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The New Kids (1985)

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.

Director:

Sean S. Cunningham

Writers:

Stephen Gyllenhaal (screenplay), Stephen Gyllenhaal (story) | 1 more credit »
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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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A new ticket to terror from the director of "Friday the 13th." 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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is known for an early villainous role by James Spader, but the same year he played the good guy, and ironically he was one of the new kids, in Tuff Turf. 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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Edge of Survival
Music by Michel Rubini
Lyrics by Jess Harnell
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Welcome… how about a bloody beating?
4 July 2009 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Sean S. Cunningham (the man behind such films like 'Friday the 13th', 'A Stranger Is Watching ' and 'Deepstar Six') takes a stab at a routine (but gutsy) revenge/vigilante thriller set in the good ol' south of Florida with a group of feuding teenagers at the core. The plot is familiar in structure, but the bold dialogues and sweaty developments make it rather amusing.

Loren and Abby are brother and sister, who go to live with their uncle Charlie in a small town in Florida, after the death of their parents. Their home would be in a rundown carnival park, which their uncle has plans of restoring. Abby catches the eyes of the psychotic Eddie Dutra and his group of scummy thugs, but after constantly turning down their advancements. The bullying starts to rear an ugly head.

What transcends is sleazy, unsavory and completely nasty, but Cunningham (whose direction is energetically serviceable) pulls it off tremendously well delivering a complete (and versatile) package of humid drama and impulsive action. The tension is pot-boiling, as all these little encounters (with a very dangerous quality streaming through them) go on to spill over in one almighty, gang-busting climax of violent rage set in the amusement park. Even though how all of this eventuates takes some coming to grips with, but as furious exploitation found within this decade (like 'Class of 1984') it's hard to pass. Lalo Schifrin's textured score pumps along; infusing with the authentically rural atmosphere and the pacing throughout is reasonably zippy.

The cast is a strong one and well-suited across the board. The lovely Lori Loughlin and valiant Shannon Presby create supportable characters. While at the other end of the spectrum. James Spader is hard to forget with his slimy, reptilian presence and sudden jolts of violence. Eddie Jones adds a lively colour to his role as Uncle Charlie. In small roles are Eric Stoltz and Tom Aktins.


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