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Anyway, Clifford Peache (Chris Makepeace) has a problem besides his really bad mushroomed shaped harido. Having just transferred from a private to public school, Clifford has run afoul of a gang of toughs, led by Moody (Matt Dillon) whose main source of income is extorting money from kids under the premise of protection from another kid, Ricky Linderman (Alec Baldwin). See, legend has it that Ricky, a boy larger than most, has done all kinds of things from killing a kid, raping a teacher, to shooting a cop. Moody and his gang claim to provide protection from Ricky, but, really, they are only providing protection against themselves, because not paying Moody would result in a beating from Moody or any of his cronies. Clifford angers Moody and his goons by refusing to pay, which results in all kinds of harassment.
Clifford, seeing that even the bullies are afraid of Ricky, approaches Ricky to try and make a deal to get him to be his bodyguard. Ricky agrees initially, but backs out as Clifford tries to learn more about Ricky, about his past and why he's so feared. I've noticed some reviewers have tried to infer some sort of burgeoning homoerotic relationship between these two characters, but I really didn't see it. It's sad that two male characters in a movie can't develop a close friendship without some people labeling it as something other than what it is...Read more ›
The standout performance belongs to Adam Baldwin. 17 when this was filmed, Baldwin's performance is nothing short of astonishing. His Linderman is classic "tough guy" on the outside, frightened loner beneath the surface. Properly fearful looking (the whole school is scared of this guy) Baldwin nonetheless makes it impossible for you not to feel for this kid and when, out of his greasy, shapeless clothes and cleaned up and dressed for dinner at the hotel, his smile and demeanor
Chris Makepeace shines as the tale's protagonist, Clifford and his persistence in courting friendship with Linderman is a turning point in the film: a bond is formed, and people start opening up. When, at dinner a secret Linderman is embarassed of surfaces, Cliff's Grandma holds his arm and says "You're among friends, Ricky, you're among friends"
As that Grandma, Ruth Gordon is simultaneously touching and predictably hilarious ("Bats, bats!") whether getting tipsy and flirting with married guests or dispensing relationship advice to her grandson ("never hit a woman . . . men think they want that but they're wrong!" )
One forgets how young and fresh Matt Dillon, Joan Cusack were when they started and both are terrific here. Many other recognizable faces and names pop up throughout the movie.
What a really terrific little movie this is!
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Great older movie set in Chicago. A few notable actors in it A+++++Published 1 month ago by William F. Collins III
This film isn't aired enough. Chris Makepeace plays the new kid at a Chicago high school, who is bullied by a boy named Moody (Matt Dillon). Read morePublished 3 months ago by TheBanshee
I love this movie....especially as one who grew up and lived in Chicago for most of my life. Living far away from Chicago now, it makes me nostalgic. Read morePublished 3 months ago by 2ndamendmentman78
classic movie about bullies, and the underdog. An escape back to a better time where quality wasn't as good, but the plot was great!. I'm surprised Hollywood hasn't remade it!.Published 3 months ago by Chris
I haven't seen this in years, but recently met Adam Baldwin at a convention, and discussions brought this movie to mind. Read morePublished 3 months ago by L. Dill
I saw this flick when I was in junior high and really digged it. That's all I have to say until it is back in stock.Published 3 months ago by Psychee Mikey
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