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Portrays the lives of nine desperate teenagers. Thrown too young into a seedy grown up world, these runaways and castaways survive, but just barely. Rat, the dumpster diver. Tiny, the teen prostitute. Shellie, the baby-faced blonde. DeWayne, the hustler. All old beyond their years. All underage survivors fighting for life and love on the streets of downtown Seattle. (imdb)

Genre: Documentary

Country: USA

Directed By: Martin Bell

Written By: Cheryl McCall

Starring: Roberta Joseph Hayes, Baby Gramps, Dewayne, Kim, Lillie, Lulu, Erin Blackwell

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Streetwise belongs to 24 collections
1. Fuck my life (public: moderated by Dorkovsky - 27 stars)
2. Best of criticker: Documentary (public: moderated by avgcrtckr - 13 stars)
3. Best of criticker: Top 250 (public: moderated by avgcrtckr - 12 stars)
4. He Who Strays Discovers New Paths (public: moderated by dardan - 8 stars)
5. Films that broaden your horizon (public: moderated by dardan - 4 stars)
6. Documentaries about children (public: moderated by djross - 2 stars)
8. Seattle (public: moderated by Pickpocket)
9. TOP 100 of the past 100 years (public: moderated by avgcrtckr)
10. Ratings (public: moderated by cheapthrills)
11. Documentaries about homelessness (public: moderated by djross)
12. Djross best movies about children (private: djross - 3 stars)
13. Djross 1984 top ten (private: djross)
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TCI | Percentile | Date Ranked | # Stars (Reviews)
Date User Score
May 21 vitruvian vitruvian
98 91%
May 14 laika laika
91 95%
May 02 TheDiceman TheDiceman
80 95%
Excellent.
Apr 24 Reigntall
70 52%
Apr 22 ntnvnv ntnvnv
77 73%
Apr 20 Malcym
6 51%
Mar 26 kennkoon kennkoon
73 58%
Mar 16 siegelmann
90 78%
Feb 07 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
77 96%
Jan 10 fredericg54 frederic_g54
10 97%
Powerful and poignant depiction of street kids thrown into a vicious circle of neglect and destitution from which it is difficult - if not impossible - to emerge. A difficult watch made even more so, not by the harsh realities those kids have to face everyday, but rather the at times bittersweet moments - such as Tiny and Rat confessing their love for each other - that allow for the occasional glimmer of hope to shine through. Essential viewing.
Aug 21, 2017 izwt936g
97 94%
Jul 06, 2017 djross djross
75 83%
Depiction of the hopeless lives of children victimised by social, familial and political neglect. Given the limited number of participants, it is rather shocking that, apart from those that died from other causes such as suicide and AIDS, at least three of those shown here were later murdered (Lulu stabbed in 1985, Roberta strangled by Gary Ridgway in 1987, Patrice shot by a dealer in 2017): aside from all the economic and other disparities, there is also a vast inequality of violence.
Jul 03, 2017 toro913
64 63%
Jul 03, 2017 FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
97 98%
Jun 11, 2017 brimaire brimaire
80 54%
Apr 05, 2017 bal3x bal3x
70 69%
Mar 30, 2017 cheapthrills
90 96%
Mar 29, 2017 robot2xl robot2xl
74 83%
Jan 13, 2017 zoPZ_ii zoPZ!
85 94%
Powerful record of the very, very shitfucked lives of some very, very young people.
Jan 12, 2017 Magmadiver Magmadiver
87 77%
Sep 27, 2016 ERogers
100 90%
Sep 07, 2016 3_Qs ???
77 74%
Aug 27, 2016 NickP
70 56%
Jul 25, 2016 AFlickering AFlickering
88 87%
Jul 16, 2016 heyimdylan moss piglet
9 97%
Jul 15, 2016 Hennimore
67 30%
Jul 15, 2016 b0beauxs
8 62%
Jul 04, 2016 MrWhiplash
100 88%
Jun 04, 2016 letterboxdvo letterboxdvo
41 95%
May 24, 2016 GothamCity GothamCity
55 35%
May 04, 2016 beast beast
9 96%
Apr 20, 2016 CHIMP CHIMP
88 94%
Apr 06, 2016 twincinema twincinema
90 93%
32 years later, this is still a difficult watch. These kids just never had a chance, whether it be because their father is in jail, or that they have an alcoholic mother who thinks their prostitution is "just a phase". The documentary deals with everything in such a frank manner, and never shies away from the difficult stuff.
Feb 10, 2016 rootbeercirc
94 97%
Dec 16, 2015 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
43 97%
Dec 09, 2015 Seethruskin Seethruskin
5 79%
Manages to pull off a doc on street kids and not seem preachy or judgemental. Man, Seattle has changed in the last couple decades.
Nov 19, 2015 RavynLoony RavynLoony
94 98%
Nov 15, 2015 damosaurs
100 71%
Oct 21, 2015 timmy88
90 59%
Oct 16, 2015 Niska Niska
73 98%
Sep 27, 2015 SnoopyStyle
80 89%
