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Sidewalk Stories is a 1989 American low-budget, nearly silent movie directed by and starring Charles Lane. The film was shot in black and white and tells the story of a young African American man raising a small child after her father is murdered. The film is a remake of Charlie Chaplin's 1921 feature The Kid. The film was televised by PBS as well as saw limited exposure on VHS and cable television in the 1990s.[1][2]

Sidewalk Stories
Directed byCharles Lane
Produced byPalm Pictures
Written byCharles Lane
StarringCharles Lane
Nicole Alysia
Music byMarc Marder
CinematographyBill Dill
Edited byCharles Lane
Ann Stein
Distributed byIsland Pictures
Public Broadcasting Service (TV broadcast premiere)
Release date
November, 1989 (limited)
January, 1990 (general)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States

In October 2014, Sidewalk Stories was released on DVD and Blu-ray courtesy of Kino Lorber.[3]


  • Charles Lane - The Artist
  • Tom Alpern - Bookseller
  • Darnell Williams- The Father
  • Nicole Alysia - Child
  • Edwin Anthony - Penny Pincher 1
  • Michael Baskin - Doorman/Cop
  • Jeff Bates - Police Officer 2
  • Angel Cappellino - Bully's Mother
  • Jeffrey Carpentier - Homeless Native American
  • John Carr - S.O.B. Man
  • Vince Castelano - Child Customer 3
  • Jimmy Clohessy - Precinct Cop 2
  • Robert Clohessy - Alley Tough 1
  • Sandye Wilson- Girlfriend
  • Deena Engle - Park Mother 1
  • Ellia English - Bag Lady
  • Edie Falco - Woman in Carriage


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