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Wisdom


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  • Actors: Demi Moore, Charlie Sheen, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, William Allen Young Emilio Estevez
  • Directors: Emilio Estevez
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002C5ZT0M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,897 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wisdom" on IMDb

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John Wisdom wants to make good, but he'll never get the chance. Convicted of felony car theft, the earnest 23-year-old finds closed doors of opportunity. So he turns bank robber - with a twist. Armed with an Uzi and nervous bravado, he's a criminal for the people rather than against them, a modern-day Robin Hood rescuing debt-ridden folks from the system's grasp by destroying bank mortgage documents. And now he's wanted by the police in five states.

Emilio Estevez and Demi Moore star as idealistic outlaws in a provocative thriller whisking you on an explosive cross-country odyssey in the lovers-on-the-run tradition of Bonnie and Clyde and True Romance. Writer/debuting director Estevez delivers all the crisp action, electrifying stunt work and sweaty tension required to keep you at seat's edge as you ride along.

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Customer Reviews

Great twist at the end.
busy reader in the woods
Now, let's just get it released on DVD and I'll be even happier!!!
MooonChild
I loved this movie the first time I saw it.
S. Morrison

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Emilio Estevez showed talent above the rest of his Brat Pack peers in 1985 when he wrote That Was Then, This is Now, a decent film. But he topped that with this mini tour de force in Wisdom. Which he wrote, directed and co-starred in (with then fiance Demi Moore). The film isn't a masterpiece, and was generally panned by critics. But it has a very gritty feel that seemed to capture a bridge between the present day emptiness of youthful adolesence and what happens when fantasy goes awry.
Some may look at the film like a weak, modern recreation of Badlands, or Bonnie and Clyde, and Estevez could have really pulled the emotions further in showing the characters attempt at good deeds was mistaken, then ultimately malicious. He takes the film in that direction, but it's almost like he didn't want to go over the edge, so he backed off some. However, what the film attempts to do, to create a darker look at the post teen world, in an era when John Hughes films dominated the landscape, it does capture quite well. And is tinged with a certain hopelessness that will stand with you.
It's a shame that Estevez wasn't more highly praised for his efforts here, and the film should be released on DVD, hopefully with commentary by Emilio himself.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nikki McFerren on October 24, 2003
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I got to thinking about this movie the other day while cracking open my new "High School Reunion Collection' DVDs. The last time I saw it was on ridiculously late night television about ten years ago. Even on awfully edited television it still had a certain rawness to it. It wasn't bad raw but, good raw. Very intense. Not to mention close to home with the Farm issues. (Nebraska ex-pat here.) Sadly, Wisdom is as Wisdom was...only available on VHS. Emilio! Bring this back to us on DVD!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MooonChild on June 27, 2003
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I was working in a video store in 1987 when this movie was released on VHS - otherwise I might have never even heard of it. I was intrigued to learn that Emilio had written and directed it himself.
Having recently seen Emilio, Demi, et al in "St. Elmo's Fire", I was anxious to view this film. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's interesting to note the scenes that Emilio *directly* borrowed from the film in which his father starred with Sissy Spacek - "Badlands". The premise of the movie is different, but the story does revolve around a young couple "on the lam". I say "Bravo!" to Emilio's first foray into movie-making. I was and still am very impressed!
Now, let's just get it released on DVD and I'll be even happier!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brett Swanger on January 16, 2011
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This is a great memory from the 80's. Not the quality film that some of the other's from that era are...but still a good idea for a movie. It was unique and I had forgotten that it was directed by Estevez. Additionally, a great early role for Demi. It was worth the cost and it is part of Warner's "Archives" films that are somewhat hard to find these days.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Smith on November 7, 2002
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This is a good "Emilio Estevez" movie. He has had some stinkers, but don't include this one... Good movie for a cold or rainy day when you are caught indoors. Good moral lesson for youngsters, although they probably won't pick up on it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Riebeling on February 18, 2014
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Love this movie!! Demi Moore & Emilio Estevez have a great love connection in this movie. Keeps you on the edge of your seat!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 4, 2013
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I like the older movies. This movie was in Great shape. It was a great movie to watch with my family.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 1999
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This film's too many times underrated. Just typical teen-anguish, they say. A sure flop, they say. Well! I've got one thing to ask: what were you doing when you're 23? 'Cos that's where Estevez was -- making this film! To see how the young gun grows, follow this directing path to "The War at Home" (1996). Last word: you simply MUST see it!!!!!
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