Turk 182! (1985) - Rotten Tomatoes

Turk 182! (1985)



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Movie Info

When an injured fireman is denied his pension by government bureaucrats, his younger brother decides to launch a public protest by covering the city with graffiti. His efforts soon land him at the center of a media circus in this comedy-drama.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: John Hamill, Denis Hamill, James Gregory Kingston
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 13, 2002
Anchor Bay Entertainment


Timothy Hutton
as Jimmy Lynch
Robert Urich
as Terry Lynch
Kim Cattrall
as Danny Boudreau
Robert Culp
as Mayor Tyler
Darren McGavin
as Detective Kowalski
Steven Keats
as Jockamo
Paul Sorvino
as Himself
Peter Boyle
as Detective Ryan
Norman Parker
as Dr. Salco
Dick O'Neill
as Power House Chief
Maury Chaykin
as Man in Wheelchair
Vasili Bogazianos
as patient in ward
Richard Zobel
as TV Interviewer
David Wohl
as TV Producer
Bill Beutel
as Himself
Tom Dunn
as Himself
Lou Criscuolo
as Gov. Marconi
Tucker Smallwood
as Reporter at Bridge
Joseph Tobin
as Sergeant on Bridge
Adrienne Hampton
as Mayor's Secretary
J.R. Horne
as Security Guard
E. Brian Dean
as Hard Hat on TV
Jimmy Ortiz
as Boy at Fire
Niccole Bruno
as Girl at Fire
Al Mancini
as Irate Man on TV
Natalie Gentry
as Irate Man's Wife
Steve Stahl
as Scoreboard Operator
Robert Trebor
as Copy Boy
Kaitlin Hopkins
as reporter in subway
Stephen Nemeth
as Patron in Hooly's
Mike Hagerty
as Mayor's Bodyguard
Robert Weil
as Bail Clerk
Bob O'Connell
as jail cop
Leonard Termo
as Barricade Cop
Jim Manley
as Reporters in Subway
Jeanette Larson
as Reporters in Subway
Joseph Jamrog
as Bridge Supervisor
Harold Baines
as Monty Player
Bob Moresco
as Reporter
Damon Evans
as Subway Cop
Anthony Errante
as Subway Motorman
Robert Walsh
as Patrons at Hooly'
Jack McGee
as Patrons at Hooly'
Michael LaGuardia
as Patrons at Hooly'
John A. Murray
as Stadium Announcer
Lee Steele
as Man in Jockamo's sto...
Barry Kivel
as Callahan, the Cop
Robert Hodge
as City Hall Guard
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Critic Reviews for Turk 182!

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

Besides its compelling storyline, Turk 182! features outstanding performances across the board, with Hutton perfect in the role of the determined unassuming hero.

Full Review… | October 17, 2007
Top Critic

Adamantly sincere but utterly redundant populism.

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

It seems deliberately designed to drive you screaming from the theater.

Full Review… | June 18, 2005
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Sure, it would be neat to see a movie about a guy like this. But not this movie.

Full Review… | June 18, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Everything looks wrong.

Full Review… | June 18, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A ridiculous and totally insipid film.

Full Review… | October 17, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Turk 182!


I understood the whole idea in this film about government not taking care of the people in our country, but after watching all these crazy antics Jimmy does in the movie it doesn't seem as important as him becoming a folk hero. So I think this movie was starting out good, but kinda got lost, so it's not the best.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

I first saw "Turk 182!" (yes, its title really has an exclamation point in it) a few years back, and I thought it was a great movie. Now that I've grown a little since then and matured even more, I wanted to watch it again to see if it was as great as I remembered it.....and it was.
Terry "Turk" Lynch (Robert Urich) is a New York City fireman that was injured while saving a little girl from a burning building. After many pleads for help from Terry's younger brother, James (Timothy Hutton), all the leaders of the city refuse to give Terry the benefits that he needs to live and to recover from his accident.

James Lynch is so upset about his brother not getting what he deserves, that he becomes a hero in his own way, by using graffiti to create certain messages (you'll have to watch the movie to find out what they are and what they mean) all over the city. Whether it's on a living horse, a famous bridge, or a "graffiti proof" train, James sure knows how to use graffiti as an art.

"Turk 182!" doesn't have any spectacular special effects or a tremendously engrossing plot or script, so if you're looking for that, you will be very disappointed. It's just a basic story about a brother trying to give his older brother some due, and to let everybody else know that he is a hero.

For years I've enjoyed watching "Turk 182!," and I'm pretty sure I'll always like it. It baffles me that this film seems to be so invisible to movie fans. It's a great film that deserves more attention than it has gotten so far. If you like great movies, I definitely recommend purchasing "Turk 182!" NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001. Underrated movie in my book indeed.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer


From Bob Clark, the man who gave us Porky's, Porky's II, Rhinestone, and A Christmas Story (talk about running the gamut) comes the story of Jimmy Lynch, a young man who tries to get justice for his firefighter brother when he's injured trying to rescue a little girl from a burning building, while off duty. He wages a graffiti war against the mayor of New York City, who may have covered up for a corrupt political ally. In doing so, he becomes a folk hero to the people of the city. Timothy Hutton stars as Jimmy, aka "Turk 182". Kim Cattrall is a social worker who joins in his fight. Robert Urich co-stars as Jimmy's injured brother, who's so disturbed over his ordeal that actaully attempts suicide. Peter Falk and Darren McGavin are the detectives hot on Jimmy's trail. It may sound heavy handed, but it's actually lighter than it sounds. Hutton makes Jimmy extremely likeable, and you can't help but root for him. Clark creates a real feel for NYC by making use of many landmarks including Giants Stadium and the Queensboro Bridge. A good time movie.

RJ MacReady

Super Reviewer

Turk 182! Quotes

Subway Cop: Eat fresh!
– Submitted by Leonard B (3 years ago)
Mayor Tyler: All your base are belong to us.
– Submitted by Leonard B (3 years ago)

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