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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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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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Sean Penn and Chris Penn who play brothers in this film, are brothers in real life. See more »

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The shotgun pellet wounds on Sean Penn's face disappear almost immediately and leave no scars. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Patch Whitewood: [to Brad, Jr] Let's me and you go into the next room and start sniffin' some ideas.
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In Between Rainbows
Written by John Townsend and Charles John Quarto
Performed by John Townsend
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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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