Squeeze (1997)

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A real-life inner city Boston youth shelter yielded the plot, characters, actors, and director of this urban drama about three ghetto youths trying to make something better of their lives while surviving on the streets. Tyson (Tyrone Burton), Hector (Eddie Cutanda), and Bao (Phuong Duong) are a trio of 14-year-old friends attempting to figure out which direction they'll go in life. As they work at a legitimate job sweeping up at a gas station and attending a youth center with the facility's adult leader J.J. (Geoffrey Rhue), they also run drugs for the local gangsters that mock and taunt their efforts at self-improvement. When one of the boys' mother kills herself, the ensuing crisis leads the three friends to choose different paths. Director Robert Patton-Spruill, a drama teacher at Boston's Dorchester Youth Collaborative, cast the three star pupils from his workshop in Squeeze (1996) and based the film on their real-life stories, bringing a palpable sense of realism to the proceedings.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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In Theaters:
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Studio:
Miramax

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Cast

Eddie Cutanda
as Hector
Diane Beckett
as Aunt C.
James Spruill
as Psychiatrist/Homeless Man
Bruce Serafin
as Police Officer
Daryl Bugg
as Mason
Pinky Lugo
as Pinky
Catherine Oberg
as Cat Fighter
Patrick Ruth
as Male Catfighter
Sean Henderson
as Bad Kid No. 1
Johnny Henderson
as Bad Kid No. 2
Lynda Patton
as Woman in Car
Georgette Leslie
as Woman in Car
Gerry Nuzollo
as Gas Station Attendant
Alfredo Rivera
as Doorman
John Bonaparte
as Man with Burning Book
Juanita Rodriguez
as Youth Center Receptionist
Monique Douglas
as Female Youth Worker
Sparkle Henderson
as Girl with Rake
Nicole Kelly
as Girl with Rake
Melissa Khomblassen
as Girl with Rake
Aaron Stewart
as Barber
Roy J. Lynch
as Barber
Max Cutler
as Hospital Patient
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Critic Reviews for Squeeze

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June 5, 2001
AV Club
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Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
New York Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
L.A. Weekly
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This low-budget indie adds an honorbale panel to a growing body of films (Boyz N the Hood, Meance II Society) on young men facing pressures in the inner city, with the new angle that the clique is multi-ethnic rather than black.

Full Review… | July 12, 2009
EmanuelLevy.Com

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Full Review… | June 5, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

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