On the Nickel (1980)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Addiction Drama  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This sentimental drama is set upon L.A.'s notorious Fifth Avenue and tells the sad tales of some of the skid-row bums who live there. The tale centers on one man who managed to escape the boozy haze of derelict life and make good. Unfortunately, when his best friend gets into trouble, he finds himself having to return. The tale was written and directed by recovered alcoholic Ralph Waite (best remembered as the Walton family patriarch on television). Tom Waits composed the score. Production spanned a period of several years, hence the presence of some actors in the cast (such as Lou Gilbert) who had died by 1980.

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alcoholism, bum, desperation, friendship, lifestyle, rehabilitation [physical therapy], rescue, urban-problems