Big Shots (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

Big Shots (1987)





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Consumed by grief when his father is felled by a heart attack, 11-year-old Obie (Ricky Busker) runs away from his white, upper-class surroundings. He ends up in a particularly dismal Chicago ghetto neighborhood where, after enduring a beating administered by gang members, he is befriended by streetwise black youth Jeremy "Scam" Henderson (Darius McCrary). The two become partners in crime, leading to a deadly situation involving a pair of professional hit men. Just when it seems things can't get any worse, they do. Robert Prosky co-stars as a slimy pawnbroker.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Joe Eszterhas
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 24, 2012
Lorimar Home Video


Paul Winfield
as Johnnie Red
Robert Joy
as Dickie
Brynn Thayer
as Obie's Mom
Bill Hudson
as Obie's Dad
Jim Antonio
as Uncle Harry
Hutton Cobb
as Bible Salesman
Joe Seneca
as Ferryman
Beah Richards
as Miss Hanks
Olivia Cole
as Mrs. Newton
Cedric Young
as Ghetto Bartender
Mitch Beasley
as Duane Henderson
Pauline Brailsford
as Science Teacher
Elise Langan
as The Waitress
Wilbert Bradley
as Social Service Man
Bernard Chestleigh
as Social Service Man
Sephus Booker
as Policeman
Lorraine Matthews
as Social Service Woman
Maria McCrary
as Bank Teller
Shirley Spiegler Jac...
as Social Service Woman
Jack R. Orend
as Asst. Bank Manager
Oscar Jordan
as One of the Guys
Frank G. Rice
as Counselor
Michael Krawic
as Street Person
James Spinks
as Bank Guard
Ken White
as Sheriff
Dave Adams
as Deputy
Hank Underwood
as Bartender
Ellen Geer
as Bar Waitress
Janet MacLachlan
as Welfare Worker
David Dunard
as Louisiana Cop
Richard Caine
as 4th Policeman
Tim Halligan
as 3rd Policeman
Ron Dean
as 2nd Policeman
Jack Orend
as Asst. Bank manager
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Critic Reviews for Big Shots

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

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

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A hip comedy classic that's as much fun as it is a blast from the past

March 31, 2005

Scripter Joe Eszterhas and director Robert Mandel squander most of the riches of this story by focusing on the boys' combat with two drug dealers.

Full Review… | August 25, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

July 21, 2005

Audience Reviews for Big Shots


Unknown 80's movie that is really dark and depressing at times. Just a weird little film, worth seeing if you can find it.

Jamie Klein

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