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The Prince of Pennsylvania (1988)

R | | Comedy, Drama | October 1988 (USA)
A teenager in love, who needs money to arrange his future life with his mistress, kidnaps his own father for ransom, but nobody cares.

Director:

Ron Nyswaner

Writer:

Ron Nyswaner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Ward ... Gary Marshetta
Keanu Reeves ... Rupert Marshetta
Bonnie Bedelia ... Pam Marshetta
Amy Madigan ... Carla Headlee
Jay O. Sanders ... Trooper Joe
Jeff Hayenga Jeff Hayenga ... Jack Sike
Tracey Ellis ... Lois Sike
Joseph De Lisi Joseph De Lisi ... Roger Marshetta
Lauren Camp Lauren Camp ... Baby Sike
Demetria Mellot Demetria Mellot ... Minister
Pam Call Pam Call ... Lucky Bell White
Kari Keegan Kari Keegan ... Biker Girl
Jeff Forman Jeff Forman ... Biker Boyfriend
Paul Palmer Paul Palmer ... Ed McLaglen
G. Ross Berger G. Ross Berger ... Chester
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Storyline

There's nothing wrong with the Marshetta family that a little felony can't cure. Rupert doesn't want to follow in his father's blue-collar footsteps, so he and his quirky friend kidnap his father for ransom, only nobody wants him back. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

He's The King Of The Badlands... The Rebel Of The Road...

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Príncipe da Pensilvânia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,174, 18 September 1988

Gross USA:

$5,415

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,415
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Fred Ward is first billed, while Keanu Reeves had a bigger role. See more »

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Earlier in the movie, Rupert puts a lighted electric ice cream cone on the roof of the Twin Twisters diner, and as he and Carla step back and admire it, we see that the sign on the rooftop of the diner reads "Carla's Twin Twisters" - with the name "Carla's" appearing in twinkling lights. Yet a few scenes later when Rupert drives up on his motorbike, the "Carla's" portion of the sign is no longer there, and the sign reads only "Twin Twisters." See more »

Quotes

Gary Marshetta: When you get drafted, you have to see a shrink, right? Well, I remember one of the questions he asked me was, uh, sitting on a beach, in the water there are two people drowning. Now, one of them has a cure for cancer. The other is your own son. Which one would you save? How would you answer that question, Rupert? Take your time.
Rupert Marshetta: Guy with the cure for cancer.
Gary Marshetta: Well, think for a second, will you? Your own flesh and blood.
Rupert Marshetta: But what if I saved my son and he grew up and got cancer?
Gary Marshetta: Can't just say ...
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Referenced in People Like Us: Making 'Philadelphia' (2003) See more »

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Dreams
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Written by Sammy Llanas, Kurt Neumann
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25 years ago now.
30 December 2012 | by JuiceZeeSee all my reviews

It is fun from first moment til last. Reeves is in nearly every scene in all his pre belly scar youthfulness. The story is preposterous but we have seen how he is on board for that over the years. It's LOL funny in some scenes. Well cast. Filmed in the writer/directors hometown in, get this...Pennsylvania. Rupert is smart and adorable and the cinematographers were savvy enough to get plenty of closeups. The love story is what dreams are made of as well as the intimate moments, one in particular that involves an erotic, in the moment, and sensually sloppy kiss. Over all it was a wonderful way to tell a story about small town issues, the 80's, teenaged angst, and intimacy problems. Of course, and it is right and good, that Rupert/Keanu solves all the personal problems in the end. I am seeing a lot of Henry's Crime here but that's just me. It made no sense that Bonnie Bedelia & Amy Madigan were nominated for Indie Spirit awards and Keanu was not, as it was clearly his movie. I will say no more. Make every effort to see it. Enjoy the wayback machine for 87 minutes.


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