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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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Action | Drama

Certificate:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Downey, Jr. became good friends with James Spader, and even named his cat Jimmy in honor of him. 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

Stuart Hiller: Go easy on him tonight, Page. This means a lot to him.
Page Hiller: Mm-hmm. So did that girl he brought home for Easter last year. Remember? She was so stoned, all she could do was look at the peas and say, 'Wow, they're so green!'
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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

On the home video version, the song "Breakin' the Rules" is performed by Jonathan Elias, instead of Lene Lovich, whose version is played in the theatrical release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

TUFF TURF
Written by Jonathan Elias & Doug Hall
Performed by Southside Johnny Lyon (as Southside Johnny)
Published by Chilly D. Music and Music Design Publishing
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Stuck in the '80s but lots of fun nonetheless
19 February 2007 | by ceebeegeeSee all my reviews

This one is a real relic of the '80s--the hair! The shoulder pads! The sweaters folded casually over the shoulders! The movie cheerfully steals from "Rebel Without a Cause" and winks at "The Warriors" and "Footloose" as well. Kim Richards is somewhat miscast as a "tough" girl but gives a very game performance and looks gorgeous as always. James Spader also gives a sincere performance, which couldn't have been easy with some of these scenes (he is forced to serenade Kim Richards on the piano). The best scenes, IMO, are the country club montage (Olivia Barash blithely asking the rich girls "You do swallow, right?"), and when Richards and Spader finally hit it off at a club. How do we know this? Because Richards breaks into a perfectly choreographed (albeit spontaneous) dance number! Truly enjoyable if you just let yourself do so.


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