A very successful stock broker is called to court to testify against a mob boss who was into some inside trading. They hide him because of death threats. He gets caught in a gun battle and has to flee. He ends up hiding out as a student in a high school. He has to adjust to how things have changed as a teenager. The bad guys find him and he has fight it out in the high school gym.Written by
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If you have not seen this motion picture, you're missing the gift that keeps on giving. Why? Here's why this film was robbed at the 1987 Oscars:
1) The story. "Guy hides from vindictive businessman by going back to high school" That log line alone deserves an Academy Award.
2) Performances. Jon Cryer is so good, you're wiling to overlook that fishy-looking beard (courtesy of makeup department). Why was there no Oscar nomination for him? Keith Coogan as Patrick is brilliant in a role that is, admittedly, beneath him. Did he get an Oscar nod? No, but he should have. Annabeth Gish is so charming and likeable as Ryan, that after the film is over, you realize that Cryer's character -- who's like, 30 yrs. old -- was dating a 17 year old vixen. And we know that that's just wrong, dear readers.
3) The direction. Bob Giraldi, who directed Mike Jackson's "Hair-on-Fire Pepsi Video", goes above and beyond the call of duty with this opus. Sweeping dolly shots, flawless blocking of both camera and actors, and flawless choice of camera lenses put this one in a class of it's own.
And yet, those stuffy academy members decided to give that golden statue to some dude named Bernado Bertolucci. I don't remember the name of BB's movie, but if you want Oscar-worthy entertainment without taking 12 hours to see it, Hiding Out is for you.
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