Chicago crime kid Mick O'Brien is sent to reform school after accidentally killing Paco Moreno's kid brother.

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Chicago crime kid Mick O'Brien (Sean Penn) 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 (Esai Morales), who vows revenge by raping Mick's girlfriend (Ally Sheedy). Paco is caught and sent to the same prison where he reworks his revenge plan, and Mick has no choice but to defend himself. Written by watzdabigdeal

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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25 March 1983 (USA)  »

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$9,200,000 (USA)
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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 »

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Mick O'Brien: Two carts for me and two carts for Horowitz... for free.
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Not your ordinary teen movie
13 February 2005 | by (CT) – See all my reviews

I recently saw this movie again (on video, not the uncut DVD). I hadn't seen it in about twenty years, but it affected me the same at 35 as it did when I saw it on cable at 14. It is one of the grittiest, rawest movies I have ever seen, and it works on a visceral level. The performances of Sean Penn and Esai Morales in this film go to show why they have both continued to be two of the hardest working actors in Hollywood. After seeing Penn as Jeff Spiccolli in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," I was amazed by his range in this film (although he was excellent in "Racing With the Moon," which if memory serves me right also came out around this time). Morales took what could have been a one-note role and turned it into a caricature of a revenge-bent punk, but his talent even back then was clear that he was up to the challenge of putting emotion into the role and bringing some sympathy to Paco's plight. Clancy Brown and Ally Sheedy were excellent in their roles as well.

The movie worked not just because the acting was great, but because the story moved along at an exciting pace. It was suspenseful and was not overly cliché or pat. Overall, it was an unforgettable movie experience, a strong cautionary tale that still makes people think.


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