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Hard Choices (1985)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 16 May 1986 (USA)
A teenaged boy goes for a ride with his brother and the brother's friends, who proceed to rob a store and murder the clerk. They are caught and, despite the young boy's protestations, he is... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Klenck ...
Laura Stephens
Gary McCleery ...
Bobby Lipscomb
John Seitz ...
Sheriff Mavis Johnson
Deputy Anderson
Terry Norfolk
John P. Connolly ...
Willey Reynolds ...
Horton (as Wiley Reynolds III)
Ruth Miller ...
Mrs. Lipscomb
Richard Allen ...
Judge I
Geraldine Bartlett ...
Judson Camp ...
Charles Chalmers ...
Larry Farrell


A teenaged boy goes for a ride with his brother and the brother's friends, who proceed to rob a store and murder the clerk. They are caught and, despite the young boy's protestations, he is convicted of murder and sent to prison. A female social worker assigned to the boy's case not only believes him, but begins to fall in love with him, and determines to either help him prove his innocence or escape. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Crime | Drama


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16 May 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Era tarde para parar  »

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1.85 : 1
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The girlie magazine that Bobby is given in prison is the June 1983 copy of Swank. See more »


Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1986 (1987) See more »

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Powerful little sleeper. Unforgettable.
2 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

HARD CHOICES begins with a young boy in a small town who dreams about flying planes. One day his brother and another guy take him on a joyride, which culminates in the murder of a store clerk in a botched robbery. That's the end of the kid. The kid is a victim of circumstance but not to the law who put him in a cell with the hard criminals.

HARD CHOICES begins in almost documentary fashion. We observe the Tennessee backwoods where Bobby lives. Up until the crime the movie seems painfully routine - I guess that's the idea - and then the murder. The middle text of the movie is with Bobby in prison, and he's a hearbreaker. A female social worker(Margaret Klennck) comes to visit him. Bobby's attracted to her and she to him and then the unpredictable happens.

HARD CHOICES, gritty and rough, contains moments of pure revelation. The sad course of Bobby's life and the shocking but touching affair with the woman whch is both senstive as it is hot and forbidden.. That's unpredictable enough but things escalate, the movie becomes a sombre thriller and anything's possible.

I didn't recognize any of the actors in this movie, although John Sayles plays a kind hearted drug dealer with a crush on the woman. This movie come to think of it is full of hard choices and Rick King the director never makes the material predictable or soapy. In the end, all we can hope is for Bobby to have some kind of life., maybe flying a plane. This is a great film, the kind of film that cries out to be discovered on video and cable.


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