The theatrical release poster for Kuffs
|Directed by||Bruce A. Evans|
|Produced by||Raynold Gideon|
|Written by||Bruce A. Evans &
George De La Pena
|Music by||Harold Faltermeyer|
|Cinematography||Thomas Del Ruth|
|Edited by||Stephen Semel|
|Release date(s)||January 10, 1992 (USA)|
|Running time||102 min.|
|Box office||$21,142,815 (USA)|
Kuffs is a 1992 action-comedy film directed by Bruce A. Evans and produced by Raynold Gideon. It stars Christian Slater and Tony Goldwyn. The film also features Milla Jovovich as well as Ashley Judd in her first movie role.
The film was written directly for the screen by Evans and Gideon, both of whom had Slater in mind for the title role. The original music score is by Harold Faltermeyer.
Tagline: When you have attitude who needs experience?
George Kuffs (Slater) is an irresponsible 21-year-old high school dropout who walks out on his pregnant girlfriend Maya Carlton (Jovovich) and tries to borrow money from his older brother Brad (Bruce Boxleitner) in San Francisco. Brad is the owner of a Patrol Special police franchise, a civilian auxiliary police force. During George's visit, Brad is killed. The killer, a man named Kane (Leon Rippy), who George sees fleeing the scene, was set free due to lack of evidence. Turning down a buyout by a local businessman Sam Jones, George takes over Brad's patrol franchise to seek revenge. But first George has to earn respect from the patrol members, and at first all of them want him out. But with the help of Ted Bukovsky (Tony Goldwyn), a police liaison, he uncovers an illicit scheme led by Sam Jones involving $50 million of stolen paintings, a case Brad was just about to break when he was killed. Apparently, Jones and Kane were best friends who were planning to corrupt their way to power in the city. George decides to stick around and complete the work his brother started.
An Original Soundtrack album was released in July 6, 1992, under the label Stage & Screen; the soundtrack features songs mainly by German synthpop musician Harold Faltermeyer, however, the album did not chart in America. Curiously, it did not include the main theme song, a theme called I Don't Want To Live Without You, by the American singer-songwriter Gregg Tripp.
- Christian Slater – George Kuffs
- Milla Jovovich – Maya Carlton
- Tony Goldwyn – Ted Bukovsky
- Bruce Boxleitner – Brad Kuffs
- Troy Evans – Captain Morino
- George de la Peña – Sam Jones
- Leon Rippy – Kane