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The New Kids -- A brother and sister are the new kids in school, and prime targets of Dutra (James Spader) and his band of bullies. Tension mounts as the bullies' harassment reaches unbelievable heights of menace inthis thriller by Director Sean Cunningham. Stars George C. Scott as Sgt. Kilvinski and Stacy Keach as Roy Fehler.


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Release Date:
18 January 1985 (USA) See more »
The kids learned three things about southern hospitality, blood, sweat and terror! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Shannon Presby ... Loren

Lori Loughlin ... Abby

James Spader ... Dutra

John Philbin ... Gideon
David H. MacDonald ... Moonie

Vince Grant ... JoeBob (as Vincent Grant)
Theron Montgomery ... Gordo

Eddie Jones ... Charlie
Lucy Martin ... Fay

Eric Stoltz ... Mark
Paige Price ... Karen (as Paige Lyn Price)
Court Miller ... Sheriff

Tom Atkins ... 'Mac' MacWilliams
Jean De Baer ... Mary Beth MacWilliams (as Jean DeBaer)
Robertson Carricart ... Deputy
Brad Sullivan ... Colonel Jenkins
Chad Wiggins-Grady ... Chad Bob (as Chad Wiggins)
John Archie ... Math Teacher
Alex Panas ... Paint Store Proprietor

Toni Crabtree ... Newscaster
Fred Buch ... Guidance Counselor
Ilse Earl ... Guidance Counselor
Billy Barzee ... Redneck
Greg Gilbert ... Redneck

John D. LeMay ... Redneck (as John LeMay)
Noel Rego ... Friend

Donnie Kehr ... Friend (as Don Kehr)
Timothy Owen Waldrip ... Friend (as Tim Waldrip)

Margaret Welsh ... Friend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kenneth Ian Davis ... Chris (uncredited)
Laurah Guillén ... Girl at Dance (uncredited)

Directed by
Sean S. Cunningham 
Writing credits
Stephen Gyllenhaal (screenplay)

Stephen Gyllenhaal (story) and
Brian Taggert (story)

Produced by
Sean S. Cunningham .... producer
Barbara De Fina .... associate producer
Andrew Fogelson .... producer
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
Cinematography by
Steven Poster (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Rita Roland 
Casting by
Pennie DuPont 
Julie Hughes 
Barry Moss 
Production Design by
Robb Wilson King (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Peter Landsdown Smith  (as Pete Smith)
Set Decoration by
Tom Coll 
Costume Design by
Molly Maginnis 
Makeup Department
Elizabeth Lambert .... makeup artist
Donisia McGowan .... hair stylist
Production Management
Barbara De Fina .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry V. Bring .... second assistant director (as Harry Bring)
Brian E. Frankish .... first assistant director (as Brian Frankish)
Art Department
Jose Duarte .... painter
Charles Guanci .... property master
Roger Ragland .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound effects re-recording mixer
Scott Blynder .... boom operator
Walter Goss .... supervising re-recording mixer
Michael C. Gutierrez .... adr editor (as Michael Gutierrez)
William S. Johnson .... boom operator (as William Johnson)
James Troutman .... sound effects (as Jim Troutman)
Howard Warren .... sound mixer
Ron Scelza .... boom operator (uncredited)
Clancy T. Troutman .... sound designer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
J.B. Jones .... special effects
Jay Amor .... stunts
Courtney Brown .... stunts
Mike Kirton .... stunts
Artie Malesci .... stunt coordinator (as Artie Maleschi)
Artie Malesci .... stunts (as Artie Maleschi)
Marc Mercury .... stunts (as Mark Mercury)
Jeff Moldovan .... stunts
Betty Raymond .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
William D. Barber .... second camera operator
Robert Destolfe .... still photographer
Robert Heine .... second assistant camera
Greg Kasper .... key grip
George Kohut .... camera operator
Peter Kuttner .... first assistant camera
David M. Lang .... second camera operator
Bill Seckel .... gaffer
William Tobin .... second camera operator
John Winner .... second camera operator
Casting Department
Peter Golden .... casting associate
Dee Miller .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Diana Bernay .... wardrobe
Lynette Bernay .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Guy Barresi .... assistant editor
David Gelfand .... assistant editor
Music Department
Andy MacDonald .... music re-recording mixer
Other crew
Steve Braun .... production assistant
Jack Cowden .... script supervisor
Elaine Dysinger .... production assistant
Peter Farber .... production assistant
Dennis Feldman .... production executive
Penny Goodsell .... production assistant
Jeffrey J. Kiehlbauch .... production assistant (as Jeffrey Kiehlbauch)
Deborah Lee .... production office coordinator
Harvey Shapiro .... location manager
Amy Strong-Gallen .... location auditor
Sherry Thorup .... production assistant
Nikki Fritz .... body double (uncredited)
Harry Crews .... the producers wish to thank: for special help and contributions to the film
Robb Wilson King .... the producers wish to thank: for special help and contributions to the film

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Also Known As:
"Striking Back" - Philippines (English title), UK (video title)
"Striking Back" - Belgium (English title) (video title)
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86 min | USA:110 min | USA:89 min (DVD version)
Color (Metrocolor)
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Did You Know?

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/I).See more »
Crew or equipment visible: During the shower scene, Abby is wearing a vest to hide her nudity.See more »
Gideon:Got the jug-ler.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Don't Go in the House (1979)See more »
Stand UpSee more »


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
The New Kids aren't very welcome on The Block, 28 December 2008
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

This very interesting but sadly underrated gem directed by Sean S. Cunningham ("Friday the 13th") offers an original variation of both the revenge thriller and vigilante action movie, since it has ordinary common high school teenagers in the lead roles. Basically this means the film begins with harsh but fairly harmless bullying but yet ends with extreme violence and relentless murder. The transition obviously isn't very plausible, as mean bully kids don't just turn into mad dog killers overnight, but "The New Kids" is nonetheless a competently made and occasionally very suspenseful thriller with tons of action, likable performances and an irresistibly charming 80's atmosphere. Following the sudden death of their beloved parents in an accident, athletic siblings Loren and Abby McWilliams move to Florida to help restore their uncle's ramshackle amusement park. They promptly run into conflict with the local school's gang of bullies because Abby refuses to accept an invitation to the dance from the tough leader Eddie Dutra. The mutual mockeries and paybacks gradually escalate into pure terrorizing until, one night, Dutra's entire gang invades the theme park with the intention to kill. Cunningham professionally builds up a tense and ominous atmosphere towards a highly explosive and grisly climax with some ultra-brutal killing sequences and engrossing make-up effects. The extreme violence will undoubtedly appeal to fans of 80's slashers as well as cheap and sleazy exploitation flicks of the 70's. The film benefices from an exceptionally great cast, with veteran B-movie stars as well as upcoming talents. Particularly James Spader is excellent and genuinely uncanny as the sleazy leader of the pack. Highly recommended to all type of cult movie fanatics.

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