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A brother and sister arrive in a small town to help their relatives run an amusement park, and they find the town is terrorized by a local street gang.

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Sean S. Cunningham

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shannon Presby ... Loren
Lori Loughlin ... Abby
James Spader ... Dutra
John Philbin ... Gideon
David H. MacDonald David H. MacDonald ... Moonie
Vince Grant ... JoeBob (as Vincent Grant)
Theron Montgomery Theron Montgomery ... Gordo
Eddie Jones ... Charlie
Lucy Martin Lucy Martin ... Fay
Eric Stoltz ... Mark
Paige Price Paige Price ... Karen (as Paige Lyn Price)
Court Miller Court Miller ... Sheriff
Tom Atkins ... 'Mac' MacWilliams
Jean De Baer Jean De Baer ... Mary Beth MacWilliams (as Jean DeBaer)
Robertson Carricart Robertson Carricart ... Deputy
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Storyline

Abby McWilliams and her brother Loren are particularly normal teenagers. Their parents Mac and Mary Beth are killed in an accident. It's decided that Abby and Loren live in Glenby, Florida with their Aunt Fay and Uncle Charlie who own a gas station and an amusement park. Loren and Abby don't have much trouble making friends at their new high school. Loren starts dating Karen, the local sheriff's daughter while Abby starts dating Mark. Loren feels uncomfortable when he sees a blond-haired guy harassing Abby in the lunchroom. Mark tells Loren and Abby that the blond-haired guy is Eddie Dutra, a teenage drug addict who is the leader of a gang of redneck thugs. Loren helps Abby keep Dutra at a distance. Dutra's retaliations keep getting more vicious until Dutra forces a showdown at the amusement park by kidnapping Abby. Written by Corey Semple (AdamSandler's8SexyNights)

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Taglines:

The kids learned three things about southern hospitality, blood, sweat and terror! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Striking Back See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$199,108, 20 January 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$199,108, 20 January 1985
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shannon Presby decided to give up acting shortly after making this movie. See more »

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During the shower scene, Abby is wearing a vest to hide her nudity. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Dutra: You wanna fill 'er up, please?
Abby: Regular?
Eddie Dutra: Yes, please. You know there's a dance Saturday?
Abby: Yeah, I heard about that.
Eddie Dutra: Are you going?
Abby: Oh, I don't know yet.
Eddie Dutra: I'm going. Go with me.
Abby: Why?
Eddie Dutra: Well, because I'm asking you to. You will have a good time. You'll go right?
Abby: I don't know, we haven't really met.
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Alternate Versions

The 1988 UK Columbia video (released as "Striking Back") was cut by 54 secs by the BBFC to edit drug scenes, a shot of a girl's underwear being removed and a scene of girl being covered in lighter fluid. See more »

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Written and Performed by Bill Wray
Produced by Evan Archerd and Bill Wray
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Great revenge flick
21 November 2001 | by arturopanduroSee all my reviews

A brother and sister (Shannon Presby and Lori Loughlin) lose their parents in a tragic accident, and are sent to live with relatives in Florida. They are repeatedly bullied and traumatized by the local yahoo played wickedly by James Spader. What follows is a late night showdown at an empty carnival between good and evil, all in the name of survival. Lori Loughlin delivers a decent performance, as well does Shannon Presby as her very protective brother. However, James Spader's convincing performance is pure evil, at its best. As far as bully films go, this is one of the best.


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