6.8/10
751
18 user 9 critic

Reach the Rock (1998)

Trailer
1:38 | Trailer
Two school kids who are best friends are drinking on the side of a river. One friend bets the other that he can't swim across the river and "Reach The Rock". The friend takes the bet and ... See full summary »

Director:

(as William Ryan)

Writer:

Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Nearing his 60th birthday, a movie producer discovers that he may have less than a year to live as a result of inoperable cancer. The effects of his disease take the toll on him and his ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Wagner
Stars: Frank Langella, Daniel von Bargen, Rosanna Arquette
Luster (2002)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Luster is a refreshingly funny and sexy look at unrequited love. Jackson, a cute, lanky, blue-haired poet who works in a record store, is at the center of Everett Lewis' twisted black LA ... See full summary »

Director: Everett Lewis
Stars: Justin Herwick, B. Wyatt, Shane Powers
Beat (2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The story of writer William Seward Burroughs and his wife.

Director: Gary Walkow
Stars: Courtney Love, Kiefer Sutherland, Lisa Sheridan
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A swashbuckling adventure which takes place in the mid-1800's on the South Pacific islands where bloody raids and battles were once the rule of the day.

Director: Ferdinand Fairfax
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Michael O'Keefe, Max Phipps
American Adventure (TV Movie 2000)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

two young girls going to massage school; and all they ever did was fool lonely old men into liking them knowing exactly what to do ever time and would receiving money and valuable from these men .

Director: Troy Miller
Stars: Agnes Bruckner, Gary Cole, Helen Slater
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Niu Bo
Stars: Saori Amakawa, Hasigaowa, Song Huayu
Crime | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

In this updated version of Shakespeare's Hamlet, a young man comes face-to-face with personal treachery after suspecting that his father may have been murdered.

Director: Stacy Title
Stars: Jonathan Penner, Randall Batinkoff, Norman Reedus
The Beatnicks (2001)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

The Beat Nicks are musician Nick Nero and poet Nick Beat, a pair of self-styled truth-seekers who'd better find a gig or they'll be out on the street. Their luck begins to change when they ... See full summary »

Director: Nicholson Williams
Stars: Norman Reedus, Mark Boone Junior, Élodie Bouchez
Just Visiting (2001)
Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A knight and his valet are plagued by a witch, and to repair the damage they make use of the services of a wizard. However, something goes wrong and they are transported from the 12th ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Marie Poiré
Stars: Jean Reno, Christina Applegate, Christian Clavier
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Nobody Needs to Know is a story of Fame and the towns and industries and the people who create it and support it. It's the story of two actresses on divergent paths who unwittingly ... See full summary »

Director: Azazel Jacobs
Stars: Tricia Vessey, Liz Stauber, Norman Reedus
Class Reunion (1982)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Lizzie Borden High's class of '72 are going through the motions at their tenth-year reunion, until deranged alum Walter Baylor, driven insane by a sadistic senior-year prank, escapes from ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Miller
Stars: Gerrit Graham, Michael Lerner, Misty Rowe
Davis Is Dead (1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young man sets out on a cross country trip to confront his abusive father who left his destitute family years earlier. Along the way, he encounters a notorious killer who instills him with a new outlook on life.

Director: Ryan Oxford
Stars: Bojesse Christopher, John Diehl, Norman Reedus
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Quinn
...
Robin
Bruce Norris ...
Ernie
...
Donna
...
Lise
Richard Hamilton ...
Ed
...
Danny
Edit

Storyline

Two school kids who are best friends are drinking on the side of a river. One friend bets the other that he can't swim across the river and "Reach The Rock". The friend takes the bet and drowns halfway towards the rock. The entire town blames the the kid for his friends death, he runs away never to be seen again. He eventually comes back to his home town of Shermerville and goes crazy, and starts to trash the town (i.e. breaking store-front windows, stealing a police car). He also meets up with his old high school girlfriend. The majority of the movie takes place in one night. Written by Darryl Wisner

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A szerelem rabja  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,317 (USA) (16 October 1998)

Gross:

$4,960 (USA) (23 October 1998)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This is the last film solely written by John Hughes. See more »

Soundtracks

Drift
Written, Performed and Recorded by Bundy K. Brown
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Where Have You Gone, John Hughes?
9 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

You can probably use the old Woody Allen line, "I like your earlier, funny ones" in describing the ENTIRE career of writer/director John Hughes.

