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

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Rick Rosenthal
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Cast

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 ... Perretti
Lawrence Mah Lawrence Mah ... Ricky Lee
Jorge Noa ... Carlos
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Storyline

Mick O'Brien, a sixteen-year-old juvenile delinquent preying on Chicago's unsuspecting people, is arrested and taken to Rainford Juvenile Correctional Facility for negligent homicide. Unfortunately, his latest victim was an innocent eight-year-old boy. As a result, hell-bent on avenging his death, the ruthless teenage drug dealer, Paco Moreno, decides to get even. But, inevitably, Paco's arrest, and his detention in Mike's prison, will lead to a dangerously volatile co-existence, and all bets are off on their imminent confrontation. Now, the two rivals have no other choice but to lock horns and take the law into their own hands. Is there a future for bad boys, Mick and Paco? Written by Nick Riganas

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The passage written on the board in the classroom is from Jack London's 'Call of the Wild'. Presumably, this is also the novel O'Brien and Horowitz read and discuss while sitting in their room during a later scene. See more »

Goofs

Position of Paco when leaning up against the locker. See more »

Quotes

Horowitz: That's Lofgren. They call him Viking. I call him shit for brains.
Viking Lofgren: Shut your fucking mouth, Horowitz.
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Alternate Versions

When Bad Boys was filmed, at least two scenes had two alternate versions -- both revolving around the same thing. When Tweety and Viking are giving O'Brien his work assignment, the original theatrical version had him on "shit house." The television version, though used the alternate take which has him on "latrine patrol." The same was done when Paco gets into the prison and O'Brien gives him "shit house" in the theatrical version, but in the television version again, the alternate take of "latrine patrol" is used. See more »


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Superstar
Written by Theophilus Coakley (uncredited)
Performed by T-Connection
Courtesy Capitol Records, Inc.
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Great Film with some heart-wrenching acting
11 January 1999 | by JCisnerosSee all my reviews

This film has to be one of the best youth crime dramas around. Sean Penn delivers a strong performance as a troubled youth, without the will but the courage to change his ways. Ally Sheedy also delivers a strong performance as the sole light in Penn's insane lifestyle. Esai Morales delivers a strong performance as a youth who has takes the wrong roads in life. Buckle up, and get ready for an emotional ride by some talented actors/writers/director in this movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Boys See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,171,197, 27 March 1983

Gross USA:

$9,190,819

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,190,819
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Company Credits

Production Co:

EMI Films, Solofilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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