Number of Times Seen – At least 5 times (Theater in ’91, cable and 20 Jan 2018)
Brief Synopsis – After a group of terrorists take over a prep school, the students try to find a way to fight back.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing when it came out. I also remember reading the novel by William P. Kennedy around that time too. (I’m not sure if I read it before seeing the movie or afterwards, but I do recall writing a report about it for a high school class.
They do a great job of adapting the book and keep things quite thrilling.
The cats of young and upcoming actors is great along with two prominent adult actors.
Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton, Keith Coogan, T.E. Russell and George Perez are all great as the students with Louis Gossett Jr and Andrew Divoff excellent as the Dean and the lead terrorist.
The supporting cast is also great because it is filled with lots of familiar faces.
This is a really fun film despite the fact that parts of it are not plausible at all yet they still manage to keep things thrilling.
The tone of this film is done really well because it knows how to balance drama, comedy and even action scenes that help make this film enjoyable the entire time.
The score is also great and keeps things moving throughout.
Bottom Line – Great film adaptation of a really thrilling book. The cast is great with Astin, Wheaton, Coogan, Divoff and Gossett all doing great jobs here. Such a fun film despite it not really being so plausible. The supporting cast is also great and there are lots of familiar faces among them. The tone is great with the right balance between drama, comedy and action. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scene where Billy eats a banana and throws the peel in the trash is improvised, including Dean Parker’s response: ‘Pick up that banana’. Before the cameras started rolling, Sean Astin asked a prop guy for a banana and then proceeded to eat it during the take, even adding a roll of the eyes when asked to pick up the peel. Aside from Louis Gossett, Jr., actor reactions were pretty much genuine. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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