East 103rd Street (1983)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Illnesses & Disabilities, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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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.