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Chicago crime kid Mick O'Brien has been sent to a juvenile prison for vehicular manslaughter. Most unfortunately, the person he kills is the kid brother of his nemesis Paco Moreno, who vows revenge by raping Mick's girlfriend. Paco is caught and sent to the same prison where he re-works his revenge plan, and Mick has no choice but to defend himself. Written by
Sean Penn once said of this film around the time of its first release: "This movie is a lot about drive, about frustrated drive and we all experience that. The kids in this movie feel they have very few choices - and they're unaware of those additional options they may have. I read the script and felt it was real. I went out into the areas of Chicago where we were going to shoot and there was stuff right out of our script, and even rougher. In a funny way I think people who see this film will be relieved to see that the rest of the world isn't like that. I want to see more films about the way the world 'really' is. With those so-called 'escapist' or 'pure entertainment' movies, you come out and the world seems so dull you want to go back inside. But I think reality should be more fun than fantasy. I think the real world's the most exciting of all, and that whatever is wrong with it can be fixed. I'm an opportunist". See more »
Sean Penn's character gets some Yummy soda cans out of a soda vending machine. Yummy brand soda was only available in Jewel-Osco Drugstores and was never available in vending machines. See more »
This film has to be one of the best youth crime dramas around. Sean Penn delivers a strong performance as a troubled youth, without the will but the courage to change his ways. Ally Sheedy also delivers a strong performance as the sole light in Penn's insane lifestyle. Esai Morales delivers a strong performance as a youth who has takes the wrong roads in life. Buckle up, and get ready for an emotional ride by some talented actors/writers/director in this movie.
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