Band of the Hand (1986)

Band of the Hand


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Movie Info

Juvenile offenders from various detention facilities are dropped off together in the midst of the Everglades. Soon a hard-nose veteran arrives to inform them that they have been placed in his custody, with plans to turn them into a vigilante unit to be used to eradicate various drug dealers.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Jack Baran, Leo Garen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 28, 2003
Sony Pictures Entertainment


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as Dorcey

as Helicopter Pilot

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as 27th Avenue Player

as Drug Dealer

as Counselor #1

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as Ruben's Clipboard Gu...

as J.L.'s Father

as J.L.'s Mother

as J.L.'s Sister

as Van Guard

as Reception Guard

as Guard #1

as Officer #1

as Officer #2

as Narc #2
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Critic Reviews for Band of the Hand

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

It plays like a TV pilot filled out with a few cusswords and strokes of excess violence.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
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May 28, 2005
Classic Film and Television

If you somehow remember this one with some fondness, do yourself a favor and never see it again.

Full Review… | September 26, 2003

It's the closest any film of the era comes to predicting the mission-based Miami world of the recent video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Full Review… | February 5, 2003

Audience Reviews for Band of the Hand


The film that made me forever think of James Remar as a bad guy. Miami Vice era cheese.

Steve K

Super Reviewer

It's Mod Squad meets Miami Vice and was a regular staple in my mid teens back in the mid 80's when HBO took a great movie like let's say Band of the Hand and showed it a couple of thousand times a year and as a 16 year old you never got tired of watching it. I still don't get tired seeing this rag tag bunch of j.d.'s get rehabilitated in a Florida swamp and open up a can of whoop a$$, I mean gopher gas on kingpin Remar and his cocaine cartel. Watch it once and you will watch it again.

Curtis Reynolds

This was Lauren Holly's first movie...I went to see it on it's opening night in Geneva, NY at the Geneva Cinema Theatre, where Lauren Holly and then boyfriend, Daniell Quinn, son of the late actor, Anthony Quinn, made an appearance as people were going in to the theatre....

Monica Mandy

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