Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
This sobering look at the heroin addiction in a family living on 103rd St. in New York would give anyone pause. The neighborhood is partly Puerto Rican and wholly poor -- with little hope of ever reaching beyond the quagmire of having too little money and no opportunities for rising up the economic scale. A pervading sense of hopelessness in the barrio does nothing to push the heroin-addicted mother, her common-law husband, and her son to kick their habit. While they mainline the drug, others in the neighborhood are selling it to make money -- yet the daughter is arguing with them to quit and to drop their negative views of life.