DVD 115 mins IMDB 6.8 (2,223 votes)
At Close Range
MGM / UA (1985)
In Collection

Seen It:
(5/12/2006 )

John Wood
Crime, Drama, Romance
USA  /  English

Sean Penn Brad Whitewood Jr.
Christopher Walken Brad Whitewood Sr.
Mary Stuart Masterson Terry
Crispin Glover Lucas
Tracey Walter Uncle Patch Whitewood
Christopher Penn
Chris Penn Tommy Whitewood (as Christopher Penn)
Millie Perkins Julie
Eileen Ryan Grandma
R.D. Call Dickie
David Strathairn Tony Pine
J.C. Quinn Boyd
Candy Clark Mary Sue
Jake Dengel Lester
Kiefer Sutherland Tim
Stephen Geoffreys Aggie

Director James Foley
Producer Don Guest; Elliott Lewitt
Writer Nicholas Kazan; Elliott Lewitt
Cinematography Juan Ruiz Anchía
Musician Patrick Leonard; Madonna
User Credit 1 Howard E. Smith
User Credit 2 Hilary Rosenfeld

"A Surprising, Powerful Movie!" -Newsweek

A teenage farm boy looking for excitement finds himself on a collision course with his smooth-talking gang leader father in this "powerfully disturbing" (Newsweek) tale based on the story of real-life killer Bruce Johnston. Oscar nominee Sean Penn (Dead Man Walking) and Oscar winner Christopher Walken (Pulp Fiction) star in this "hot, horrifying saga of an American criminal family" (Los Angeles Times)!

Juvenile delinquent Brad Whitewood, Jr. (Penn) knows about petty theft, but he wants big money - enough to blow the lid off his boring life, enough to get out of town and to find his ol' man (Walken). He wants to be like his dad, a big-time thief, who knows "the business." Seductive and sinister, Brad's father is full of toxic wisdom that makes his illicit life appear eerily sexy. But when Brad witnesses his father deliberately killing someone, he realizes he may not only be in over his head, but he may also lose it for good.

Edition Details
Barcode 027616855510
Region Region
Chapters 32
Release Date 12/5/2000
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Mono
Layers Dual Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Original Theatrical Trailer
Personal Details
Purchase Date 5/12/2006
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 2 Like father. Like son. Like hell.
Links DVD Empire
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Trivia: Screenwriter Nicholas Kazan originally wrote in the script a scene in which after Brad Sr. and Brad Jr. "do laundry", Brad Sr. takes little Brad to a whorehouse. The scene was not filmed due to "reasons beyond his control". (more)

Goofs: Continuity: During the rape in the motel room, Brad Sr. chains the door, but the door is unchained/chained again in subsequent shots. (more)

Jill: You got a name?
Brad Whitewood Jr.: Brad?
Jill: You don't sound so sure.

Awards: 2 wins & 2 nominations (more)