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The Prince of Pennsylvania (1988)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  October 1988 (USA)
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There's nothing wrong with the Marshetta family that a little felony can't cure. Rupert doesn't want to follow in his father's blue-collar footsteps, so he and his quirky friend kidnap his ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Marshetta
Rupert Marshetta
Pam Marshetta
Carla Headlee
Trooper Joe
Jeff Hayenga ...
Jack Sike
Tracey Ellis ...
Lois Sike
Joseph De Lisi ...
Roger Marshetta
Lauren Camp ...
Baby Sike
Demetria Mellot ...
Pam Call ...
Lucky Bell White
Kari Keegan ...
Biker Girl
Jeff Forman ...
Biker Boyfriend
Paul Palmer ...
Ed McLaglen
G. Ross Berger ...


There's nothing wrong with the Marshetta family that a little felony can't cure. Rupert doesn't want to follow in his father's blue-collar footsteps, so he and his quirky friend kidnap his father for ransom, only nobody wants him back. Written by Anonymous

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He's The King Of The Badlands... The Rebel Of The Road...


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Release Date:

October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Príncipe da Pensilvânia  »

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Fred Ward is first billed, while Keanu Reeves had a bigger role. See more »


Earlier in the movie, Rupert puts a lighted electric ice cream cone on the roof of the Twin Twisters diner, and as he and Carla step back and admire it, we see that the sign on the rooftop of the diner reads "Carla's Twin Twisters" - with the name "Carla's" appearing in twinkling lights. Yet a few scenes later when Rupert drives up on his motorbike, the "Carla's" portion of the sign is no longer there, and the sign reads only "Twin Twisters." See more »


Rupert Marshetta: We offend the common rabble with our truth.
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References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »


Good King Wenceslas
Performed by The Mars Area Middle School Chorus
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family ties
27 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This unlikely sleeper poses an essential question for disenchanted teenagers: is quality time with your family better than being chained to the door of a refrigerator? For coal-miner's son Keanu Reeves the answer is a no-brainer: his father is a Vietnam War veteran turned ultra-conservative; his feisty mother is having an affair with dad's best buddy; and his only friend is a socially marginalized, die-hard hippie. Meanwhile everyone thinks Reeves has problems, but he's only trying to avoid conforming to Middle America's messy ideas about normality. And since a rebel in the 1980s needs some sort of cause, he invents one: kidnapping his own father and holding him hostage. There's more than one contrivance in the otherwise original and unpredictable screenplay: the young protagonist's mechanical aptitude and closet intellect (he likens himself to Socrates, who was killed for daring to tell the truth) don't fit his delinquent image, and the kidnapping scheme carries the plot too far into fantasy. But if nothing else the film is an offbeat satire of modern domestic friction, and a refreshing change of pace from the usual condescending screen treatments of adolescent angst.

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