Kill the Poor (film)
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|Kill the Poor|
|Directed by||Alan Taylor|
|Produced by||Ruth Charny
|Written by||Daniel Handler|
|Based on||Kill the Poor by Joel Rose|
Larry Gilliard Jr.
|Distributed by||IFC Films|
|Tribeca Film Festival
May 9, 2003
United States limited
January 6, 2006
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 trouble-making 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 principals 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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