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Knock 'Em Dead, Kid -- 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, the situations he finds himself in spiral out of control. He has run-ins with the police, problems with his girlfriend involving another girl, and a revenge attack he never should have involved himself in.
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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Sometimes life can be a real riot.
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  (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
Al Burke .... stunt performer
Cody Cowell .... stunt coordinator
Transportation Department
Shane Greavette .... driver
Brandon McFall .... driver

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USA:71 min
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The original script was 165 pages, scaled way down due to budgetary constraints.See more »
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 »
Trish:I know there's rumors about me.See more »
The FallSee more »


Why does the cop attack Willard and Andy?
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Good Indy Film has Flavor!, 24 June 2009
Author: Leon Clussier from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The opening of 'Knock 'Em Dead, Kid' is very odd and ominous. A face fills the screen and then proceeds to berate the viewer and fire (from a job) someone.

This sets the tone for the rest of the film - you never know what you'll get or what will happen. Next, the camera lingers on a sunset but you're not allowed to enjoy it as profane and vulgar dialogue spews forth from the screen.

Enter our gang of sweet, innocent and misunderstood teens - Bret, Willard, and Jim - who seem to be out for a good time but who begin their evening by attacking some other guy, Teddy, due to the fact that he raped a friend of theirs. The tone of this film is tough to pin down-it's at once a reflection of a society and that makes it at times very dark but then you have sunlit days and fun/happy times. It makes the film watchable and keep the viewer on edge - waiting for something to happen.

Once the story is set (Bret wants to go away to school, his friends wanna party, girl trouble, etc.) the film does display some striking visuals.

Written and directed by Chirstopher L. Golon, his film vacillates between cynicism and naîveté, pathos and comedy. The acting overall is good, considering it's a cast of unknowns, the character of Willard is especially good, as is the character of Trish who plays her part as part vamp-part innocent younger.

Since the tone of the film is all over the place (at times), it's hard to predict on what note it will end. But the end is satisfactory for what has come before and this is perceptively ambiguous film-making at its best.

Note: There's also a fantastic score from some up and coming artists!

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