At Close Range

At Close Range

DVD - 2000
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A crime boss father has to make some tough choices in dealing with his sons who have formed a gang in order to get into the "family business."
Publisher: Santa Monica, California : MGM Home Entertainment, ©2000.
Edition: Widescreen and full screen.
ISBN: 9780792847885
0792847881
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (115 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm
video file, DVD, rda
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digital, video, surround, rda

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Monolith
May 06, 2012

Brad Whitewood Sr. (talking about Lester the snitch): "Boy, he got the life expectancy of a housefly!"

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May 06, 2012

Brad Whitewood Sr.: Ever been out west, Tommy? Tommy Whitewood: No. Brad Whitewood Sr.: Ever heard a coyote? Tommy Whitewood: No. Brad Whitewood Sr.: They make this sound like "woo, woo, woo!" Coyote bitch gets in heat. First thing she does, she take care of the males. Then she head toward town. All the neighborhood dogs, they smell her. They go crazy. They follow her... She lures them, out onto the desert. She get a dog out there, alone... All the other coyote come along, they circle round... they kill that dog, eat it... ...Tommy, if you was to go up, in front of that grand jury... what would you say? Tommy Whitewood: Nothing. (cries) Dad... Brad Whitewood Sr.: LIAR!!! (he shoots him)

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Monolith
May 06, 2012

Brad Whitewood Jr. (walks into kitchen, secretly shot several times): "Dad..." Brad Whitewood Sr. (turns around): "Good to see ya... really... You look pale..." Brad Whitewood Jr.: "I am pale..."

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Monolith
May 06, 2012

Brad Whitewood Jr.: "Is this the gun you used?" Brad Whitewood Sr.: "That's a nice looking gun." Brad Whitewood Jr.: "Is this the gun you used to kill Tommy? Tommy's dead, isn't he..." Brad Whitewood Sr.: "Don't talk to me about Tommy." Brad Whitewood Jr.: "Is this the gun you used to kill Terry?" Brad Whitewood Sr.: "I never did nothin' to Terry." (Brad Jr. fires a shot) Brad Whitewood Sr.: "Whoa! WHOA! WHOA! WAIT! WAIT! WAIT! WAIT! WAIT!" Brad Whitewood Jr.: "IS THIS THE GUN YOU USED ON EVERYBODY? ON ME?!? Is this the family gun, Dad?"

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Monolith
May 06, 2012

Brad Whitewood Jr. (holding a handgun in his father's face): "No... No... This is too easy... I want you to die slow... I want you to die every day for the rest of your life..."

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binational
Aug 13, 2012

I agree with Roger Ebert. Outstanding acting and scripting. Had me riveted for the entire two hours.

m
Monolith
May 06, 2012

*SPOILER* Killer screenplay (pun intended). Superbly directed. Based on the true story of the late Bruce Alfred Johnston Sr., the leader of one of the most notorious gangs in the history of Pennsylvania. The gang started in the '60s and was rounded up in 1978 after his son, Bruce Jr., testified against him. He (Sr.) was charged with the murder of five, attempted murder, and theft, and received six consecutive life sentences. Sean Penn is at his best, and they couldn't have chosen a better actor for that scumbag villain than Christopher Walken. Sean's late brother Christopher; creepy Crispin Glover and his eyeliner; a young Mary Stuart Masterson; Whitewood's motley crew; the swimming hole sequence; those cherry '70s muscle cars (man!); a PHENOMENAL ending (garden hose, kitchen scene); matched with a haunting, fluid '80s keyboard synthesizer soundtrack - magnificent. FIVE STARS.

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