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Actors: Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, William Allen Young

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College graduate John Wisdom (Emilio Estevez) is bright, personable, and eager to get ahead in the world. But he can't get his foot in the door because, on graduation night, he got drunk and stole a car. Now the best job he can find is as a night janitor, from which he is fired on the grounds that he is overqualified.
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After getting his pink slip from the local burger joint for lying on his application, he decides that if society has it out for him, he'll have it out for society, and resolves to become a criminal. There's just one problem: he has no idea what kind of crime he'd be capable of successfully committing.

Seeing a news report on the growing number of people losing their homes to bank foreclosures, he decides to become a "criminal for the people," a modern-day Robin Hood who strikes at an unfair economic system.

Although he plans to commit his first crime alone, a string of bad luck means that he is forced to embark on his newfound career with his unsuspecting girlfriend Karen (Demi Moore) in tow. Storming into his local bank branch with an Uzi in hand, he "withdraws" the $700 he has deposited there, firebombs the bank's mortgage records, and makes a less-than-smooth getaway.

When Karen discovers what he has done, she is furious, but eventually decides that she loves John enough to stay with him. Driving cross-country in Karen's Subaru, the two go on a spree, invading dozens of banks to torch their morgtage records, too.

Although the FBI, as personified by the relentless Agent Williamson (William Allen Young), is not amused by these escapades, the "Wisdom Couple," as they are called, become national celebrities, and they are fed and sheltered by ordinary citizens who sympathize with their anti-establishment crusade.

When Karen shoots and kills a local sheriff (Gene Ross) who recognized her as a fugitive, the fun goes out of the game for the two desperadoes. Deciding to get out while they're ahead, they turn north and make a last dash for the Canadian border.
The review of this Movie prepared by James Craver



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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   criminals (shown sympathetically) on the run    -   armed robbers!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   criminal Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest    -   Southwest City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   school

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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