Bad Boys (1983)

R | 123 mins | Drama | 25 March 1983

Producer:

Robert Solo

Cinematographers:

Bruce Surtees, Donald Thorin

Editor:

Antony Gibbs

Production Designer:

J. Michael Riva

Production Companies:

EMI FIlms, Inc., Solofilm Company
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HISTORY

End credits include the following statement: "The Producers would like to express their appreciation for the courtesy and cooperation extended to them by: The State of Illinois Film Office, Hon. Governor James R. Thompson; City of Chicago Mayor's Film Office, Hon. Mayor Jane M. Byrne; Illinois Department of Corrections, St. Charles Youth Correctional Facility, Statesville Adult Correctional Facility; State of Illinois Attorney General's Office, Illinois National Guard/State of Illinois Military and Naval Departments. ... More Less

End credits include the following statement: "The Producers would like to express their appreciation for the courtesy and cooperation extended to them by: The State of Illinois Film Office, Hon. Governor James R. Thompson; City of Chicago Mayor's Film Office, Hon. Mayor Jane M. Byrne; Illinois Department of Corrections, St. Charles Youth Correctional Facility, Statesville Adult Correctional Facility; State of Illinois Attorney General's Office, Illinois National Guard/State of Illinois Military and Naval Departments. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Billboard
30 Apr 1983.
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Daily Variety
5 Aug 1982
p. 6.
Daily Variety
2 Dec 1982.
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Daily Variety
22 Mar 1983
p.8.
Hollywood Reporter
28 May 1982.
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Hollywood Reporter
24 Mar 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
6 Apr 1983
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
25 Mar 1983
p. 26.
Movie Magazine
Spring 1983.
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New York Times
25 Mar 1983
p. 8.
Screen International
19 Jun 1982.
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Variety
2 Mar 1983
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANIES
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Robert Solo Production
A Solofilm Company Presentation
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
EMI prod exec
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
Cam op
Asst cam
Asst cam
Asst cam
Still photog
Still photog
Steadicam/Panaglide op
Gaffer
Gaffer
Best boy
Chicago gaffer
Key grip
Key grip
Best boy
Dolly grip
Chicago key grip
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Asst film ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set des
Set dec
Leadman
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Prop master
Asst prop master
Const coord
Standby painter
Standby painter
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus ed
Mus scoring mixer
SOUND
Sd mixer
Dubbing mixer
Dubbing mixer
Dubbing mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Title des
Titles and opt
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Casting
Casting
Scr supv
Prod office coord
Asst prod office coord
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Video playback coord
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Unit pub
Extra casting
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Asst to Mr. Rosenthal
Craft service
First aid
Post prod facilities
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 March 1983
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 25 March 1983
Production Date:
30 April 1982--17 August 1982.
Copyright Claimant:
Thorn EMI Films, Inc.
Copyright Date:
15 July 1983
Copyright Number:
PA180274
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses/Prints
Lenses and Panaflex Cameras by Panavision
Prints
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
123
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Chicago, Illinois, teenage thief Mick O’Brien robs two people and buys a pistol on black market before returning home to his neglectful, alcoholic mother. Elsewhere in the city, Paco Moreno and his friends, Carlos and Pablo, enter a dark alley, where they arrange to deliver a briefcase filled with stolen pharmaceuticals to an African American street gang the following Saturday night. Nearby, Mick’s friend, Carl Brennan, watches from his apartment window. At school the next day, Carl tells Mick of Paco’s drug deal, suggesting that they intercept the briefcase. Moments later, Paco arrives and makes disparaging comments about Mick and his girl friend, J. C. Walenski. The couple trades insults with Paco before heading to class. After school, Mick and J. C. make love in her bedroom, and she expresses fear that Mick’s life of crime will end tragically. Mick assures her that he is in no danger, especially from the juvenile justice system. On Saturday night, Mick and Carl don black clothing and ski masks as they prepare to rob Paco. Mick hands Carl a pistol with the promise that the weapon is more of a threat than a necessity. The boys steal a car and follow Paco, Carlos, and Pablo to the designated meeting place, with Paco’s little brother, Pacito, trailing behind. Mick and Carl cross the street with their pistols drawn, in plain view of the arriving gang members. The ensuing gunfight leaves Carl, Carlos, and one of the gang members dead. As police sirens are heard in the distance, Mick returns to the car and races from the scene, accidentally hitting ... +


