The new kid in school must battle a gang of street toughs after stealing the gang leader's girl.



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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 <>

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


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Release Date:

11 January 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Love-Fighters - Tuff Turf  »

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Did You Know?


Robert Downey Jr. became good friends with James Spader and even named his cat Jimmy in honor of him. See more »


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 »


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 »


Referenced in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) See more »


Written by Jonathan Elias & Doug Hall
Performed by Southside Johnny Lyon (as Southside Johnny)
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Great L.A. gang flick.
11 May 2000 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

This was one of my favorite movies growing up. The movie deals with a troublesome youth named Morgan Hiller (James Spader) who moves with his family to Los Angeles from Connecticut. One night, while bicycling through the city, he interrupts a robbery-in-progress by a gang. The gang leader's red-hot girlfriend, Frankie (Kim Richards) seems to be impressed with this new kid in town. They see him the following day at school and all hell breaks loose. There is a strong attraction between Morgan and Frankie, which makes for even more trouble with the gang leader, Nick (Paul Mones) and his posse. The soundtrack is good with a little bit of everything from instrumental to new wave. It also features music by Marianne Faithful, Southside Johnny, The Jim Carroll Band, and others. Lots of music, '80s campy fashion, and great fight sequences.

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