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On the Nickel (1980)

Sam is a recovering alcoholic who feels dissatisfied with his life of sobriety and goes back in search of the good times he enjoyed with his old friends living on Los Angeles' skid row.

Director:

Ralph Waite

Writer:

Ralph Waite
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Moffat ... Sam
Ralph Waite ... C.G.
Hal Williams ... Paul
Penelope Allen ... Rose
Jack Kehoe ... Bad Mood
Daniel Ades Daniel Ades ... God Bless
Paul Weaver Paul Weaver ... Hill
Ina Gould Ina Gould ... Estelle
Jack O'Leary Jack O'Leary ... Big William
James Gammon ... Peanut John
Arthur Space ... Soapy Post
Bert Conway Bert Conway ... Bert
Jaime Sánchez ... Joe
Tom Mahoney Tom Mahoney ... Bobby D
Edmund E. Villa Edmund E. Villa ... Henry
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Sam is a recovering alcoholic who feels dissatisfied with his life of sobriety and goes back in search of the good times he enjoyed with his old friends living on Los Angeles' skid row.

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Drama

Certificate:

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After 20 years of being out of circulation, even becoming a lost film for a time, On the Nickel was restored from a 16mm print discovered in the Library of Congress, the last surviving copy, and remastered in 2009. It is now out on Blu Ray disc, and may be found on Amazon. See more »

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On The Nickel
by Tom Waits
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Bringing it up to-date
17 August 1999 | by Hanky PoSee all my reviews

I saw the film many years ago,and thought it was wonderful!I recently talked with someone who had been involved with the picture and as a result, my interest was rekindled.I rented it (not easy to do)and watched it twice. It's as fresh as it was twenty years ago, the performances are outstanding,and worth seeing.A simple story of skid row which seems totally real.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1980 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Altid på spanden See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Mono

Color:

Color
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