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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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Director: James Foley
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Terry
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Grandma
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Patch
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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 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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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

David Strathairn also play the role of the Police/Fed informant that "Big Brad" Christopher Walken was getting info from at the Cock fights. See more »

Goofs

In the first heist after Brad quits his dad, they are stealing tractors from the Franklin Implement Inc which is where the film was made in Tennessee rather than Pennsylvania where it took place. See more »

Quotes

Ernie: [referring to the TV] I need some sleep. You turn that damn thing on again, I'll beat the Jesus out of you.
Brad Whitewood Jr.: There ain't no Jesus in me, Ernie.
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Soundtracks

Live to Tell
Written by Patrick Leonard and Madonna
Performed by Madonna
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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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