When two poor greasers, Johnny, and Ponyboy are assaulted by a vicious gang, the socs, and Johnny kills one of the attackers, tension begins to mount between the two rival gangs, setting off a turbulent chain of events.
Francis Ford Coppola
C. Thomas Howell,
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Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American South Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.
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Clay, an eighteen-year-old freshman, comes back from his first term at a college in New Hampshire to spend his Christmas vacation with his broken-up wealthy family in Los Angeles. His former girlfriend, Blair, is now involved with his ex-best-friend, Julian. She warns Clay that Julian needs help: he is using a lot of cocaine and has huge debts. What follows is a look at the youth culture of wealthy post adolescents in Beverly Hills with a strong anti-drug message. Apart from the setting and the names, the film has very little to do with Bret Easton Ellis's book by the same title on which it was based. Written by
Jeroen van Bree <J.vBree@kub.nl>
During American Psycho, the novel (another book written by Bret Easton Ellis), the main character fantasizes briefly about having sex with Jami Gertz (cast as Blair in this adaptation of his first novel) while trying not to pay attention to someone talking to him. See more »
When Rip, Bill, Clay and Blair meet in a club, Rip says the words "Why don't you ask Julian," but his lips are clearly saying, "Why don't you ask Blair." He even points directly at Blair when saying it. See more »
Did you talk to Julian yet?
Clay, I asked you to talk to him.
Okay, I'll call Betty Ford, you want me to get him a room, fine.
No, just talk to him, I mean, he's your friend, too.
It's funny. When you called me, I thought I was coming home to see you.
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This film is very loosely based on Bret Easton Ellis' book; the locations and characters are similar but that's about it. It tells the story of a complete waster with masses of talent and ideas who falls victim to cocaine/drug addiction and all that surrounds it. It seems extremely ironic that the waster is played by Robert Downey Jr whose own drugs hell has been very public (funnily enough he played a similar character in 1969!). We also see the lengths that his true friends are prepared to go to to try to help him.
I personally believe this is one of the best films I've ever seen. It has everything you could ever want from a film, especially when you're depressed. It helps one to see that, in most cases, other people's lives can be so much worse!
There is some fairly wooden acting, especially that from McCarthy and Gertz. Downey however is superb, as is James Spader as the slimy drug-dealer Rip.
The film also contains one of the best soundtracks I've heard with music from the likes of Jimi Hendrix (Fire) and Kiss (? - Rock and Roll all Night). Even the incidental music, by Thomas Newman ("6 Feet Under") is very emotive.
All in all a very underrated film.
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