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One of the overlooked films of the 1980s, perhaps because it is such a downbeat tale of an amoral family. Sean Penn plays a kid whose small-time criminal impulses are stoked to a new level when he falls in with his father (Christopher Walken), a vicious career criminal for whom no problem is so large that it can't be solved by a murder. At first exhilarated by the attention from his father (and the jobs he gives him to do), he gradually catches on to just what a bad guy Dad really is. But when he tries to extricate himself, he discovers that Dad now has him squarely in his sights. Penn is terrific in a role of emotional complexity, while Walken, king of the creeps, is positively frightening as this soft-spoken but highly lethal patriarch. --Marshall Fine

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Sean PennBrad Whitewood Jr.
Christopher WalkenBrad Whitewood Sr.
Mary Stuart MastersonTerry
Chris PennTommy Whitewood
Millie PerkinsJulie
Eileen RyanGrandma
Tracey WalterUncle Patch Whitewood
R.D. CallDickie
David StrathairnTony Pine
Candy ClarkMary Sue
Kiefer SutherlandTim
Stephen GeoffreysAggie
Crispin GloverLucas
Noelle ParkerJill
Alan AutryErnie

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: James Foley
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 111 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaApr 18, 1986
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaDec 19, 2000
    EuropeJul 21, 2003
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