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Turk 182 (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 15 February 1985 (USA)
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Jimmy Lynch is angry because his older brother, who was injured as a result of an off duty fire rescue, is denied benefits by the city.

Director:

Bob Clark

Writers:

James Gregory Kingston (story by), James Gregory Kingston (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Hutton ... Jimmy Lynch
Robert Urich ... Terry Lynch
Kim Cattrall ... Danny Boudreau
Robert Culp ... Mayor Tyler
Darren McGavin ... Det. Kowalski
Steven Keats Steven Keats ... Jockamo
Paul Sorvino ... Himself
Peter Boyle ... Det. Ryan
James Tolkan ... Hanley
Thomas Quinn Thomas Quinn ... Hooly
Norman Parker ... Dr. Salco
Dick O'Neill ... Powerhouse chief
Maury Chaykin ... Man in Wheelchair
Richard Zobel Richard Zobel ... TV interviewer
David Wohl ... TV producer
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Storyline

Jimmy Lynch is angry because his older brother, who was injured as a result of an off duty fire rescue, is denied benefits by the city. At the same time, Mayor Tyler is embroiled in a political scandal that he denies all previous knowledge of. Jimmy begins painting "Tyler Knew, Turk 182" as an embarrassment to the mayor. The mayor is furious at this grafitti appearing all over the city and orders the police to find the artist. Jimmy's "Turk 182" spraypaints continue to appear. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Comedy | Drama

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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Schlitzohr See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,589,234, 18 February 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,594,997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This was the second picture that actor Timothy Hutton made at the 20th Century Fox studio during his early cinema acting career. The first had been Taps (1981) around four years earlier. See more »

Goofs

At the start when the firemen blast Terry Lynch out of the burning window, you can see the wig come off the stuntman as he falls toward the parked car and after he hits the car, you can see it again. See more »

Quotes

Det. Ryan: [about Turk 182] There are two theories. The first is that this is an organized conspiracy. The other more bizarre theory is that this is the work of one man - Superman, apparently!
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References Days of Our Lives (1965) See more »

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New York at its best and worst
15 December 2005 | by ray-280See all my reviews

Turk 182! is one of those films that doesn't explain itself. The plot is explained, but the culture and backdrop are not: New York City is presented in all its glory, as the bureaucracy and the politicians who run it are pitted against an injured firefighter (Robert Urich) and his graffiti-artist-turned-political-activist brother (Timothy Hutton), who ensures that neither the Mayor nor the city forget the name "Turk 182!" Kim Cattral appears as Hutton's sidekick/love-interest, and sidecar passenger in his motorcycle, in a role far more "sexier in the city" than anything she turned out in her HBO series. Notables in the remainder of the cast include Robert Culp as the over-the-top mayor who wants to regain control over the "vandalism," and Paul Sorvino in a highly amusing cameo involving the abuse of the Giants' Stadium scoreboard.

In this movie, Turk's brother was injured off-duty while saving the lives of some children during a fire. Since he was drunk at the time, the city refuses to pay his medical expenses, and Turk's activism is born. Like any good graffiti artist, Turk leaves his mark anywhere and everywhere, while eluding law enforcement. As one who was a teenager living in New York City in the 1980s, and who knew several serious graffiti artists, I can say that while the movie was a sanitized version of what they do, they got enough of the flavor of that culture to show its power when confronted with an injustice.

If you've never been to New York, or if you are there now but weren't in the 1980s, the movie is an excellent period piece that will reveal a great deal about the city through its backdrop and subplots, many of which were as or far more interesting than the main plot. New Yorkers generally don't care about anything that doesn't affect them, but when they do, the city literally grinds to a halt, as do the New York politicians who follow their lead.

With so few movies reflecting New York City so accurately, this one is definitely worth watching, and the story it tells, however simplistic and over-the-top in its execution, is still worth telling occasionally in yet another form. This is a very intriguing film.


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