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Running Home (1999)

Thanks to a tip from teenager Matt, who survives on the streets as a graffiti artist, policeman Ray is able to arrest Sergei, a diamond smuggler. In return, Matt gets Jules Daniels's file, his biological mother.


Marc F. Voizard




Credited cast:
Kristian Ayre Kristian Ayre ... Matt 'Spider' Strilecki
Claudia Christian ... Jules Daniels
Andreas Apergis ... Hayes
Caroline Dhavernas ... Jessica
Lisa Bronwyn Moore ... Trish
Adam MacDonald ... Jay Torpy
Derek Eyamie Derek Eyamie ... Paul Steiner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jay Baruchel ... Kid #2
Giancarlo Calta Bianco Giancarlo Calta Bianco ... Cruiser
Jason Cavalier ... Tough Guy #1
Frank Crudele Frank Crudele ... Detective Muril
Larry Day ... Officer #1
Norris Domingue Norris Domingue ... Strings
Alan Fawcett Alan Fawcett ... Store Manager
Claudia Ferri ... Female Officer


Thanks to a tip from teenager Matt, who survives on the streets as a graffiti artist, policeman Ray is able to arrest Sergei, a diamond smuggler. In return, Matt gets Jules Daniels's file, his biological mother.

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Many teenagers run away from home...Matt is running to a home - and away from being killed.


Crime | Drama | Thriller







Release Date:

March 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flykten hem See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Production Co:

Allegro Films See more »
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Did You Know?


Claudia Christian and Kristian Ayre play mother and son even though in real life, she is only 12 years older than him. See more »


Jules Daniels: Why did you come here?
Matt "Spider" Strilecki: 'Cause I had to find out. Why didn't you want me?
Jules Daniels: Stop that. It doesn't matter.
Matt "Spider" Strilecki: Tell me!
Jules Daniels: I was young, it was a mistake!
Matt "Spider" Strilecki: So I'm a mistake. I've been waiting for my whole life to meet my real mom. And now you're telling me I'm a mistake?!?
Jules Daniels: I was your age when I had you - my parents forced me to give you away. Matt, I'm sorry!
Matt "Spider" Strilecki: Sorry doesn't cut it.
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intuition & empathy outweighing limited circumstances
13 November 2008 | by spj-4See all my reviews

This was a surprisingly good movie!

It has drama. It has a plot. It is intriguing in its development into something more!

It tells the story of a street-wise kid who has a precision touch for the world that surrounds him!!!

... He cares about the downtrodden & oppressed!!!

... He notices details others do not care to consider! ... He is rightly suspicious of 'authorities' of presumed 'wisdom' in JUDGEMENTAL perspectives that they surround themselves with!!! ... Into likeminded submission without substance to allegations unfounded!!!

... Meanwhile, he investigates & discovers his own potential for greater solutions!!!

... While disturbed & warning against the agenda he senses is building up behind him!!!

... As others too, accumulate for various agendas!!! ... Helpful & otherwise!!!

"Running Home" has other attributes working for it!!!

... An empathetic artist whose paintings express her secret pain!!!

... A street-kid daring to be himself!!! ... With MUCH creativity revealed!!!

... But with echoes to his earlier dimensions he does not shrink from!!! … Or apologise for!!!

Meanwhile, truer bonds of MUCH substance gradually emerge!!!

All in all, it gives an insight into street kids!!! … Not to forget earlier dimensions of such dilemmas!!! … TOO often forgotten!!!

… Also lost bonds of family & MUCH goodwill!!! … That bureaucracies of police or church & state!!! … Can effectively diminish into nothingness!!! … Or DARE to care about!!! … At their personal whim!!!

… But rarely realised, it seems!!!

In the meanwhile, this movie is a good mix!!!

It does not stifle the free-spirited soul in this young guy who dares to be creative!!! … Amidst a closed store rich with symbolism!!! … As he sets birds free from their cages!!!

It's not phony … just creatively thoughtful in its unique perspectives!!!

It hints at something worth contemplating in broader journeys of life … that somehow, whether near or far, loved ones tend to be close at hand, and so often intuitively attuned to what we care about & are growing into!!!

"Running Home" conveys such concepts well.

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