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
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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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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James Spader's first film with top billing. 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 »

Quotes

Mickey: How much longer are we gonna be doing this, man? I'm about to pee in my pants.
Eddie: So shoot it out the window, man. Christ, just use your head.
Mickey: Not a bad idea. Good news, America. Coming through. Hey, it's chilly out 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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Remade as Love Love Love (1989) See more »

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TUFF TURF
Written by Jonathan Elias & Doug Hall
Performed by Southside Johnny Lyon (as Southside Johnny)
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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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