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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Morgan Hiller
Frankie Croyden
Paul Mones ...
Nick Hauser
Stuart Hiller
Page Hiller
Jimmy Parker (as Robert Downey)
Panchito Gómez ...
Mickey (as Panchito Gomez)
Michael Wyle ...
Catya Sassoon ...
Man at Bus Stop (as Frank McCarthy)
Security Guard
Herb Mitchell ...
Mr. Russell
Ceil Cabot ...
Donald Fullilove ...


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Meet Morgan Hiller. He's a rebel about to become a hero. See more »


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On the wall of a building, there is graffiti that reads "The New Avengers". Robert Downey, Jr. (Jimmy) would later go on to play Iron Man in The Avengers and James Spader (Morgan) would later go on to play Ultron in the sequel. See more »


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 »


Feather: Come on, Ronnie, Jimmy isn't your type.
Ronnie: Well, maybe if you moved the hair out of your eyes...
Feather: Don't touch!
Ronnie:'d see how wrong you are.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, we see Morgan, Frankie, Jimmy and Ronnie dancing and playing instruments with Jack Mack and the Heart Attack at Club 60's. See more »


Remade as Love Love Love (1989) See more »


Written and Performed by Jim Carroll
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Kim's best film - Spader's break-through role
27 March 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Clearly the role that got James Spader noticed!! Also, excellent acting by Robert Downey.

More importantly, probably the best teen actress ever to hit the big screen

  • Kim Richards!!!

Aside from the great acting, the plot was new for the 80s - not the typical bubble-gum teen movie - but a darker side of teen movies.

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