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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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Grandma
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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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18 April 1986 (USA)  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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$2,347,000 (USA)
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Trivia

When Christopher Walken works with guns in film, he checks them himself before each scene for safety reasons and his own personal ease. During the scene when Sean Penn sticks a gun in Walken's face, Walken checked the gun before the scene started. Before the director had the chance to say "Action", Penn ran off camera and shouted, "Give me the other gun!" He immediately returned to Walken and started the scene. This is the cut that made it into the movie, and Walken was really terrified. See more »

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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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Miss You
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
Courtesy of Rolling Stones Records
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This one remains in my essentials collection.
10 February 2002 | by (Nashville, TN) – See all my reviews

This movie is an old favorite. I think this is the one work by Sean Penn that became the pivotal interest in him for me. He was, as usual in anything he does, absolutely convincing. Same for Christopher Walken. The casting was perfect, the scenery and soundtrack done beautifully. I've been recommending this one to friends for ages.


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