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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.
This is probably one of the grittiest teen flicks to ever come out. This film puts all the films in the Dead End kids to shame. Sean Penn is perfect as Mick and Esai Morales is great as Paco. Also, this film as well as the similarly themed Born Innocent pulls no punches as it shows how the juvenile justice system which is supposed to rehabilitate young offenders does just the opposite and makes them even more hardened. This truly is one of the best films of the 1980's.
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.
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
10 OUT OF 10
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This is a great film. When I saw it when I was around 12, it made me petrified of ever going away to a juvenile prison. I think since I saw it, I've always thought twice before doing something stupid. The director gets such tremendous performances out of the actors, that it doesn't seem at all like the viewer is watching a film, but a documentary. In fact, these great performances go all the way through the credits, when Sean Penn is crying and the guards lead the others prisoners to their cells after the climatic fight scene. To just single out Sean Penn's great performance would be a travesty to all of the others. The musical score is very sad and moves the film along always at a poignant pace.
This film shows a world that most people will never ever see. It blasts
you into this intense, horrible, psychological nightmare. Thinking of
what it would be like to be a part of this facility creeps me out.
The acting is top class and there are loads of familiar face that make you laugh when you think of them in recent films ha ha.
I don't want to give anything away but if you like harsh movie you will love this one! things like KIDS, Doom Generation, Thirteen etc Great movie 10 out of 10.
This film had made me want to watch more of the directors works. If this is his standard then im sure i will not be disappointed.
I loved this film it was excellent, it had a good cast, good story, good performances and you could really understand the characters. This film is very similar to Scum but although both are very gritty I think this film is a little better. Sean Penn is good in every film he has starred in but this film is what made him a creditable actor. If you want to watch a film with a good powerful story then I recommend this and I thought the ending was pretty good if a little predictable.
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.
This is a fantastic crime drama/thriller about a troubled teen(Penn)
who accidentally kills a young boy during a bungled drug heist. He is
sent to a maximum security juvenile correctional facility and is thrown
in with some of the meanest, most violent young criminals. Meanwhile,
the older brother of the young boy that he accidentally killed is out
for revenge and tries to get back at him through his girlfriend(Ally
Sheedy) outside of prison.
Many of the horrific images in this film will stay with you for a long time. There is a constant sense of fear and danger that lingers throughout the film and is highlighted by a terrific score by Bill Conti(Rocky, The Karate Kid). Penn gives one of his best performances here. A must see film.
Sean Penn, Esai Morals, Ally Sheedy, and the other principles in this film
deliver great, realistic, gritty performances. Certainly one of the great
performances of Penn's career.
My only complaint is that the DVD release by ARTISAN ENTERTAINMENT & REPUBLIC PICTURES - Deletes 2 scenes from the original. (That may explain the bargain pricing). The deleted scenes I noticed are: 1. The scene in which Ally Sheedy's character picks Esai's character out of a line-up. 2. A scene inside the Juvenile facility where the inmates are watching the Richard Widmark film "KISS OF DEATH", where he pushes the old, wheelchair-bound lady down the stairs, much to the delight of the inmates!
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