Anti-Semitism, race relations, coming of age, and fathers and sons: in Baltimore from fall, 1954, to fall, 1955. Racial integration comes to the high school, TV is killing burlesque, and rock and roll is pushing the Four Lads off the Hit Parade. Ben, a high school senior, and his older brother Van are exploring "the other": in Ben's case, it's friendship with Sylvia, a Black student; with Van, it's a party in the WASP part of town and falling for a debutante, Dubbie. Sylvia gives Ben tickets to a James Brown concert; Dubbie invites Van to a motel: new worlds open. Meanwhile, their dad Nate, who runs a numbers game, loses big to a small-time pusher, Little Melvin; a partnership ensues.
Ben Foster....Ben Kurtzman
Orlando Jones....Little Melvin
Bebe Neuwirth....Ada Kurtzman
Joe Mantegna....Nate Kurtzman
Richard Kline....Charlie, Nate's Assistant
Vincent Guastaferro....Pete, Nate's Assistant
Justin Chambers....Trey Tobelseted
Carolyn Murphy....Dubbie the Blonde
James Pickens Jr.....Sylvia's Father
Frania Rubinek....Rose (Grandma)
Kiersten Warren....Annie the Stripper
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