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The New Kids (1985)

A brother and sister arrive in a small town to help their relatives run an amusement park, and they find the town is terrorized by a local street gang.

Director:

Sean S. Cunningham

Writers:

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shannon Presby ... Loren
Lori Loughlin ... Abby
James Spader ... Dutra
John Philbin ... Gideon
David H. MacDonald David H. MacDonald ... Moonie
Vince Grant ... JoeBob (as Vincent Grant)
Theron Montgomery Theron Montgomery ... Gordo
Eddie Jones ... Charlie
Lucy Martin Lucy Martin ... Fay
Eric Stoltz ... Mark
Paige Price Paige Price ... Karen (as Paige Lyn Price)
Court Miller Court Miller ... Sheriff
Tom Atkins ... 'Mac' MacWilliams
Jean De Baer Jean De Baer ... Mary Beth MacWilliams (as Jean DeBaer)
Robertson Carricart Robertson Carricart ... Deputy
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Storyline

Abby McWilliams and her brother Loren are particularly normal teenagers. Their parents Mac and Mary Beth are killed in an accident. It's decided that Abby and Loren live in Glenby, Florida with their Aunt Fay and Uncle Charlie who own a gas station and an amusement park. Loren and Abby don't have much trouble making friends at their new high school. Loren starts dating Karen, the local sheriff's daughter while Abby starts dating Mark. Loren feels uncomfortable when he sees a blond-haired guy harassing Abby in the lunchroom. Mark tells Loren and Abby that the blond-haired guy is Eddie Dutra, a teenage drug addict who is the leader of a gang of redneck thugs. Loren helps Abby keep Dutra at a distance. Dutra's retaliations keep getting more vicious until Dutra forces a showdown at the amusement park by kidnapping Abby. Written by Corey Semple (AdamSandler's8SexyNights)

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Taglines:

A new ticket to terror from the director of "Friday the 13th." See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Striking Back See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$199,108, 20 January 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$199,108, 20 January 1985
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shannon Presby decided to give up acting shortly after making this movie. See more »

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During the shower scene, Abby is wearing a vest to hide her nudity. See more »

Quotes

Gideon: Got the jug-ler.
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Alternate Versions

The 1988 UK Columbia video (released as "Striking Back") was cut by 54 secs by the BBFC to edit drug scenes, a shot of a girl's underwear being removed and a scene of girl being covered in lighter fluid. See more »

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References Madhouse (1981) See more »

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Making a Move
Written by Evan Archerd and Steve Nelson
Performed by Brock Walsh
Produced by Evan Archerd and Steve Nelson
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Nothing special, but fun enough.
26 March 2014 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

"The New Kids" is about average for this kind of film: competently if not stylishly made, routinely written, reasonably rousing for its big finish, and full of characters whom you can either like or loathe. And the sides are pretty well delineated: there are the good guys and there are the bad guys. And the bad guys do their able best to show you how much they deserve to die. Director Sean S. Cunningham, who despite efforts like this will always be best known as the original "Friday the 13th" guy, does a decent job, working from a script by future director Stephen Gyllenhaal (who also happens to be the father of Jake and Maggie G.). This is mostly a showcase for the younger crowd, with most of the adult cast relegated to minor roles. Certainly there is some capable production design present here, as well as a good music score by the always reliable Lalo Schifrin.

Lori Loughlin ('Full House') and Shannon Presby (making his only feature film appearance here) play Abby and Loren MacWilliams, two nice, ordinary teens who end up living with their uncle Charlie (Eddie Jones, 'Lois & Clark') and Aunt Fay (Lucy Martin, "Cops and Robbers") in Florida. They become the targets of degenerate prick Eddie Dutra (James Spader, 'The Blacklist') and his gang of repulsive redneck flunkies. Things escalate until a bloody showdown at the amusement park that uncle Charlie operates.

Cunningham does work with a pretty good cast here, also including Eric Stoltz as nice guy Mark, John Philbin ("The Return of the Living Dead"), the great (and too briefly seen) Tom Atkins ("Night of the Creeps") as Abby and Lorens' dad, Brad Sullivan ("The Untouchables") as Colonel Jenkins, and John D. LeMay, future star of the 'Friday the 13th' TV series, in a bit part. Loughlin and Presby do make their characters likable enough that you root for them, and Spader, Philbin and others are just so disagreeable that one just can't wait for them to get their comeuppance. Jones is engaging as a man who's a bit of a dreamer. There is a degree of 1980s style cheese to these proceedings (we get to hear the ditty "Stand Up" three times before this is over), but it's all pretty absorbing up to and including that climax. The final death is fitting and effective.

If you're an animal lover, though, you may be taken aback by the actions of Dutra & gang.

Seven out of 10.


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