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Blue City

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Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy rekindle their chemistry from The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire in this taut thriller. After learning that his father, the mayor of Blue City, has been murdered, Billy Turner (Nelson) must track down the killer. Nelson excels as a wisecracking hero who isn't afraid to bust a few heads to get the information he needs. Supporting work from David Caruso and a standout score by Ry Cooder keep the excitement level high until the explosive conclusion.

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Okay, so maybe this old 80's Walter Hill co-written revenge flick ain't everybody's cup of tea. Maybe most don't even remember this seemingly forgettable Judd Nelson/Ally Sheedy re- teaming. And maybe some will be fully angered by the fact that even though it's now finally on a DVD format, this version of Blue City has not one single extra or featurette to choose from. (I'll admit it does sting a bit!) But as far as the flick goes, I simply don't care - I am a huge closet supporter of Blue City, my number one guilty pleasure film of all time. The basic story of spoiled kid Judd Nelson who returns home to find his father has been murdered and vows revenge is helped by its rather adolescent view on the classic revenge genre - think the brat pack meets Death Wish. So what makes Blue City so near and dear to my heart? It could be the sassy yet uber-cheesy script, the very cool amateurish direction by first time filmmaker Michelle Manning, or even the riveting and memorable score by Hill staple musician Ry Slide Guitar Cooder. Hell, even the myriad of Razzie nominated performances could be the films' charm; Judd Nelson as the wonderfully obnoxious scorned son, Ally Sheedy as his gal Friday, a very young David NYPD Blue Caruso as Billy's spirit shattered best friend, Paul Winfield as the smarmy chief of police and even Scott Wilson as Billy's foe - all provide delicious over the top work. But in the end it's a firm yet cheesy mix of all of the above that gives Blue City its staying power in my book. As I mentioned, it's a dismal outlook in terms of extras, a real letdown for an uber-fan like myself. (Is Michelle Manning really that busy producing that a commentary track is totally undoable - it's your baby Michelle, have a heart!) Hell, even a retrospective look at the glorious cast or Razzie nominations could have been a half decent extra. (Did you know that Near Dark's Jenny Wright was originally going to play the role portrayed by Sheedy - they should have let me have a crack at the special features dammit!) So while Blue City doesn't unveil any additional wares this time out, the simple restoration (you can hear background sounds now!) and release of this beloved Coleman classic on DVD is reason enough to celebrate. --Jason Coleman of The213.net

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Product Details

  • Actors: Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy
  • Directors: Michelle Manning
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Legend Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016LFG3I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,613 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blue City" on IMDb

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While, admittedly, the budget for the film was nothing extraordinary, the film deserves better treatment than it has received over the years. This was Judd Nelson's first lead in a film and despite the lack of worldly support in the creation, he does possess the flare and sarcastic ferocity for which he was noted in earlier films. Therein lies the problem, however - Nelson, throughout his earlier movie years, has often been type cast as a troubled, loud and intentionally unpalatable vigilante whose exploits seem worthless in the eyes of a more "mature" crowd. The film is clearly designed for young adults suffering from some of the same issues and who also have the drive to correct observed injustices in their world. The film was not meant to be a Shakespearean play set to the glitter and glamour of the silver screen, but other films featuring adolescents in dire need to right the wrongs have been accepted into society if for no other reason than who was in them. Basically, if you're looking for a gripping drama that takes you to the paragon of the human dilemma, look no further than somewhere else. If you are young and want to see teen-power in full force for the cause of good, I recommend this film.
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Disastrous 1986 adaptation of a Ross Macdonald novel (he provided the source material for the classic 1966 Paul Newman film Harper and its forgettable 1975 sequel The Drowning Pool) is co-written and produced by Walter Hill who unfortunately didn't direct. The story concerns family black sheep Billy Turner (Judd Nelson) who returns to the small Florida town where he grew up to find that his father, its longtime mayor was murdered and that the police have no clues. Billy immediately suspects Perry Kerch, the man who moved in with his father's step-mom and is currently running all of his father's old businesses as well as some new ones. He is strongly encouraged to throw his suspicions in this direction by Police Chief Luther Reynolds (Paul Winfield) which might make Billy suspicious if he wasn't such a hot-headed idiot (he's thrown in jail about 5 minutes after returning to town for starting a completely pointless bar fight).

Blue City seems to be trying to split the difference between Beverly Hills Cop and Miami Vice, which makes a movie that was pretty terrible when it came out worse now since it's also very dated. First-time director Michelle Manning is horrible with actors--Judd Nelson gives what is very likely a career worst performance as Billy Turner and even the normally director proof Ally Sheedy is pretty bad. She also completely bungles the film's look--not only is there absolutely no atmosphere or flavor to any of this but she makes Blue City look like a cheap cable movie even though it was a theatrical film. I looked her up on IMDB--after Blue City, which is her first directing credit, the rest of her career as director is listed as three television episodes--she apparently figured out directing wasn't her thing and that her talent was better applied to producing.
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As adapted from the Ross Macdonald novel, BLUE CITY ultimately fails due to plot transparency.

It doesn't take long to figure out that Billy Turner's stepmom (Morris) and her new husband Perry Kerch (Wilson), the man Billy (Judd) suspects of being his father's murderer, have some sort of past connection. We also immediately question just why Sheriff Luther Reynolds (Winfield) almost benignly tolerates Billy's felonic behaviors, like the disruption of a greyhound race and gunpoint robbery of $30,000 during the confusion, or his trashing a nightclub owned by the despised Kerch (lost in the disco chaos is June Lockhart's daughter, Anne). Even Kerch's shill, Debbie Torres (Carmen) is a blatantly obvious plant to both viewer and young Mr. Turner.

David Caruso as Billy's best friend Joey Rayford adds life to this story until the predictible happens. Billy's rekindled romance with Joey's sister Annie (Sheedy) is painfully trite and superfluous. Action scenes become welcome relief from mediocre acting, as we wait for the inevitable and expected "twist" ending. When Billy and Annie ride off on his motorcycle, the feeling is these kids were fleeing the set of a movie both wished they hadn't gotten involved with.

"Blue City" is also available on DVD.

Also recommended:
Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy appear in THE BREAKFAST CLUB (1985) (VHS) (DVD), and ST.
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I had this on VHS and of course this release an improvement visually and sonically, Nelson in good form,
and the ending (my lips are sealed) is rather unpredictable (good!) Supporting cast and technical
credits are tops. Low marks however for the music "score" which is a bit annoying.
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