The Small Hours (1997)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Teen Movie, Urban Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A quintet of young, white gangsta wannabes looks for an opportunity to gain entry into the world of organized crime in this urban drama from writer, director, co-producer, and star Derek Dunsay. Following a stint in a juvenile detention facility, Doug (Dunsay) returns to his old haunts in a working class L.A. suburb, which especially include the tattoo parlor where his pals hang out. They include Jerry (Shawn Andrews), who is somewhat mentally unbalanced, the heroin junkie J.J. (Lee Holmes), spineless Steve (Ron Livingstone), and FL (Christopher Meloni), who is somewhat older and wiser than the others. Although only guilty of petty crimes and occasional gang skirmishes, the group wants to take the next step up the ladder of criminal empire-building, and they get their chance in the aftermath of a violent encounter with a group of racist skinheads.

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addiction, adolescence, aimlessness, alienation, angst, conflict, drugs, rebel-without-a-cause, rival, skinhead, tattoo, teenagers