Bad Boys (1982)

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Sean Penn stars in Bad Boys (gee, isn't that a bit redundant?) He plays an incorrigible teen-aged gang member who is thrown into prison with several of his fellow unregenerates. Unlike Mr. Penn's real-life jail terms, this one is of significant enough duration to allow Penn to become Leader of the Block. His leadership is challenged when an old enemy, arrested after raping Penn's girl (Ally Sheedy), ends up in the same cell. Extremely violent, Bad Boys manages to remain compelling--and … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama , Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Di Lello , Richard Dilello
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 15, 2000
Runtime:
HBO Video

Cast


as Mick O'Brien

as Ramon Herrera

as Gene Daniels

as Horowitz

as J.C. Walenski

as Wagner

as Carl Brennan

as Warden Bendix

as Ricky Lee

as Mr. Moreno

as Black Gang Leader

as Woman Victim

as Squad Car Cop

as Mess Hall Supervisor...
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Critic Reviews for Bad Boys

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4)

Director Rick Rosenthal does a topnotch job of bringing to life the seedy, hopeless environment of a jail for juvenile offenders and has gotten some terribly convincing performances from his young cast, notably topliner Sean Penn.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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An oxygenated, thoughtful alternative to the usual run of gangs-in-the-slammer movies.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

"Bad Boys" misses its chance at greatness, but it's saying something that this movie had a chance. I have a notion it will stand as one of those bench-mark movies that we'll look back at for the talent it introduced.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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It eventually becomes nothing but ugly and sustains that quality to the bitter end.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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A searing and gut-wrenching film, Bad Boys is to the 1980s what The Blackboard Jungle was to the 1950s.

Full Review… | March 11, 2015
TV Guide's Movie Guide

An underrated but excellent near masterpiece...

Full Review… | December 5, 2012
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Bad Boys

½

Mick O'Brien: Hey. What are the odds on me now, Perretti? 
Perretti: Three to two... against you. Nothing personal. 

Bad Boys is a solid teenage, juvenile prison drama, that contains two really food performances from Sean Penn and Esai Morales. For Sean Penn, this was his third major role. He had already starred in TAPS in a small role and as the iconic Spicoli in Fast Times At Ridgemont High. His role here as Mick O'Brien; a street tough who lands himself in a Juvenile Prison is the first time we see just how powerful a dramatic actor he was going to become. We got glimpses of it in TAPS, but he didn't have a big role. Here, he's the star and he does shine bright.

The drama revolves around O'Brien and Moreno(Morales). Both are punks who attend the same school. One night while Moreno has a drug deal going down, O'Brien tries to steal everything. His plans backfire and it results in him being in a car chase with the cops. The chase ends with O'Brien hitting Moreno's brother and killing him. Now this is just the setup because soon after, O'Brien and Moreno find themselves in the same prison.

I completely love this movie and it is really overlooked. It's also not widely known or very accessible. Even with how much I love this movie; I'm not going to say it's flawless. The movie contains some pretty awful acting from some of it's supporting actors. It contains a huge editing error and the last fight scene. A camera man is easily visible in front of the crowd of cheering kids. It's music score is really a complete waste and I can't say it's aged too well. 

As a movie that really gives us a really good plot and performance from Sean Penn; it's worth a look. If your a big fan of Penn, like me, you owe it to yourself to watch this. It really does show signs of what he would become. 

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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

½

It's the teen drama from hell. You couldn't ask for more of a rough and mature content. Sean Penn gives his best early performance as the sociopath Mick O'Brien. Chalk full of John Hughes favorites, it's sort of interesting to see them play such different characters. I really think the story is revolutionary for it's time and opened the flood gate for better and more sophisticated coming-of-age stories.

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Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

½

This is a great little Made-for-TV movie starring a young Sean Penn in one of his first performances. You can see why he shot to the top soon after with his impressive performance as a young punk sent to borstal. It's in the same league as England's Scum, but it's an impressive and interesting comparison.

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Anthony Lawrie

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