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aTomiK
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"A delinquent teenager's only link to society is the attachment he feels towards an older brother-figure.
When the older boy starts spending time with a new girlfriend,
the teenager begins to feel even more alienated, and gets involved with drugs and the police." (IMDb)

This is a good teen drama directed by Christopher Cain (The Principal, Young Guns).
The film is based on the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton
and stars Emilio Estevez (who also wrote the screenplay), Graig Sheffer, Larry B. Scott, Kim Delaney,
Barbara Babcock, Morgan Freeman, Frank Howard, Jill Schoelen and Matthew Dudley.

Many people say that the book is much better.
I haven´t read this S.E. Hinton book so i can´t really tell.
Anyway, i liked the movie a lot, it´s a very nice teen drama with strong characters.

Estevez is always good and crazy.
I´ve always liked Graig Sheffer (Voyage of the Rock Aliens, Fire with Fire, Some Kind of Wonderful, Split Decisions) too.
Larry B. Scott (Karate Kid, Revenge of the Nerds, Iron Eagle, SpaceCamp etc.) is also a great guy.
I loved his rap sequence [Smile]
Kim Delaney (Campus Man) is very sweet and Jill Schoelen (everyone knows her!) looks cool as the punk girl Angela.
Frank Howard did a good job as the troubled teen M & M.

The ever reliable Morgan Freeman is the bar owner Charlie and Barbara Babcock plays Sheffer´s supercool mom, Mrs. Douglas.

I liked the Minnesota locations and the soundtrack was awesome.
It was composed by the legendary producer Keith Olsen and AOR guru Bill Cuomo.

Here´s a cool tribute video which includes the great theme tune sung by Randy Wayne and Carroll Sue Hill.

That Was Then This Is Now tribute video

You can also hear this awesome Oingo Boingo tune in the film:

Oingo Boingo - Just Another Day

Any fans here?

That Was Then This Is Now tv-trailer

Finnish VHS cover art
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noikz
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I love this movie aTomiK.

I always associate this with Charlie's "The Boys Next Door" for some reason. Both are gritty and have great soundtracks.

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aTomiK
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Yeah, The Boys Next Door is also great. I´m gonna check it out again soon.
I remember that it included few cool tunes from the first Great White album.

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the young warrior
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you can count me in atomik,i also love this movie,weren't so long ago i last watched it actually,my wife's also a big fan,same goes for the boys next door noikz,love the end of that flick where bo (sheen)and roy(caulfield)are cornered in the supermarket and bo realises there's no way out but roy seems to want to go out all guns blazing.

love the music to both flicks,the music score playing at the end of boys next door as it closes out to the credits as sheen is arrested,absolutely first rate.

also love the music to that was then,especially when the movie first opens to oingo boingo's just another day.

great write up atomik and a great movie.

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I have always loved this movies. It's classic. The last scene is a bit lame but hey.
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i watched this a while ago...Thought it was a pretty good movie. I love Old Emilio Movies, one of my favorite actors of the era.
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True, old Emilio films are gold. A real forgotten gem.
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It was a must see when it came out because of Estevez but I was bored and disappointed is all I remember about it. Perhaps I should give it a second chance?
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