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Dangerously Close (1986)

A rebel without a cause at an elite uptight High School discovers some of his classmates have formed an even more elite clique hell-bent on ridding the school of what they deem to be its undesirables because of ethnicity, politics, etc.


Albert Pyun


Scott Fields, Marty Ross (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
John Stockwell ... Randy McDevitt
J. Eddie Peck ... Danny Lennox
Carey Lowell ... Julie
Bradford Bancroft Bradford Bancroft ... Krooger Raines
Don Michael Paul ... Ripper
Thom Mathews ... Brian Rigletti
Gerard Christopher ... Lang Bridges (as Jerry DiNome)
Madison Mason ... Corrigan
Anthony De Longis ... Smith Raddock
Carmen Argenziano ... Molly
Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ... Leon Biggs
Dedee Pfeiffer ... Nikki
Karen Lorre ... Betsy (as Karen Witter)
Greg Finley ... Morelli
Debra Berger ... Ms. Hoffman


Rebel without a cause or a clue at an elite but uptight High School discovers some of his classmates have formed an even more elite clique more or less hell-bent on ridding the school, and quite possibly American society, of what they deem to be its undesirables because of ethnicity, politics, etc. Our hero recruits a teacher and some other "less desirable" classmates to undermine the elitists, and, naturally, things get quite violent. Written by meebly

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At Vista High there's a thin line between being cool and getting caught.


Action | Crime | Thriller


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Almost identical to The Brotherhood of Justice (1986), and in fact uses some of the same actors. See more »


Krooger Raines: Deploy! Deploy!
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Referenced in Escale à Nanarland: Le Justicier de New York (2013) See more »


Sea Of Cortez
Written and performed by Green on Red
Courtesy of Enigma Records
From the album "Gas Food Lodging" (1985)
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John Stockwell, Carey Lowell, and some others...
30 July 2008 | by daniel-kyleSee all my reviews

I wish I didn't have to write 10 lines for inclusion on IMDb, because there isn't too much to say about this movie EXCEPT that I really liked it at the time - it is a good example of mid-80's style - and the actors are very good, some have more recently become well known: John Stockwell is a noted Director now ("Blue Crush"), and he was 'Cougar' in "Top Gun" the same year, 1986. Carey Lowell, Mrs. Richard Gere, went on to "Law & Order" after a role in a bad James Bond movie. So why no DVD??? It was on VHS in the late 80's. One thing I do remember at the time, when Siskel & Ebert reviewed it they noted a strange homo-erotic overtone in many scenes (like in the school gym's locker room). Of course, you could say that about the Top Gun locker room scenes, also. But they had a point, and I think one reason this movie did stand out from the run-of-the-mill Drive In fare was that director Albert Pyun gave it some of these inexplicable, strange tones. And there was one TERRIFIC pun half-way into the movie, but you'll have to watch it to find out for yourself...

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Release Date:

9 May 1986 (USA) See more »

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Campus '86 See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,180,506, 11 May 1986

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