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Director:
Writer:
Richard Di Lello (written by)
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Release Date:
25 March 1983 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
In their world, if you're 17 and still alive you're a survivor [Video Australia] See more »
Plot:
Chicago crime kid Mick O'Brien is sent to reform school after accidentally killing Paco Moreno's kid brother. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Awesome film. See more (52 total) »

Cast

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Sean Penn ... Mick O'Brien

Reni Santoni ... Ramon Herrera

Jim Moody ... Gene Daniels
Eric Gurry ... Horowitz

Esai Morales ... Paco Moreno

Ally Sheedy ... J. C. Walenski

Clancy Brown ... Viking Lofgren
Robert Lee Rush ... Tweety
John Zenda ... Wagner

Alan Ruck ... Carl Brennan
Tony Mockus Jr. ... Warden Bendix (as Tony Mockus)
Erik Barefield ... Terrell
Dean Fortunato ... Perretti
Lawrence Mah ... Ricky Lee

Jorge Noa ... Carlos
Ray Caballero ... Pablo
Martha De La Cruz ... Mrs. Moreno
Ray Ramirez ... Mr. Moreno
Eugene J. Anthony ... Robert Walenski
Michael Andrew Gorman ... Detective Moran (as Andrew Gorman)
Marco A. David ... Pacito
Don James ... Black Gang Leader (as Donald James)
Jane Alderman ... Woman Victim

Rick Rosenthal ... Judge (as Richard L. Rosenthal)
Fran Stone ... Vicki O'Brien
Omar S. Saunders ... Johnson
Kevin Springs ... Roberts
Eric David ... Lineup Boy #1
John San Juro ... Lineup Boy #2
Adam Pelty ... Teen Gun Dealer
Robin Coleman ... Squad Car Cop
Marvin Townes ... Bad Dude #1
Aaron Holden ... Bad Dude #2
Bill Martin Jr. ... Truck Driver
Myles O'Donnell ... Worker
Edward Kearns ... Lineup Sergeant
Brenda Joyce Minor ... Policewoman
Richard Lee Padget ... Guard
Peter Kirkpatrick ... Mess Hall Supervisor #1
David Barrett ... Mess Hall Supervisor #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sal Amato ... Inmate On Rail (uncredited)
George Barrow ... Bit (uncredited)

Jason Gedrick ... Inmate (uncredited)
Peter Kobernik ... Food Supervisor (uncredited)
Robert Minkoff ... Bit (uncredited)
Dick Sollenberger ... Van Driver (uncredited)
Rob Wimberly ... Bad Boy (uncredited)
Roderick Wimberly ... Bad Boy (uncredited)
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Directed by
Rick Rosenthal 
 
Writing credits
Richard Di Lello (written by)

Produced by
Marty Hornstein .... associate producer (as Martin Hornstein)
Robert H. Solo .... producer (as Robert Solo)
 
Original Music by
Bill Conti 
 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees 
Donald E. Thorin (director of photography) (as Donald Thorin)
 
Film Editing by
Antony Gibbs 
 
Casting by
Jane Alderman 
Mary Gail Artz 
Howard Feuer 
Jeremy Ritzer 
 
Production Design by
J. Michael Riva 
 
Art Direction by
Maher Ahmad 
 
Set Decoration by
Richard Reams 
 
Makeup Department
Jay Cannistraci .... makeup artist
Kathe Swanson .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Marty Hornstein .... unit production manager (as Martin Hornstein)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William M. Elvin .... second assistant director (as Bill Elvin)
Katterli Frauenfelder .... second assistant director
Pat Kehoe .... first assistant director
Thomas J. Mack .... first assistant director (as Tom Mack)
Bob Roe .... second assistant director (as Robert Roe)
 
Art Department
Maher Ahmad .... set designer
Harry N. Haase .... stand-by painter (as Harry Haase)
Aaron Holden .... property master
Dennis Lindbergh .... assistant property master
Gordon Meloeny .... leadman
James Prerost .... swing gang
Joel Prihoda .... swing gang
Thomas Sedor .... swing gang
Paul Stanley .... stand-by painter
George Stokes .... construction coordinator
Timothy W. Tiedje .... assistant property master
Paul Stanwyck .... head painter: Chicago (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Dockendorf .... dubbing mixer (as Dave Dockendorf)
John Elizalde .... sound editor
Don MacDougall .... dubbing mixer (as Don Mac Dougall)
Art Rochester .... sound mixer
Richard Thornton .... boom operator
Richard Tyler .... dubbing mixer
Jack S. Wiener .... sound recordist (as Jack Wiener)
 
Special Effects by
Bob Shelley .... special effects
 
Stunts
Dean Jeffries .... stunt player
Gray Johnson .... stunt player
Denver Mattson .... stunt player
Ron Oliney .... stunt player (as Ronald Oliney)
Walter Robles .... stunt player
Chuck Waters .... stunt coordinator
Chuck Waters .... stunt player
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kirk Bales .... dolly grip (as Kirk Bayles)
James F. Boyle .... gaffer (as James Boyle)
Ted Churchill .... Steadicam operator
Ted Churchill .... panaglide operator
Bob Coyle .... still photographer
Peter Davidian .... best boy electric
Ronald Garcia .... video playback coordinator
Brian C. Glover .... assistant camera (as Brian Glover)
Rob Hahn .... assistant camera
Daniel R. Jordan .... key grip (as Danny Jordan)
Frank Miller .... camera operator
William R. Nielsen Jr. .... assistant camera (as Bill Nielson)
Joe Pennella .... director of photography: second unit
Jeffrey R. Renfrow .... key grip: Chicago (as Jeff Renfrow)
Charles Saldana .... key grip
Donald Schmitz .... best boy grip
Mark Simon .... second assistant camera
Don Smetzer .... still photographer
Tom Stern .... gaffer
Robert Swander .... gaffer: Chicago (as Bob Swander)
 
