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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The nick-name for the penitentiary was "The Zoo". See more »

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In a fight scene near the climax, a member of crew (complete with camera). See more »

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Ramon Herrera: The only reason you're here is because there is no room for you anywhere else.
Paco Moreno: Well, why don't you get me a room at the Holiday Inn?
Ramon Herrera: Why don't you wise up?
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Sean Penn's best film next to Dead Man Walking
3 September 2003 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

Sean Penn must have impressed audiences with his performance in this film after his first major role as a lovable goof and pothead in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, playing in his more familiar territory of sinister and brooding criminals. As film critic Roger Ebert stated for this movie, Sean Penn's character isn't just some misunderstood kid who's just lost and needs a little love and understanding (though he does seem to become a somewhat better person throught the movie). The first part of the movie opens with him robbing a woman breaking into her car, slugging a man trying to retrieve the womans purse, and then attempting an armed robbery from a fellow enemy of his selling drugs (with Spin City's Alan Ruck helping out). Anyway, I thought the movie was a very realistic and unexploitative film depicting inner-city youths of the early 1980's (though I think the film would do well today too and doesn't seem dated). All performances were great, but I thought the best performances came from unknowns Eric Gurry as Penn's brainy, but very crafty cellmate and Jim Moody and Reni Santoni as firm, but fair and compassionate counselors in the detention facility.


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