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Band of the Hand (1986)

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Five juvenile lost causes are sent to the Everglades where a war veteran tries to reform them using survival tactics. Their new skills and resolve are tested when a Miami drug lord targets them for trying to clean up their neighborhood.

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Leo Garen, Jack Baran
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Lang ... Joe
Michael Carmine ... Ruben
Lauren Holly ... Nikki
John Cameron Mitchell ... J.L.
Danny Quinn ... Carlos (as Daniele Quinn)
Leon ... Moss (as Leon Robinson)
Al Shannon Al Shannon ... Dorcey
Danton Stone ... Aldo
Paul Calderon ... Tito
Laurence Fishburne ... Cream (as Larry Fishburne)
James Remar ... Nestor
Tony Bolano Tony Bolano ... Felix
Frank Gilbert Frank Gilbert ... Antoine
Erla Julmiste Erla Julmiste ... Celeste
Deborah King Deborah King ... Yvette
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Storyline

In an attempt of resocialisation, five hopeless juvenile criminals, J.L., a silent boy with 80s fashion sense who murdered his abusive father, Ruben, a Latino gangbanger, Moss, a African American gangbanger and Ruben's mortal enemy, Dorcey, an illiterate runaway car thief, and Carlos, a Cuban refugee turned slick yuppie drug dealer, are sent away from prison into the Everglades for a survival training under Vietnam war veteran, "Indian Joe" Tegra. When this is successful, they move back to Miami slums. However this offends the former illegal inhabitants of the rundown two story house they settle in, all loyal customers of drug baron Cream. The conflict escalates into a bloody gunfight, but what the boys don't know is that Cream is just a henchman for the merciless Miami drug lord Nestor, who also has Carlos' girl Nikki with him. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Taglines:

They're back on the mean streets. But this time, they're the good guys.

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Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

5 utan nåd See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,235,720, 13 April 1986

Gross USA:

$4,865,912

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,865,912
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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During the 1997 divorce of his father Anthony Quinn, Danny Quinn testified under oath that he had in fact physically abused Lauren Holly during their rocky marriage. He testified that "I would grab her; I would punch her; I would kick her. It was awful. There were times I really wanted to hurt her." During the ugly divorce suit between Anthony and Iolanda Quinn, Danny also testified that his Academy Award-winning dad beat his mother. See more »

Goofs

Nikki fires two rapid-fire shots from a pump shotgun without reloading. See more »

Quotes

Joe: You ready for Miami?
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Referenced in Death Proof (2007) See more »

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Let's Go Crazy
Written by Prince
Performed by Prince and The Revolution
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Waging the war on drugs with Bob Dylan on your soundtrack.
17 January 2017 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Trashy, brainless, and oh-so-80s action melodrama stars Stephen Lang ("Avatar", "Don't Breathe") as Joe, an American Indian & Vietnam veteran who runs a program to reform troubled youth. Five punks - Ruben (Michael Carmine), J.L. (John Cameron Mitchell), Carlos (Danny Quinn), Moss (Leon), and Dorcey (Al Shannon) - are dragged out to the Everglades and deposited there, where Joe teaches them survival instincts and teamwork. Once back in Miami, the gang is *somewhat* more mature, and they go up against vicious drug runners including Cream (Laurence Fishburne) and Nestor (James Remar).

To be honest, "Band of the Hand" is a hard slog for a while, since it's hard to give a damn about our protagonists for an extended amount of time. (This IS an overlong movie.) But things improve as "Band of the Hand" progresses, and debuting feature director Paul Michael "Starsky" Glaser gives this production a certain amusing amount of 80s excess. It bears the mark of its executive producer, 'Miami Vice' creator Michael Mann. It's noisy, it's silly, it's violent in a sometimes cartoonish way, and it's got a hip soundtrack. The centerpiece of said soundtrack is a priceless, catchy rock ditty written and sung by Bob Dylan, with Tom Petty's band The Heartbreakers backing him up.

The acting suits the material. Top billed Lang is fine in a low key portrayal. The young cast is lively, with a cute Lauren Holly playing Carlos' love interest. Remar is okay as our primary villain, and other familiar character actors like Paul Calderon, Bill Smitrovich, Michael Gregory, and an unbilled Martin Ferrero all turn up as well.

This is a decent, fun movie overall, even if the script ain't so hot. As was said before, it goes on a bit too long, but for the most part, it's *not* boring.

Seven out of 10.


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