Enzo Morelli (Michael) puts his dream of becoming an opera singer aside so he can send his son to Harvard.


James Hill


James Hill
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Credited cast:
Paul Michael Paul Michael ... Enzo Morelli
Kehli O'Byrne ... Melissa
John Capodice ... Cosmo
Michael Cavalieri
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs ... Jackie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Allas
Lira Angel ... Rosie
John Aprea
Will Beinbrink ... Homeless Guy
Anthony Carro Anthony Carro
Jerry Corona Jerry Corona ... Guido, gondola owner
Brad Heiner ... Swat Van Driver
Rick Hill
Danielle Jacobs ... Agent Nikki Molina
Montgomery Robert Jordan Montgomery Robert Jordan ... Little Homeless Boy


Veteran Broadway star Paul Michael delivers an Oscar-worthy performance as Enzo Morelli, a cheerful sweeper driver who, decades earlier, gave up a promising career as an opera singer to support his wife and young son, Joey--the first of many sacrifices to follow. Today, Enzo lives a life of near-poverty, having long since cashed in his pension and sold most of his belongings to put Joey through Harvard in fulfillment of a promise made to his dying wife. But he takes it all in stride because Joey (Michael Cavalieri), due home soon for a visit, is about to graduate. There's just one hitch--Joey still believes that scholarships paid his way.

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Rated R for some sexuality/nudity and brief violence

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A new Director, James Hill, emerges and finds Broadway gem, Paul Michael
24 June 2003 | by filmkritik1@aol.comSee all my reviews

Rarely have I so enjoyed being emotionally ripped to pieces as I was in this totally unpredictable drama, "The Streetsweeper." According to bio info distributed at the film's premiere James Hill is the chap we read about several years ago trying to re-make the Gary Cooper classic, The Fountainhead for Warner Bros. The Ayn Rand tome was not a hit with left wing Hollywood, so Hill had to show us that he had the guts and skill to make the film his way. Thus, he conceived, wrote, produced and directed The Streetsweeeper for under a million dollars as proof positive that he is the new talent to be reckoned withn in tinsle town. This totally incredible masterpiece in filmmaking brings me back to the pre-Scorsese era where the talent was on the screen, not in the pre-release spin. That no distributor has signed onto this film yet, is a sure sign that it is light years over the heads of the formula addicted Hollywood types. Yet, it seems "right on" with the diversified audiences of young and old I have seen exit this gem. Some prescient distrib will bite the bullet soon as they see the exit interviews and that will be the the headline grabber for this year's come from behind winner. The review at "boxoffice.com" first alerted me to Hill, and his star Paul Michael, who at 76, is a sure bet for Golden Globe and Oscar noms. So someone other than me, gets it. Right now, the only one making money on The Streetsweeeper is Kleenex, but that is about to change. P.S. - Half of the audience tears in my two screenings came from men!!)

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13 June 2003 (USA) See more »

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