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At Close Range (1986)

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

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Terry
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Tommy (as Christopher Penn)
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Julie
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Grandma
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Patch
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Dickie
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Tony Pine
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Boyd
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Mary Sue
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Lester
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Tim
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Aggie
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Lucas
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Storyline

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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They were two live wires in a dead-end town, both searching for the only family they'd ever known...each other. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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18 April 1986 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$180,286 (USA) (20 April 1986)

Gross:

$2,347,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Eileen Ryan (Grandma) is the real life mother of Sean Penn (Brad Whitwood, Jr.) and Chris Penn (Tommy Whitewood) but played their grandmother. See more »

Goofs

While Tommy plays Monopoly with his Grandmother, he calls her "Mom", which is the actual relationship between actors Chris Penn and Eileen Ryan. See more »

Quotes

Brad Whitewood Jr.: Is this the gun you used?
Brad Whitewood Sr.: That's a nice looking gun.
Brad Whitewood Jr.: Is this the gun you used to kill Tommy? Tommy's dead isn't he?
Brad Whitewood Sr.: Don't even talk about Tommy.
Brad Whitewood Jr.: Is this the gun you used to kill Terry?
Brad Whitewood Sr.: I didn't do nothing to Terry.
[Brad Jr. fires a shot]
Brad Whitewood Sr.: NO! NO! WAIT! WAIT! WAIT! WAIT!
Brad Whitewood Jr.: IS THIS THE GUN YOU USED ON EVERYONE? ON ME? Is this the family gun Dad?
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Referenced in Portlandia: Pickathon (2016) See more »

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In Between Rainbows
Written by John Townsend and Charles John Quarto
Performed by John Townsend
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It's in the genes.
19 April 1999 | by (Lucas Buck, NC) – See all my reviews

This raw look at small town hoods brutally exposes us to a portion of society rarely depicted in movies. Souped-up cars and small time heists are nothing new, but `At Close Range' is really more ‘The Godfather' than `Bonnie and Clyde'.

Disobedient kids, worthless mom, ineffective stepfather. Every day we hear tell of it on Montel, Jerry Springer, and Sally. Here, we see it, here we live it.

James Foley does his best work here, you might think it funny to call a film with a lot of 4x8 paneling and muscle shirts ‘stylish' but this film has its own distinctive style, in many ways reminding me of Michael Mann's very stylish `Thief'

Christopher Walken is nothing short of spectacular. Both the Penn brothers (Sean and Chris) do very strong turns as sons of this verrry badddd man.

Great story, powerful performances. All too real. Even a bit of a storybook ending doesn't tarnish this one.


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