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Blue City (1986)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 2 May 1986 (USA)
A drifter returns to his Florida hometown only to discover that his father, the local mayor, was the victim of a mysterious murder during his absence. Vowing to find the killer and avenge his fathers death, he starts his own investigation.


Michelle Manning


Ross Macdonald (novel), Lukas Heller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
5 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Judd Nelson ... Billy Turner
Ally Sheedy ... Annie Rayford
David Caruso ... Joey Rayford
Paul Winfield ... Chief Luther Reynolds
Scott Wilson ... Perry Kerch
Anita Morris ... Malvina Kerch-Turner
Luis Contreras ... Lieutenant Ortiz
Julie Carmen ... Debbie Torres
Allan Graf ... Graf
Hank Stone Hank Stone ... Hank (as Hank Woessner)
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Tiny (as Tommy Lister Jr.)
Rex Ryon ... Rex
Felix Nelson Felix Nelson ... Caretaker
Willard E. Pugh ... Leroy
Sam Whipple ... Jailer


Returning to the small Florida town where he grew up, Billy Turner (Nelson) learns that his father has been killed. With little help from the police, Billy will take matters into his own hands and go up against a ruthless local mob boss in a desperate search to find the killer. Written by leopardo_delle_nevi

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It's below Miami and above the law. See more »


Action | Crime | Drama


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Did You Know?


Judd Nelson once said of his character Billy Turner in this film: "Cowboys and indians, cops and robbers. That's the way Billy Turner sees it. It's good guys and bad guys. He's the misunderstood hero now. What, is he out of his mind? He doesn't even know what's going on. Billy Turner is supposedly on a quest to find out who killed his father, but as soon as he gets a gun in his hand, it's like: 'Hey, I've got a gun in my hand!' It's a little like real-life, sometimes you don't know what you're supposed to be doing, even when you're doing it." Nelson also once said: "It's the first part ever that I didn't have to audition for. Instead of having to make the rounds and go to casting calls and auditioning with hundreds of other guys, suddenly my agent has more offers coming in than I can possibly handle. I'm in a position where I can actually turn a job down. It's a strange experience." See more »


Referenced in Psych: Zero to Murder in Sixty Seconds (2007) See more »


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Performed by Ry Cooder
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An atmospheric bore with disappointing performances by Nelson and Sheedy
18 April 2018 | by sundialpictures-01657See all my reviews

What's good about this flick? The gorgeous Anita Morris plays Nelson's stepmother and the woman oozes sex appeal. A wonderfully smarmy performance by Paul Winfield as a corrupt police chief. David Caruso acts circles around his co-star Judd Nelson. Some really nice shots of the coastline while Nelson rides his hog down the interstate. Ry Cooder's bluesy score is just a treat to listen to and captures the atmosphere of the settings.

What's bad about it? Ally Sheedy and Judd Nelson aren't trying at all; they look like they're here for the paycheck and nothing more. They exhibit no chemistry in any of their scenes together, and Nelson looks like he's reciting all of his lines in the least interested manner possible, and Sheedy looks as though she'd rather be anywhere else in the world. Unfortunately, these two performers are probably the reason why most people would want to see this movie. I say skip it and see them in St. Elmo's Fire or better yet The Breakfast Club.

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Release Date:

2 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,748,096, 4 May 1986

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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