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The Nickel Children (2005)

Nickel Children is a narrative drama that takes the perspective of two runaways, Cat (Tamara Hope - Shall We Dance, The Deep End) and Nolan (Reiley McClendon - Pearl Harbor, The Kid) and ... See full summary »

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Eric Litra
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tamara Hope ... Cat
Reiley McClendon ... Nolan
Jeremy Sisto ... The Doctor
Tom Sizemore ... Feedo
Marsha Thomason ... Beatrice
Mark Boone Junior ... The Driver
John Billingsley ... Wire Rimmed Man
Maeve Quinlan ... The Mother
Max Perlich ... The Bald Man
Talia-Lynn Prairie Talia-Lynn Prairie ... Young Cat
Hank Cheyne ... Angry Father
Shelly Desai ... Clerk
Roberta Hanley Roberta Hanley ... The Waitress
Chris Hanley ... The Cook
Ron Jeremy ... The Hand (as Ron Hyatt)
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Nickel Children is a narrative drama that takes the perspective of two runaways, Cat (Tamara Hope - Shall We Dance, The Deep End) and Nolan (Reiley McClendon - Pearl Harbor, The Kid) and reveals the harsh realities of life on the streets of Los Angeles. Relying only on their instincts and the fleeting kindness of strangers, Cat and Nolan navigate their way through a world infested with prostitution, drugs and violent predators. Every minute they remain on the streets, they fall deeper into a game of chance where they gamble with their lives. Cat and Nolan must devise a plan of escape before time finally runs out. Written by IvanWong

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English

Release Date:

5 April 2005 (USA) See more »

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California, USA See more »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Worth Far More Than the Title Implies
4 September 2011 | by FrankDamageSee all my reviews

Without going into great length about it, I happen to have experienced a significant part of my own youth amid kids on the street who were near identical to the two main characters you'll see in the film. From that very eye opening period in my life I can tell you that the film delivers a grim but honest and tragic realism that is rarely captured in American cinema.

Its not at all a contrived melodrama as some might expect, but a story of two kids who find themselves in desperation; surviving as they can and as they must within the coldest and most callous reaches of a world many may never know, but far too many undoubtedly will.

The characters and performances are believable and the script and story feels authentic. The pacing for these kind of dramas is never close to what it might be in the real world, but it gives us much of the information we need to feel the connection to our two young survivors, know their motivations and reasons behind their situations, yet still moves fast enough to keep things compelling and the story in motion.

If you have the opportunity to see this, by all means do. While its not quite near a "Christiane F" (1981), it is far superior to "Where The Day Takes You" (1994) and deserves a place among some the best films that depict the true to life struggles of children who are cast out, or escape an unbearable home life, only to be devoured by the streets.


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