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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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Julie
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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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A father too dangerous to be close with. A son too dazzled to break away. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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$2,347,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Sean Penn and Chris Penn who play brothers in this film, are brothers in real life. See more »

Goofs

During the rape in the motel room, Brad Sr. chains the door, but the door is unchained/chained again in subsequent shots. See more »

Quotes

Jill: You got a name?
Brad Whitewood Jr.: Brad?
Jill: You don't sound so sure.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Breakthrough Stars of 1990 (1990) See more »

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Written by Bill LaBounty and Craig Bickhardt (as Craig Brickhardt)
Performed by Bill LaBounty
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A sharp and very unforgiving tale of betrayl.
9 January 2002 | by (Sauk City, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Tender yet painful story about a rural Pennsylvania teen, Brad Whitewood, Jr. (Sean Penn) who along with his half-brother, Tommy (real-life brother Chris Penn) finally meet their estranged father, Brad Sr. (Christopher Walken), decide to join their father's crime network only to discover how brutal that he can be to them while dodging the feds at any cost. (Sean) Penn and Walken are well-cast here and to watch the pair on-screen at the same time is a delight. Director James Foley guides the film where it should go and the script by Nicholas Kazan is made to near perfection in handling the mood and tension. It's also a surprise that the film itself is based on a true story that took placed in 1978. A sharp and very unforgiving tale of betrayl.


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