Tuff Turf NR

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(82) IMDb 6.1/10

Morgan Hiller, recently transplanted from an East Coast prep school where he was a known troublemaker, hopes to make a fresh start at his new school in Los Angeles.

Starring:
James Spader, Robert Downey Jr.
Runtime:
1 hour 52 minutes

Tuff Turf

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Action
Director Fritz Kiersch
Starring James Spader, Robert Downey Jr.
Supporting actors Paul Mones, Matt Clark, Claudette Nevins, Robert Downey Jr., Olivia Barash, Panchito Gómez, Michael Wyle, Catya Sassoon, Francis X. McCarthy, Art Evans, Herb Mitchell, Ceil Cabot, Donald Fullilove, Vivian Brown, Bill Beyers, Jered Barclay, Lou Fant, Gene Pietragallo
Studio Image Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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My very favorite 80's movie!
Dawn M. Marcotte
I have my old copy and I still to this day enjoy watching it.
LUKE AVANT
It is a lot uf fun and has lots of action, too.
Jacqueline D. Siegfried

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By LUKE AVANT on April 29, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
BUY IT !!! IT'S A STEAL AT THIS PRICE. Besides it never was sold to television and I hear that Spader and the others may be embarrased by it since he and Downey Jr. went on to have "serious" acting careers. I have looked for it forever and I have never seen it on the late nite movies but it would be perfect for that. Former child star Kim Richards (Witch Mountain and numerous Disney Movies/Hello Larry sitcom/Meatballs II) plays a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who falls for a new boy in town played by James Spader. He is immediately befriended by a class clown played by Downey Jr. upon arriving to his new high school. When Kim's street-gang leader boyfriend played well by Paul Mones (actor/ writer/director of the excellent teen/coming of age flick: "The Beat", find it on vhs if you can, although I did catch it on late nite t.v. once) then all you know what starts between Mones and Spader. The movie plays out kinda like a cross between "Rebel Without A Cause" and "West Side Story". But overall "Tuff Turf" is truly alot of fun. The music is diverse and plentiful (Jim Carroll, Lena Lovich, Jack Mack and the Heart Attack) and really great throughout the movie as is the fine score by the now renowned film composer Jonathan Elias. Poet, Novelist, and Musician (The Basketball Diaries) Jim Carroll actually makes a rare cameo appearance and Kim always an angel to me gets to look sexy finally in a more mature acting(non-Disney) role. I have my old copy and I still to this day enjoy watching it. It's an underrated and lost gem from the 80's. Get it now!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. de Gruchy on January 7, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I had never seen this movie before (I grew up in the 80's too), but after seeing it pop up in a couple of list mania lists, i thought I'd check it out.
The movie is really well done for its time period, although the majority of the music chosen for the film doesn't age well.
James Spader plays a sort of underdog hero role in this film compared to some of his other teen oriented 80's films where he's the antagonist. He's new in town, and foils a mugging that is taking place. This sets him up as the target for the local gang. Which is pretty much what half the movie is about, how the gang wants to get him, and how he foils their attempts. The other half is the budding romance of Spader and Richards. Kim Richards plays the gang leaders girl friend and slowly falls for Spader. Downey has a few small appearances, but barely seems like he's in the movie.
The story is very predictable for the most part, but is still fun to watch.
I would say buy it if you like 80's, teen or underdog movies.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Celeste M. Harmer on December 13, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
When people are asked to name great 80's teen movies, they will almost invariably list THE BREAKFAST CLUB, 16 CANDLES, PRETTY IN PINK, etc. But no one will ever mention TUFF TURF. I wonder why this is? In fact, I'd never heard of this movie until my boyfriend showed it to me. Talk about the most underrated flick of all time! One look at it immediately took me back to my own 80's teenagehood. Did anyone notice how typical of the decade the girls dressed? Forget Molly Ringwald; she wasn't 80's. She was Pat Benatar's "Love is a Battlefield" look mixed with some kind of post-modern late-80's/early 90's get-up. If you want bona-fide 80's fashion, take a look at Frankie, a.k.a. Kim Richards, of TUFF TURF. Also, there were a requisite number of mullets in this movie, more than in any other 80's flick I can think of. These are the reasons I consider TUFF TURF to be the premier movie of the 80's.
I got a kick out of Robert Downey Jr., who looked no older than a middle schooler!
The story line works well. I felt sorry for Morgan Hiller and his family b/c they had sunk to such new socioeconomic lows; however, I think Morgan's travails are an entirely realistic depiction of what a kid in his situation would go through and how he would react to it.
Marianne Faithful sings the haunting theme song during the movie's opening segment. Yes, that's actually a WOMAN singing, not Ozzie with a sore throat!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 2002
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It's a great 80's film about a new guy in town and his trials between a gang and the gang leader's girlfriend. It's a great movie to watch if you love to see a guy fight for a girl. I personally love watching movies of this nature.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2004
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This is an excellent movie and I recommended it because it is the only know time you're going to see Kim Richards' breasts. I personally have a friend who was part of the production company and the "breast" scene was shot both by Kim and a body double. She made the decision at the very end not to use the double, so those are her breasts you're are looking at. Keep in mind that it's the only revealing scene she has - and is very brief. The dance sequence she does is excellent and was included as part of an MTV video. Tuff Turf aired on cable many many years ago and is a must own for any Kim Richards fan.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By shrinkingvioletgirl on October 11, 2005
Format: DVD
This movie is so awesome. It's one of the best.

Tuff Turf has a great cast, great acting, cool music, great fight scenes, and of course shows James Spader in his best movie moment when he sings to Kim Richards! Ahhh!!!

James Spader is fantastic in this movie, and he looks hot even when he's beat up.

Kim Richards is so hot and her long hair realy defines her character!

Robert Downey Jr. Comon!!!He's awesome!!!

And of course Jack Mack and the Heart Attack comon putting them in your movie is pure genius!

If you have never seen this movie...you are deprived.

If you don't own this movie...you are missing out on a great movie gem.

GREAT, FANTASTIC, AWESOME. I GIVE IT 5 STARS!!!
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