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Tuff Turf (1985)

 -  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
Paul Mones ...
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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Security Guard
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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Meet Morgan Hiller. He's a rebel about to become a hero. See more »

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Film debut of Catya Sassoon. See more »

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Video Only: At the beginning of the shot looking at the fallen body, a crewmember's hand can be seen reaching out from just under the platform to make the rope swing. See more »

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Page Hiller: Your bike is in pieces and you tell me nothing happened? Did you at least find out if they have any insurance?
Morgan Hiller: Insurance? This isn't Connecticut; no one has insurance around here!
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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 »

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SO TUFF
Written by Andrew Kastner & Larry McNally
Performed by Jack Mack & the Heart Attack
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23 January 2009 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Anyone with a music shout-out? 'Tuff Turf' is a uneven, but overly stylised and fashionable mixture ranging from a lesser take on 'Rebel without a Cause' with a constant spray of social and class references/forbidden romance in a L.A suburban backdrop and being backed-up by a pumping soundtrack led by Jim Carroll and Jack Mack and Heart Attacks. The music was non-stop and the story's tone and shape zips-around, as early on we seemed to move from one joint to another featuring blaring tunes and raving dance moves.

Morgan Miller and his family have just moved from Connecticut to Los Angeles, where he encounters and interferes with the local gang led by the psychotic Nick Hauser. To make matters worse, his fallen for Hauser's girlfriend Frankie and goes about trying to grab her attention, despite the warnings and beatings to stay away from her.

The young cast are quite good. James Spader genuinely fits blending a rebellious attitude with easy-going suaveness. The gorgeous Kim Richards is completely transfixing in who wholesome performance and punk appearance. Paul Mones nails down his role as the hot-headed thug and Robert Downey Jr. lends in with an agreeable performance. Also dependable character actor Matt Clark makes for solid support.

Director Fritz Kiersch truly gets the beat on with its breakneck pack (despite some editing in the story wouldn't have gone astray) and stylishly muscular verve. When it calls for it, Kiersch isn't afraid to pack a punch, as the jarring violence is sweaty and a bloody pulp. Jonathan Elias' booming, sullen synthesiser score helps cement the rough atmosphere and saucy energy. Some set-pieces seem to work better than others, but there's no question there are a couple of powerful, moving and harsh illustrations. The script isn't as foreseeable, but the humour at times seemed to get in the way or not entirely fit.


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