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Big Shots (1987)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Crime  |  2 October 1987 (USA)
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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 »



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


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

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Release Date:

2 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amigos para siempre  »

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$3,390,043 (USA)

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Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas based the character of Obie on his own son, Steve. See more »


Obie: [observing Johnnie Red's ceiling mirror] He must get dressed lying down.
Scam: Man you dumb.
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Referenced in Tropic Thunder (2008) See more »


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Written by Steve Winwood (as Stevie Winwood), George Fleming and James Hooker
Performed by Steve Winwood (as Stevie Winwood)
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memorable childhood movie
15 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

Big Shots is one of the movies I always can remember watching as a kid, kids steal car, kids drive the car, kids get in trouble, but it was all in good fun for the late 80's. Big Shots begins with 12 year old Obie (Ricky Busker) as he runs away from his white, upper-class surroundings. He ends up in a particularly dismal Chicago ghetto neighborhood where, after enduring a beating administered by gang members, he is befriended by streetwise black youth Jeremy "Scam" (Darius McCrary, known for Eddie in "Family Matters"). The two become partners in crime, leading to a deadly situation involving a pair professional hit men. Just when it seems things can't get any worse, they do. I always liked this movie, even though I don't think 12 year olds can drive to New Orleans from Chicago, but still pretty entertaining.

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