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Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five (1998)

R | | Drama | 18 April 1998 (USA)
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Two young men (Jon Cryer, Rick Stear) who have been friends since early childhood decide to go on a trip to find a third friend (Rafael Baez) who has long since disappeared. Stories they ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rick Stear ...
Rafael Báez ...
Skee-Ball Weasel
Akili Prince ...
Cindy Goldclang
Mickey (The Photographer)
Susan Foster ...
Christina Hernandez ...
Alegra, Richie's sister
William Wise ...
Sexy Larry (The Store Owner)
Mrs. Muñoz
The Bearded Lady
Jesse Lenat ...


Two young men (Jon Cryer, Rick Stear) who have been friends since early childhood decide to go on a trip to find a third friend (Rafael Baez) who has long since disappeared. Stories they have heard indicate that the friend has been seen in an apparently rambling, incoherent state at Coney Island. Their trip leads them to a number of adventures involving the otherworld-like life at the Park and revelations related to their own pasts including the death of one's sister, a failed past relationship, financial failings, and alcoholism. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for language


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18 April 1998 (USA)  »

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$2,917 (USA) (8 September 2000)


$15,970 (USA) (6 October 2000)

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Real story is lost in film
21 February 2001 | by (Richmond, VA) – See all my reviews

This movie, which I just discovered at the video store, has apparently sit around for a couple of years without a distributor. It's easy to see why. The story of two friends living in New York searching for their pal from high school who is now living homeless under the boardwalk at Coney Island, has flashes of being a very good film, but ultimately is weighted down by the story focusing on Stan and Daniel, rather than on their homeless friend Richie. Cryer is as usual very good and the film has a nice stark look to it, with the ghostly images of Coney Island. However, writer Cryer and director Richard Schenkman are too busy dealing with the fairly uninteresting lives of Stan and Daniel rather than focusing on Richie. One flashback in a music store, where Richie has a crush on an employee stands out and really shows the viewer where this film could have gone. But in the end, not much. Two many drawn out scenes of annoyance, such as inside the Skeeball building. RATING 4 out of 10.

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