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At Close Range (1986)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  18 April 1986 (USA)
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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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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 1970's. Their criminal activities ranged from burglary, theft... and ultimately, murder. Written by LizFL

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murder | 1970s | gang | criminal | pennsylvania | See more »

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Like father. Like son. Like hell.

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Crime | Drama

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18 April 1986 (USA)  »

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At Close Range  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,347,000 (USA)
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Actress Eileen Ryan, who plays Sean Penn's and Chris Penn's grandmother, is in fact the boys' real-life mom. See more »

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Reflected in passenger-side window of truck when Brad, Sr. brings Terry to the motel. See more »

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Uncle Patch Whitewood: [to Brad, Jr] Let's me and you go into the next room and start sniffin' some ideas.
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Disturbing.
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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