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At Close Range (1986)

R  |   |  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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Like father. Like son. Like hell. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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18 April 1986 (USA)  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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$2,347,000 (USA)
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After Paramount Pictures turned down the pop track for its film Fire with Fire (1986), Sean Penn took the track "Live to Tell", performed by his then wife Madonna, and placed it in this movie. The track went to #1 on the Billboard charts in June 1986. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Brad Whitewood Sr.: I just bought this car. It's cherry. Will you give me $4600 for her?
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Boogie Oogie Oogie
Written by Janice Marie Johnson (as Janis Johnson) and Perry Kibble (as Perry L. Kibble)
Performed by A Taste of Honey
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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Overlooked gem
13 December 2001 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first came out, and it's remained one of the most memorable films I have seen since. Sean Penn & Christopher Walken especially produce very powerful, realistic performances. Walken's evil father is a spot-on echo of a relative of mine - right down to the mustache & body language. <shudder> Sometimes, though, Walken's low-class accent is so thick I couldn't make out just what he's saying.

The dialogue is just subtle enough to feel realistic. Although the movie moves along at a slow, deliberate pace, the plot still feels nice & tight. And the cinematography is stylish. An instrumental version of the song Live to Tell, that Madonna turned into a hit, is actually used as the main theme running under almost every scene. It's not often that a pop song associated with a film is actually used in the film itself - usually it's just tacked on at the closing credits. But it was used to great atmospheric effect here.


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