WriterAllen Baron Initial releaseJanuary 1964 Music directorRobert Mersey
ProducersAllen Baron, Merrill S. Brody, Dorothy E. Reed CastLee Grant, Michael Higgins, Sylvia Miles, Robert Earl Jones, Robert Allen(Tex) Similar moviesAn Affair of the Skin (1963), Restless City (2011), All the Wilderness (2014), Talk to Me (1984), Into My Heart (1999)
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Pie in the Sky is a 1964 American film drama written and directed by Allen Baron and starring Lee Grant and Richard Bray. Although filmed in 1962, financial and distribution problems delayed release until 1964. Shortly after the initial release, it was retitled Terror in the City.
A nine-year-old boy, Brill (Richard Bray), who lives on a farm, hitchhikes to New York City. He finds work selling papers with a gang of shoeshine boys and paper carriers managed by teen punk Rick (Jaime Charlamagne), who keeps half their earnings. Brill wins Rick's money in a crap game, and he goes on the town with his Puerto Rican friend Paco (Roberto Marsach).
When Rick's gang gives Brill a beating, prostitute Suzy (Lee Grant) takes care of Brill, buys him new clothes and takes him on a tour of Manhattan. After Suzy is picked up by the police, Brill buys a bicycle to ride back to the farm. However, a truck ruins the bicycle on the highway, and he stays the night at the home of an elderly African-American couple. Back home the next day, he gives his father the rest of his money.