At Close Range

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Plot

A boy and his friends seek to join a mid-atlantic gang led by the boy's estranged father, unaware that his father's ruthlessness takes no account of family ties.

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 6.9/10 (6,031 voted)

Director:
James Foley

Stars: Sean Penn, Christopher Walken, Mary Stuart Masterson

Storyline
A boy and his friends seek to join a mid-atlantic gang led by the boy's estranged father, unaware that his father's ruthlessness takes no account of family ties.

Writers: Elliott Lewitt, Nicholas Kazan

Cast:

Sean Penn

Brad Whitewood Jr.


Christopher Walken

Brad Whitewood Sr.


Mary Stuart Masterson

Terry


Chris Penn

Tommy Whitewood

(as Christopher Penn)


Millie Perkins

Julie


Eileen Ryan

Grandma


Tracey Walter

Uncle Patch Whitewood


R.D. Call

Dickie


David Strathairn

Tony Pine


J.C. Quinn

Boyd


Candy Clark

Mary Sue


Jake Dengel

Lester


Kiefer Sutherland

Tim


Stephen Geoffreys

Aggie


Crispin Glover

Lucas

Taglines:
Like father. Like son. Like hell.

Release Date: 18 April 1986

Filming Locations: Franklin, Tennessee, USA



Box Office Details

Budget: $6,500,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $180,286
(USA)
(20 April 1986)
(39 Screens)

Gross: $2,347,000
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

Screenwriter Nicholas Kazan originally wrote in the script a scene in which after Brad Sr. and Brad Jr. "do laundry", Brad Sr. takes little Brad to a whorehouse. The scene was not filmed due to "reasons beyond his control".

Goofs:

Continuity:
The shotgun pellet wounds on Sean Penn's face disappear almost immediately and leave no scars.

Quotes:

Jill:
You got a name?

Brad Whitewood Jr.:
Brad?

Jill:
You don't sound so sure.



User Review

It's in the genes.

Rating:

This raw look at small town hoods brutally exposes us to a portion of
society rarely depicted in movies. Souped-up cars and small time heists are
nothing new, but `At Close Range' is really more ‘The Godfather' than
`Bonnie and Clyde'.

Disobedient kids, worthless mom, ineffective stepfather. Every day we hear
tell of it on Montel, Jerry Springer, and Sally. Here, we see it, here we
live it.

James Foley does his best work here, you might think it funny to call a film
with a lot of 4×8 paneling and muscle shirts ‘stylish' but this film has its
own distinctive style, in many ways reminding me of Michael Mann's very
stylish `Thief'

Christopher Walken is nothing short of spectacular. Both the Penn brothers
(Sean and Chris) do very strong turns as sons of this verrry badddd
man.

Great story, powerful performances. All too real. Even a bit of a storybook
ending doesn't tarnish this one.