Tuff Turf

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Tuff Turf
Tuff Turf Movie Poster.jpg
Original film poster
Directed byFritz Kiersch
Produced byDonald P. Borchers
Screenplay byJette Rinck
Story by
  • Greg Collins O'Neill
  • Murray Michaels
Music byJonathan Elias
CinematographyWilly Kurant
Edited byMarc Grossman
New World Pictures
Planet Productions
Distributed byNew World Pictures
Release date
  • January 11, 1985 (1985-01-11)
Running time
112 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$9,369,329

Tuff Turf is a 1985 American drama film directed by Fritz Kiersch and starring James Spader and Kim Richards.[1] The film was released in the United States on January 11, 1985.


Morgan Hiller (Spader) is an intelligent but bullied teenager from Connecticut who relocates to Los Angeles with his strict mother and his father after his father's business goes under. Morgan befriends Jimmy Parker (Downey Jr.) but struggles to make friends. Trouble ensues when Morgan pursues bad girl Frankie Croyden (Richards), whose sociopathic and psychopathic boyfriend Nick Hauser (Mones) is the leader of a local gang who had a run in with Morgan during an attempted mugging of a businessman. Morgan soon finds pursuing Frankie comes with harsh consequences. Morgan learns some valuable, harsh and hard lessons, and finds out how far he is really willing to go for Frankie. Ultimately, Morgan must face and fight Nick and his gang to test the bounds of his honor, and his love for Frankie.

Cast of Characters[edit]

  • James Spader as Morgan Hiller
  • Kim Richards as Frankie Croyden
  • Paul Mones as Nick Hauser
  • Matt Clark as Stuart Hiller (Morgan's dad)
  • Claudette Nevins as Mrs. Page Hiller (Morgan's mom)
  • Robert Downey Jr. as Jimmy Parker (credited as Robert Downey)
  • Olivia Barash as Ronnie
  • Catya Sassoon as Feather
  • Bill Beyers as Brian Hiller (Morgan's brother)
  • Gene Pietragallo as Donnie Parker (Jimmy's brother)
  • Panchito Gómez as Mickey
  • Michael Wyle as Eddie
  • Herb Mitchell as Mr. Russell
  • Lou Fant as Mr. Croyden (Frankie's dad)
  • Donald Fullilove as Howard
  • Jered Barclay as Reynolds
  • Evonne Kezios as Muffy
  • Cheryl Ann Clark as Patty
  • Matt Gavin as Alan
  • Chad McCann as Troy
  • Vivian Brown as History teacher
  • Ceil Cabot as Secretary
  • Donna Fuller as Nurse
  • Rosa Sabina Rodriguez as Nurse in elevator
  • Francis X. McCarthy as Man at bus stop
  • Art Evans as Security guard
  • Jeffrey Dawson as Security guard #2


Liner notes from 1985 LP:[2]
Mastered At– Precision Lacquer, Hollywood CA
Coordinator– Harold Bronson
Design– Grace Amemiya
Mastered By– Stephen Marcussen


  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (February 1, 1985). "'TUFF TURF,' IN LOS ANGELES". The New York Times. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Discogs - Tuff Turf - The Original Soundtrack 1985 LP

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