The Tin Soldier

1995, Movie, PG, 99 mins

Sincere, but fairly outmoded in presentation, Jon Voight's directorial debut is a brave attempt to update and urbanize a Hans Christian Andersen classic. Despite the background noise of chains and switchblades, this sweetie-pie kids film emerges as a throwback to the saccharine vehicles of Mickey Rooney and Freddie Bartholomew.

Reeling from his dad's untimely death in a brawl, latchkey child Billy (Trenton Knight) has trouble adapting to his new environment, a violence-laden inner city school in a downwardly mobile neighborhood. While his mother (Ally Sheedy) works as a waitress, Billy resists the seductive patter of gang recruiters like Clyde (Aeryk Egan). Ups...

Released: 1995 Rated: PG Length: 99 mins

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