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Certificate
15
Cast
Christopher Walken
Sean Penn
Chris Penn
Mary Stuart Masterson.
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James Foley.
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Eilliott Lewitt
Nicholas Kazan.
Running Time
111 minutes

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At Close Range
Walken and Penn test the blood is thicker than water theory in this based-on-truth gangland brutality.


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Plot
Christopher Walken plays the estranged father (Brad Whitewood Snr.) of Sean Penn (Brad Whitewood Jr.), whose gang of petty youths is getting too close to the truth of his misdeeds. Whitewood Snr. begins to silence them one by one, but will he stop at Whitewood Jnr?


Review
A crooked father (Christopher Walken) exerts an ultimately fatal attraction over his estranged son (Sean Penn). This is a tough movie, with unrelenting, unapologetic performances by the two leads, who seem to play off each other’s coldness in the face of such narrative nastiness. There is also another oddball characterisation to behold from Crispin Glover, as Penn’s epicene pal. But this is about the depth of it. What remains is a kind of gauntlet thrown down to the audience as each of Penn’s youthful gang members are picked off by his father – how long can you watch this kind of thing?


Verdict
Engaging performances by Penn and Walken can’t quite turn this brutal curio into something more substantial.


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L: horribleives 'Live To Tell'. Gets me heretime. h absolutely, so powerful over the closing credits, totally perfect ... More

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This is one of the truest to live crime films made in the last 40 years. This is what criminals are like. Walken plays a career criminal, and he is always sure he knows who the snitches are. Just like the dumb criminals in real life, he kills everyone but the correct one. Why? Because the real snitches know what they aren't supposed to say or do. The story plods a bit, but is told in a more logical fashion than most modern crime stories. The characters are believable, and the story is... More

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