At Close Range

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At Close Range
At close range poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by James Foley
Produced by Don Guest
Elliott Lewitt
Screenplay by Nicholas Kazan
Story by Elliott Lewitt
Nicholas Kazan
Starring Sean Penn
Christopher Walken
Music by Patrick Leonard
Cinematography Juan Ruiz Anchía
Edited by Howard E. Smith
Distributed by Orion Pictures Corporation
Release dates
  • April 18, 1986 (1986-04-18)
Running time 111 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6,500,000 (estimated)
Box office $2,347,000

At Close Range is a 1986 crime drama film directed by James Foley, based on the real life rural Pennsylvania crime family led by Bruce Johnston, Sr. which operated during the 1960s and 1970s. It stars Sean Penn and Christopher Walken, with Chris Penn, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Crispin Glover in supporting roles.

Plot summary[edit]

Brad Whitewood, Sr. (Walken) is the leader of an organized crime family. One night, his estranged oldest son, Brad, Jr. (Sean Penn), contacts him after a fight with his mother's boyfriend and stays with him at his home in Hulmeville, Pennsylvania. Eventually, he becomes involved with his father's criminal activities, and starts a gang with his half-brother, Tommy (Chris Penn). The boys attempt a daring heist, which results in their arrest. Their father believes that his sons will inform on him, so he rapes Brad's girlfriend, Terry (Masterson), as a warning.

The attack has the opposite effect as Brad, Jr. begins informing the authorities about his father's activities. Brad, Sr. feels his only recourse is to eliminate every witness that can connect him with his sons and their gang. He kills Tommy himself, but orders a hit against Brad, Jr. and Terry, who is killed. Brad, Jr. threatens his father with a gun, but decides that he wants Brad, Sr. to "die every day for the rest of his life," and instead testifies against him in court.

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The movie, while depicting incidents in Chester County and Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, was actually filmed on location in Franklin, Tennessee and Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Reception[edit]

The film grossed a total of $2,347,000 at the North American box office during its theatrical run in 83 theaters.

Roger Ebert gave the film 3½ (out of 4) stars.[2]

At Rotten Tomatoes, 84% of critics considered the film positively.[3]

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