Jul 23, 2015 dardan dardan
88 93%
Unreal. Raised or abandoned by those not much more mature than themselves, dehumanised and subsequently invisible to the people of Seattle and its government, drug abuse, prostitution, adopting the narrative, spewed by those powerful men wanting ever more, of abortion implying the murder of babies, among other things, make for a brutal watch.
Jul 16, 2015 acrolyne acrolyne
82 56%
Jun 21, 2015 Inkerictus Inkerictus
85 87%
Mar 25, 2015 adamj1982 adamj1982
89 91%
Mar 21, 2015 sebby sebby
80 89%
Mar 21, 2015 windowseat
90 86%
Mar 16, 2015 blucthulhu
90 93%
Feb 27, 2015 Midaso
3 25%
Jan 16, 2015 7thpein 7thpein
77 78%
Dec 01, 2014 erkmen erkmen
87 93%
Oct 28, 2014 syntaxerror syntaxerror
94 70%
Oct 20, 2014 cosmovonw
5 73%
Oct 03, 2014 genecal
60 65%
Jun 06, 2014 IL I.L.
83 78%
Apr 01, 2014 GrimsChild GrimsChild
50 56%
Apr 01, 2014 matty5190 matty5190
90 90%
Mar 27, 2014 tata tata
90 74%
Mar 25, 2014 Slvbarek Actionberg
95 97%
Mar 18, 2014 luchatein luchatein
98 97%
Jan 24, 2014 winterf
60 36%
Jan 21, 2014 RadioFreeLee RadioFreeLee
91 89%
Dec 29, 2013 Roz Roz
95 95%
Dec 09, 2013 catfacer catfacer
93 94%
Nov 06, 2013 dirtyfilthy
65 46%
Oct 26, 2013 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
86 99%
Oct 23, 2013 clarkah Prof. Sebby
80 87%
Oct 15, 2013 Darren Darren
93 92%
Sep 18, 2013 gloam
100 56%
Aug 13, 2013 Sane
83 85%
Jul 09, 2013 comepelicula comepelicula
65 59%
Jul 08, 2013 yk_nomisugi
75 92%
Apr 03, 2013 PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
86 84%
It really struck me just how young these kids are. Even when they act tough you can see just how much is an act and how vulnerable they are, how clearly our society is a failure if we can't take care of these kids. For many of them you can sense their chances of success slowly dwindling away and it's just heartbreaking. From a filmmaking perspective the access the director got is impressive, not just an honest glimpse into a subculture but a glimpse a bit further into their individual realities.
Mar 12, 2013 fenixdown fenixdown
75 51%
Jan 21, 2013 doddsinator doddsinator
8 46%
Jan 15, 2013 thiemen
8 85%
Jan 02, 2013 chrissylove
100 91%
Dec 28, 2012 FitFortDanga MartinTeller
88 90%
Nov 17, 2012 snallygaster snallygaster
79 88%
Oct 29, 2012 gwynplaine gwynplaine
100 97%
Oct 12, 2012 wokelstein wokelstein
100 98%
Sep 22, 2012 Skittish
88 94%
Jul 23, 2012 Randomized
25 22%
Jul 05, 2012 Drakula Drakula
100 75%
Mar 19, 2012 Lord_Moe Lord Moe
85 60%
Much like "Dark Days" (though "Streetwise" predates it by 16 years), this film is a real eye-opener. It makes you think about how good you may have it compared to the kids in this film. Some kids have parents that are dead, in jail, or simply don't care, and some are 14 year old prostitutes who need fast, "easy" money.
Feb 14, 2012 AICHEG AICHE
89 97%
Feb 11, 2012 AceySaid10 AceySaid10%
88 95%
Jan 15, 2012 eCitizen eCitizen
20 10%
Jun 29, 2011 Bandy Bandy
100 99%
Jun 22, 2011 jakncoke jakncoke
90 94%
Apr 06, 2011 filmcricket
91 98%
Oct 15, 2010 Neveryan
83 75%
Oct 08, 2010 winds winds
7 91%
Oct 07, 2010 sensei sensei
85 83%
I wish the filmmakers could've done a "Hoop Dreams" treatment of Seattle's downtown street kids by following them for several years. You'll want to know what happens to everyone in the movie, and the answers are difficult to come by - perhaps that's a mark of its greatness. Also fascinating to watch for 80s fashions and downtown 80s Seattle (it's cleaned up a bit in the last 26 years).
Sep 19, 2010 roujin roujin
80 92%
Aug 31, 2010 sidehacker sidehacker
97 99%
Aug 16, 2010 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
81 93%
May 23, 2010 pinkypanther
86 48%
May 01, 2010 chadarnook
81 60%
Mar 03, 2010 DMCrimson DMCrimson
82 74%
Feb 10, 2010 onetwothree
80 96%
Oct 26, 2009 sengir sengir
81 73%
Sep 11, 2009 flowing flowing
72 82%
Sep 10, 2009 cloak cloak
86 96%
Jun 30, 2009 sellis
93 92%
Apr 20, 2009 imdb imdb
81 95%
Jan 26, 2009 Dorkovsky Dorkovsky
9 95%
Apparently being streetwise means being really really dumb. Some of the kid's stories are truly heartbreaking, but most of them are just the product of constantly making poor choices. Regardless of all that, the filmmaker never takes sides, and it makes for a very satisfying documentary on a troubling subject.
Jan 05, 2009 undinum undinum
95 94%
Nov 06, 2008 LRibeiro
80 67%
Oct 29, 2008 JakeAesthete JakeAesthete
91 91%
Oct 28, 2008 Stain Stain
100 95%
Fascinating little documentary about kids getting Darwinated
Oct 21, 2008 Merc Merc
85 91%
Average Percentile 79.99% from 112 Rankings rss