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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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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)
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Did You Know?

In the library scene Gideon asks Abby to the Drive in to see a movie called Saturday Night Girls and she turns him down saying she has seen it but there has never been a movie titled Saturday Night Girls.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 »
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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
James Spader plays a nut...again., 8 May 2004
Author: Pepper Anne from Orlando, Florida

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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