Reversal of Fortune
is a 2005 Showtime documentary
which asks the question "What would a homeless person do if they were given $100,000?"
begins with the introduction of Ted Rodrigue, a homeless
man living under a bridge in California
. He begins by describing an average day of "survival" for him, which consists of collecting cans and bottles for recycling
in order to eat and buy cigarettes
for the day. He informs the audience that an average day brings in about $25, while a good day might see as much as $35. Ted reflects on the better days of his life, when his mother (a former alcoholic
) and sisters accepted him. He is shown placing a collect call to his mother, ultimately having the charges denied by his mother. Ted blames his homelessness and lack of family support on their prejudice
against him for being homeless and an undesirable childhood. Ted describes his mother as a "bar whore" who often brought strange men home from the bar on the weekends and that at the age of 12, he was given his first beer by his mother at one of her many social gatherings.
His ability to "do as he pleases" by not having to answer to any authority
figures, keeps him on the streets. Ted informs the filmmakers that he takes a lot of pride in his bike
and is shown washing it at a car wash
, although it has been over three months since he had a "real" shower. Through his recycling, Ted has befriended an 18-year-old... Read More