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The New Kids (1985)

A brother and sister arrive in a small town to help their relatives run an amusement park, and they find the town is terrorized by a local street gang.

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Shannon Presby ...
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Gideon
David H. MacDonald ...
Moonie
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JoeBob (as Vincent Grant)
Theron Montgomery ...
Gordo
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Charlie
Lucy Martin ...
Fay
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Mark
Paige Price ...
Karen (as Paige Lyn Price)
Court Miller ...
Sheriff
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'Mac' MacWilliams
Jean De Baer ...
Mary Beth MacWilliams (as Jean DeBaer)
Robertson Carricart ...
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Abby McWilliams and her brother Loren are particularly normal teenagers. Their parents Mac and Mary Beth are killed in an accident. It's decided that Abby and Loren live in Glenby, Florida with their Aunt Fay and Uncle Charlie who own a gas station and an amusement park. Loren and Abby don't have much trouble making friends at their new high school. Loren starts dating Karen, the local sheriff's daughter while Abby starts dating Mark. Loren feels uncomfortable when he sees a blond-haired guy harassing Abby in the lunchroom. Mark tells Loren and Abby that the blond-haired guy is Eddie Dutra, a teenage drug addict who is the leader of a gang of redneck thugs. Loren helps Abby keep Dutra at a distance. Dutra's retaliations keep getting more vicious until Dutra forces a showdown at the amusement park by kidnapping Abby. Written by Corey Semple (AdamSandler's8SexyNights)

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The kids learned three things about southern hospitality, blood, sweat and terror! See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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18 January 1985 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Three actors from the film later appeared with actor Keanu Reeves in different films: Lori Loughlin in The Night Before (1988), John Philbin in Point Break (1991) and James Spader in The Watcher (2000). See more »

Goofs

During the shower scene, Abby is wearing a vest to hide her nudity. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Dutra: You want crazy? Well I'll show you crazy.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Endless Love (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Edge of Survival
Music by Michel Rubini
Lyrics by Jess Harnell
Performed by Jess Harnell
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James Spader plays a nut...again.
8 May 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

The New Kids is probably best for fans of the cast or anyone satisfied by mediocre teen 80s movies. This is one of those movies about a bunch of psychotic weirdos trying to do as much damage as possible to two innocent victims, leaving you to wonder what the heck these kids did to push the antagonists so far over the edge.

Here, our innocent victims are Abby (Lori Laughlin) and Loren (Shannon Presby). After their parents died, the brother and sister go to live in an amusement park (how awesome is that?) where their relatives (surrogate parent-types) live and work.

The psychos are led by Eddie Dutra (James Spader) a sadistic albino, and his gang of merry men (one of which is the excellent John Philbin who 80s fans will remember as 'Turtle' from the surf adventure, North Shore). Anyways, Eddie wants Abby, and what Eddie wants, he gets. But when Abby pushes him away after several forceful advances, sadistic control-freak Eddie doesn't want it to look like he let a girl weaken him. He and the gang go after Lorren, Abby, and their family, in a do or die situation.

Despite having a decent finale of chases and destruction, the movie has a very simple story. Unfortunately, it can also be quite sappy during those brother-sister inspiration talks. Abby and Lorren are willing to fight back against Eddie and his gang once and for all after so many of his vicious acts against them and their family, but for such tough kids (especially Abby), they do seem to come off as bitterly sappy sometimes.

Unfortunately, too, the movie has a very simple story. I watched it on the Spanish Channel (I don't understand Spanish) and I figured everything out alright. It's a generic story, but one you'll like if that's what you're into or if you're fans of the actors in this film.


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