I don’t know what on Earth made me think of this, I’ve not thought about this film in years. At the end of the fourth grade we had a day of just watching movies, and there was one that really moved me. My memory of it is rather vague, but here goes:
It was about a black kid who lives in a poor neighborhood, with only his mother. He finds a cat, and decides to secretly keep it as a pet in an abandoned building. His mother always gives him money to buy their food at a local store, and he starts spending a lot of the money on tuna for the cat. Not cat food, but tuna - that part of my memory of this film sticks out.
At the end of the movie the cat runs out of the building and is hit by a car. Other kids making fun of the lead had something to do with it; I can’t remember if they find the cat and let it out, or if they catch the kid with the cat and it escapes, or what. I just remember all of us in my class were bawling our eyes out.
I have no idea what this film was called, who was in it, or when it was made. I’m not sure if it was meant to be for children, but I think so - even with the dark ending. The end of the fourth grade would have been 1981, so it’s at least that old. Does anyone remember this?