Following the death of his father, suburbanite Obie runs away from home and winds up on Chicago's South Side. After being mugged, he befriends con artist Scam. The two then embark on a Down... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.00 (SD) on Amazon Video

1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Checking Out (1989)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A successful family man, who works for an airline, becomes consumed by fear of death after his colleague and best friend dies in front of him from heart attack while telling the setup for the joke: "Why don't Italians like barbecues?"

Director: David Leland
Stars: Jeff Daniels, Melanie Mayron, Michael Tucker
Drama | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A reclusive musician, once a huge rock star, takes a young female protegee. While on a tour she meets a younger, more popular rocker and switches her loyalties.

Director: Richard Marquand
Stars: Bob Dylan, Fiona, Rupert Everett
Deep Cover (1992)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A black uniformed policeman is recruited by a devious drug enforcement agent to infiltrate a smuggling organization seeking to expand into designer drugs. This 'ugly side of the war on ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Duke
Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Jeff Goldblum, Lira Angel
Action | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Brian's adopted brother is killed when he discovers that the shop he works in sends weapons to Vietnam instead of medications. To the police it looks like suicide, but Brian knows better so... See full summary »

Director: Graeme Clifford
Stars: Christian Slater, Steven Bauer, Richard Herd
F/X (1986)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A movie special effects man is hired to fake a real-life mob killing for a witness protection plan, but finds his own life in danger.

Director: Robert Mandel
Stars: Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Diane Venora
Comedy | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

To help his discouraged son get through college, a funloving and obnoxious rich businessman decides to enter the school as a student himself.

Director: Alan Metter
Stars: Rodney Dangerfield, Sally Kellerman, Burt Young
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

When a new gang moves into town it's up to the screwball police team to stop them.

Director: Jerry Paris
Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, David Graf
The Chase (1994)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Escaped convict Jack Hammond takes a woman hostage and sets off for the Mexican border with the police hot on his tail.

Director: Adam Rifkin
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Kristy Swanson, Henry Rollins
Bad Boys (1983)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Chicago crime kid Mick O'Brien is sent to reform school after accidentally killing Paco Moreno's kid brother.

Director: Rick Rosenthal
Stars: Sean Penn, Reni Santoni, Jim Moody
Clockers (1995)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Young drug pushers in the projects of Brooklyn live hard dangerous lives, trapped between their drug bosses and the detectives out to stop them.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Delroy Lindo
Action | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters.

Director: Fred Dekker
Stars: Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht
Thriller

A Miami real estate broker in a loving marriage with an older man, is unexpectedly seduced into an affair with a younger, charming playboy from Los Angeles, only to suffer the consequences as she ends up in a dangerous love triangle.

Director: Hype Williams
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Busker ...
...
...
Dickie
...
Keegan
...
Doc
...
Johnnie Red
...
Mom
Bill Hudson ...
Dad
...
Uncle Harry
Andrea Bebel ...
Alley
Hutton Cobb ...
Bible Salesman (segment "Kid")
...
Ferryman
...
Miss Hanks
...
Mrs. Newton
Mitch Beasley ...
Duane Henderson
Edit

Storyline

Following the death of his father, suburbanite Obie runs away from home and winds up on Chicago's South Side. After being mugged, he befriends con artist Scam. The two then embark on a Down South adventure involving gangsters, the police, and a search for Scam's father. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

If crime is a disease ... meet the measles. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amigos para siempre  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$3,390,043 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The script was bought by Lorimar for $1.25m, which was a record for a spec script at the time. See more »

Quotes

Scam: So, what's your name?
Obie: Obie. Obediah. It's in the bible. What's yours?
Scam: Scam. It's in the bible too.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tropic Thunder (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Freedom Overspill
Written by Steve Winwood (as Stevie Winwood), George Fleming and James Hooker
Performed by Steve Winwood (as Stevie Winwood)
Courtesy of Island Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Great childhood memories of this fun movie
31 January 2000 | by (San Francisco City Hall) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was around 10 or 11 years old, and I loved it. I mean, come on, the story revolves around two 11 year olds stealing a Mercedes! I rented it for a flashback thrill in 1999 to refresh my memory of it. It is still a wonderful movie, so I bought it. Its a great movie to show to your little brothers and sisters or, if you have some, your own kids. There is a little violence, some swearing- but this is what kids love to see! I will treasure this movie forever, and never forget villains, the actor who play the German guy "Doc" is great! I always loved the main theme song to it, "Freedom Overspill," however I thought it was done by Peter Gabriel. I was wrong, it's Steve Winwood. But it's an easy mistake; Gabriel, Winwood, and Phil Collins can sound alike. See the movie! The kid in you will love it!


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Whatever happened to Ricky Busker (Obie)?? SpunKid
A Song momchw
Discuss Big Shots (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?