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  • Actors: Daniel Jordano, Matthew Penn, Leon W. Grant, Mary B. Ward, Marisa Tomei
  • Directors: Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein
  • Writers: Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Jeremy Leven
  • Producers: Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Alan Brewer
  • Format: Color, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios Ho
  • VHS Release Date: July 16, 1987
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300185907
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,694 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From the Back Cover

An ambitious trio of inner-city high school grads tries to hit the big time by turning a run-down country hotel into a rock & roll resort with around-the-clock music and live entertainment. Standing in their way are fearful townsfolk, unscrupulous businessmen and the tax collector, all threatening to bring the curtain down on the teens' aspirations. But this is one threesome who refuses to give up their lifelong goal without a fight--and a song. Written and directed by Harvey and Bob Weinstein, and featuring Marisa Tomei, this exuberant musical boasts an awesome soundtrack featuring Phil Collins, Pete Townshend, Julian Lennon, Arcadia, Peter Frampton, Sister Sledge and many more. "Playing for Keeps" truly celebrates the determination to succeed against impossible odds. END

Customer Reviews

Overall, Playing for Keeps is a fun movie with great music and a very sexy Marisa Tomei.
Damon Shaw
Almost...it *is* pretty funny as long as you're not taking the movie seriously and considering it a drama like the little sticker on the box says....
Karen E. Rice
Most of his work has been in Television, but not just any Television, but most of the best comedies and dramas that Television has to offer.
C. CRADDOCK

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ken Fontenot VINE VOICE on March 17, 2009
Format: DVD
You've just graduated from your inner-city New York high school and the future looks bleak. What do you do? You open up a rock n' roll hotel, that's what!

Daniel Jordano, Matthew Penn and Leon W. Grant are three streetwise teens who find adult life to be a bit tough. After visiting an employment office, the athletic Spikes (Penn) is offered a bicycle delivery job. The always dancing Silk (Grant) is given the chance to work his moves as a janitor. Meanwhile their daydreaming (and always positive) best pal, Danny (Jordano), has just quit his job and finds out that one of his deceased relatives has left a dilapidated hotel in the country with $8,000 in taxes to his mother.

After a hokey money-raising scheme proves successful, Danny and his friends pay off the taxes and decide to renovate the clunker into a rock n' roll resort. Unfortunately for them, one of the town's leaders has plans of his own for the hotel. He uses smalltown politics and good old-fashioned bully tactics to try and force the three out of there dream.

The plot of the film is downright cheesy. As I watched the film, I kept thinking to myself, "Why am I still watching this?" Yet for some odd reason, I found myself enjoying "Playing For Keeps" much more than I should have. It's so hokey that it's actually fun to watch. Be prepared for random song and dance sequences and a few hilarious dream sequences as well.

The trio at the forefront of the film do a decent job with their performances. Granted, there's not much to work with here, but they at least make the film likeable. Marisa Tomei has a decent supporting role as Spikes' girlfriend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By etc123 on March 6, 2011
Format: DVD
You know why you are considering this movie. So does Universal; look at the dvd cover. She wears bright lipstick; big, plastic jewelry; ridiculous clothes; cute bows and ribbons in her hair--all pink and 80s. All too cute. But she does not get much screen time. The main characters are three male friends. And other than Marisa, this movie is terrible.
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The brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein wrote and directed this film, which was the first project for their Miramax Studios. Bob and Harvey would go on to be successful producers and Miramax would harbor some really great projects that were both commercially successful as well as being artistic triumphs, but thankfully, as producers they never hired themselves as writers or directors again. Sometimes directors can also be good producers, producing their own projects, but the reverse doesn't hold true. Bob and Harvey are not entirely devoid of talent, but their first instincts are as producers which inevitably lead to very bad choices. What choices and how bad? Where to begin:

Three friends from High School, Danny, Spike, and Silk (Daniel Jordano, Matthew Penn, and Leon W. Grant, respectively) are trying to raise money to pay back taxes on a dilapidated hotel that Danny has inherited. Their efforts to refurbish said hotel and keep it out of the hands of the evil Real Estate Developer who wants to turn it into a chemical dump site is what Playing for Keeps is "about." But first they must raise $8,000, and after many fund raising attempts fail miserably they hit on wearing Boy Scout uniforms and selling Girl Scout cookies. Why this would be successful is never explained, but apparently no one can resist strange boys in uniforms with cookies on offer.

Harvey and Bob use a silly game, kind of a more complicated version of Hide 'N' Seek--Christopher Columbus--as a framing device. This frivolity is supposedly played for life-and-death stakes with a local street gang. It is as absurd as when the gangs in West Side Story start dancing instead of stabbing each other, but not nearly as entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott R. Lucado on April 11, 2010
Format: DVD
I don't generally find movie actresses attractive; usually their phoniness shows through all too obviously...but wow, Marisa Tomei is adorable (don't tell my wife I said that). This is one of her (Marisa's, not my wife's) first big-screen appearances, in an otherwise fairly routine 80's teen comedy that "stars" people like Daniel Jordano and Michael Penn (Sean's brother, I believe).

Any movie that relies on Harold Gould for respectability is probably in trouble. But it's fun and light-hearted, has a good soundtrack, and isn't mean-spirited, unlike so many other teen comedies. 103 minutes of big-hair 80's nostalgia! Rated PG-13.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Selly on April 9, 2008
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Playing for Keeps was a good movie, funny, romantic, and had a messsage to not give up on ur dreams. Three high school graduates from the Big City decided to turn a run down hotel into a rock n roll resort. Though it took them alot of time & patience, they accomplished that goal. Though the slimy Chemical owner & Cromwell tried to buy the land to put a Chemical plant, they never failed in doing so. Though the people of that suburban town didn't like them they are here to stay! I recommend this movie for anyone who likes to watch comedy. Trust me you will like Playing for Keeps too:)
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