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Tuff Turf (1985)

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

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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
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Feather
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Man at Bus Stop (as Frank McCarthy)
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Security Guard
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Mr. Russell
Ceil Cabot ...
Secretary
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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Where enemies are made, reputations are earned and love is the most risky affair of all. See more »

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Love-Fighters - Tuff Turf  »

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Nick Hauser: Oh yeah, if I ever catch you near Frankie again, I'll take you out so fast, you won't even have time to spit.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in To the Devil a Dog (2005) See more »

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IT'S TOO LATE
Written by Jim Carroll & Wayne Woods
Performed by Jim Carroll
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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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