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Tuff Turf (1985)

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This routine film catalogues what happens to a teen's life when he is wrenched from an easy existence in affluent, East Coast suburbia and dropped into the lean, mean streets of a downscale L.A. suburb. James Spader is Morgan Hiller, displaced with his parents and brother when his father loses some of the wealth to which they were accustomed and the family moves to California. Morgan soon attracts Frankie (Kim Richards), the girlfriend of Nick (Paul Mones), a high school tough who does not appreciate Frankie's change of heart. The antagonism between Morgan and Frankie mounts as they both approach a high-noon showdown. Aside from some musical numbers which seem to have wandered in from another film about teen singers and dancers, the story is compelling and the film is notable for one of the early performances of Robert Downey in a subsidiary role.

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Cast

James Spader
as Morgan Hiller
Kim Richards
as Frankie Croyden
Claudette Nevins
as Page Hiller
Matt Clark
as Stuart Hiller
Paul Mones
as Nick Hauser
Robert Downey Jr.
as Jimmy Parker
Frank McCarthy
as Man at Bus Stop
Art Evans
as Security Guard
Herb Mitchell
as Mr.Russell
Ceil Cabot
as Secretary
Vivian Brown
as History Teacher
Bill Beyers
as Brian Hiller
Jered Barclay
as Reynolds
Lou Fant
as Mr. Croyden
Gene Pietragallo
as Donnie Parker
William J. Bergman
as Jack Mack and the Heart Attack, the Club 60's Band
John Berry Jr.
as Jack Mack and the Heart Attack, the Club 60's Band
Rick Braun
as Jack Mack and the Heart Attack, the Club 60's Band
Mark Campbell
as Jack Mack and the Heart Attack, the Club 60's Band
James R. Coile
as Jack Mack and the Heart Attack, the Club 60's Band
Peter Freiberger
as Jack Mack and the Heart Attack, the Club 60's Band
Andrew Kastner
as Jack Mack and the Heart Attack, the Club 60's Band
Cactus Jack Mack
as Jack Mack and the Heart Attack, the Club 60's Band
John Paruolo
as Jack Mack and the Heart Attack, the Club 60's Band
Greg Smith
as Jack Mack and the Heart Attack, the Club 60's Band
Dale Gonyea
as Country Club Band Leader
Randolph Dreyfuss
as J.R. and the Z-Man, the Country Club Band
Jon Ewen
as J.R. and the Z-Man, the Country Club Band
Tom McShane
as J.R. and the Z-Man, the Country Club Band
Wes Moczulski
as J.R. and the Z-Man, the Country Club Band
Ray Zimmerman
as J.R. and the Z-Man, the Country Club Band
Jim Carroll
as Himself
Eric Kiertzner
as Warehouse Band
Mike Lea
as Warehouse Band
Tom Sims
as Warehouse Band
Cecilie A. Stuart
as featured dancer
Edye Baca
as Dancer
Randy Lang
as Dancer
Lysa Nalin
as Dancer
Ric Watson
as Dancer
Tony Young
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Tuff Turf

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Cliché ridden proceedings with an obligatory rock soundtrack.

August 21, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

...about as bad as it gets when it comes to cheesy '80s teen flicks.

Full Review… | February 16, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Tuff Turf

Hey, it's another 80s teen movie with a confusing non-message about class struggle and stuff. In a cockroach and crime-ridden LA neighborhood (a.k.a. Tuff Turf), James Spader and a Robert Downey Jr. sidekick fight for the right to be cool. What's not to love? Spader wins over the hottest girl in school in the process. We learn that the heroes of this movie want nothing more than to have really, really long hair, dance, and party with creepy white lounge singers who thrust vigorously into their saxophones. We also learn that there's a fine line between fighting and dancing--especially when new wave meets white trash meets a Hollywood teenage gang. Tagline: Spray can vs. knife vs. car vs. bike vs. gun vs. Spader kick vs. dance!

Bivo Mon
Bivo Mon

Spader is the new Dean in this rebellious teen drama/thriller. I really liked it, and if you're a fan of Spader you'll like it too.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Great film, brings back many childhood memories. It's cheesy in parts of course (teen 80's) but that's only part of it's charm. I'll never get tired of this film. It's a fun and entertaining viewing experience. Great soundtrack as well.

jd cryptic
jd cryptic

Super Reviewer

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