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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
At Close Range [DVD]
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on 3 August 2016
bleak white trash criminality in all its small town grit and reality .
excellent performances all round .
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on 20 May 2017
This is a great 80s film but don't expect action as it's a slow burn thriller
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on 6 August 2017
Walken always engrossing. Sean Penn too is a very engaging and charged actor. Internal fist tightening feel to the story that doesn't quite let loose with a knockout combination like you want or expect it too. Anti-climactical. Decent film though.
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on 12 September 2017
great 80s film to own x
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on 18 May 2017
good film arrived early
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on 9 August 2014
amazing drama film.penn and walken are superb
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on 17 April 2017
Great product
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on 20 February 2007
This is a very good family crime drama. the film has extremely shocking moments which will surprise viewers. the film is about a family where the parents are divorced and one of the sons doesnt enjoy his life situations and turns to his dad for help. his dad is a classy criminal and thief but brad jr doenst know. his dad tells him: 'you want in then theres no way out' things go wrong and the emotion builds up throughout the film. this is highly recommended if you enjoy thriller and crime made with originality with faint comedy between some of the cast. it includes stephen geoffreys and kiefer sutherland as solemates of sean penn. enjoy!!!
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on 1 June 2017
Ohhh yeah, another one of my favs, fantastic film nearly as fantastic as me.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 21 April 2012
At Close Range is directed by James Foley and written by Elliott Lewitt and Nicholas Kazan. It stars Sean Penn, Christopher Walken, Mary Stuart Masterson, Chris Penn, Millie Perkins and Eileen Ryan. Music is by Patrick Leonard and Madonna and cinematography is by Juan Ruiz Anchia. Film is an adapted account of the Pennsylvania Johnston gang headed by Bruce Alfred Johnston Sr, who operated during the 60s and 70s.

Boy aint got the life expectancy of a house fly.

The real life source of At Close Range is bleak and the makers don't shy from that marker. James Foley's movie is consistently downbeat, even when a snippet of hope rears its head, you sense that it is a waste of time latching onto it. Story is that of harsh family relations, it's often told with bleak passages and is violent, though never in a way that it feels vicarious, these passages are significant and they do not diminish the film's worth. It's an unpleasant movie in a lot of ways, but dovetailing deftly with the criminalisation of one Bradford Whitewood Junior (Sean Penn), a youngster reaching out for some father love from his estranged criminal pappy, Brad Senior (Walken), we get a love story trying to bloom, where the arrogance and naivety of youth hangs heavy in the atmospheric air. There's even a sense of youthful adventure lurking around the edges of the frame.

However, this isn't going to end well, it just can't, surely? Brad Junior is an outcast, a misfit, his life is in a rut, but he is instantly enthralled by what his father can give him, he can't see through his rose tinted spectacles what the audience can and the makers hold us in a vice like grip from the beginning to ensure we are there at the end. An instrumental version of Madonna's haunting pop single "Live to Tell" marries up darkly with the mood crafted, as does Anchia's photography, which looks like it has been shot through some MTV Gothic prism. The acting is powerhouse from S. Penn (intense and full of wrought emotion), Walken (utterly dominant as he shifts unerringly between the charm and nasty gears) and Masterson (naively endearing and makes us care for her Terry character).

It will be a bit too maudlin for some, while some of the Pennsylvania imagery comes close to negating the pervading sense of sadness. But to my mind this is an excellent slice of neo-noir and worthy of seeking out as long as you aren't looking to be cheered up! 8.5/10
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