Famed urban attorney Ben Walker leaves the fast paced world to buy a Mississippi tug boat and practice law from there. Cruising the river with help from Stella and Lafe, he finds difficult cases wherever he docks.
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Kay Stanton, her husband Neil and son Tommy live on the French Riviera. While at the port, when her husband was on a trip she meets an American naval officer, and they begin an affair. Kay ... See full summary »
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During summer vacation on Fire Island, three young people--a girl and two guys--become so close that they form a sort-of threesome. When an uncool girl tries to infiltrate the trio's newly ... See full summary »
Guy Pehrsson is summoned by his grandfather to return to the farming community of his childhood. He arrives from the City to find that his mother has finally left his alcoholic and abusive ... See full summary »
The young and self-confident Danny bluffs at the local police-station that he will escape out of prison within one hour. What follows is a flashback about his childhood with his uncle and ... See full summary »
After 20 years of being out of circulation, even becoming a lost film for a time, On the Nickel was restored from a 16mm print discovered in the Library of Congress, the last surviving copy, and remastered in 2009. It is now out on Blu Ray disc, and may be found on Amazon. See more »
Heartfelt, non-righteous, ironically funny look at skid-row life in Los Angeles.
On The Nickle is a thoroughly forgotten film which I was lucky enough to tape from the "Z Channel" (now defunct) in Los Angeles many years ago. The brainchild of actor Ralph Waite (of Waltons), it was independently made on a very low budget. In it, Waite manages to balance the tragedy of skid-row life with humor and irony, and in spite of an easy, fellini-esque ending, tells a moving story of a man (Donald Moffat) a former alcoholic and skid row dweller, struggling to "put his demons to rest" as he searches the "Nickle" (Fifth Street) for his old pal, C.G., played by Ralph Waite. The movie is bookended by the Tom Waits song, "On The Nickle", presumably written for the movie, and has a score that quotes the song frequently. Maybe the Independent Film Channel will consider running it.
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