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Touch and Go (1986)

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An ice hockey star is accosted by a youth gang who attempt to rob him; after he chases them off he catches the youngest member and gives him a ride home, where he meets the boy's mother. A ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bobby Barbato
... Denise DeLeon
... Louis DeLeon
... Jerry Pepper
... Dee Dee
Richard Venture ... Gower
... Lester
... McDonald
... Levesque
... Lupo
Dennis Duffy ... Lynch (as Denis Duffy)
... Green
... Courtney
Clair Dolan ... Courtney's Girlfriend
Carri Levinson ... Courtney's Girlfriend (as Carri Lynn Levinson)
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An ice hockey star is accosted by a youth gang who attempt to rob him; after he chases them off he catches the youngest member and gives him a ride home, where he meets the boy's mother. A romantic plot ensues, as well as a confrontation with the gang leaders. Written by Michael C. Berch <mcb@postmodern.com>

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22 August 1986 (USA)  »

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$126,939, 24 August 1986, Limited Release

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$1,254,040
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Filmed in 1984 and originally intended for a 1985 release. It was shelved due to a change in distribution from Universal to TriStar Pictures along with extensive re-scoring and re-editing of promotional ads. See more »

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Bobby Barbato: Which apartment do you live at?
Louis DeLeon: [looks at Barbato and says nothing]
Bobby Barbato: Fine, we'll knock on them all. With your head.
[throws Louis at a door]
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References Scarface (1983) See more »

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Tangent Tears
by Richard Page, Steve George and John Lang
Performed by Mr. Mister
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Don't touch this one, unless you are a big fan of Keaton, Alonso or hockey
18 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

Bobby (Michael Keaton), "the Hornet", is an extremely good hockey player. He has a rough edge and never walks away from a fight, for he grew up in a tough neighborhood in South Chicago. Now, however, he drives a jag and has a revolving door for women at his posh apartment. Denise (Maria Conchita Alonso) is a single mother with a tweenage son named Louis. Although she has a good business head on her shoulders and big aspirations, she still lives on the poor side of town. One day, Bobby leaves the downtown hockey arena late, as he likes to avoid the press when possible. As he is getting into his car, he is approached by Louis, who begs for money. But, it is a trap. Soon, thugs surround Bobby and start pummeling him. Yet, they have chosen the wrong target, as Bobby soon knocks THEM out and captures Louis. Threatening the young boy with a call to the police, Louis tells him where he lives and Bobby takes him home. Denise is upset but, even in her anger, she has eyes for the attractive Bobby and he looks her up and down, too. Is this the beginning of a beautiful friendship? Romcom fans, beware. The film's box cover makes the movie appear to be a comedic love tale, but, it is far from that, although there is some sporadic humor. It is really a story of an unlikely love between a newly rich local celebrity and not-so-rich but lovely lady, with a violent, inner city undertone and a hockey theme thrown in for good measure. Regretfully, it attempts too much and falls flat on its face. The script is uneven and far from cohesive, making it a mundane watch at best. Keaton and Alonso are good and attractive actors and they make a valiant attempt to save the film but can not overcome the deficiencies in the storyline and the direction. If you like hockey, or either one of the main stars, you might wish to watch the film some night when entertainment choices are few and far between. But, for most viewers, don't touch this one, as it is very disappointing fare.


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