Writer: Richard Di Lello
Composer: Bill Conti
Starring: Sean Penn, Reni Santoni, Jim Moody, Eric Gurry, Esai Morales, Ally Sheedy, Clancy Brown, Robert Lee Rush, John Zenda, Alan Ruck
More info: IMDb
Tagline: Life Has Pushed Him Into A Corner... And He's Comin' Out Fighting.
Plot: Chicago crime kid Mick O'Brien has been sent to a juvenile prison for vehicular manslaughter. Most unfortunately, the person he kills is the kid brother of his nemesis Paco Moreno, who vows revenge by raping Mick's girlfriend. Paco is caught and sent to the same prison where he re-works his revenge plan, and Mick has no choice but to defend himself.
My rating: 7/10
Will I watch it again? No.
That juvi prison is a fucked up place. No, thanks. I remember when this came out the buzz was all about Sean Penn's performance. It was his first feature in a starring role. He does a really good job as does the rest of the cast. I should heap some praise onto director Rosenthal for creating a tense atmosphere inside the jail. It also helped that there's a sparse score, especially in some of the harsher moments. The actions of the actors speak for themselves. The ending wasn't a surprise but the way it was handled was. Very nice. The Lionsgate DVD has a good anamorphic widescreen print but the only extras you get are a trailer (anamoprhic widescreen) and a commentary with Rosenthal.