|Distributed by||Dimension Pictures|
|June 7, 1974 (Atlanta)|
Tough, also known as Johnny Tough, is a 1974 blaxploitation film about a young teenager who rebels against authority.
- Dion Gossett as Johnny Banes
- Christopher Townes as Chris
- Renny Roker as Phil Banes
- Rich Holmes as Mr. Bishop
- Sandy Reed as Denise Banes
- Philip Hadler as David
- Detra Piernas as Bonnie
- Mary Bailey
- Shawn Bailey
A. H. Weiler of The New York Times called the performances from the young actors "natural and convincing," but found that the film "states its intentions honestly but superficially. The emotion generated is rarely equal to the drama's good intentions." Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune gave the film zero stars out of four, calling it a "shameful mess" that blended "a simplistic plea for adults to understand that their behavior influences children" with "a nasty collection of juvenile thrill scenes." Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times was positive and called the film "very poignant. As infuriating as its people can be, they are always recognizably human. Above all, the film goes right to the heart of the matter. Jackson gets splendid performances all around and demonstrates a special gift for handling kids."
- "Tough - Details". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
- Cinefamily article on film accessed 7 June 2014
- Review of film at Moon in the Gutter Blog
- Weiler, A. H. (July 25, 1974). "Screen: 'Tough' Opens". The New York Times. 27.
- Siskel, Gene (July 25, 1974). "'Johnny Tough': As a movie, tough luck". Chicago Tribune. Section 2, p. 5.
- Thomas, Kevin (October 10, 1974). "Why Johnny Can't Relate". Los Angeles Times. Part IV, p. 17.
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