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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mick O'Brien
... Ramon Herrera
... Gene Daniels
Eric Gurry ... Horowitz
... Paco Moreno
... J. C. Walenski
... Viking Lofgren
Robert Lee Rush ... Tweety
John Zenda ... Wagner
... Carl Brennan
Tony Mockus Jr. ... Warden Bendix (as Tony Mockus)
Erik Barefield ... Terrell
Dean Fortunato ... Perretti
Lawrence Mah ... Ricky Lee
... Carlos
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Storyline

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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In their world, if you're 17 and still alive you're a survivor [Video Australia] See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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25 March 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bad Boys - Klein und gefährlich  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$9,200,000
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1.85 : 1
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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

In the scene where Paco's mother is packing her dead son's belongings away, Paco says to his mother "I have to do it!" It comes up as the same words on the screen twice. But when he says it the second time, he says something different in the language he is speaking. See more »

Quotes

Mick O'Brien: I killed your little brother, but he's dead because you didn't look after him.
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Spoofed in Huo shao dao (1990) See more »

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Crime Wave
Written by Lindsay Mitchell (uncredited)
Performed by Prism
Courtesy Capitol Records, Inc.
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One of Penn's best films
20 September 2009 | by See 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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