Plagued by a language barrier as a new arrival to New York City, a Spanish-speaking man struggles in his attempts to find employment.
In a desperate attempt to survive, an informer begins to sell his tips, which puts his life in danger.
Ignored by his son and placed in a home for the elderly, a man begins to phone in threats to the police. A fellow resident overhears him during one call and begins a blackmail scheme.
A barber, who was rejected for the Police Academy, buys a uniform and begins impersonating a policeman. All goes well until he shoots an armed robber.
A love triangle ends with the death of a Native American construction worker off a narrow girder. The ensuing investigation is hampered by an ancient Indian custom that prevents those involved from telling what actually happened.
Ordered to get out of town by criminals, a man is reluctant to listen to them since it would involve leaving his girlfriend.