At Close Range

Like father. Like son. Like hell.
Like father. Like son. Like hell.
AT CLOSE RANGE (18)
D: James Foley
Orion/Hemdale (Elliott Lewitt & Don Guest)
USA 🇺🇸 1986
111 mins
 
Crime/Drama
 
W: Nicholas Kazan
DP: Juan Ruiz Anchia
Ed: Howard E. Smith
Mus: Patrick Leonard; Madonna
 
Sean Penn (Bradley Whitewood, Jr.), Christopher Walken (Bradley Whitewood, Sr.), Mary Stuart Masterson (Terry), Christopher Penn (Thomas Whitewood), Millie Perkins (Julie)
 
What begins as a melodrama about the relationship between a young hoodlum and his criminal father descends into incredulity when the father starts picking off his members of his sons gang for knowing too much information about him and his past.
The performances of Christopher Walken & Sean Penn can't be criticised and Madonna contributed one of her best songs to the soundtrack ('Live To Tell'), but it's a rather average film.
6/10

Christopher Walken & Sean Penn in At Close Range
Christopher Walken & Sean Penn in At Close Range
Did You Know:
The script is based on the actual crimes of Bruce Johnston, Sr., in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Award Wins & Nominations:


MILSTEAD MOVIE AWARDS:

Wins: none

Nominations: 1 (Best Original Song featuring in a Drama)


OSCARS:

Wins: none

Nominations: none


BAFTAS

Wins: none

Nominations: none


OTHER WINS:

ASCAP Award (Most Performed Song featuring in a Motion Picture); BMI Award (Most Performed Song featuring in a Motion Picture)