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Third Avenue: Only the Strong Survive

Third Avenue: Only the Strong Survive
1:00:00 | 1980

Categories: Documentary

Third Avenue: Only in America is a harrowing urban survival tale chronicling six people's lives as they live and work on Third Avenue - a stretch of roadway running through Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx.

Eddie works in an automobile junkyard. The living he can scrape together will never satisfy his dream to become a millionaire. So he steals cars at night and sells the parts during the day. Trudy lives in condemned squalor -- no heat and no hot water. She is a frail, overwhelmed and vulnerable welfare mother. Ricky was starving in Grand Central Station. Out of desperation, he turned to the twilight world of male prostitution, drugs, and violence. It's dangerous, but the money is fast and plentiful. Joe has been a Bowery bum for the past decade, saying ""I just can't stop drinking."" Tired of panhandling and sleeping on the streets of Third Avenue, he begs his wife to take him back. Raul has been earning slave wages for 20 years. This diminutive, God-fearing man goes to church seven days a week and hopes his children will follow his Protestant ethic. One by one, however, they are lured by the call of easy money, drugs and prostitution. The Pascones have lived on Third Avenue for over 50 years.

The younger generation is deserting the old neighborhood, leaving a void where a happy, vibrant life used to be. But when Mama Pascone puts her spaghetti on the table, and the whole family gathers together to sing and dance, it buoys their otherwise lonely existence, filling everyone with love. THIRD AVENUE: ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE is a milestone in video and television history as a portrait of a changing urban landscape.

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Roni Soup
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February 15, 2015
B
Diane Marie
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October 5, 2014
B
Jolly Rotten
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February 26, 2014
This is incredible. It should be a permanent fixture on snagfilms
Caleb Chaotik
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February 15, 2014
A+
Marla Chupack
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February 8, 2014
A+
Tim Eisenhauer
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February 2, 2014
A+
Gemal Woods
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January 27, 2014
A
Soul Flower
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January 4, 2014
A+
Absolutely Beautiful. Family over Everything...
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December 24, 2013
A
excellent
Michael posner
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December 21, 2013
A+
Tamara PM
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November 25, 2013
A-
Tawana Taylor
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October 13, 2013
A
Teadoism
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October 2, 2013
C-
Kent Stewart
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September 29, 2013
A+
Francesco Silva
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September 26, 2013
A
Lourent
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September 11, 2013
A
JANE HYDEN
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August 24, 2013
A
Gan Im
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August 17, 2013
Amazing footage.
Brian Davitt
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February 5, 2013
Was finally able to see this again, thanks to this site. I recall seeing it years ago but had forgotten the name until watching a PBS special. I'm familiar with sections of Brooklyn highlighted in this documentary. Very interesting piece now 30+ years later.
Brian Davitt
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January 14, 2013
I saw this soon after it came out.this is the nyc I grew up in.i loved it and I miss it thank you snag films I real;ly miss them days.
Lynn Nicholas
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September 11, 2012
For the record Third Ave. never ran through Brooklyn only Manhattan and the Bronx.
Lynn Nicholas
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September 5, 2012
michelle obama, you reps and you dems, check this out. martin scorcese wishes he could be this real. it needs subtitles for those of us not from new yawk.
Demarcos Lorenzo
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October 22, 2011
Cool film
Vera Rivera
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October 17, 2011
I loved it,