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The Prince of Pennsylvania (1988)

R | | Comedy, Drama | October 1988 (USA)
There's nothing wrong with the Marshetta family that a little felony can't cure. Rupert doesn't want to follow in his father's blue-collar footsteps, so he and his quirky friend kidnap his ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gary Marshetta
... Rupert Marshetta
... Pam Marshetta
... Carla Headlee
... Trooper Joe
Jeff Hayenga ... Jack Sike
... Lois Sike
Joseph De Lisi ... Roger Marshetta
Lauren Camp ... Baby Sike
Demetria Mellot ... Minister
Pam Call ... Lucky Bell White
Kari Keegan ... Biker Girl
Jeff Forman ... Biker Boyfriend
Paul Palmer ... Ed McLaglen
G. Ross Berger ... Chester
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There's nothing wrong with the Marshetta family that a little felony can't cure. Rupert doesn't want to follow in his father's blue-collar footsteps, so he and his quirky friend kidnap his father for ransom, only nobody wants him back. Written by Anonymous

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He's The King Of The Badlands... The Rebel Of The Road...

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Also Known As:

O Príncipe da Pensilvânia  »

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Fred Ward is first billed, while Keanu Reeves had a bigger role. See more »

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Earlier in the movie, Rupert puts a lighted electric ice cream cone on the roof of the Twin Twisters diner, and as he and Carla step back and admire it, we see that the sign on the rooftop of the diner reads "Carla's Twin Twisters" - with the name "Carla's" appearing in twinkling lights. Yet a few scenes later when Rupert drives up on his motorbike, the "Carla's" portion of the sign is no longer there, and the sign reads only "Twin Twisters." See more »

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Gary Marshetta: "You know those things are damn near indestructable. Come nuclear holocaust, there will be two things left in this world... cockroaches, and god damned portable shithouses!"
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Referenced in People Like Us: Making 'Philadelphia' (2003) See more »

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Dreams
Performed by BoDeans
Written by Sammy Llanas, Kurt Neumann
Courtesy of Slash Records/Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Kidnapping in the Coal Mine
16 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

High school drop-out Keanu Reeves (as Rupert) gets a weird haircut (long on the left side, short on the right). A biker dude, slash aspiring poet, Mr. Reeves works with conservative father Fred Ward for a coal-mining company. But, Reeves does not want to follow in his father's sooty footsteps. After tailing busty mother Bonnie Bedelia, Reeves confirms she has a sex buddy. Soon, Reeves has one too; it's ex-hippie ice-cream trailer owner Amy Madigan (as Carla). The couple decide to kidnap Mr. Ward, for money…

The potentially interesting father/son dynamic never really amounts to much. Instead of working on its own, you're liable to flesh it out by thinking of how well the theme worked in other films. Writer/director Ron Nyswaner includes the intriguing potential for a one woman/two man familial relationship; not with Reeves' parents, of course, but in the proposition he receives near the film's end. The Pennsylvania locations are refreshing (check out the IGA), and Mr. Nyswaner gets good performances from his cast.

***** The Prince of Pennsylvania (5/15/88) Ron Nyswaner ~ Keanu Reeves, Fred Ward, Amy Madigan, Bonnie Bedelia


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