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At Close Range (1986)

R | | Crime, Drama | 18 April 1986 (USA)
In 1978 rural Pennsylvania an absentee father is reacquainted with his estranged teenage sons and they become intrigued with romanticized life of crime.



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Tommy (as Christopher Penn)
Tony Pine
J.C. Quinn ...
Mary Sue
Jake Dengel ...


Based upon the true story of Bruce Johnston Sr., his son, and his brothers; together, they constituted one of suburban Philadelphia's most notorious crime families during the 1970s. Their criminal activities ranged from burglary, theft... and ultimately, murder. Written by LizFL

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Yesterday, Brad was nobody. Today, he's front-page news. See more »


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18 April 1986 (USA)  »

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Auf kurze Distanz  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)


$2,347,000 (USA)

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The scenes at the restraunt were filmed at the Bell Cove Club in Hendersonville, Tn. See more »


The story takes place in Pennsylvania, but in the night time scene in the town square, a bright First Tennessee Bank shines. See more »


Brad Whitewood Sr.: Ever been out west, Tommy?
Tommy Whitewood: No.
Brad Whitewood Sr.: Ever heard a coyote?
Tommy Whitewood: No.
Brad Whitewood Sr.: They make this sound like "woo, woo, woo!" Coyote bitch gets in heat. First thing she does, she take care of the males. Then she heads toward town. All the neighborhood dogs, they smell her. They go crazy. They follow her. She lures them out on to the desert. Coyote get dog out there... alone. All the other coyote come along, they circle 'round... they kill that dog, eat it. Tommy, if you go in front of that grand jury, what will you say?
Tommy Whitewood: ...
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Written by Leon Medica and Hoyt Garrick Jr.
Performed by Leroux
Provided by arrangement with The Inside Track
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6 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is such a well crafted film in so many ways, I urge you not to watch it alone. The writer has dipped into Greek mythology as well as modern newspaper tabloids, and come up with a frightening collection of kids and adults that you absolutely believe could exist down the street in a 'lesser' part of town.

I won't go into the plot, except to say that it's centered around kids need for love from their parents- and what they'll do to get it.

Chris Walken walks away with the film- every time he's on screen, it lights up and all sense of time stops. I'm not exaggerating! He's stunning.

The Penn brothers, Sean and Chris, do fine work as well. But I was most surprised by Chris Penn, he's open and sad and really quite a terrific actor.

I think this is James Foleys best film, and worth a rent.

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