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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 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 | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,400,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A body double was used for Kim Richards' nude scene. 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

Frankie Croyden: Hey, everybody's staring at me.
Morgan Hiller: Yes, they are. Well, what's happening now is, you see; the girls are wondering where they've seen you before and the guys are wondering why the hell they haven't.
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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 Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Breakin' the Rules (What Do You Do When Opposites Attract)
Written by Jonathan Elias
Performed by Lene Lovich (uncredited) and Jonathan Elias
Published by Chilly D. Music and Music Design Publishing
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Tuff Turf, Not Given The Credit It Deserves
28 April 2005 | by rp_wattonSee all my reviews

This was my all time favorite movie of the 1980's, and having the beautiful Kim Richards in it, and the ever cute James Spader made it worth watching time after time,,When Morgan moved to yet another new school and fell for the leader of the Tuff's girlfriend it was the start of a non stop battle of wills and reputations, it prooves that the good guy does always get the girl and that some things are worth fighting for. Some people believe this is the movie that ended Kim's career, to me it just never got the recognition it deserved,I just wish Kim would consider making a comeback to prove to everyone she has what it takes to be one of the great actresses of all time, your fans miss you Kim!


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