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Daniel and the Towers (1987)

The story of Simon Rodia, the real-life artist who spent 30 years constructing Los Angeles' Watts Towers, a monument to Christopher Columbus, and his fictional relationship with Daniel, a young boy.

Director:

Paul Schneider
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miguel Alamo Miguel Alamo ... Daniel Guerra
Shawn Harrison ... Sean
Jimmy Yung Jimmy Yung ... Liko
Allan Arbus ... Simon 'Sam' Rodia
Montrose Hagins ... Hellen Littlefield
Carmen Zapata Carmen Zapata ... Consuelo Guerra
Beulah Quo Beulah Quo ... Lynn Chow
Michael McKean ... Wexler Hatch
Liam Sullivan ... Commissioner
Janice McElroy Janice McElroy ... Miss Williams
Mary Lowitt Mary Lowitt ... Customer At Store
Steven Camarillo Steven Camarillo ... Rude Vacho 1
Telly Bilbrew Telly Bilbrew ... Rude Vacho 2
Anthony James Guttierrez Anthony James Guttierrez ... Rude Vacho 3
John Outterbridge John Outterbridge ... Postman
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The story of Simon Rodia, the real-life artist who spent 30 years constructing Los Angeles' Watts Towers, a monument to Christopher Columbus, and his fictional relationship with Daniel, a young boy.

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The "8th Wonder of the World" was in his own back yard! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1987 (USA) See more »

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Color:

Color
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Quotes

Simon 'Sam' Rodia: [to his car] Oh, you hunk of misery!
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Really good family movie!
8 March 2002 | by kkennedy-1See all my reviews

This is a really nice movie adults and kids can watch together.

Daniel has some emotional problems, because his mother died, and his father left him. He lives with his kind, hard-working grandmother. He and his friends laugh at an odd older man who collects "beautiful" junk and uses it to make the unusual, odd, towers in his backyard. Daniel and his friends vandalize this man's work of art, and get into some other trouble in the neighborhood. But because of this man's kindness, Daniel learns to appreciate beauty where it can be found, and to take pride in personal work. Also, neighbors are shown helping each other, which is one of my pet themes.


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