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Tuff Turf (1985)

The new kid in school must battle a gang of street toughs after stealing the gang leader's girl.

Director:

Fritz Kiersch

Writers:

Jette Rinck (screenplay), Greg Collins O'Neill (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Spader ... Morgan Hiller
Kim Richards ... Frankie Croyden
Paul Mones ... Nick Hauser
Matt Clark ... Stuart Hiller
Claudette Nevins ... Page Hiller
Robert Downey Jr. ... Jimmy Parker (as Robert Downey)
Olivia Barash ... Ronnie
Panchito Gómez ... Mickey (as Panchito Gomez)
Michael Wyle Michael Wyle ... Eddie
Catya Sassoon ... Feather
Francis X. McCarthy ... Man at Bus Stop (as Frank McCarthy)
Art Evans ... Security Guard
Herb Mitchell ... Mr. Russell
Ceil Cabot Ceil Cabot ... Secretary
Donald Fullilove ... Howard
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Storyline

At the start of his senior year in high school, Morgan's father has lost his company, so the family moves from Connecticut, where they've been in the yacht club, to an apartment in the San Fernando Valley. Morgan has grown up in the shadow of his high-achieving older brother, and he seems to have a knack for getting into trouble. He also has a stubborn streak, so when he finds himself attracted to Frankie, the girlfriend of the leader of a local gang of youthful thugs, he can't stop himself from pushing her for a relationship. The thug thinks of Frankie as his property and sees the cool, urbane Morgan as dead meat. Is this a struggle to the death? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Where enemies are made, reputations are earned and love is the most risky affair of all. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love-Fighters - Tuff Turf See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,509,380, 13 January 1985

Gross USA:

$9,369,329

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,369,329
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

James Spader is merely lip-synching during the piano sing; the song "We Walk the Night" is performed by Paul Carney, one of the sons of actor Art Carney. See more »

Goofs

In James Spader's first appearance in the film the patch on the back of his leather jacket is slashed with a car antenna. Although the patch is still slashed when he arrives at school the next day, it next appears fully intact later the same day at school while Spader is talking to Robert Downey, Jr. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Parker: Too bad they took your car, man.
Morgan Hiller: I don't own a car, man.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, we see Morgan, Frankie, Jimmy and Ronnie dancing and playing instruments with Jack Mack and the Heart Attack at Club 60's. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the new DVD version (released March 2001), the song "Breakin' the Rules" is sung by Lene Lovich, as it was in the original theatrical version. However, on this same version, the credits mistakingly list the singer as Jonathan Elias, whose version was used in the first home video release of this film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rough Streets (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

IT'S TOO LATE
Written by Jim Carroll & Wayne Woods
Performed by Jim Carroll and The Jim Carroll Band
Courtesy of Earl McGrath Music
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So 80's
7 March 2000 | by Rat ManSee all my reviews

A great rental. A perfect movie for anybody who went to high school in the 80's. The music, the styles or lack there of.

Kim Richards sadly disappeared after this movie. Too bad she was really good. She hasn't even shown up on a Lifetime movie yet.

James Spader disappeared too. I was expecting him to show up on some TNT movie about Microsoft.

By the way, Kim looked very good in this movie. Oddly enough, I found her more attractive towards the end, when wasn't wearing all of that garbage. She is a very beautiful woman with great hair. Nice legs and dance moves too.


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