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Tuff Turf (1985)

R  |   |  Action, Drama  |  11 January 1985 (USA)
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A street rebel and his gang have trouble understanding themselves and their world.

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Morgan Hiller
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Frankie Croyden
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Nick Hauser
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Stuart Hiller
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Page Hiller
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Jimmy Parker (as Robert Downey)
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Ronnie
Panchito Gómez ...
Mickey (as Panchito Gomez)
Michael Wyle ...
Eddie
Catya Sassoon ...
Feather
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Man at Bus Stop (as Frank McCarthy)
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Herb Mitchell ...
Mr. Russell
Ceil Cabot ...
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Donald Fullilove ...
Howard
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At the start of his senior year in high school, Morgan's father has lost his company, so the family moves from Connecticut, where they've been in the yacht club, to an apartment in the San Fernando Valley. Morgan has grown up in the shadow of his high-achieving older brother, and he seems to have a knack for getting into trouble. He also has a stubborn streak, so when he finds himself attracted to Frankie, the girlfriend of the leader of a local gang of youthful thugs, he can't stop himself from pushing her for a relationship. The thug thinks of Frankie as his property and sees the cool, urbane Morgan as dead meat. Is this a struggle to the death? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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James Spader's first film with top billing. See more »

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In James Spader's first appearance in the film the patch on the back of his leather jacket is slashed with a car antenna. Although the patch is still slashed when he arrives at school the next day, it next appears fully intact later the same day at school while Spader is talking to Robert Downey, Jr. See more »

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Stuart Hiller: Can you fix it?
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Revenge of the 80's: James Spader's a rebel without a clue!
13 October 2003 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Tuff Turf brings back memories of watching movies on Select TV. This 80's cult hit is about a young rapscallion who's life is turned upside down when his upper class father hits financial trouble forcing his family to move out to the 'hood. James Spader slowly learns how to deal with street life whilst his family adjusts to dealing with people that are of "lower social class". Interesting film staring James Spader as the young punk rich kid, Matt Clark as his shell shocked father, Robert Downey Jr. as his high school buddy and Kim Richards (Escape To Witch Mountain) as his soon to be girlfriend. The only part of the movie that gave me the willies was when his older (more culturally refined) brother pays a visit, there's an oedipal conflict between the two (the scene where the older brother embraces his mom far too long and hugs her too close for comfort)that would have given Freud a thrill to try and psycho-analyzed.

Recommended for 80's fans.


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