In Chicago, Illinois, teenage thief Mick O’Brien robs two people and buys a pistol on black market before returning home to his neglectful, alcoholic mother. Elsewhere in the city, Paco Moreno and his friends, Carlos and Pablo, enter a dark alley, where they arrange to deliver a briefcase filled with stolen pharmaceuticals to an African American street gang the following Saturday night. Nearby, Mick’s friend, Carl Brennan, watches from his apartment window. At school the next day, Carl tells Mick of Paco’s drug deal, suggesting that they intercept the briefcase. Moments later, Paco arrives and makes disparaging comments about Mick and his girl friend, J. C. Walenski. The couple trades insults with Paco before heading to class. After school, Mick and J. C. make love in her bedroom, and she expresses fear that Mick’s life of crime will end tragically. Mick assures her that he is in no danger, especially from the juvenile justice system. On Saturday night, Mick and Carl don black clothing and ski masks as they prepare to rob Paco. Mick hands Carl a pistol with the promise that the weapon is more of a threat than a necessity. The boys steal a car and follow Paco, Carlos, and Pablo to the designated meeting place, with Paco’s little brother, Pacito, trailing behind. Mick and Carl cross the street with their pistols drawn, in plain view of the arriving gang members. The ensuing gunfight leaves Carl, Carlos, and one of the gang members dead. As police sirens are heard in the distance, Mick returns to the car and races from the scene, accidentally hitting and killing Pacito before crashing into a parked van. A judge, convinced that Mick is a sociopath, sentences him to Rainford Juvenile Correctional Facility, until he is deemed able to re-enter society. Mick arrives at Rainford with a younger boy named Terrell, and they are assigned to Dormitory C, which houses serious criminals, such as murderers, armed robbers, and rapists. As they enter the dormitory, the other boys gather around Mick and Terrell and spit on them as they walk to their rooms. Mick’s roommate is Barry Horowitz, is an undersized boy genius who killed three people with a homemade bomb. Mick also meets “Viking” Lofgren and his roommate, Tweety, the designated “barn bosses” for the dormitory, who, according to Horowitz, “keep the rest of the animals in line and give out the work details.” Viking takes an immediate dislike to Mick and puts him on bathroom duty. Later, Mick meets with counselor and former gang member Ramon Herrera, who tries to gain the boy’s trust. When Tweety rapes and murders Terrell, Warden Bendix launches an investigation, but none of the inmates, including Mick, admits to witnessing the incident, even though it happened in plain sight. Regardless, Viking and Tweety accuse Mick of being an informant and threaten him with bodily harm. Mick prepares by filling a pillowcase with cans of soda, and when the boys accost him, he beats them unconscious with the pillowcase. Following a brief period in solitary confinement, Mick learns that his triumph over Viking and Tweety has won him the position of barn boss, with Horowitz as his lieutenant. Unable to intimidate Mick, Viking turns his wrath on Horowitz, who surprises the bully by attacking him in the mess hall. However, when the warden places Horowitz in solitary confinement, the boy’s fear of isolation is revealed as he becomes hysterical. Meanwhile, in Chicago, Paco is arrested and convicted after beating and raping J. C. When Mick hears of the rape, he escapes Rainford and makes his way to J. C.’s home, where Ramon Herrera is waiting to escort him back to Rainford. Upon his return, Warden Bendix promises to withhold punishment if Mick can set a good example for his fellow inmates. Meanwhile, Tweety is released from Rainford, but is killed soon after while attempting an armed robbery. Later, Ramon informs Mick that Paco will be staying at Rainford pending transfer to another facility, and recommends that Mick avoid trouble if he wants to be released in six months. Paco arrives the next day and is assigned to Viking’s room, where the boys bond over their mutual hatred of Mick. When Mick confronts Paco, he accepts blame for Pacito’s death, but reminds Paco that he should have been “looking out” for his brother. Mick continues to maintain his composure while his fellow inmates lay odds on his expected battle with Paco. Angered by Viking’s constant harassment, Horowitz severely injures his nemesis with a time bomb placed inside a portable radio. Warden Bendix responds by placing Horowitz is solitary confinement for the remainder of his sentence. An inmate overhears the news that Paco is to be transferred the next day and word travels quickly through the dormitory. That night, Paco knocks Ramon unconscious and disconnects the alarm system, then attempts a sneak attack on Mick with a makeshift dagger, or “shank.” Mick lies in wait for Paco, and within seconds, the boys are engaged in a violent struggle over the weapon. The other inmates block all entrances to the dormitory as they gather around the fighters. Although Mick is stabbed in the leg, he overpowers Paco and grabs the shank. He holds the weapon over Paco as the inmates chant the word “kill.” Mick thrusts the shank into the floor and hobbles back to his room as tears run down his face. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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