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Randy McDevitt
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Danny Lennox
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Julie
Bradford Bancroft ...
Krooger Raines
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Ripper
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Brian Rigletti
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Lang Bridges (as Jerry DiNome)
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Corrigan
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Smith Raddock
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Molly
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Leon Biggs
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Nikki
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Betsy (as Karen Witter)
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Morelli
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Ms. Hoffman
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Rebel without a cause or a clue at an elite but uptight High School discovers some of his classmates have formed an even more elite clique more or less hell-bent on ridding the school, and quite possibly American society, of what they deem to be its undesirables because of ethnicity, politics, etc. Our hero recruits a teacher and some other "less desirable" classmates to undermine the elitists, and, naturally, things get quite violent. Written by meebly

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At Vista High there's a thin line between being cool and getting caught.

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9 May 1986 (USA)  »

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$2,390,525 (USA)
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Almost identical to The Brotherhood of Justice (1986), and in fact uses some of the same actors. See more »

Quotes

Krooger Raines: Deploy! Deploy!
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Referenced in Escale à Nanarland: Le Justicier de New York (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

A Question Of Lust
Written by Martin Gore
Performed by Depeche Mode
Courtesy of Mute Records / Sire Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
From the album "Black Celebration" (1986)
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One of the more interesting titles produced by Cannon.
21 March 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Things are going very wrong at the high school attended by crusading newspaper editor Donny Lennox (J. Eddie Peck). There's a student group there named The Sentinels, ostensibly formed to act as something of a security force. But now the group is out of control, and is bent on eliminating any individual whom they deem "undesirable". Now people are actually dying.

Give these filmmakers credit for at least *attempting* to deal with serious subject matter in a reasonably sincere way. Director Albert Pyun works from a script co-written by leading actor John Stockwell. Stockwell ("Christine", "My Science Project") plays unofficial Sentinels leader Randy McDevitt. The movie features some of the trappings of the period, namely, fashions and the hip soundtrack of artists ranging from Robert Palmer to Fine Young Cannibals to The Smithereens. But it's fairly stylish and slick, and not gratuitously gory. The story is entertaining and provocative enough to draw the viewer in, and there is a potent theme about the danger of blindly following somebody's lead.

An array of recognizable faces play roles big and small: Carey Lowell ("Licence to Kill"), Don Michael Paul ("Heart of Dixie"), Bradford Bancroft ("Bachelor Party"), Madison Mason ("Dreamscape"), Thom Mathews and Miguel A. Nunez Jr. from "The Return of the Living Dead", Gerard Christopher ("Tomboy"), Carmen Argenziano ("The Accused"), Dedee Pfeiffer ("Vamp"), Karen Witter ("The Vineyard"), Angel Tompkins ("The Teacher"), and Rosalind Allen ("Ticks"). The performances, much like the movie itself, do earn points for sincerity.

Only a last minute reveal involving the Krooger character genuinely annoyed this viewer. Overall, this is a decent 1980s effort waiting to be discovered or rediscovered.

Seven out of 10.


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