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At Close Range

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At Close Range (1986)

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Like father. Like son. Like hell.


True story of an aimless Pennsylvania teen who is drawn in to his father's life of crime. Powerful performances by all!


At Close Range is a 1986 crime drama film directed by James Foley, based on the real life rural Pennsylvania crime family led by Bruce Johnston, Sr. which operated during the 1960s and 1970s. It stars Sean Penn and Christopher Walken, with Chris Penn, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Crispin Glover in supporting roles.


The film grossed a total of $2,347,000 at the North American box office during its theatrical run in 83 theaters.
Roger Ebert gave the film 3½ (out of 4) stars.[2]
UCLA professor Peter Reiher said this about the film: "At Close Range isn't particularly good entertainment, nor is it moving, nor instructive, except for incipient cinematographers and directors. A good story has gone to waste, and there is no need for most people to bother checking out the obscured virtues of the film. Those who have never understood what 'overdirected' means might want to see At Close Range, if they really want to fill this minor gap in their film knowledge." [3]
At Rotten Tomatoes, 84% of critics considered the film positively


Release Date: May 30, 1986

Distrib: Orion

Boxoffice: $2,347,000 2014: $4,959,700

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