Based on the Depression-era bildungsroman memoir of writer A. E. Hotchner, the film follows the story of a boy struggling to survive on his own in a hotel in St. Louis after his mother is committed to a sanatorium with tuberculosis. His father, a German immigrant and traveling salesman working for the Hamilton Watch Company, is off on long trips from which the boy cannot be certain he will return.
|Jeroen Krabbé||Mr. Kurlander|
|Lisa Eichhorn||Mrs. Kurlander|
|Karen Allen||Miss Mathey|
|Spalding Gray||Mr. Mungo|
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