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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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Additional Details

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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

This film has only one trivia.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: During the shower scene, Abby is wearing a vest to hide her nudity.See more »
Eddie Dutra:You want crazy? Well I'll show you crazy.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) (V)See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Whoa, those are some short shorts!, 13 February 2009
Author: ElijahCSkuggs from Happy Land, who lives in a Gumdrop House on Lolly Pop Lane

There are some 80s movies out there that just have that feel to it. That 80s feel that is just so damn likable. Fright Night has it, The Stuff has it, The Blob...the list goes on and on. And that list definitely has The New Kids in there somewhere.

The story revolves around a brother and sister who are trying to live their lives with their Uncle in Florida after the tragic deaths of their parents. All seems pretty good until the school jerks take an interest in the sister. Who's played by Becky from Full House. Well, being well-raised kids, they know bad apples when they see one. So they try to keep their distance and tell these ruffians that they don't want any trouble. Well, too bad for our bro and sis, they've got loads of trouble coming. Let's hope they're up for the battle.

Like I said above, The New Kids shares that special charm and energy that most of the classic from the 80s held. It's lively, it's interesting, the characters are fun and over-the-top, and it had some pretty sweet scenes. Shame though you don't get to see Becky strip. Ya get so close too! Even though there's no skin, the flick is still a fun ride and should definitely be seen by fans of the 80s, especially fans of revenge thrillers.

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