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
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 »
During the rape in the motel room, Brad Sr. chains the door, but the door is unchained/chained again in subsequent shots. See more »
This raw look at small town hoods brutally exposes us to a portion of society rarely depicted in movies. Souped-up cars and small time heists are nothing new, but `At Close Range' is really more The Godfather' than `Bonnie and Clyde'.
Disobedient kids, worthless mom, ineffective stepfather. Every day we hear tell of it on Montel, Jerry Springer, and Sally. Here, we see it, here we live it.
James Foley does his best work here, you might think it funny to call a film with a lot of 4x8 paneling and muscle shirts stylish' but this film has its own distinctive style, in many ways reminding me of Michael Mann's very stylish `Thief'
Christopher Walken is nothing short of spectacular. Both the Penn brothers (Sean and Chris) do very strong turns as sons of this verrry badddd man.
Great story, powerful performances. All too real. Even a bit of a storybook ending doesn't tarnish this one.
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