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Sean Astin in "Where the Day Takes You".
« on: July 25, 2007, 11:26:29 am »
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An interesting bit of trivia. This film was made the same year that Elijah made Radio Flyer. Both movie had the same Baldwin brother. Both movies had a character named King. Both take place in California. There are more similarities but they escape me right now. It gets a bit bizarre.


The film opens with an interview. King, played by Dermot Mulroney, has just been released from the county jail and is being interviewed by a student, Laura San Giacomo, for a study on street kids. His sentence was for petty offenses, things he said he did in order to survive. The interview is revealing, and King comes off as streetwise but caring. He has a family, and he wants to go back to them.
The opening credits run over  “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield, and old favorite song of mine. The kids are on the street, running and dodging between cars in heavy traffic. While you are watching this, be sure to notice Sean jumping, springing really over the one of the cars. This is the athleticism Sean has had all his life. If you follow his work, you will realize how PHYSICAL he is as an actor. Greg has his own unique stance and walk. I’d LOVE to ask Sean how he came up with it. Sean is practically unrecognizable in parts of this.




You also see the underpass beneath which the kids live. Sean says he remembers that place to this day, and the dead body he saw while they were filming.
You’ll see a lot of up and comers in this movie, including young Will Smith, Balthazar Getty, Lara Flynn Boyle (of swan dress fame), and LOADS of others.
As the credits roll on, you spot Sean, snorting cocaine (I guess) behind a metal grate. You will also see Kyle McLaughlin doing the same thing but in more comfortable circumstances. He’s important, and evil. If you have read my Until Spring series, Leo Baggins is based on his character in this movie.

He meets up with his family, at least Greg (Sean) and Little J (Getty) at what appears to be a Christian rock concert where King makes a fantastic entrance by jumping from the balcony to the floor below.






Once out of the concert, King begins to question his younger friends. He asks Greg if he’s been home, but he hasn’t, and he takes a gun off Little J. J and Greg steal food from a convenience store.









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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2007, 11:29:47 am »
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I just posted a reply to this in the other thread, I want to see this film where can I buy it?
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2007, 11:42:42 am »
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I answered over there. I'm sorry. I know this is confusing.
Try Amazon.com. I'm sure you could find a used copy fairly inexpensively.


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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2007, 03:04:21 pm »
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thanks Rach I will pop over there when back off my holiday
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2007, 06:37:13 am »
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I remember Sean talking about how he’d just run in a marathon shortly before he auditioned for LOTR and PJ loving his audition but being concerned because he wanted Sam to be fat for the movie so Sean promised to put on 30 lbs.  It must have been difficult for an athletic person like him to have to bulk up so completely for that role. 

Where is Will Smith?  It looks like Tom Hanks behind Sean in that second pic but I know it can’t be him.  Sean does look different here;  how old is he when he did this?

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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2007, 03:58:41 am »
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It looks like will smith in the 3rd and 4th  pic but hes facing away from the camera but could be him romeny
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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2007, 08:49:16 am »
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They run into Manny and Crasher later, and King yells at Crasher for letting Greg get back on drugs (He’s tweaked, man!) and not keeping a better eye on J. He tells Crasher that he should have been taking care of the others. King is looking for his girlfriend who has disappeared. These kids are rough on each other, but there is a strange bond between them that very much mimics an unconventional family. Sean is amazing in these first scenes, mostly because of his body movements. They are definitely not his own. It’s absolutely fascinating. He’s twitchy and hyper, very much the addict, and he wipes his nose so much it’s a wonder he has one left. LOL That’s all part of the addict persona, I’m sure.




Romeny, here's Will Smith in the back of the shot, playing Slap Hands with Sean.



There’s a new girl in town, Heather, played by Laura Flynn Boyle. She’s just arrived, newly left home, and while they welcome her, it might be just because she has a few dollars. Brenda (Ricki Lake) mentions that there is a party “in the western squat” and King, Crasher, J and Greg go there. King is in search of Devonne, but the search develops into a confrontation.




I have to get more caps uploaded before I go on. More tomorrow!

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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2007, 04:47:50 pm »
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"Will Smith, Laura Flynn Boyle. Ricki Lake"

Thanks so much for the caps Rach…It’s always so interesting to see actors in their earlier days; sometimes it appears that someone has sprung up out of the blue but we forget they paid their dues along the way. I always think of Ricki Lake as a talk-show host and forget she's an actress. 

