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Blue City

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Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy rekindle their chemistry from The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire in this taut thriller. After learning that his father, the mayor of Blue City, has been murdered, Billy Turner (Nelson) must track down the killer. Nelson excels as a wisecracking hero who isn't afraid to bust a few heads to get the information he needs. Supporting work from David Caruso and a standout score by Ry Cooder keep the excitement level high until the explosive conclusion.


Okay, so maybe this old 80's Walter Hill co-written revenge flick ain't everybody's cup of tea. Maybe most don't even remember this seemingly forgettable Judd Nelson/Ally Sheedy re- teaming. And maybe some will be fully angered by the fact that even though it's now finally on a DVD format, this version of Blue City has not one single extra or featurette to choose from. (I'll admit it does sting a bit!) But as far as the flick goes, I simply don't care - I am a huge closet supporter of Blue City, my number one guilty pleasure film of all time. The basic story of spoiled kid Judd Nelson who returns home to find his father has been murdered and vows revenge is helped by its rather adolescent view on the classic revenge genre - think the brat pack meets Death Wish. So what makes Blue City so near and dear to my heart? It could be the sassy yet uber-cheesy script, the very cool amateurish direction by first time filmmaker Michelle Manning, or even the riveting and memorable score by Hill staple musician Ry Slide Guitar Cooder. Hell, even the myriad of Razzie nominated performances could be the films' charm; Judd Nelson as the wonderfully obnoxious scorned son, Ally Sheedy as his gal Friday, a very young David NYPD Blue Caruso as Billy's spirit shattered best friend, Paul Winfield as the smarmy chief of police and even Scott Wilson as Billy's foe - all provide delicious over the top work. But in the end it's a firm yet cheesy mix of all of the above that gives Blue City its staying power in my book. As I mentioned, it's a dismal outlook in terms of extras, a real letdown for an uber-fan like myself. (Is Michelle Manning really that busy producing that a commentary track is totally undoable - it's your baby Michelle, have a heart!) Hell, even a retrospective look at the glorious cast or Razzie nominations could have been a half decent extra. (Did you know that Near Dark's Jenny Wright was originally going to play the role portrayed by Sheedy - they should have let me have a crack at the special features dammit!) So while Blue City doesn't unveil any additional wares this time out, the simple restoration (you can hear background sounds now!) and release of this beloved Coleman classic on DVD is reason enough to celebrate. --Jason Coleman of

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  • Actors: Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy
  • Directors: Michelle Manning
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Legend Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016LFG3I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,160 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blue City" on IMDb

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
While, admittedly, the budget for the film was nothing extraordinary, the film deserves better treatment than it has received over the years. This was Judd Nelson's first lead in a film and despite the lack of worldly support in the creation, he does possess the flare and sarcastic ferocity for which he was noted in earlier films. Therein lies the problem, however - Nelson, throughout his earlier movie years, has often been type cast as a troubled, loud and intentionally unpalatable vigilante whose exploits seem worthless in the eyes of a more "mature" crowd. The film is clearly designed for young adults suffering from some of the same issues and who also have the drive to correct observed injustices in their world. The film was not meant to be a Shakespearean play set to the glitter and glamour of the silver screen, but other films featuring adolescents in dire need to right the wrongs have been accepted into society if for no other reason than who was in them. Basically, if you're looking for a gripping drama that takes you to the paragon of the human dilemma, look no further than somewhere else. If you are young and want to see teen-power in full force for the cause of good, I recommend this film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 2, 2009
Format: VHS Tape
As adapted from the Ross Macdonald novel, BLUE CITY ultimately fails due to plot transparency.

It doesn't take long to figure out that Billy Turner's stepmom (Morris) and her new husband Perry Kerch (Wilson), the man Billy (Judd) suspects of being his father's murderer, have some sort of past connection. We also immediately question just why Sheriff Luther Reynolds (Winfield) almost benignly tolerates Billy's felonic behaviors, like the disruption of a greyhound race and gunpoint robbery of $30,000 during the confusion, or his trashing a nightclub owned by the despised Kerch (lost in the disco chaos is June Lockhart's daughter, Anne). Even Kerch's shill, Debbie Torres (Carmen) is a blatantly obvious plant to both viewer and young Mr. Turner.

David Caruso as Billy's best friend Joey Rayford adds life to this story until the predictible happens. Billy's rekindled romance with Joey's sister Annie (Sheedy) is painfully trite and superfluous. Action scenes become welcome relief from mediocre acting, as we wait for the inevitable and expected "twist" ending. When Billy and Annie ride off on his motorcycle, the feeling is these kids were fleeing the set of a movie both wished they hadn't gotten involved with.

"Blue City" is also available on DVD.

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Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy appear in THE BREAKFAST CLUB (1985) (VHS) (DVD), and ST.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Azien Munro on May 4, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I saw this film and thought Judd Nelson acted almost completely the same way he did in The Breakfast Club. This film is about a boy who returns to Blue City and finds out that his father was murdered by an unknown person. Though he suspects the most rich and powerful man in town he could be wrong and is forced into his old time naughty behavior such as, robbing a bank and messing up a dog race, smashing up a casino, fist fights. Ally Sheedy plays a Police office clerk who falls for this guy, and helps him to uncover the tracks of the killer. This film is humerous in many ways such as his money robbery, the encounter with his Ex-mother in the grocery store. If you want a movie to enjoy and show your friends, I would recommend this one. My favorite tagline from this movie was "Be seein ya".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Frank R. Schoonover on January 4, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film is finally on DVD. What took them so long, anyway?

Blue City, a 1986 film that was loosely adapted from the novel of the same name by Ross McDonald, is one of the most underrated films of the 1980's. The film reunites the team of Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy who appeared in two other favorite 1980's films The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire. It also has a scorching soundtrack by Blues/Rock legend Ry Cooder.

Blue City is about a young man named Billy Turner(Nelson)who returns home to reconcile with his father, who was at the time the mayor of the town, only to learn that his father was murdered. Almost immediately, he starts a campaign of finding out who murdered his father and make him pay for what he did. Along with his best friend Joey(played by a young David Caruso), they start a two man crime wave that sets the small town on fire (so to speak)and where they have run-in's with the crooked police chief(Paul Winfield; May he rest in peace). Along the way, he admits his feelings to Joey's sister Annie(Sheedy), who in turn admits her feelings for him, and the two start a romantic relationship. With mounting evidence building up, the trio feel that they have enough to nail a local night club owner named Perry Kerch(Scott Wilson)who is married to Billy's father's widow Melvina(Anita Morris)for the murder of Billy's father. The question is; Is Perry Kerch really the man responsible or is someone else very close to Billy's father responsible?

Nelson and Sheedy still make a great team as Billy and Annie and Caruso delivers a very good performance as Annie's brother and Billy's best friend Joey.
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