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Release Date:
26 May 1982 (USA) See more »
His crime was a minor one. His sentence was a nightmare. [Video]
A teenage delinquent who goes on a drunken joyride is left in jail overnight by his parents in the hope that he might learn a lesson from it... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
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Overall, better than expected, but main character lacked believability. See more (8 total) »


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Martin Sheen ... Frank Caldwell

Jane Alexander ... Sandy Caldwell

Emilio Estevez ... Danny Caldwell

Kenneth McMillan ... Albert C. Caruso

Ed Lauter ... Judge Halloran

Matt Clark ... Mike Raines
Virginia Kiser ... Dr. Forman

Jon Van Ness ... Corky

John Hancock ... Judge Bennett

Deborah Foreman ... Karen

Susan Peretz ... Big Faye

Peter Jurasik ... Andy Barnes

Judyann Elder ... Marni Blake, Prosecutor
Pat McNamara ... Quinn
Henry Tomaszewski ... Roach

Ramon Estevez ... Pick

Rossie Harris ... Rusty
J.P. Bumstead ... Doctor
W.T. Zacha ... Foreman
David Moses ... Cop
Bill Smillie ... Sergeant

Liz Sheridan ... Caseworker

Art LaFleur ... Clifford (as Art La Fleur)

David Faustino ... David

Sonny Carl Davis ... Store Clerk (as Sonny Davis)
Anthony Davis ... Inmate
Cheryl D. Francis ... Inmate (as Cheryl Francis)

Sharon Barr ... Inmate

Directed by
Robert Greenwald 
Writing credits
Jennifer Miller (written by)

Produced by
William Beaudine Jr. .... associate producer
Frank von Zerneck .... producer
Original Music by
Matthew McCauley 
Cinematography by
Isidore Mankofsky (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Florio 
Casting by
Judith Weiner 
Production Design by
Norm Baron 
Set Decoration by
Robert Checchi 
Makeup Department
Les Berns .... makeup artist
Joan Phillips .... hair stylist
Production Management
William Beaudine Jr. .... production manager
Mick McAfee .... post-production supervisor
Richard M. Rosenbloom .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert J. Anderson .... first assistant director
Craig Beaudine .... second assistant director
Steve Rosenbloom .... second assistant director
Art Department
Ted Mossman .... property master
Sound Department
Rich Harrison .... sound effects
Barry Thomas .... sound
Whitey Hughes .... stunt coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shari Feldman .... woman's wardrobe
Tom Numbers .... wardrobe: men
Editorial Department
Susanne Gervay .... negative cutter
Karen Sharp Weissman .... assistant editor (as Karen Weissman)
Location Management
Robert M. Sertner .... location auditor (as Robert Sertner)
Music Department
Terri Fricon .... music supervisor
John Mick .... music editor
Other crew
Marilyn Berro .... secretary to producers
Robin Brantley .... assistant: Mr. Greenwald
Jerry Goldman .... production controller
Helene Iannucci .... production secretary
Joyce King .... script supervisor
Susan Weber-Gold .... production coordinator
Tom Brocato .... publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
120 min (including commercials) | Norway:91 min (without commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Iceland:16 | Norway:15 (video premiere) | Portugal:M/16

Did You Know?

Danny Caldwell:[after the stolen radio incident] Yeah, yeah.
Frank Caldwell:Don't you "Yeah, yeah" me!
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Overall, better than expected, but main character lacked believability., 6 August 2013
Author: donaldgilbert from Seattle, WA

Falling right in line with the others that have reviewed this TV-movie, I would agree that it contained fine performances by M. Sheen, and most of the principles. The script was also decent- not great but decent.

My biggest complaint is with the way Danny's character was portrayed. I get it- a good kid/bad kid. It's just that Emelio Estivez didn't sell me that he was either a bad kid nor a damaged kid from the jail time. Eyes rolling over his "crime scene" and his final scene. I don't blame the actor- I blame the director; either way, he seemed like a caricature.

Still, a modest recommendation.

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