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 »
When Mick and Horowitz are escaping and Mr. Daniels catches them doing it during recess, Mr. Wagner stands there with a blank look on his face as if nothing has happened, but immediately afterwards, he is with Mr. Daniels trying to capture the boys trying to escape. See more »
In the mess hall scene where Horowitz starts throwing milk around & gets carried off to solitary, there is an omitted scene where he passes Mick & the camera is on Mick. Then the camera goes back to Horowitz been carried through another part of the way to solitary, then another prisoner yells out, "Don't forget to write"! See more »
I loved this film it was excellent, it had a good cast, good story, good performances and you could really understand the characters. This film is very similar to Scum but although both are very gritty I think this film is a little better. Sean Penn is good in every film he has starred in but this film is what made him a creditable actor. If you want to watch a film with a good powerful story then I recommend this and I thought the ending was pretty good if a little predictable.
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