Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
Good actors help raise the level of this downbeat drama of drugs and survival by Philip Leacock. The story is set in Chicago's notorious South side and is based on Willard Motley's novel of a mother struggling to raise her son "right" in spite of the odds against her. Nellie (Shelley Winters) herself is battling her dependency on drugs, battling poverty after her husband was executed for crimes he committed, and also fighting to keep her son Nick (James Darren) from following in his father's footsteps. Nick also wants to rise above his environment but even with the help of some friends, the boy and his mother are up against very tough odds.
against-all-odds, child, family, mother, violence