Number of Times Seen – At least 5 times (Theater in ’87, cable and 20 Sep 2014)
Brief Synopsis – Three kids living near the Atlantic coast find a Russian sailor washed ashore when his boat capsizes.
My Take on it – As a young 13 year old, I loved this movie mainly because I could relate so much to these characters.
No, I didnt find a stranded Russian on a beach, but I was very into army comics and pretended as much as I could with friends to be soldiers fighting off enemies both foreign and domestic.
Watching this now, I find it all to be extremely laughable and silly.
The premise perhaps worked slightly better in the world of the cold war, but now it just doesn’t compute and feels so far fetched.
The cast are mostly unknown besides Leif Pheonix (to be known as Joaquin just a few years later) and Peter Billingsley who is best known as Ralphie in A Christmas Story (1983).
They both even then showed their abilities as actors despite the horrendous script.
Bottom Line – Very 80’s with a cold war message. Not nearly as good as I thought it was when I was a kid. Very interesting to see Leif Pheonix as a child actor before he became the Joaquin we all now know. Terrible plot and script. Stay Away!
Rating – Razzie Worthy
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