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FULL SYNOPSIS

Following up on Streetwise, his powerful documentary on the homeless kids of Seattle, director Martin Bell returned to that city for a dramatic feature. Nick Kelson (Edward Furlong) is a troubled teenager whose mother has been dead for many years; he spends much of his time with other throwaway kids roaming the city. When Nick's father Jack (Jeff Bridges) is released from a long stretch in prison, the father and child reunion is a bumpy one. Jack senses an obligation to his son but is trying to focus on taking responsibility for his own life before he can extend himself. Nick is wary of his father's criminal background, but he also craves the stability of a real home life. Aware that a return to the city whose mean streets spawned his criminal career might pull him back into his old ways, Jack talks about moving to Alaska to make a fresh start, but it's not clear if Nick is part of his plan. The film's unsentimental look at its characters always on the verge of backsliding didn't endear it to ticket buyers, but it was lauded by many critics for its honesty and for Bridges' strong performance, which won an Independent Spirit award. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi

  • Release date:May 7, 1993

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Lucinda Jenney Best Supporting Actress 1993 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Edward Furlong Best Supporting Actor 1993 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Jeff Bridges Best Actor 1993 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards James R. Bagdonas Best Cinematography 1993 Nominee

Cast

Jeff Bridges
as Jack Kelson
Edward Furlong
as Nick Kelson
Lucinda Jenney
as Charlotte
Don Harvey
as Rainey
Tracey Kapisky
Maggie Welsh
as Freddie
Shareen J. Mitchell
as Diane
Kit McDonough
as Landlady
Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
as School Administrator
Loyd Catlett
as Vernon the Bartender
Marcus Chong
as Terry Cosmos
Barbara Irvin
as Nicole
Burke Pearson
as Jack's Bum
Todd Jamieson
as Suburban Father
Burke Pearson
as Jack's Bum
Barbara Irvin
as Nicole
Marcus Chong
as Terry Cosmos
Loyd Catlett
as Vernon the Bartender
Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
as School Administrator
Kit McDonough
as Landlady
Shareen J. Mitchell
as Diane

Crew

Jeff Bridges
Producer
Rosilyn Heller
Producer
Cary Brokaw
Producer
Peter Silverman
Screenwriter
James R. Bagdonas
Cinematographer
James Newton Howard
Composer (Music Score)
Nancy Baker
Editor
Joel Schiller
Production Designer
Neil Koenigsberg
Co-producer
Rondi Tucker
Set Designer
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor
Costume Designer
Bob Riggs
Special Effects
Timothy Lonsdale
First Assistant Director
Richard Hawley
First Assistant Director
Kevin Bartnof
Foley Artist
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