Out of Bounds (1986 film)

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Out of Bounds
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Out of Bounds movie poster
Directed byRichard Tuggle
Produced byCharles W. Fries
John Tarnoff
Ray Hartwick
Michael S. Rosenfeld
Written byTony Kayden
Music byStewart Copeland
CinematographyBruce Surtees
Edited byKent Beyda
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • July 25, 1986 (1986-07-25)
Running time
93 min.
CountryUnited States
Box office$5,099,316 (USA)

Out of Bounds is a 1986 American action-thriller feature film directed by Richard Tuggle and starring Anthony Michael Hall.[1]


Hall portrays Daryl Cage, an Iowa farm boy whose parents send him to live in Los Angeles with his brother. At the airport, Daryl's suitcase full of checkered flannel shirts is switched with one containing a drug kingpin's heroin. The gangster boss has Cage's brother and his live-in girlfriend murdered, but the police suspect Daryl of the crime. Cage becomes the prime suspect of his brother's murder and must clear his own name. He must also rid himself of the heroin by tracking down the kingpin.



Hall had recently achieved fame in starring roles as a "geek" character in a number of 1980s teen movies, such as Sixteen Candles, and was eager to avoid being typecast. He opted to star in the action-filled Out of Bounds as a way to contrast his previous work.

The film's soundtrack featured songs by Stewart Copeland & Adam Ant, Robert Berry, Night Ranger, Belinda Carlisle, The Smiths, The Cult, The Lords of the New Church, Sammy Hagar, and Siouxsie and the Banshees. The Night Ranger song "Wild & Innocent Youth" has never appeared on any of the band's albums to date.

According to the DVD accompanying the box set for 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong, the Bon Jovi song "Out of Bounds" was written as the title song from the movie, but it did not make it. Y&T's "Wild If I Wanna" appears in a short sequence in the film, but did not make the soundtrack. It eventually appeared on the band's 2003 release Unearthed, Vol. 1 and made the group's setlists around that time due to popular demand.

In the 1999 reissue of the Girls, Girls, Girls album, Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx claimed that the instrumental track "Nona" was originally commissioned for this film.

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Band member Doug Tull has a brief cameo during the chase scene on the stage.


  1. ^ James, Caryn (July 25, 1986). "SCREEN: 'OUT OF BOUNDS,' A THRILLER". The New York Times.

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