Amazingly, At Close Range was based on a true story. Bored teenager Sean Penn meets his prodigal father (Christopher Walken) for the first time in years. Though Penn is vaguely aware that his father is a criminal, he is nonetheless impressed by his dad's high life style and creature comforts. But Walken's veneer of charm is fragile indeed, and it becomes clear that he is willing to kill anyone--even his family--if they get in his way. When Walken rapes Penn's girl friend (Mary Stuart Masterson) to keep the boy from cooperating with the DA, it is only a warm-up for the horrors to come. The screenplay for At Close Range was written by Nicholas Kazan, the son of prominent film director Elia Kazan. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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it's an easy to watch movie. there are suggestions of family love but that fades out as penn holds a 45 to walkens head and says "i love you too" both actors showed their skills in fleshing out their characters but the connection of the two never really became concrete.
Based on the true story of Brad Whitewood's gang, it is fun to see Penn, Walker and a lot of other young stars, as they obviously relish their roles. If you want non-stop action, ot may not be for you, but if like engrossing stories and character development, you should rent it.
This was one of my favorites when I was younger. We rented it b/c my husband had not seen it, and I enjoyed it as much as ever! Sean Penn and Mary Stuart Masterson are great and very believable. Christopher Walken is as cool and evil as ever! Check out Chris Penn in (I think) his first, or one of his first, roles. This movie is highly entertaining and I recommend it to anyone as long as you don't have to have a "happy ending" to think a movie is good.