Tuff Turf (1985)

R   |    |  Action, Comedy, Drama

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The new kid in school must battle a gang of street toughs after stealing the gang leader's girl.



  • Robert Downey Jr. and James Spader in Tuff Turf (1985)
  • James Spader and Kim Richards in Tuff Turf (1985)
  • Robert Downey Jr. in Tuff Turf (1985)
  • Robert Downey Jr. in Tuff Turf (1985)
  • Panchito Gómez and Paul Mones in Tuff Turf (1985)
  • Kim Richards and Paul Mones in Tuff Turf (1985)

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19 February 2007 | ceebeegee
| Stuck in the '80s but lots of fun nonetheless
This one is a real relic of the '80s--the hair! The shoulder pads! The sweaters folded casually over the shoulders! The movie cheerfully steals from "Rebel Without a Cause" and winks at "The Warriors" and "Footloose" as well. Kim Richards is somewhat miscast as a "tough" girl but gives a very game performance and looks gorgeous as always. James Spader also gives a sincere performance, which couldn't have been easy with some of these scenes (he is forced to serenade Kim Richards on the piano). The best scenes, IMO, are the country club montage (Olivia Barash blithely asking the rich girls "You do swallow, right?"), and when Richards and Spader finally hit it off at a club. How do we know this? Because Richards breaks into a perfectly choreographed (albeit spontaneous) dance number! Truly enjoyable if you just let yourself do so.

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