Sean stealing, using drugs, goodness he’s played a lot of different roles. I see now why he says this role is the least like him. 
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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2007, 06:18:18 pm »
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OMG now I really want to see this will definitly search it when I get back from New Zealand to buy the dvd, thanks Rach
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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2007, 08:46:24 am »
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Finally, a bit more on "Where the Day Takes You".

Back in the Hole, where they live, Greg is STILL snorting.





This is one of my favorite Greg scenes because his true nature is revealed. During his conversation with King, he asks king
“Can we do something together tomorrow night?”




Yeah,”King answers.
“Can we?”
“Yeah, yeah.”
“I’d like that.” This line comes off with just the right amount of sadness and you suddenly realize that, under the tough front he tries to achieve, is a lost and lonely little boy. I always tear up a little here.




As he leaves, Greg reinforces this notion by stopping to turn back. “King, I’m glad to have you back. It makes me feel better, you know.”
I wish I could type it the way Sean says it. You HAVE to see this movie!

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« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2007, 09:31:00 am »
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thanks Rach I love to see all these pics of Sean
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« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2007, 04:58:28 pm »
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Sean sure looks like a real addict here; that 5th pic of him is really heartbreaking isn’t it?  That’s the mother of boys in me coming out because I truly believe most tough guys are just scared little boys. 

Thanks so much for the caps Rach. 
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« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2007, 08:19:47 am »
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I also have a boy, and a girl, so I know what you mean, Romeny. Just wait. There's a scene toward the end of the movie that WILL tear your heart out, as a mom.

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« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2007, 08:44:50 am »
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I'm back. I finally got the summary finished so now it's just a matter of finishing the work on the caps and uploading them to PB. The caps are easy. It's the summary that's the hard part, especially with a film like this. Something like "Encino Man" would be simple. This film is very multilayered and there's no way I could cover everything so I've concentrated on Greg's story. There are lots of OTHER stories here you might enjoy.

Life on the street can get boring. It’s not as free and glamorous as some people would have you believe. Desperate for something to do, and perhaps a bit bent on self-destruction, one of the group’s favorite amusements is train jumping. They gather on a bridge under which a train passes and jump down as it goes through, riding it while standing or jumping from car to car. The danger here is obvious. But what I get most from this scene is the way Sean has constructed the character of Gregg right down to the way he stands and moves. Shown in relief against the moonlight, Greg’s face is shadowed but his body language is unmistakable. There is a swagger that belies the pleading words he has spoken to King only a few hours ago. It is a little boy acting on a dare, taking his life in hands in order to belong somewhere. I find it sad, but it is one of the things I would most like to ask Sean about if I ever AM fortunate enough to meet him. I want to know where this and all his other characters come from, where he finds them and creates them. There is SO MUCH more than lines to his acting. There’s a PHYSICAL COMPONENT that I find just as fascinating.
This role is a SHOWCASE for that element.





The story is punctuated in places with bits of the interview going on in the background. In one of these, King tells the interviewer that his family of street kids has a code, that they look out for each other. More and more, this group is starting to be revealed as a different kind of family, maybe the one so many of these kids wanted but never had.
King makes a comment about how the kids in his family are just kids, like any other kid, and just want to have fun. The camera switches to Greg and Little J breaking into a car to steal the radio. Unfortunately, while in the process, J finds a hand gun in the glove compartment and takes that, too .  As they walk down the street, they discuss which cars to break into. Greg tells him to leave one alone but so great is J’s rage that he breaks the window for no apparent reason, setting off an alarm and sending the two boys running for the Hole. There, a fight ensues between them. King breaks it up, telling Greg that he is bigger than J and shouldn’t fight him. Greg says, “I give you all my money, my drugs, and all you do is stick up for HIM!” The boy then gathers his handful of belongings and leaves.




The next day, Greg is back and the group is begging for money on the street. The funny thing is that King  also GIVES money to other beggars. What he has, he shares.
Greg, in the meantime, has taken his share and gone a different route. He’s gone to see the local dealer, a sleazy character named Ted, played by Kyle McLaughlin. This guy just OOZES EVIL, and is working on drawing Greg even more tightly into addiction by offering him more and more powerful drugs. He uses in front of the kid, telling him how wonderful it is. Greg wants to resist but he is young and in pain and easily led. Ted is a MASTER manipulator! I don’t have words to tell you how creepy this guy is. You HAVE to see it to understand.






More on Monday.

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« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2007, 04:32:21 pm »
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I’m glad to only be seeing this through the screen-caps; it is stressful to watch any what I call “real-life” shows of this sort involving kids because it’s too close to the reality for some children.

It looks as if Sean is doing a phenomenal acting job here but poor Greg, I don’t want to see him move to a harder drug
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