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|At Close Range 1986 R, 115 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance / Mystery
Director: James Foley
Cast: Sean Penn, Christopher Walken, Kiefer Sutherland, Chris Penn, Mary Stuart Masterson, Millie Perkins, David Strathairn, Eileen Ryan, Candy Clark, J.C. Quinn, Tracey Walter, Jake Dengel, Stephen Geoffreys, Crispin Glover, R.D. Call
Based on a true story about a suburban Philadelphia family, Sean Penn and Christopher Walken star as son and father—Brad Whitewood Jr. and Brad Whitewood Sr.—in this unsettling movie about a father's influencing his son to turn to a life of crime in order to obtain his love. Teenager Brad meets his father after years of separation and is enticed into his father's life of crime. Good performances by Walken and Penn. Intense and brutal. 1 User Review
|Being a true story added to it`s intensity||radron 06/21/2013 |
| Doubt anyone will actually see my review but I`ll put my 2 cents in. Both Sean Penn & Christopher Walken were quite young. They happen to be 2 of my favorite actors. The thing that stands out most is the phenomenal acting of both. Sean Penn in particular. It`s just my opinion but I believe this movie may have set off Penn`s commendable acting career. |
This was Penn`s 3rd movie, if I saw right. He couldn`t have been more than 18 or 19 but you would think he was an old pro with this performance. For some reason this movie has been difficult to find anywhere. I did have it on VHS many years ago but that went by the wayside. I tried a few times to find it on dvd, to no avail. Today`s date is June 21, 2013. I was looking around Netflix last night for a movie to watch. Suddenly, there was "At Close Range". It`s not lost a thing over the years. Funny thing is, Netflix said it would only be available for viewing until July 1st. It`s almost like there`s something secretive about the movie itself. I don`t know but I do know it ranks right up there with some of my all time favorites. I would not hesitate to recommend this movie to anyone.
Walken captures the essence of a criminal while still maintaining his always cool persona. While many scenes were intense & disturbing, they were very well done. Somewhat surrealistic at times. Sort of like watching clouds, at night, drift by a full moon. Great supporting cast.
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