Casting Department
Elizabeth Geddes .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mickey Antonetti .... costumer
Jay Hurley .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
William Essary .... assistant film editor
Aubrey Head .... color timer
 
Music Department
Douglas M. Lackey .... music editor (as Doug Lackey)
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer
 
Transportation Department
Billy Martin .... transportation captain (as William Martin Jr.)
Richard Padgett .... transportation coordinator (as Richard Padget)
 
Other crew
Kathy Bitinas .... first aid
Jeanne Caliendo .... production assistant (as Jeannie Caliendo)
Nancy Froelich .... production assistant
Rochell Linker Goodrich .... assistant: Mr. Rosenthal (as Rochelle Linker)
Clayton Hartley .... production assistant
Graham Henderson .... production executive: EMI
Billy Higgins .... location manager
Kevin Barry Howe .... production assistant (as Kevin Howe)
Joan Merlo .... production office coordinator
Stephanie Moore .... location manager
Marsha Morgan .... assistant production office coordinator
Paul Pascarella .... title designer
Sioux Richards .... script supervisor
Anne Strick .... unit publicist
Michael Sudalnik .... craft service (as Michael Sudalnick)
Walter Tabayoyong .... stand-in
Marvin Towns Jr. .... production assistant (as Marvin Townes)
Lynn Hendee .... production executive (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jane Byrne .... the producers would like to express their appreciation to: for the courtesy and cooperation extended to them (as Hon. Mayor Jane M. Byrne)
James R. Thompson .... the producers would like to express their appreciation to: for the courtesy and cooperation extended to them (as Hon. Governor James R. Thompson)
 

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Runtime:
104 min | UK:123 min (original release) | Sweden:105 min | USA:123 min (original release)
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Color (Astrocolor)
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Certification:
Australia:R | Australia:MA (Cable TV rating) | Australia:M (TV rating) | Canada:R (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2002) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1983) | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (1983) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 | Singapore:M18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (#26898) | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Around twelve years later in 1995, actor Sean Penn would portray a prison inmate again in Dead Man Walking (1995). This was the same year when the other Bad Boys (1995) movie came out.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the scene where Paco's mother is packing her dead son's belongings away, Paco says to his mother "I have to do it!" It comes up as the same words on the screen twice. But when he says it the second time, he says something different in the language he is speaking.See more »
Quotes:
Mick O'Brien:Hey. What are the odds on me now, Perretti?
Perretti:Three to two... against you. Nothing personal.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in John's Arm: Armageddon (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
Night OwlsSee more »

FAQ

Why does Paco rape J.C.?
What are the differences between the Early Home Cinema Released and the Original Theatrical Version?
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Awesome film., 21 December 2006
Author: Assavari from Canada

Bad Boys is a gritty, suspenseful film dealing with drugs, rape, death and young delinquents existing in a hostile environment. I just want to point out that this is NOT the Michael Bay film of the 90's! This version of Bad Boys was released in 1983 to moderate success at the box office, compared to the summer blockbuster status of the newer Bad Boys films. Rick Rosenthal (Halloween 2) occupied the director's chair with strong support coming from Sean Penn, Esai Morales and Reni Santoni. The story goes like this: Mick O'Brien (Penn) is being held in a juvenile facility for the vehicular manslaughter of his rival's younger brother. The rest of the plot is a riveting tale of suspense as his nemesis Paco (played by Morales) rapes Mick's beloved girlfriend while Mick is still in prison. This vengeful act lands Paco in the same prison where our character Mick currently resides. What follows? You guessed it; a barrel full of drama as a dramatic confrontation between Mick and Paco ensues! I first saw Bad Boys a few years ago after I purchased it for 3 dollars in a used movie bin. It ended up being the best three dollars that I ever spent! It really is that good of a movie. I realize I might be a sucker for early 80's dramas, but I rank Bad Boys as the most under-rated film of Sean Penn's entire career. It's hard to believe that he was only 22 in the movie, having just come off the set of Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Esai Morales is solid throughout as Penn's rival as well. Apparently Esai used to get quite a bit of attention from young girls visiting the set. This left Sean Penn in a crabby and malicious mood, which resulted in him getting a gym membership and having some prep talk with director Rick Rosenthal. For more on that conversation I suggest you listen to the films commentary track. All of the acting in Bad Boys is 100 percent believable at all times. I actually felt like I was in a deadly prison environment where one minute I have a best friend and the next he's making a stereo to blow up in my face! Oh yes…Bad Boys is that bad! On a more technical note, I really enjoyed some of the steadicam shots that follow characters down various stairways and around sharp corners. There is even a mistake in the last 10 minutes of the film where you can plainly see a steadicam operator directly in the shot! But it is barely noticeable considering how intense the last few scenes are! The movie itself is rather dark in some spots; which is probably the result of the lower budget price tag. But nonetheless, this film is much better than any other teen angst movie of the 80's that I've seen (including Coppola's 'The Outsiders' released in theatres only 2 days later!). There is really so much more to Bad Boys then I can write in these few paragraphs. It paints a dark picture for the American judicial system and an even darker picture for dramas of the early 80's. Please see this movie!

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