discovers that the restaurant owner is using the fish to bring drugs in to shore. He steals one load and goes about selling it so his mother can afford to quit her job.Written by
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Key West, FL, in 1990, was a filming location and setting for this period movie set in 1969, and the next movie shot there was another period movie, Matinee (1993), set in 1962. Coincidentally, both movies featured major 1960s historical events: the 1969 Apollo Moon landing, and the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. President John F. Kennedy is strongly associated with both of events. See more »
On a still July day, the voice of a Common Loon on its Minnesota lake is heard way down in Florida. See more »
How come you don't got somebody? Aren't you lonely?
Yeah, sure. The only thing worse than being lonely with yourself is to be lonely with someone.
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Slow paced as mentioned in another comment like a sleepy summer afternoon, the depiction of life in Key West in the late 60's rings true. It isn't polished and glitzy or glamorous. You can see this play out in your life or the life of friends.
the film centers around young David Arnott in the title role. The awkwardness and naturalism works in making it more real.
If you are looking for whizbang Hollywood value type of action here, this isn't the place. what you get is a true to life drama that can happen anywhere, at any place. David's moral choices are based on how he sees things as a real kid.
As a movie, it works well.
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