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Bad Boys (1983)

Chicago crime kid Mick O'Brien is sent to reform school after accidentally killing a rival's kid brother.


Rick Rosenthal

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Penn ... Mick O'Brien
Reni Santoni ... Ramon Herrera
Jim Moody ... Gene Daniels
Eric Gurry Eric Gurry ... Horowitz
Esai Morales ... Paco Moreno
Ally Sheedy ... J. C. Walenski
Clancy Brown ... Viking Lofgren
Robert Lee Rush Robert Lee Rush ... Tweety
John Zenda John Zenda ... Wagner
Alan Ruck ... Carl Brennan
Tony Mockus Jr. Tony Mockus Jr. ... Warden Bendix (as Tony Mockus)
Erik Barefield Erik Barefield ... Terrell
Dean Fortunato Dean Fortunato ... Perretti
Lawrence Mah Lawrence Mah ... Ricky Lee
Jorge Noa ... Carlos


Chicago crime kid Mick O'Brien (Sean Penn) has been sent to a juvenile prison for vehicular manslaughter. Most unfortunately, the person he kills is the kid brother of his nemesis Paco Moreno (Esai Morales), who vows revenge by raping Mick's girlfriend (Ally Sheedy). Paco is caught and sent to the same prison where he reworks his revenge plan, and Mick has no choice but to defend himself. Written by watzdabigdeal

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There's Only One Person Left Who Believes Mick O'Brien Can Make It... Mick O'Brien. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

25 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Boys - Klein und gefährlich See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,171,197, 27 March 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

EMI Films, Solofilm See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Astrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


A cinema marquee shows Halloween II (1981), also directed by Rick Rosenthal. See more »


When Tweety is leaving jail in a van he's waving at the other inmates exercising. You can see him right beside Viking waving back at himself. See more »


[to Lofgren]
Paco Moreno: I lost my brother. All you lost was some skin.
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Alternate Versions

The differences between the full 123 min. version and the 104 min. one are:
  • Mick playing his guitar in his bedroom
  • Paco talking to his father
  • Mick entering the correctional center and walking in
  • A jogging scene where the new kid says Viking and Tweety are going to get him
  • J.C. walking out of Walgreen's Supermarket
  • Another scene where Viking and Tweety harass the new kid
  • Longer scene of J. C. walking before she gets raped
  • After the rape, there is a line-up where she identifies Paco
  • Tweety getting released from the correctional center
  • A scene where Mick hands out the work assignments
  • A scene where Paco talks to Paretti about going 50/50
  • Paco and Viking harass Horowitz and Mick while they're watching "Kiss Of Death" (1947)
  • Another scene of Horowitz working on the fertilizer bomb
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Written by Theophilus Coakley (uncredited)
Performed by T-Connection
Courtesy Capitol Records, Inc.
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Penn At His Grittiest
26 November 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

This is probably one of the grittiest teen flicks to ever come out. This film puts all the films in the Dead End kids to shame. Sean Penn is perfect as Mick and Esai Morales is great as Paco. Also, this film as well as the similarly themed Born Innocent pulls no punches as it shows how the juvenile justice system which is supposed to rehabilitate young offenders does just the opposite and makes them even more hardened. This truly is one of the best films of the 1980's.

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