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After young Penn is thrown out by his stepfather, he encounters his real father (Walken), who impresses the lad with his life as a successful outlaw in the Pennsylvania backwoods. He trains up the boy in stealing anything that moves, and life seems very jolly and fulfilled in a hillbilly sort of way. Then Walken is slowly revealed to the boy's eyes as a murderer and rapist; and when the boy and his friends decide to blow the whistle, the guns are turned inwards on the family. Foley has opted for a mixture of documentary 'realism' and set pieces which have clearly escaped from over-lit pop promos. Mingle this with Penn and Walken going heavily over the top in usual Method fashion, and the brew is less than intoxicating. CPea.
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Release details

UK release:

1985

Duration:

115 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

James Foley

Cast:

Eileen Ryan, Millie Perkins, Mary Stuart Masterson, Christopher Walken, Sean Penn, Chris Penn

Music:

Patrick Leonard

Production Designer:

Peter Jamison

Editor:

Howard Smith

Cinematography:

Juan Ruiz-Anchia

Screenwriter:

Nicholas Kazan

Producer:

Don Guest, Elliot Lewitt

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CPea has obviously been watching too many cartoons because he or she can't distinguish a great movie when it hits him or her between the eyes. Cpea should read Roger Ebert's review to understand what an adult thinks about this outstanding film.

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CPea has obviously been watching too many cartoons because he or she can't distinguish a great movie when it hits him or her between the eyes. Cpea should read Roger Ebert's review to understand what an adult thinks about this outstanding film.