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That Was Then... This Is Now (1985)

Emilio Estevez , Craig Sheffer , Christopher Cain  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Emilio Estevez, Craig Sheffer, Larry B. Scott, Matthew Dudley, Jill Schoelen
  • Directors: Christopher Cain
  • Writers: Emilio Estevez, S.E. Hinton
  • Producers: Alan Belkin, Brandon K. Phillips, Gary R. Lindberg, Jim Geib, John M. Ondov
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2003
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AUHOF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,387 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "That Was Then... This Is Now" on IMDb

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Emilio Estevez and Craig Sheffer light up the screen in this exciting drama about the delicate balance of teenage friendship.

"That Was Then...This Is Now" tells the story of two boys raised as brothers who take on the challenges of the street with equal determination. They're an inseparable, unstoppable team about that's about to face the first barrier they can't knock down...the pressure of manhood.

"That Was Then...This Is Now" is based on the best-selling novel by S.E. Hinton, author of "Tex" and "The Outsiders," and "Rumble Fish."

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In THAT WAS THEN…THIS IS NOW, Emilio Estevez stars as Mark Jennings, a delinquent teenager who becomes overly jealous when his brother-like figure and best friend, Byron (Sheffer), gets a girlfriend (Delaney) and tries to abandon his old, bad boy ways. Already feeling alienated after being orphaned when his father killed his mother during a violently heated argument, Mark becomes jealous of Brian’s new relationship and gets himself involved with drugs as a result. When Mark and Brian’s mentor, Charlie Woods (Freeman), is killed, and when Byron’s girlfriend’s little brother is reported missing with Mark seeming to have more clues to his whereabouts than anyone else, their world changes even more as the boys’ friendship is put to the ultimate test.

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25 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars TALK ABOUT NOT FOLLOWING THE NOVEL......GEEZ! May 19, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Well,I was disappointed to say the least. I bought this movie because I had read the book with my 7th grade reading class. There was NO WAY I could show this movie to them. I knew it had a R rating but figured I would take the chance. Besides all the profanity, the movie DID NOT follow S.E. Hinton's story line. Emilio Estevez (he wrote the screen play ) defiated from it in so many ways. There are too many to list now. Even the ending was totally NOT the book. The character of Mark was played by Emilio and he "over acted" big time. I was not impressed by him. Kim Delaney is a great actress but the character of "Cathy" was NOT as protrayed in the book. The character of Bryon was by far the closest of all of the characters. Oh, and the character of was played by Morgan Freeman. Need I say more? This is definitely the movie that upholds the cliche'....THE BOOK IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE MOVIE!!!!!!!! I say...don't waste the [money], like I did!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect the book. A decent coming-of-age film. August 27, 2009
This film was inspired and is partly based on the S.E. Hinton novel of the same title. However, a modicum of research will tell you that Emilio Estevez wrote the screenplay, not Hinton. Ergo, do NOT expect it to be exactly like the book. Film is one medium, literature is another. To compare them is odious and unfair to both.
Estevez and Sheffer both do a decent job in this emotional story of two young men who go from inseparable to at odds with one another as they begin to drift apart. Estevez wants everything to stay the same: hanging out, slacking off and committing petty crime. The bad boy image and ways will take them nowhere good, and the film's tension comes from Brian (Sheffer)learning this with help from his new girlfriend (Kim Delaney) and trying to leave it behind while Mark fights the idea only to end up a drug-damaged reprobate with a dismal future.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is great! May 30, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
I rented this movie out of curiousity one day and thought it was great. It deals with many issues that face teens and the ending will leave you thinking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film! February 15, 2014
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This is a great film. It follows the novel in a sense. The choice in actors was a perfect one.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Gritty coming-of-age drama... August 2, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
If you are familiar with poverty, isolation and loneliness you'll relate to this film, which deals with such issues as dealing with family, peer pressure and growing past one's friends and surroundings. Watch for Morgan Freeman in a few scenes, his role as bar owner Charlie Woods revealing a certain depth and intensity.
Unfortunately Emilio Estevez's irritating presence makes every scene he is in well nigh unwatchable. And the script seems uneven, stalling every time he and his co-star had time alone on the screen. I grew tired of watching these two hang out, waiting for something to happen. Frankly the book was better...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Watch out March 25, 2014
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If you're using this for school to supplement the book, beware. There is a lot of cursing in this movie. Emilio Estevez drops the F-bomb a lot. I really don't think it did the book justice. The book is during the 60's and the Vietnam War, this takes place in the 80's. If I hadn't read the book the movie would be, okay. I really didn't care for it, but my students thought it was funny seeing the weird hair styles and clothes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great 80's Bad Boy movie March 17, 2014
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Emilio Esteves, besides Matt Dillon, is my favorite 80's bad boy. A basic high school movie about two teen friends. One in a life of crime, the other trying to get out of that kind of life. You know the story. But the movie and writing itself keeps your eyes on the TV. And who better than S>E> Hinton to write this story?
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5.0 out of 5 stars S.E. Hinton's novels come to life! December 6, 2013
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I love this because it is a part of the S.E. Hinton novel series. I like her entire collection of books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bast from the past...
Excellent movie,I saw this when it came out way back in the day. It's got it's cheesy moments,but it's still a cool movie. Emilio plays the part well.
Published 4 months ago by A. Salisbury
4.0 out of 5 stars movie review for That was then this is now.
This movie was ok. It was definitely not as good as the book. The only reason why the movie carries like it does is because of the acting. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Georgia Ayres
Published 8 months ago by Jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Old school film
I remember this movie when I was about 13 or 14 years old. It stuck in my head for years. Hard movie to find glad you carried it.
Published 8 months ago by Erik McCarthy
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware of Rating
Amazon rated listed this as PG-13 which is why I ordered this. I am a teacher. Unfortunately, when the DVD arrived with the "R" rating, I was not able to show it to my... Read more
Published 9 months ago by ted
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a classic
This movie brought back memories. I understand it more. I was never bored. I learned a lot form this movie.
Published 9 months ago by Zoe Harty
4.0 out of 5 stars Filmed east st.paul mn
Its a decent movie. I mainly like it because it brings back memories of my childhood in st.paul. It shows many areas that have changed over the years. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jesse R. Stokes
5.0 out of 5 stars SE Hinton's best movie
This newly rereleased movie based on the SE Hinton book is a great adaptation of the book. I loved it.
Published 9 months ago by Paul LaBarbera
5.0 out of 5 stars very different
i read the book when i was in the 8th grade and remember the book very different from the movie. the movie wasnt bad i actually enjoyed it a good watch.
Published 10 months ago by drexl25
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