Big Shots (1987)

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When his father dies, a 12-year-old white kid runs from his upper-class surroundings and ends up in a Chicago ghetto where, after being beaten, he is befriended by a streetwise black kid. The two then become partners in crime.
Rating: PG13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama
Directed By: Robert Mandel
Written By: Joe Eszterhas
In Theaters: wide
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Runtime:
Lorimar Home Video

Cast

Paul Winfield
as Johnnie Red
Robert Prosky
as Keegan
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
Timothy Scott
as Smiley
Pauline Brailsford
as Science Teacher
Elise Langan
as The Waitress
Wilbert Bradley
as Social Service Man
Bernard Chestleigh
as Social Service Man
Jeffrey Harris
as Teenager
Sephus Booker
as Policeman
Antoine Roshell
as Teenager
Michael Stoyanov
as Teenager
Shirley Spiegler Jacobs
as Social Service Woman
Lorraine Matthews
as Social Service Woman
Maria McCrary
as Bank Teller
Sherry Narens
as Teacher
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 Policeman #4
Tim Halligan
as Policeman #3
Ron Dean
as Policeman #2
Jack Orend
as Asst. Bank manager
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Critic Reviews for Big Shots

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

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Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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July 21, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

March 30, 2005
Moviehole

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.

August 25, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Big Shots

½

A young boy loses his father and runs away to the city where he befriends a street kid. This movie is bittersweet and what could've easily turned into a road trip ripoff soon becomes a sincere story about friendship.

Cameron Fink
Cameron Fink
½

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
Jamie Klein

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