Playing for Keeps (1986)





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In this comedy drama, three exuberant high-school graduates finally find a direction in life when they decide to fix-up a ramshackle Catskill resort and turn it into a little slice of rock & roll heaven for teens. They work hard to make the repairs and pay the over $8,000 in back taxes. When locals hear of their plans, they misunderstand and try to stop the young men as do wicked industrialists and the corrupt president of the town council who want to use the locale to dump toxic wastes. The lively soundtrack features songs by Phil Collins, Julian Lennon, Arcadia, and Pete Townshend.
PG (adult situations/language, nudity)
Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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MCA Universal Home Video


Matthew Penn
as Spikes
Jimmy Baio
as Steinberg
Harold Gould
as Rockerfeller
Pete Antico
as Flyer
Kim Hauser
as Marie
Robert Milli
as Cromwell
John Randolph Jones
as Sheriff Billy Sullivan
Bruce Kluger
as Gene Epstein
Anthony Marciona
as Ronnie Long
J.D. Rosenbaum
as Davey Beck
Frank Scasso
as Van Go Go
Douglas Warhit
as Larry Diamond
Bonnie Jean Broen
as Spikes' Fantasy Dancer
Michael May
as Flyer
John Anzaloni
as Guitar Player, Silk's Band
Anthony Arcure
as Diner Customer
Madelaine Carol
as Spikes' Fantasy Dancer
Kevin Hagan
as Chief Deputy
William Cosgriff
as Mint Buyer
Jack Banning
as Executive
Ronnie Baron
as Executive
Robert Berger
as Executive
Joel Blake
as Executive
Frank Faldermyer
as Kidnaped Priest
Steve Hurwitz
as Executive
David Lile
as Executive
Jerry McGee
as Executive
Kevin Hagen
as Chief Deputy
Donald Sharton
as Executive
Sel Vitella
as Executive
Raymond J. Barry
as Mr. Hatcher
John Bennes
as Employment Counselor
Ruth Judd
as Employment Counselor
Hildy Brooks
as Danny's Mom
Steven Hurwitz
as Executive
Bonnie Jean Brown
as Spikes' Fantasy Dancer
Gena D'Orazio
as Spikes' Fantasy Dancer
Madalyn Carol
as Spikes' Fantasy Dancer
Edna Chew
as Spikes' Fantasy Dancer
Liz McLellan
as Spikes' Fantasy Dancer
Lenore Pemberton
as Spikes' Fantasy Dancer
Anita Ehrler
as Silk's Fantasy Dancer
Edyie Fleming
as Silk's Fantasy Dancer
Monique Mannen
as Silk's Fantasy Dancer
Teresa Burns
as Phone Caller
Peter Carew
as Phone Caller
Paul Finan
as Phone Caller
Jean Spillane
as Phone Caller
Susan Steed
as Phone Caller
Pat de Vita
as Phone Caller
John Corcoran
as Sam, Luncheonette Owner
Agnes Cummings
as Supermarket Checker
Frank Faldermeyer
as Kidnaped Priest
Clement Fowler
as Banker Williams
Martha Frei
as 78-Pound Lady
Germaine Goodson
as Background Singers, Silk's Band
Carol Schuberg
as Background Singers, Silk's Band
Jery Hewitt
as Backhoe Driver
Hal Holden
as Irate Bank Customer
Philip Kraus
as Art Lewis
Jerry Leonti
as Principal Canelli
Bonnie Lewis
as Lady Who Finds Cheap Steaks
David Lipman
as Bank Buddy
Tom McDermott
as Paint Store Salesman
Court Miller
as Claiborne
Larry Seansen
as Steinberg's Priest
Katherine Elizabeth Neuman
as Danny's 1st Girl Friend
Joseph J. O'Brien
as Equipment Store Manager
Max Olivas
as Head Flyer
Albert Rutherford
as Supermarket Manager
Willy Switkes
as Mint Buyer
Donna Moore
as Keyboard Player, Silk's Band
Jeff Pope
as Drummer, Silk's Band
William Soose
as Man with Dog
Larry Swansen
as Steinberg's Priest
Raymond Thorne
as Perkins
Vickie Weinstein
as Secretary
Kelly Wolf
as Valedictorian
Louise Woolf
as Luncheonette Waitress
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Playing for Keeps

Playing for Keeps (1986) -- [4.0] -- Miramax moguls Bob and Harvey Weinstein directed and cowrote this uninspired teen comedy about three high school graduates who transform a dilapidated bed & breakfast into a hip & happening getaway for young people. It's like leftovers from half a dozen John Hughes and John Cusack movies.

Scott Schirmer
Scott Schirmer

An interesting teen movie from the 80s, not one of the best, but it's not one of the worst either. I saw it on TV a while ago, and it was okay.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

One of my least favorite movies of all time. The story is horrible just like the actors. Daniel Penn looks like a guy with down syndrome. The only part I found interesting when I was a teen is the part where Marissa Tomei takes her top off for a split second to go skinny dipping. The soundtrack is attrocious with only two good songs that are only featured at the end during credits-Julian Lennon doing Stand By Me and Peter Frampton doing a great song written for the movie called Distant Drums. Final Answer: Avoid like the plaque!

Steve America
Steve America

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