Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1991. TriStar Pictures, Island World. Screenplay by Daniel Petrie Jr., David Koepp, based on the novel by William P. Kennedy. Cinematography by Thomas Burstyn. Produced by Jack E. Freedman, Patricia Herskovic, Wayne S. Williams. Music by Robert Folk. Production Design by Chester Kaczenski. Costume Design by Betsy Cox. Film Editing by Michael Kahn.
This adventure film has all the fun, energy and credibility of a Hardy Boys novel, so if you’re the right demographic you’ll be sure to love it. A boys’ school is taken over by South American terrorists who hold the students hostage until the American government releases political prisoners from their country. The school does its best to comply with orders until the proper authorities can intervene, but a small group of piss-ant schoolboys decide differently and instead opt to beat the bad guys at their own game. It’s pure fiction of the tallest-tale order, but the faces are fresh and the characters all likable. Sean Astin and Wil Wheaton are among the youngsters in the cast, while Denholm Elliott shines as one of their teachers and Louis Gossett Jr. as their Dean.