begins to panic, and starts killing other members of the
youth gang, including Penn's brother, then rapes Mary.
This is my first serious problem with the film. If you
really wanted to get Penn's girlfriend on your side, keep
her from talking and get her to help keep Penn quiet, is
raping her the best approach? Penn has finally had
enough, and turns states evidence against his father in
exchange for immediate release. The two lovers are about
to escape, when Dad's gang catches up to them.
I noticed a serious continuity
error while watching the film (which says something about
how engrossed I was in the plot), and checked the goofs
link at IMDB. IMDB talks about the reflection of a boom
mike in the wind-wing of a truck. If you look carefully,
there is something reflected in the wind wing that could
be part of a boom, or nearly anything else. The error I
spotted is far less subtle. While Walken is raping
Masterson, we see him tear her blouse off in shreds,
leaving her in a bra and jeans skirt, then we see him
lifting the skirt, but the blouse has reassembled itself
on her. Finally, we see her screaming under him with the
blouse gone again. I considered the possibility that they
had inserted a double, but, after examining the entire
scene frame by frame, here is what I think happened. As
originally filmed, Walken through up her skirt, pulled of
her panties, tore off her blouse, then raped her. My
guess is that there was too much exposure for the
censors, so they re-cut, and assembled the now mangled
scene with the magic blouse.
There is no actual
exposure from Mary Stuart, but she is far too cute to
pass up completely. We do see her panty when looking up
the leg of her pants, and the top of her breast in bed
with Penn. The exposure comes from Janie Draper playing
the part of the "anonymous stripper" in a
fairly long and well lit scene.
||The film is highly
thought of. Maltin is the lone dissenter at 2 1/2 stars.
I agree with Maltin. The film never grabbed me. Much of
the time the pace was painfully slow, a lot of the action
seemed unmotivated, and the editing, as show above, had
some serious problems. The biggest thing for me, however,
was that they assembled a great supporting cast including
Mary Stuart Masterson, Chris Penn, David Strathairn and
Kiefer Sutherland, then underused all of them. If
they would have done more to explore the dynamics of the
family, the gangs, and the love story, it would have made
for a far better film. It is unclear to me why this film
is so fondly remembered, especially given that
From my viewpoint, finding the
magic self-healing blouse was the highlight of the film.
General consensus: three
stars. Ebert 3.5/4, Maltin 2.5/4, Apollo
summary. only five reviews
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 6.8, Apollo users 72.
- With their
dollars ... it was made for $6.5m, and
only grossed $2.347m.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating