ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
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My Dad Lives in a Downtown Hotel 

Son is shocked when his parents announce that they have decided to separate.


Jeremy Kagan (as Jeremy Paul Kagan)


Elinor Karpf, Stephen Karpf (as Steven Karpf) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Beau Bridges ... Joe Grant (Father)
Ike Eisenmann ... Joey Grant
Margaret Blye ... June Grant (Mother)
Naomi Stevens
Diane Cary ... Receptionist (as Diane Civita)
Claudio Martínez Claudio Martínez ... Bobby
Dermott Downs ... Tommy
Betty Bresler Betty Bresler ... Lady on Bus
Albert Able Albert Able
Barbara Colby


Son is shocked when his parents announce that they have decided to separate.

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Release Date:

28 November 1973 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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brilliant piece of fictionally realistic beauty
7 April 2008 | by tegillesSee all my reviews

i saw this movie for the first time the other afternoon, and i can honestly say that i am no longer the same person i was before experiencing the truly heartbreaking and immensely inspiring film "my dad lives in a downtown hotel." i never thought my life could change in a single afternoon, but after being touched by MDLIADH, i'll never underestimate the power brilliant boundary-shattering art. The film, shot on location in the ghettos of compton, tell the harrowing story of a young child who must deal with the devastating news of his parents divorce. The 10 year old boy begins visiting his father who now lives in a hotel located in the part of compton known to locals as "downtown." The boy eventually turns to a life of drugs in order to deal with the pain, shame, and embarrassment of his father's current homestead. The boy allows himself to be so immersed in life on the street that he ends up turning tricks for cash to support his severe cocaine addiction. In the films climatic scene the boy ends up being a client for his father, reaching an unsettling and positively shocking low for any standards. The films poetic sense of self awareness and innate synicism make it an essential viewing for any lover of film or appreciater of the human spirit. Truly a ground-breaking and astounding account of the deparaved moral void that is modern society, MDLIADH lives on with and uplifting message that is more than relevant today.

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