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
The name of the youth jail was the "Rainford Juvenile Correctional Facility". Established in 1919, its motto was "Justice with Mercy". The name of the other prison facility, the gaol for adults, was the "Illinois State Penitentiary". See more »
In the final fight scene between Mick & Paco, Paco has Mick against the bunk, Mick is standing on the left of screen, while Paco is standing right of screen, and stabs him in his right shoulder. Then the camera cuts suddenly to both Mick and Paco in another fighting position, with Mick now on the right side, and Paco on the left, as if there was a cut in the film. See more »
The original U.S. theatrical version ran 123 minutes. Most USA videocassettes and the first DVD release originally included a shortened, 104 minutes cut. The Image laserdisc runs the full 123 minutes, as does the Anchor Bay VHS/DVD re-released on October 9, 2001. See more »
Sean Penn, Esai Morals, Ally Sheedy, and the other principles in this film deliver great, realistic, gritty performances. Certainly one of the great performances of Penn's career.
My only complaint is that the DVD release by ARTISAN ENTERTAINMENT & REPUBLIC PICTURES - Deletes 2 scenes from the original. (That may explain the bargain pricing). The deleted scenes I noticed are: 1. The scene in which Ally Sheedy's character picks Esai's character out of a line-up. 2. A scene inside the Juvenile facility where the inmates are watching the Richard Widmark film "KISS OF DEATH", where he pushes the old, wheelchair-bound lady down the stairs, much to the delight of the inmates!
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