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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.

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James Spruill
as Psychiatrist/Homeless Man
Bruce Serafin
as Police Officer
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
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
Max Cutler
as Hospital Patient
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