The list rattles off like 80's Night on TBS: from "National Lampoon's Vacation" and "Sixteen Candles" to "Pretty In Pink" and "Planes, Trains & Automobiles". Hughes was a filmmaker who literally caught lightning in a bottle - a former advertising copywriter who had the marrow of moviegoers' funnybones and could write smart dialogue and smart situations like nobody else at that time. Hughes literally cranked out some of the most hilarious, most loved films of the 1980's, ones that will stand the test of time.

Over time, Hughes also seemingly asked himself that, in the movie biz, why improve on a good thing when you can just repeat it. His canon of work ALSO includes "Some Kind Of Wonderful" (a hollow sex-reverse of "Pretty In Pink"), "Career Opportunities", "Home Alone 2" (awful), "Curly Sue" (incredibly awful), "Baby's Day Out", "Dutch" (a "Planes, Trains..." ripoff) and others.

By finally, completely tarnishing his former luster by cranking the same few movies out, he cruised into a lazy write-o-bot/photocopier mode by catering to snot-nose "Home Alone" kids instead of speaking to his fan base that followed him from the promise of his articles in National Lampoon Magazine through to smaller pix like "Nate & Hayes", "National Lampoon's Class Reunion" and the hit "Mr. Mom", into his 'teenage' phase, and then onto more adult-themed projects like "She's Having A Baby".

Let me put this as forwardly as possible: I like John Hughes' work. He fueled some of the happiest movie-going experiences in the 80's, and even after burning audiences with (very) lesser efforts, his former glories made makes us look forward to the next "A John Hughes Production" title credit. And then he dropped off the face of the earth. Secretly, under various pseudonyms, he cranked out scripts for low class fare as "Beethoven" and more recently "Maid In Manhattan", and was frequently subjected to the scourge of being rewritten by others.

So, it was with great trepidation but certainly a great bit of interest that I recently took in the 1998 (basically) direct-to-video feature, "Reach The Rock". The film is another John Hughes-penned-but-not-directed youth tale, occurring over the course of just one hot summer night in Hughes's fictional "hometown" of Shermerville, Illinois. It's the simple, straight-forward story of a young "punk" (Alessandro Nivola - later of "Jurassic Park 3") with nothing much to do and not a lot going for him. When he crosses paths with town top cop William Sadler ("Die Hard 2"), the showdown is set for a quiet, chatty battle of wills between two very headstrong characters.

The film takes a very leisurely approach in the showdown between these two characters - the lion's share of the plotted dialogue slowly unfolds between each in the town's jailhouse, and the two cross wits, barbs and truths over the course of the film's running time.

Sound familiar?

That's right: Hughes is at it again, repeating former glories, going back to the same well. He has taken the showdown/confessional/plot points between Judd Nelson and Paul Gleason from Hughes' touchstone, "The Breakfast Club" and expanded that conflict into this picture. But guess what? It works! Perhaps the passing of time (say, 13 years) has allowed the prolific writer an opportunity to revisit that dogeared script and "stretch" well under the radar of film criticism (this Universal-backed film never received anything approaching a limited release by its distributor).

The film is SLOOOOOOOOW, but director William Ryan makes the timing work in the picture's favour. Over the course of one night, lives are changed, people are changed and attitudes are changed. And there's a LOT of talk. It's like a play - a showdown between the (conveniently) whip-smart kid and the cop who isn't the clichéd hardass.

The action on-screen is cerebral, and Hughes' writing is crisp and assured. Taking place over the course of the middle of the night, the movie has a great sense of time and small-town place. A subplot involving chief Sadler's horny deputy is prefunctory, and serves as a sluggish diversion to the main attraction. "Reach The Rock" is absolutely nothing special for the casual viewer without a modicum of patience, but for fans of the same John Hughes that wrote some of the smartest, funniest and most thoughtful pictures of 80's, we extend a warm "welcome back".


7 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
where's the dvd???? jmbell5
How to get the movie!! sead-d
should i see it? TheIrishJolly
Bender tim-656
Soundtrack generalmusic
The Sea And Cake 'Window lights' vandands
Discuss Reach the Rock (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?