On the Nickel
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On the Nickel
The Skid Row derelicts that occupy most of the screen time in this uneven drama about the effects of alcohol addiction do nothing to gain an audience's sympathy. Sam (Donald Moffat) has kicked his habit and picked himself up out of the gutter only to find that no avenues are open to take him away from the gutter. Then he learns that his friend C.G. (Ralph Waite, also the director) is in trouble. As one sequence of aimless, drunken behavior follows another and the audience is regaled by C.G.'s commentaries delivered in an alcoholic stupor, it is hard to understand why Sam is teetering… More

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"On The Nickel reveals in a zigzag way the subtle, sneaky and important reaons why life is worth living."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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