About

Based on the Depression-era bildungsroman memoir of writer A. E. Hotchner, the film follows the story of a boy struggling to survive on his own in a hotel in St. Louis after his mother is committed to a sanatorium with tuberculosis. His father, a German immigrant and traveling salesman working for the Hamilton Watch Company, is off on long trips from which the boy cannot be certain he will return.

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Directed by

Steven Soderbergh

Written by

Steven Soderbergh (Screenplay)
A.E. Hotchner (Novel)

Runtime

103 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

When the world turns upside down, the trick is coming out on top.

Cast

Keywords

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