At Close Range Movie Review Summary

Actors: Christopher Walken, Sean Penn, Mary Stuart Masterson

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Written by Nicholas Kazan, Elia Kazan's son, AT CLOSE RANGE is a film directed by James Foley in 1986.
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Brad Jr. (Sean Penn) is a teen living with his brother and his mother in a small Pennsylvania town. When his father Brad Sr. (Christopher Walken) makes an appearance at home one day, he seems to have money and drives fast sports cars. Walken introduces Sean to the rest of the family, a team of no-good thieves who are operating at night in the state. Sean and his homeboys start to commit petty thefts in order to impress Walken. When Sean is arrested by the police, Walken, fearing that his son may talk to the F.B.I., threatens and rapes Sean's girlfriend. It's too much for Sean who denounces his father's gang to the authorities.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Brad Whitewood, Jr. (Sean Penn) and his younger brother (Chris Penn) hook up with their father. Their father (Christopher Walken) is the head of a gang of thieves, and teaches them the tricks of the trade. Brad makes a mistake, in his father's eyes, by telling his girlfriend (Mary Stuart Masterson) what his new career is. Their father goes to great lengths to make sure no one turns him in for his crimes.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999    -   1960's-1970's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   committing crimes Family, struggling with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Father

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed    -   criminal Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Midwest Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   ignorant small town people Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   seeing breasts Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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