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Knock 'Em Dead, Kid -- Summer. All 19-year-old Bret Rush has to do is coast through it. After all, he'll be leaving for school in late August. But after losing his summer job, he gets caught up between two girls, an act of revenge taken too far, and a police detective. Sometimes life can be a real riot.

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Writer:
Christopher L. Golon (written by)
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Sometimes life can be a real riot.
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Bret, 19, yearns to leave his Connecticut hometown and head off to college. He figures summer will be fun with his buddies but as the days progress... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Very Interesting and Realistic Coming of Age Film See more (5 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Dirk Julian ... Bret
Michael Resendez ... Willard
Torey Marks ... Veronica
Erin Prieto ... Trish

Chad Post ... Jim

Angela Nordeng ... Angela
Andrew Chase ... Andy

Cody Cowell ... Krej

Les Mahoney ... Don - Jim's Dad

Al Burke ... The Cop

Judy Waller ... Mom
Adam Gordon ... Teddy
Michael Allen Hollinger ... Druggie
Michael Esposito ... Bruce Paul
Nathan Yoder ... New Man
Kelly McFall ... Newscaster
Brandon McFall ... Andy's Brother
D. Patrick McDermott ... Mr. Reynolds
Daniel Witkowski ... Guy #1
Glenn Geiger-Cole ... Guy #2

Directed by
Christopher L. Golon 
 
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(in alphabetical order)
Christopher L. Golon  written by

Produced by
Gale DiMauro .... producer
James A. Golon Jr. .... associate producer
Christopher L. Golon .... producer
Bryant Pearson Jr. .... associate producer
Karen Rolka .... executive producer
Kate Rolka .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Allen Hollinger 
 
Cinematography by
Shane Greavette 
 
Film Editing by
Christopher L. Golon 
 
Art Department
H.M. Vons .... set designer
 
Sound Department
C.L. Hoffa .... boom operator
C.L. Hoffa .... sound editor
Brandon McFall .... boom operator
Nathan Yoder .... boom operator
 
Stunts
Cody Cowell .... stunt coordinator
 
Transportation Department
Shane Greavette .... driver
Brandon McFall .... driver
 

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USA:71 min
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Most of the film was drawn based off the Director's own life experiences.See more »
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Errors in geography: Although set in Connecticut, the film was actually shot in Los Angeles, thus the occasional palm tree creeps into certain outdoor scenes.See more »
Quotes:
Don - Jim's Dad:You guys drink?
Willard:Yes, sir, yes sir, we do.
Don - Jim's Dad:Cherryboys?
Willard:No, sir, no.
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Why does the cop attack Willard and Andy?
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Very Interesting and Realistic Coming of Age Film, 21 August 2009
Author: Mister_B_Gone from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Knock 'Em Dead, Kid is the first film from NYU graduate Christopher Golon. Remember that name, because he will be a huge success in the years to come.

Brett is 19, in a relationship, and has just been accepted to NYU. His life is as success story to any post- grad. One night, along with his friends, Brett beats the man their friends accused of rape; leaving him hospitalized. Soon, Brett pushes his steady girlfriend aside to be with an admirer , Trish. She's a sophomore, leading to his nervousness about her. When the allure of forbidden fruit latches onto Brett, his relationship is ruined, and a new one begins. But that's not all that begins to crumble; with a detective on his back about the assault and the town youth about to erupt on the corrupt cops, this provides for one interesting summer.

What I really like about this movie is despite a non existent budget and technical problems, it feels real. The characters are natural teens. Movies like Havoc are atrocious to me, because the kids in them are fictional, and feel that way. Kids is another film like this, but feels far fetched. The characters are possible, but not every school has a Telly or a Jennie. EVERY school has the characters in this movie. I'm friends with people like this, I hate some people like this, but they're in my environment. While not as extrema as some coming of age films, this one is incredibly realistic; not feeling boring in the least, and not loosing you with scenarios you know will never happen. Despite the roughness of the final product, I think Golan did an amazing job with this film; and the budget proves you can do so much with so little. 8/10.

Chip Parton- Chief Editor- www.sinsofcinema.com

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