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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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Meet Morgan Hiller. He's a rebel about to become a hero. See more »

Genres:

Action | 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, 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Actresses Kim Richards and Olivia Barash both played opposite McLean Stevenson in 1970's sit-coms: Kim on Hello Larry and Olivia on In The Beginning. See more »

Goofs

In the final warehouse scene when Frankie points the gun at Nick and tells him to get off of Morgan, the gun goes from cocked in Frankie's medium shots to uncocked in Nick's medium shots. 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

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 To the Devil a Dog (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

SO TUFF
Written by Andrew Kastner & Larry John McNally
Performed by Jack Mack & the Heart Attack
Published by Drewness Music, Unicity Music Inc. and McNally Music Publishing C/O MCA Music
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A great teen action flick
20 October 2001 | by DunnDeeDaGreatSee all my reviews

Tuff Turf has everything a teen action flick should have. A great first conflict between the bully and his prey, the bully being set up, a great sex scene and a final showdown. James Spader is great in the lead, Kim Richards has a killer body and Robert Downy Jr . finds great comic relief.


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