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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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Life Has Pushed Him Into A Corner... And He's Comin' Out Fighting. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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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?


The nick-name for the penitentiary was "The Zoo". See more »


When O'Brien and Horowitz are talking in the shower, the shadow of the boom mic moves back and forth on the wall when O'Brien walks away. See more »


Warden Bendix: One way or the other, I'm going to get to the bottom of this.
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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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References Halloween II (1981) See more »


Give Me Your Love
Written by Peabo Bryson (uncredited)
Performed by Peabo Bryson
Courtesy Capitol Records, Inc.
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One of Penn's best films
20 September 2009 | by RoseNylanSee all my reviews

This is a fantastic crime drama/thriller about a troubled teen(Penn) who accidentally kills a young boy during a bungled drug heist. He is sent to a maximum security juvenile correctional facility and is thrown in with some of the meanest, most violent young criminals. Meanwhile, the older brother of the young boy that he accidentally killed is out for revenge and tries to get back at him through his girlfriend(Ally Sheedy) outside of prison.

Many of the horrific images in this film will stay with you for a long time. There is a constant sense of fear and danger that lingers throughout the film and is highlighted by a terrific score by Bill Conti(Rocky, The Karate Kid). Penn gives one of his best performances here. A must see film.

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