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Lost Angels (1989)

R | | Drama | 5 May 1989 (USA)
A troubled youth from a split Los Angeles family is sent to a private psychiatric hospital after a violent scrape with the police. In the hospital, he makes a connection with one of the doctors who has his own problems.


Hugh Hudson


Michael Weller
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sutherland ... Dr. Charles Loftis
Adam Horovitz ... Tim Doolan
Amy Locane ... Cheryl Anderson
Don Bloomfield Don Bloomfield ... Andy Doolan
Celia Weston ... Felicia Marks
Graham Beckel ... Richard Doolan
Patricia Richardson ... Mrs. Anderson
Ron Frazier Ron Frazier ... Barton Marks
Joe D'Angerio ... Sweeney
William O'Leary ... Link
Kevin Corrigan ... Gata
Gary Riley ... Spooky
Mick Cunningham ... D.A.B. Kid (as Michael Cunningham)
Leonard Porter Salazar Leonard Porter Salazar ... Paco
Jonathan Del Arco ... Angel


A troubled youth from a split Los Angeles family is sent to a private psychiatric hospital after a violent scrape with the police. In the hospital, he makes a connection with one of the doctors who has his own problems.

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Fast cars. Big homes. Wild parties. They had everything. And nothing to lose. See more »




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The mental institution used was Camarillo State Hospital in Camarillo, CA, which was closed and converted to California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI). See more »


Dr. Charles Loftis: We used to say it took a year. Remember? A year to put a kid right. Sure, that just happened to be what the insurance covered. But now they cut it back to two, three months, and presto! we cure them in two or three months.
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Awesome 80s Cult Classic starring Adrock!

Being a teenager in the 80s and growing up in the Los Angeles area myself, this movie appealed to me because of the obvious relate-ability to it. Adrock sure did a stupendous job, especially being that it was his debut in a film. We always think of him as the crazy, funny and party-animal beastie boy, but here he was a dramatic, lost and frustrated protagonist looking to find his way amongst a myriad of issues. This film depicts the consequences of Reaganomics and how the 80s culture-especially amongst white Americans-worshiped greed and money. In this quest to have all the better things in life-which often was because of both the father and mother having careers-the kids become lost and bored and turned to things like drugs, sex, booze, partying non-stop, recklessness, gangs etc. It is interesting how a motif is the Latino gang lifestyle (his nickname was "chino") and how many young white males succumbed to that, especially in Southern California, in their quest to want to feel apart of something and seem important. Little did they know, but the filmmakers foreshadowed a major theme of the 1990s by doing this. The plot was mediocre, but it was the superb acting by Sutherland and Horovitz, and their chemistry along with how the film captured the end result of what happens when greed is god (this film was made in 89) and a seque into the the problems that these lost kids continued on with in the 90s. By that token, it is now a cult classic. I hear many people complain about the ending; I do not think the ending was too bad. Sure, it seems sugarcoated, but the protagonist found himself through the feeling he was able to care for someone else--the Donald Sutherland character. Because of this, he found his way back home.

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Release Date:

5 May 1989 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Camarillo, California, USA See more »


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Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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