Clifford Peache is the new kid in Lake View High School. Faced with all the stress that role entails he makes his situation worse by insulting Moody, the leader of a group of toughs who extort lunch money from kids. These punks pretend to be bodyguards for the kids to protect them from Linderman who, it is rumored, killed his brother in cold blood. Clifford befriends the sullen Linderman and hires him as his bodyguard. When Moody ups the ante, Linderman must decide whether fighting for what he believes in, with his haunted past and image, is justified.Written by
Rick Gregory <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The film was released the same year as Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). In the background of the bedroom in the hotel, there is a poster of C3PO and R2-D2 from Star Wars. Cliff plays with an X-Wing figurine in his father's office, as well. See more »
In the lunch counter scene, Shelley is shown buying an RC soda, and carrying it to the table. A following cut shows her drinking from a Diet Rite can. See more »
Hey Moody! You owe me a years worth of lunch money
[flips Moody the bird and runs behind Linderman]
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In his debut performance, Adam Baldwin does a wonderful job portraying the alienated Ricky Linderman, who is seen as a hulking, violent "psychopath" by most of his peers. Baldwin's acting abilities are impressive and he touches the heart of the viewer by showing us Ricky's emotions.
Ruth Gordon is a joy to watch as Clifford's Gramma Peache. Her character adds the touch of humor that is needed to balance the heavy subjects addressed in this piece of work.
I am slightly disappointed with the editing; they appear to be going for dramatic pauses that don't work well and slow the pace of the scenes at times. However, I'm willing to live with that for the opportunity to see this wonderful story, which after 24 years still rings true to the reality of the cutthroat world of high school.
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