Director: Rick Rosenthal
Stars: Sean Penn, Reni Santoni, Jim Moody, Esai Morales, Ally Sheedy, Clancy Brown
In the 1970's Chicago, Mick O'Brien is a young small time thug wanting to get into bigger money. Paco Moreno and his crew has come upon a briefcase full of drugs, and Mick and his crew plan on stealing it from them. Mick does not know that Paco is making a deal with a small black gang. When all of this goes down, some people are killed. Mick takes off in the car running from police, and runs over Paco's little brother killing him. Mick is sent to juvenile prison, and he becomes the main guy there after fighting his way to the top. Paco rapes Mick girlfriend and plans to kill her in revenge, but he is caught before he pulls the trigger. Due to overcrowding, Paco is placed in the same building as Mick for awhile until there is an opening. The two guys are waiting to see who makes the first move to start the fight.
This movie takes a fuzzy look into the boy's juvenile system in the 70's dealing with two main characters. I'm sure it was rough, and since most of them were underage that the rules were a bit more relaxed. They only shown one scene of rape, and it was behind a closed door. I guess people did not want to see the reality of older boys raping younger boys in movies. You get the grittiness and filth that would be in the building, but it was just the story that was the weak part of the movie.
The story was very thin. I have seen some great prison type movies in the 60's and 70's that were great. They could have done so much more with this movie, but for the time, this was a powerful movie. It does not read that way today. The fighting scenes was not that great. It should have been a lot more violent than that. It was pretty weak. I wanted to see more. It was the 70's. It was time to break the rules of movies. The rest of the movies were doing it.
It is a good movie to watch, but I really don't know about rewatching it. If you can find the movie on, then give it a whirl. Enjoy.
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