That Was Then...This Is Now (1985) - Rotten Tomatoes

That Was Then...This Is Now (1985)




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A young teen gets too attached to his older, adopted brother and has a difficult time when the brother finds a job and begins spending time with his girlfriend. Starring Emilio Estevez and Craig Sheffer, this drama is adapted from a novel by S.E. Hinton, who also wrote The Outsiders and Rumble Fish.


Emilio Estevez
as Mark Jennings
Craig Sheffer
as Bryon Douglas
Kim Delaney
as Cathy Carlson
Frank Howard
as M&M Carlson
Jill Schoelen
as Angela Shepard
Barbara Babcock
as Mrs. Douglas
Frank McCarthy
as Mr. Carlson
Larry B. Scott
as Terry Jones
Morgan Freeman
as Charlie Woods
Matthew Dudley
as Curly Shepard
Diane Dorsey
as Mrs. Carlson
Ramon Sheen
as Mike Chambers
Steven Pringle
as Dirty Dave
Bob Swan
as Smitty
Tom Walsh
as Police Officer
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Critic Reviews for That Was Then...This Is Now

All Critics (5)

A morose melodrama about adolescent experiences.

August 21, 2004
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Audience Reviews for That Was Then...This Is Now

This movie has great actors. It's a subtle character study on teenagers based on the book by S.E. Hinton (The Outsiders, Rumblefish) and the screenplay adapted by Emilio Estevez. It's a movie where if you like it then you'll really love it and will probably watch it numerous times. More of a cult movie.

Eric Nielson
Eric Nielson

I came into this film after reading the book and without any reviews. That was my first mistake. My second? Watching the whole thing. This movie was cheesy and it made me wanna cry. Not because of the story, the script. The script was awful. As good as the actor that played M&M is as an actor, I didn't like him as M&M. The music was cheesy and stupid and it was way too rushed and they missed important scenes that were in the book. I hate how they moved it to the 80's. It's supposed to take place a year after The Outsiders. The book was amazing and this movie could've been so great.

Liv Hornsby
Liv Hornsby

An okay teenage drug drama movie with a good cast and interesting characters, but I hate the ending. This movie disappointed me. It's okay, but not good.

Aj V
Aj V

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