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Bad Boys (1983)

Chicago crime kid Mick O'Brien is sent to reform school after accidentally killing a rival's kid brother.

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Rick Rosenthal
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Penn ... Mick O'Brien
Reni Santoni ... Ramon Herrera
Jim Moody ... Gene Daniels
Eric Gurry Eric Gurry ... Horowitz
Esai Morales ... Paco Moreno
Ally Sheedy ... J. C. Walenski
Clancy Brown ... Viking Lofgren
Robert Lee Rush Robert Lee Rush ... Tweety
John Zenda John Zenda ... Wagner
Alan Ruck ... Carl Brennan
Tony Mockus Jr. Tony Mockus Jr. ... Warden Bendix (as Tony Mockus)
Erik Barefield Erik Barefield ... Terrell
Dean Fortunato Dean Fortunato ... Perretti
Lawrence Mah Lawrence Mah ... Ricky Lee
Jorge Noa ... Carlos
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Storyline

Chicago crime kid Mick O'Brien (Sean Penn) has been sent to a juvenile prison for vehicular manslaughter. Most unfortunately, the person he kills is the kid brother of his nemesis Paco Moreno (Esai Morales), who vows revenge by raping Mick's girlfriend (Ally Sheedy). Paco is caught and sent to the same prison where he reworks his revenge plan, and Mick has no choice but to defend himself. Written by watzdabigdeal

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Taglines:

Life Has Pushed Him Into A Corner... And He's Comin' Out Fighting. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Boys See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,171,197, 27 March 1983

Gross USA:

$9,190,819

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,190,819
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Company Credits

Production Co:

EMI Films, Solofilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Astrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The prison's demerit points system was as follows: Smoking - 400; Fighting - 700; Gang Activity - 1000; Sexual Harrasment - 1200; Drugs / Alcohol - 1500 and Running for the Fence - 2000. See more »

Goofs

Sean Penn's character gets some Yummy soda cans out of a soda vending machine. Yummy brand soda was only available in Jewel-Osco Drugstores and was never available in vending machines. See more »

Quotes

Mick O'Brien: Hey. What are the odds on me now, Perretti?
Perretti: Three to two... against you. Nothing personal.
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Alternate Versions

The differences between the full 123 min. version and the 104 min. one are:
  • Mick playing his guitar in his bedroom
  • Paco talking to his father
  • Mick entering the correctional center and walking in
  • A jogging scene where the new kid says Viking and Tweety are going to get him
  • J.C. walking out of Walgreen's Supermarket
  • Another scene where Viking and Tweety harass the new kid
  • Longer scene of J. C. walking before she gets raped
  • After the rape, there is a line-up where she identifies Paco
  • Tweety getting released from the correctional center
  • A scene where Mick hands out the work assignments
  • A scene where Paco talks to Paretti about going 50/50
  • Paco and Viking harass Horowitz and Mick while they're watching "Kiss Of Death" (1947)
  • Another scene of Horowitz working on the fertilizer bomb
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Connections

Referenced in John's Arm: Armageddon (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

In The Dark
Written by Billy Squier (uncredited)
Performed by Billy Squier
Courtesy Capitol Records, Inc.
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User Reviews

Not your ordinary teen movie
13 February 2005 | by SnoopymicheleSee all my reviews

I recently saw this movie again (on video, not the uncut DVD). I hadn't seen it in about twenty years, but it affected me the same at 35 as it did when I saw it on cable at 14. It is one of the grittiest, rawest movies I have ever seen, and it works on a visceral level. The performances of Sean Penn and Esai Morales in this film go to show why they have both continued to be two of the hardest working actors in Hollywood. After seeing Penn as Jeff Spiccolli in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," I was amazed by his range in this film (although he was excellent in "Racing With the Moon," which if memory serves me right also came out around this time). Morales took what could have been a one-note role and turned it into a caricature of a revenge-bent punk, but his talent even back then was clear that he was up to the challenge of putting emotion into the role and bringing some sympathy to Paco's plight. Clancy Brown and Ally Sheedy were excellent in their roles as well.

The movie worked not just because the acting was great, but because the story moved along at an exciting pace. It was suspenseful and was not overly cliché or pat. Overall, it was an unforgettable movie experience, a strong cautionary tale that still makes people think.


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