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That Was Then... This Is Now (1985)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  8 November 1985 (USA)
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Two juvenile delinquents find themselves growing apart, for one is growing up, and the other is staying young and reckless.

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Bryon Douglas
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Terry Jones
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Curly Shepard
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Angela Shepard
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M & M Carlson
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Mike Chambers (as Ramon Sheen)
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A delinquent teenager's only link to society is the attachment he feels towards an older brother-figure. When the older boy starts spending time with a new girlfriend, the teenager begins to feel even more alienated, and gets involved with drugs and the police. Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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From the Author of "The Outsiders" and "Rumble Fish"

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Crime | Drama

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8 November 1985 (USA)  »

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A Força da Inocência  »

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This is the third adaption of an S.E. Hinton novel that features Emilio Estevez. He played Johnny Collins in 'Tex' and Two-Bit Matthews in 'The Outsiders', which were supporting characters in those other books. Emilio's character in 'That Was Then...This is Now" is one of the main characters. See more »

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In just about every scene where a bus is involved, it's bus #461. See more »

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Bryon Douglas: [Charlie gives Bryon a beer] What about the rules?
Charlie Woods: There ain't no rules. There ain't no fuckin' rules.
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References Tex (1982) See more »

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Lifeline Dancing
Performed by Pattie Brooks
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"The movie was okay, but the book was better"
5 February 2003 | by (Lewiston High School) – See all my reviews

In English class, we read S.E. Hinton's saga of teenage angst. The students were enthralled with the story. While the setting was from years past, the ethical questions raised and the teenage situations were quite apropos. The story generated a great deal of quality discussion in class...education at it's finest.

The movie, however, was a bit of a disappointment for us. Taken by itself, it was a fine example of 80's brat-packish fluff. It was formulamatic, but entertaining. One could hardly say that the movie was based on the book, though. Bryon's personal growth journey and coming of age, so well illustrated in the novel, was sacrificed to car chases and Hollywood's penchant for tidy endings, in the movie.

While I would recommend both, I would caution that they are two separate stories, sharing the same character names. Perhaps there is the lesson: You cannot watch the movie to get out of reading the book! .


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