Is that based on the horrible Alex Kotlewicz book? The one about the kids growing up in the HUD housing on Chicago's near west side??
Yup, the one and only. I didn't much care for the book, either. Oprah, however, raved about how the book would alter all our perceptions of the inner city, be the most important book since "How The Other Half Lives," blah, blah, blah.
That movie was done in '94 or '95. One of the child stars of the movie later emulated his role in the movie; he later dropped out of school, became involved in drug dealing and was shot and killed in a "gang-related" shooting here in Chicago late last year.
Sorry. I think I'm becoming the "doom-and-gloom" poster.