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Tough (1974)

G | | Drama | 24 July 1974 (USA)
Gossett continually rebels against the white establishment. The boy finds he can expect no back-up of his attitude at home, where his parents wallow in self-indulgence, so he feels that a show of force is his only option.

Director:

Horace Jackson

Writers:

Lynda Holmquist (script), Horace Jackson | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dion Gossett Dion Gossett ... Johnny Tough
Christopher Townes Christopher Townes ... Christopher
Renny Roker Renny Roker ... Phil
Rich Holmes Rich Holmes ... Teacher (as Richard McCready)
Sandra Reed Sandra Reed ... Denise (as Sandy Reed)
Sandy Reed Sandy Reed ... Denise
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guy Badger Guy Badger ... Grocery man
Mary Bailey Mary Bailey
Shawn Bailey Shawn Bailey
Ronnie Bowman Ronnie Bowman
Beverly Daniel Beverly Daniel ... Helen
Sam Dickerman Sam Dickerman ... Rapist
Antionette Emerson Antionette Emerson
Mark Emerson Mark Emerson
Tammy Emerson Tammy Emerson
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Gossett continually rebels against the white establishment. The boy finds he can expect no back-up of his attitude at home, where his parents wallow in self-indulgence, so he feels that a show of force is his only option.

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Needs His Hide Whipped Ten Times A Day! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Johnny Tough See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Production Co:

Jina Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Should be called 401 BLOWS
19 March 2007 | by jscottamy-2See all my reviews

To say that this is an homage to Trufaut's 400 BLOWS would be an understatement. It's a good thing that France never got the chance to see this movie - they'd be in an uproar. Despite that, Johnny Tough is a raw, honest portrayal of a kid with self-indulgent parents, a demeaning teacher and tons of other problems. I'd say he's got like 401 Blows (especially with that surprise ending. If your jaw doesn't drop when the girls go the bathroom, then you must be a psychic. The school scenes are surprisingly touching by the end - it's got to be one of the most real teacher scenes currently in cinema. Not sure when or if ever it will be on DVD, but it's a keeper.


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