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Ninth Street (1999)

R | | Drama | 10 January 1999 (USA)
The inhabitants of a deteriorating section of 1968 Junction City, Kansas known as "Junk City" bemoan their existence and revel at the history of their neighborhood during its 1940's heydays... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Don Washington ... Bebo
... Huddie
Nadine Griffith ... Carrie Mae
Byron Myrick ... Love
... Tippytoe
Queen Bey ... Mama Butler
... Pop-Bottle Ruby
... Father Frank
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reggie Banks ... Bar Customer-Opening Scene
... Oklahoma City Shooter
... Mechanic
Robert Sokol ... Voiceover Artist (voice)
Debra Washington ... Biscuit
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The inhabitants of a deteriorating section of 1968 Junction City, Kansas known as "Junk City" bemoan their existence and revel at the history of their neighborhood during its 1940's heydays when legendary jazz musicians regularly played its clubs. In 1968, the area has diminished to strip clubs and juke joints inhabited by Vietnam War draftees that pass through from nearby Fort Riley. Heads of the group include a wino who lost a leg in WWII, a taxi dispatcher, a saloon owner, and a crazed bag lady. The younger generation is represented by a young prostitute who is trying to get off the streets, but is forced to continue to work by a no-good boy friend and the need to feed her baby. Martin Sheen also appears as a white minister who prefers the people in the area over his own congregation. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for language, a scene of sexuality and some violence
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Very unique film, a unique slice of Americana, circa 1968
11 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is an extraordinary film, a unique slice of Americana, circa 1968, as seen through the eyes of two down-and-out gentlemen, ex-war vets and ex-vets of the life of a small-town haven of good-time society, catering to African-American personnel from an Army base in the heart of the midwest. The movie gives us a synopsis of the history of this place, which began with WWII and runs through the Vietnam war. The primary focus is on the life, events, and characters who inhabit this town at the time of the beginning/middle of the Vietnam era. Although the majority of the actors and actresses are African-American and are not necessarily well known, the performances are first rate; from the two winos to the town pimp, to the older women who offer sage advice, and the priest (Martin Sheen) also. The black-and-white tone of the film only seems to add to the "authenticity" of it. This movie is a real treasure, and anyone who is a true moviephile will appreciate it and it's place in video history.


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