Across the Tracks (1989)
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as Billy Maloney
as Joe Maloney
as Rosemary Maloney
as Coach Ryder
as Coach Welsh
as Mrs. Fisher
as Big Ed
as Andy, Manager
as Stanford Scout
as Teen Drug Buyer
as Store Helper
as Stolen Car Owner
as Mrs. Fischer
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Terribly directed and acted family conflict drama that would be rightly and completely forgotten if it did not contain Brad Pitt in the cast. He is extremely callow and still has a lot to learn here but at least his bland performance can be put down to the fact that he was still a beginner. Rick Schroder on the other hand is too old to be believable as a high school student and is awful and overwrought. Carrie Snodgrass is okay as the mom, unlike the rest of the dreadful supporting cast, but the script really doesn't give her much too work with. Speaking of the script it is full of huge holes of plausibility and lacks any kind of common sense. To top it all off the score is full of horrid ersatz hard rock. Don't bother.
A film I surprisingly enjoyed, possibly because of my liking of the sport, but had a pretty good storyline too between the brothers. I'd expected this to be a 'look what Brad Pitt did before he was really famous type film.
You can win this thing tomorrow, all you have to do is let yourself.
The Maloney brothers lost their father as youths and their lives went in very separate directions after the tragedy. They are both crazy about their mom, but Billy followed a path of trouble like his father and was ultimately sent to juvenile hall. Joe got a job and joined the track team where he excels and hopes to get a scholarship to Stanford. When Billy returns from juvenile hall he threatens to disrupt the future of Joe.
"You have to be tough with these punks!"
"Where's the jacket they had?"
Sandy Tung, director of Alice Upside Down, Confessions of a Sexist Pig, Shiloh 2, Soccer Dog, and Saving Shiloh, delivers Across the Tracks. The storyline for this picture is actually very good and I liked it better than similar pictures in the genre like Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The acting is wonderful as are the characters. The cast includes Brad Pitt, Ricky Schroder, Carrie Snodgrass, Jack McGee, and Cyril O'Reilly.
"Who wants some?"
I came across this film on Netflix and had never seen or heard of it. I was thoroughly impressed by the characters in this film and how they were portrayed, evolved, and delivered. The script and setting were perfect and I really enjoyed watching this film unfold. This is an underrated picture that is definitely worth a viewing.
"As soon as they let you out, you start screwing up everybody's lives."
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