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Turk 182 (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 15 February 1985 (USA)
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Jimmy Lynch is angry because his older brother, who was injured as a result of an off duty fire rescue, is denied benefits by the city.

Director:

Bob Clark

Writers:

James Gregory Kingston (story by), James Gregory Kingston (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Hutton ... Jimmy Lynch
Robert Urich ... Terry Lynch
Kim Cattrall ... Danny Boudreau
Robert Culp ... Mayor Tyler
Darren McGavin ... Det. Kowalski
Steven Keats Steven Keats ... Jockamo
Paul Sorvino ... Himself
Peter Boyle ... Det. Ryan
James Tolkan ... Hanley
Thomas Quinn Thomas Quinn ... Hooly
Norman Parker ... Dr. Salco
Dick O'Neill ... Powerhouse chief
Maury Chaykin ... Man in Wheelchair
Richard Zobel Richard Zobel ... TV interviewer
David Wohl ... TV producer
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Storyline

Jimmy Lynch is angry because his older brother, who was injured as a result of an off duty fire rescue, is denied benefits by the city. At the same time, Mayor Tyler is embroiled in a political scandal that he denies all previous knowledge of. Jimmy begins painting "Tyler Knew, Turk 182" as an embarrassment to the mayor. The mayor is furious at this grafitti appearing all over the city and orders the police to find the artist. Jimmy's "Turk 182" spraypaints continue to appear. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Schlitzohr See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,589,234, 18 February 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,594,997
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The second of four appearances where Timothy Hutton' plays a person fighting the system. The first was Taps (1981) and the next two would be The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), & Leverage (2008). See more »

Goofs

At the start when the firemen blast Terry Lynch out of the burning window, you can see the wig come off the stuntman as he falls toward the parked car and after he hits the car, you can see it again. See more »

Quotes

Det. Ryan: [trying to find out who's behind Turk 182] Just give us the names and addresses of everyone involved.
Terry Lynch: Everyone?
Det. Ryan: Everyone involved.
Terry Lynch: There's the Penguin, the Riddler, Catwoman, Darth Vader, Jack the Ripper, Atila the Hun...
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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A classic piece of NYC trash (potential spoiler!)
5 July 2001 | by tonypumaSee all my reviews

OK, I'll have you know that I own a copy of this film so don't think I hate it viciously. It's not a bad story, and Hutton and Urich do well at their heavy New York accents. Actually, if there's one thing that makes the story, it's the thick flavor of 80's NY that runs through it. Some notable bit characters (notably Dick O'Neil) do great jobs as curmudgeons, and Culp and Boyle are completely evil. However, Steven Keats COMPLETELY blows it as a total NY buffoon stereotype- lines like "Dis is bee-yoo-tee-fulll", and "Dis is yoo-ge (huge) wit a capital U!" don't make him much more than a cartoon. Kim Cattrall's acting is pretty flimsy to boot. The ending is absurd beyond words- all of a sudden the mayor and all the cops revert their anger towards him and all cheer on Turk in a complete Hollywood photo finish. Please.

For me, the draw here is pretty much linked to the graffiti aspect of the movie. The sequence where Hutton sandblasts the subway train is fun stuff, as well as the over-the-top feats with the scoreboard, the mounted police horse, etc. But it's important to note, especially in the time period, that no such graffiti writer in New York could avoid massive and brutal prosecution. The story of NY writer Smith has so many parallels to this story it's hard to tell which came first- Smith's late brother Sane has even gone by Sane 182 in homage to the film. Smith painted his name on the side of the Brooklyn Bridge and not only made headlines, he came under the city's first million-dollar lawsuit. Turk 182 effectively makes the mayor look demonic, but only in a silly comic book way. There are some real heroes with real stories to tell from those days; maybe one day a realistic portrayal will come down the pike when people are ready to see both sides of that story.


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