At Close Range (1986)




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True story of an aimless Pennsylvania teen who is drawn in to his father's life of crime. Powerful performances by all!

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Nicholas Kazan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 19, 2000
Orion Pictures Corporation


as Brad Whitewood Jr.

as Brad Whitewood Sr.

as Tommy Whitewood

as Tommy Whitewood

as Julie Whitewood

as Grandmother

as Ernie

as Mary Sue

as Dickie Whitewood

as Boyd

as Salesman

as District Attorney

as Marshall

as Customer

as Car Salesman

as 2nd Car Salesman

as Farmer with Shotgun

as Buxom Woman

as Barroom Dancer

as Barroom Dancer

as Stripper

as Detective Mosker

as Assistant District A...
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Critic Reviews for At Close Range

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (4)

General audiences will respond to the very strong performances of the two leads, especially Walken in one of his best roles.

Full Review… | August 13, 2008
Top Critic

Less than intoxicating.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

There's something bold about the film's wealth of imagery, but it also so overstates the material of the screenplay that it eventually annihilates both it and the story.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Penn and Walken [are] at the top of their forms in roles that give them a lot to work with.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Director James Foley and screenwriter Nicholas Kazan expertly recreate that part of America that feels like it should exist under a rock with the clammy mud and scurrying insects, and their efforts are supported by an intense performance from Walken.

Full Review… | October 3, 2015
Creative Loafing

A grim true story thriller that never relents in its violence.

Full Review… | March 21, 2015
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Audience Reviews for At Close Range


Fact is stranger than fiction. And it was so in this case. I found the real events on which the movie was based to be creepier than the movie itself. I was startled to learn that some of the sequences weren't artistic creations, but it happened for real. For example: I found the scene where Brad Jr. gets shot with Terry, but survives it, to be unbelievable, but was surprised I was furious over that clickhe when Sean Penn came out of the car after being hit badly. Thoughj it may not have happened per se as in the movie, but it did happen seems surprising. The screenplay could have been better than what it is with the given storyline.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Yes, this movie is based on a true story, but true stories aren't always that good as movies. I liked some of this movie, it's got some good actors, too, but most of it was boring and I didn't care for the end.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Christopher Walken and Sean Penn star in this much overlooked film from 1986 regarding a family of small-time criminals. Walken plays Brad Whitewood Sr., the malevolent, soft spoken father who really cares about his family of criminals, yet his own flesh and blood's importance to him is quite dubious.
Sean Penn and his brother Chris portray the Whitewood sons Brad Jr. and Tommy, and a slew of other known actors such as the brilliant Crispin Glover play friends and partners in crime. If you've missed this one and are a fan of any of the aforementioned actors, I highly recommend this.

Eric S

Super Reviewer

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