Featuring Original Music by TOM WAITS.
On the Nickel is now available on Blu Ray disc!
On the Nickel is a remarkable independent film, produced, directed by, and starring Ralph Waite (The Waltons,
NCIS, Five Easy Pieces, Cool Hand Luke...)
On the Nickel tells the story of Sam (Donald Moffat), a recovering alcoholic who becomes 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 (5th Street, hence the film's title). Eventually finding his best friend, "C.G." (Waite), still living on the nickel,
the two men reminisce, and Sam gets a fresh look at the lifestyle he had once vigorously abandoned.
The film is a multi-level odyssey through the slums of L.A., as Sam re-evaluates the nostalgia he had felt for the
free and bohemian lifestyle of a street person.
In a daring departure from Hollywood tradition, Ralph Waite, drawing on personal experience,
single-handedly financed and guided this film's production, as a moving exploration of the depths of
alcoholism, life on the streets, and rebirth through recovery.
Waite assembled a stalwart cast of familiar
actors to co-star:
Donald Moffat (The West Wing, Clear and Present Danger, The Right Stuff)
Jack Kehoe (The Sting, Murder, She Wrote, Serpico, Reds)
James Gammon (Grey's Anatomy, Natural Born Killers, Young Indiana Jones, In the Heat of the Night)
Ellen Geer (The Mentalist, NYPD Blue, E.R., CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Patriot Games,
Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Penelope Allen (The Crossing Guard, Dog Day Afternoon).
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY TOM WAITS
On the Nickel passed out of general distribution in the 1990s, but regular TV showings have kept
viewer interest high. Waite subsequently collaborated with producer Thomas Wise, restoring and remastering
the film for Blu Ray disc.
ON THE NICKEL IS AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ON AMAZON BY CLICKING ON THIS IMAGE:
"I think one of the things that excites me most about the human condition is how we can find beauty and truth in unlikely places."
ON THE NICKEL reviews:
I THOUGHT THIS WAS AN EXCELLENT MOVIE AND I WOULD LIKE TO BUY A COPY OF IT IF IT IS AVAILABLE ON VHS OR DVD. PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHERE I CAN PURCHASE A COPY!
This movie moved me so much. I thought it was very well done and I would like to buy a copy of it if it is available on VHS or DVD, please advise where I can purchase a copy. Ralph Waite was so good and I particularly loved the dance scene where they sang Waltzing Matilda. The whole movie gave a new perspective on the life of a derelict and reminded me that any one of us could end up in similar situations and that we really should remember to treat all we meet the same way that we would like to be treated.
IT REVEALS IN A ZIGZAG WAY THE SUBTLE, SNEAKY, AND IMPORTANT REASONS WHY LIFE IS WORTH LIVING.
Ralph Waite's film looks like a documentary about winos on skid row but feels like a morality play about Everyman. It is the kind of release that appears on the cultural scene to show us how beautiful and profound personal filmmaking can be when it is done by an individual who cares equally about the craft and conscience. In this sensitive and touching story, we are brought face-to-face with questions regarding the nature of friendship, change, love, freedom, and human dignity.
HEARTFELT, NON-RIGHTEOUS, IRONICALLY FUNNY LOOK AT SKID ROW LIFE IN LOS ANGELES.
On The Nickel is a forgotten film which I was lucky enough to tape from the "Z Channel" (now defunct) in Los Angeles many years ago. The brainchild of actor Ralph Waite (of Waltons), it was independently made on a very low budget. In it, Waite manages to balance the tragedy of skid-row life with humor and irony, and in spite of an easy, fellini-esque ending, tells a moving story of a man (Donald Moffat) a former alcoholic and skid row dweller, struggling to "put his demons to rest" as he searches the "Nickel" (Fifth Street) for his old pal, C.G., played by Ralph Waite. The movie is bookended by the Tom Waits song, "On The Nickel," written for the movie, and has a score that quotes the song frequently. Maybe the Independent Film Channel will consider running it.
AN HONORABLE GLIMPSE INTO THE BUNG OF THE BOTTLE.
On The Nickel pays homage to the cameraderie and last-ditch decency among the dying – in this case, late-stage alcoholics. Eking out a life of sorts on Los Angeles' Skid Row, the characters, for the most part, are not only chemically dependent but also homeless and, often, mentally ill. They also constitute one of the many sub-groups of society which the dominant culture prefers to keep invisible; the movie shows them as human beings with personalities and passions, and their own codes of honor.
BRINGING IT UP-TO-DATE!
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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