Across the Tracks (1989)





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Two brothers-one a delinquent, the other a perfectionist-are pitted against each other as track stars from rival high schools.
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Academy Entertainment


Brad Pitt
as Joe Maloney
Rick Schroder
as Billy Maloney
Carrie Snodgress
as Rosemary Maloney
Willie Garson
as Salesman
Cyril O'Reilly
as Coach Ryder
Ron Marquette
as Paulie
Jack McGee
as Frank
Dorit Sauer
as Jessica
Lahmard J. Tate
as Teen Drug Buyer
Annie Dylan
as Linda
Thomas Mikal Ford
as Coach Welsh
Kent Lipham
as Big Ed
Bebe Drake-Massey
as Mrs. Fisher
Brad Peterson
as Stolen Car Owner
Garon Grigsby
as Thompson
Jami Richards
as Melanie
David Belafonte
as Stanford Scout
Marisa Desimone
as Salesgirl
Mike Marikan
as Andy, Manager
Hoover Stevens
as Starter
Chuck Lyons
as Officer
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You can win this thing tomorrow, all you have to do is let yourself. The Maloney brothers lost their father as youths and their lives went in very separate directions after the tragedy. They are both crazy about their mom, but Billy followed a path of trouble like his father and was ultimately sent to juvenile hall. Joe got a job and joined the track team where he excels and hopes to get a scholarship to Stanford. When Billy returns from juvenile hall he threatens to disrupt the future of Joe. "You have to be tough with these punks!" "Where's the jacket they had?" "Call security." Sandy Tung, director of Alice Upside Down, Confessions of a Sexist Pig, Shiloh 2, Soccer Dog, and Saving Shiloh, delivers Across the Tracks. The storyline for this picture is actually very good and I liked it better than similar pictures in the genre like Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The acting is wonderful as are the characters. The cast includes Brad Pitt, Ricky Schroder, Carrie Snodgrass, Jack McGee, and Cyril O'Reilly. "Who wants some?" I came across this film on Netflix and had never seen or heard of it. I was thoroughly impressed by the characters in this film and how they were portrayed, evolved, and delivered. The script and setting were perfect and I really enjoyed watching this film unfold. This is an underrated picture that is definitely worth a viewing. "As soon as they let you out, you start screwing up everybody's lives." Grade: A

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

It's a moderately entertaining sports flick about two brothers/athletes. Ricky Schroeder was trying to hold on to his career with this and Brad Pitt was just beginning his.

Ryan Voss
Ryan Voss

Terribly directed and acted family conflict drama that would be rightly and completely forgotten if it did not contain Brad Pitt in the cast. He is extremely callow and still has a lot to learn here but at least his bland performance can be put down to the fact that he was still a beginner. Rick Schroder on the other hand is too old to be believable as a high school student and is awful and overwrought. Carrie Snodgrass is okay as the mom, unlike the rest of the dreadful supporting cast, but the script really doesn't give her much too work with. Speaking of the script it is full of huge holes of plausibility and lacks any kind of common sense. To top it all off the score is full of horrid ersatz hard rock. Don't bother.

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jay nixon

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