Kill the Poor (film)
|Kill the Poor|
|Directed by||Alan Taylor|
|Produced by||Ruth Charny
|Written by||Daniel Handler|
Larry Gilliard Jr.
|Distributed by||IFC Films|
|Release dates||Tribeca Film Festival
May 9, 2003
United States limited
January 6, 2006
|Running time||85 minutes|
Kill the Poor is director Alan Taylor's screen adaptation of a novel by Joel Rose. The film is set in Manhattan's Alphabet City in the early 1980s, when the neighborhood was a center of illegal drug activity. The film's title comes from the Dead Kennedys song "Kill the Poor".
Kill the Poor begins with a fire in the apartment of tough guy Carlos DeJesus and his troublemaking son Segundo. The screenplay then focuses on the other tenants of the rundown building in an attempt to determine who set the blaze.
The other principles are:
- Joe Peltz, a young man who ignored his uncle's warnings to bring his wife Annabelle and their young child into the neighborhood where his Jewish grandparents had their start in America;
- Spike, an aspiring found-object sculptor;
- Delilah, a flamboyant gay man;
- Butch, a presumptuous graduate student;
- Scarlet, the tenement's resident floozy;
- Negrito, a fixture in the neighborhood.
A shared distrust of Carlos and Segundo unites this eclectic group and prompts them to hold "co-op" meetings with one goal: eviction of Carlos and Segundo DeJesus.
- David Krumholtz — Joe Peltz
- Clara Bellar — Annabelle Peltz
- Paul Calderón — Carlos DeJesus
- Jon Budinoff — Segundo
- Cliff Gorman — Yakov
- Damian Young — Delilah
- Heather Burns — Scarlet
- Otto Sanchez — Negrito
- Zak Orth — Butch
- Larry Gilliard Jr. — Spike
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