Band of the Hand (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

Band of the Hand (1986)




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Former Starsky and Hutch star Paul Michael Glaser warmed the director's chair for Band of the Hand. The film zeroes in on five juvenile delinquents who are plucked from their various detention facilities and unceremoniously dumped in the wilds of the Everglades. The boys begin to panic until hardcase Vietnam veteran Stephen Lang arrives. Lang explains that they've been paroled in his custody, and that it is his task to teach them how to work as a team in order to survive. The logic of this plan is to whip the boys into an elite vigilante unit, then sic them on the various drug dealers of America. The film features early performances by Lauren Holly and Larry Fishburne and Bob Dylan can be heard singing the title song.
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Daniele Quinn
as Carlos
as Moss
Al Shannon
as Dorcey
James Remar
as Nestor
Tony Bolano
as Felix
D. Blakely
as Guard
Frank Gilbert
as Antoine
Erla Julmiste
as Celeste
Deborah King
as Yvette
Jimi Ruccolo
as Diablo
as Helicopter Pilot
Roy Datz
as Rene
James Eros
as Hakim
Ken Colman
as Helicopter Pilot
Carl Cofield
as 27th Avenue Player
T.R. Durphy
as Drug Dealer
Eddie Edenfield
as Counselor #1
Christopher Berry
as Moss's Clipboard Guard
Peter Fournier
as Ruben's Clipboard Guard
Julian Byrd
as J.L.'s Father
Joan Murphy
as J.L.'s Mother
Allyson Garret
as J.L.'s Sister
Michael Gregory
as Van Guard
Sandy Mielke
as Reception Guard
D.L. Blakely
as Guard #1
Nelson Orames
as Officer
Matt Butler
as Cop #1
Jim Zubiena
as Officer #1
Nelson Oramas
as Officer #2
Antonio Corone
as Narc #1
Joe Petrullo
as Narc #2
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Critic Reviews for Band of the Hand

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

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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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


Follows the formula of hard-ass war vet takes groups of teens who have never seen Scared Straight and whips them into a band of crime fighters, out to beat down Miami's drug lords. It is cashing in on the popularity of Miami Vice with the location, clothes, and drugs but this is below the level of all the Andy Sidaris movies, especially due to the lack of cleavage, even with a young Lauren Holly.

Mike L
Mike L

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
Curtis Reynolds

Miami Vice meets MTV in this 80's crapfest. Band of the Hand (1986) 1.5/10 Director - Paul Michael Glaser Starring - Stephen Lang, Laurence Fishburne, Lauren Holly, John Cameron Mitchell, Michael Carmine, James Remar, Leon Robinson, Paul Calderon. This is so eighties in the worst possible way. Basically a combination of "Miami Vice" and MTV stylistically; it's the story of troubled youth sent to the Everglades to be whipped into shape by a Vietnam Vet before they are unleashed into the drug-addled streets of Miami. It's a bad movie that may be of some curiosity to Michael Mann fans (he produced this dreck) or those wishing to catch an early glimpse of Laurence Fishburne, Lauren Holly, or Hedwig's John Cameron Mitchell.

Jennifer Allison
Jennifer Allison

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