At Close RangeDirector: James Foley, Sean Penn, Christopher Walken, Mary Stuart Masterson
Amazingly, At Close Range was based on a true story. Bored teenager Sean Penn meets his prodigal father (Christopher Walken) for the first time in years. Though Penn is vaguely aware that his father is a criminal, he is nonetheless impressed by his dad's high life style and creature comforts. But Walken's veneer of charm is fragile indeed, and it becomes clear that he is willing to kill anyone--even his family--if they get in his way. When Walken rapes Penn's girl friend (Mary Stuart Masterson) to keep the boy from cooperating with the DA, it is only a warm-up for the horrors to come. The screenplay for At Close Range was written by Nicholas Kazan, the son of prominent film director Elia Kazan.
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- Original Release:
- Tgg Direct
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- [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Cast & Crew
|Sean Penn||Brad Whitewood, Jr.|
|Christopher Walken||Brad Whitewood, Sr.|
|Mary Stuart Masterson||Terry|
|Chris Penn||Tommy Whitewood|
|Millie Perkins||Julie Whitewood|
|Candy Clark||Mary Sue|
|R.D. Call||Dickie Whitewood|
|David Strathairn||Tony Pine|
|Charles Tatoo Jensen||Older Guy|
|Gary Gober||District Attorney|
|Michael Edwards||1st Car Slaesman|
|Myke R. Mueller||2nd Car Salesman|
|Bob McDivitt||Farmer with Shotgun|
|bonita Hall||Buxom Woman|
|Terri Coulter||Barroom Dancer|
|Anna Levine||Barroom Dancer|
|E.R. Davies||Detective Mosker|
|James Foley||Assistant District Attorney|
|Adams Calvert||Special Effects|
|Burt Dalton||Special Effects|
|John Daly||Executive Producer|
|Derek Gibson||Executive Producer|
|Peter Jamison||Production Designer|
|Nicholas Kazan||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Patrick Leonard||Score Composer|
|Elliott Lewitt||Original Story,Producer|
|Mark Ragland||Set Decoration/Design|
|Hilary M. Rosenfeld||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Howard E. Smith||Editor|
|R. Chris Westlund||Set Decoration/Design|
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wow he looked amazing in this film. the movie was really good and i liked the Madonna song Live To Tell . this movie was based on a true story wow! amazing is what i have to say. Sean Peem is the best so was Mary Stuart Matreson as his girlfriend. At Close Range a good thriller no a great thriller.
This is not a great movie, but it is real life evil at its best (or worst.) The acting in it is tremendous, with Walken playing the real-life character of Bruce Johnson-an organized crime from a hillbilly family in Pennsylvania. Sean Pean does a great portrayal as a son basking in the light of his father's easy life.
Top-notch acting all the way around in this fictionalized account of robbery, rape, and murder in a small Pennsylvania town. Filmed in Franklin, Tennessee, Christopher Walken's performance is nothing short of amazing. Sean Penn's no slouch either and the supporting cast (including Keifer Sutherland) is amazing.
I am interested in the actual story. Could you point in the right direction so I can read about it? Thanks
At Close Range is a great movie. One of Sean Penn's best performances. Its one of those movies you just can't forget.
"At Close Range" is one of those rare films that's perfect. The acting by Sean Penn and Christopher Walken Is truly magnificent. Director James Foley does an excellent in pacing and drawing great performances from his cast. Also Maddonna's title song is used to great effect. A masterpiece.
This is a tremendous movie! Excellent acting all around -- one of my favorite parts for Christopher Walken -- his portrayal is chilling. Sean and Chris Penn are both fantastic, though I actually think Chris had the edge and really captured the younger, less cared-for brother. Mary Stuart Masterson is wonderful. There is nothing negative I can say about this film, except the fact that these tragic events really happened. I saw it in the theatre when it came out, have watched it many times since, and it never fails to move me -- something new will strike at my heart each time -- last time it was the inward fight Sean Penn's character had with himself over the loyalty his father expected from his sons. Just top-notch! James Foley's direction is subtley perfect.
I live not far from where this story actually took place in Pennsylvania. My father actually knew the members of the gang and his girlfriend was actually one of the persons killed by the gang. This story really hits close to home for me and I believe it was acurately portrayed. Many people that watch this movie don't know the actual story and knowing the true story made the movie even better. The city at the beginning is supposed to be Oxford, PA. I don't live too far from there and it looks similar to the actual town. I think this movie is great and it is a joy to watch.