At Close Range

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Based on a true story, "At Close Range" follows the lives of the Whitewood family in rural Pennsylvania. Brothers Brad Jr. (Sean Penn) and Tommy (Chris Penn) are the sons of organized crime leader Brad Sr. (Christopher Walken), who draws his sons into his life of crime. After starting their own gang, Brad Jr. and Tommy are arrested in a failed robbery attempt, and are forced to face the truth: that their father will do anything to avoid being arrested for his crimes.

Cast & Crew

Sean Penn
Brad Whitewood Jr.
Christopher Walken
Brad Whitewood Sr.
Chris Penn
Tommy Whitewood
Tracey Walter
Uncle Patch Whitewood
Elliott Lewitt
Writer (Story)
Nicholas Kazan
Writer (Story)
Nicholas Kazan
Writer (Screenplay)
John Daly
Executive Producer
Derek Gibson
Executive Producer
Don Guest
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Patrick Leonard
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Madonna
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  • Mar 16, 2011
    Fact is stranger than fiction. And it was so in this case. I found the real events on which the movie was based to be creepier than the movie itself. I was startled to learn that some of the sequences weren't artistic creations, but it happened for real. For example: I found the scene where Brad Jr. gets shot with Terry, but survives it, to be unbelievable, but was surprised I was furious over that clickhe when Sean Penn came out of the car after being hit badly. Thoughj it may not have happened per se as in the movie, but it did happen seems surprising. The screenplay could have been better than what it is with the given storyline.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    Yes, this movie is based on a true story, but true stories aren't always that good as movies. I liked some of this movie, it's got some good actors, too, but most of it was boring and I didn't care for the end.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2010
    Christopher Walken and Sean Penn star in this much overlooked film from 1986 regarding a family of small-time criminals. Walken plays Brad Whitewood Sr., the malevolent, soft spoken father who really cares about his family of criminals, yet his own flesh and blood's importance to him is quite dubious. Sean Penn and his brother Chris portray the Whitewood sons Brad Jr. and Tommy, and a slew of other known actors such as the brilliant Crispin Glover play friends and partners in crime. If you've missed this one and are a fan of any of the aforementioned actors, I highly recommend this.
    Eric S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2009
    Oh..I like this a lot..Sean penn is really good in this one,and christopher walken is brillat, Two brothers are stuck in an impoverished household in rural Pennsylvania with their mother and grandmother. Their father, a notorious ne'er do well and professional criminal, drifts in every now... Two brothers are stuck in an impoverished household in rural Pennsylvania with their mother and grandmother. Their father, a notorious ne'er do well and professional criminal, drifts in every now and then to leave them some money, but he never stays. The boys are intrigued by their father and his criminal lifestyle, his money, and his girlfriends, and want to get closer to him. Eventually, the father agrees to plan petty heists for the older brother's gang, which the group performs willingly, for they are all enthralled by the father. But when the crimes get larger and trouble with the police is imminent, the father's truly evil nature is revealed when he willingly sacrifices his sons to save his own life. <i>Brad Whitewood Jr.: Is this the gun you used? Brad Whitewood Sr.: That's a nice looking gun. Brad Whitewood Jr.: Is this the gun you used to kill Tommy? Tommy's dead isn't he? Brad Whitewood Sr.: Don't even talk about Tommy. Brad Whitewood Jr.: Is this the gun you used to kill Terry? Brad Whitewood Sr.: I didn't do nothing to Terry. [Brad Jr. fires a shot] Brad Whitewood Sr.: NO! NO! WAIT! WAIT! WAIT! WAIT! Brad Whitewood Jr.: IS THIS THE GUN YOU USED ON EVERYONE? ON ME? Is this the family gun Dad?</i>
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