(out of 5)
True-life drama written by Joe Eszterhas, inspired by his early years as an immigrant teen in America. Brad Renfro is great as the young Eszterhas, who finds himself growing up fast when he befriends bad influence Kevin Bacon and ends up getting into serious trouble because of him. Solid direction and genuine period feel all contribute their part, plus Calista Flockhart is fantastic as an overworked small-town girl who seems to have run out of dreams.
Banner Entertainment, Ben Myron Productions, Kuzui Enterprises, Relevart Inc.
Directed by Guy Ferland
Screenplay by Joe Eszterhas
Cinematography by Reynaldo Villalobos
Music by Nicholas Pike
Production Design by James A. Gelarden
Costume Design by Laura Bauer
Film Editing by Jill Savitt
Film Festivals: TIFF 1997