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In this odd mix of social commentary, forbidden romance, police action thriller, and teenage delinquency, a well-meaning social worker slowly careens off the charts when a 15-year-old teen is about to receive a stiff sentence as an accessory to a crime. Bobby (Gary McCleery) is driving the getaway car when his two brothers run into trouble in a robbery and shoot a policeman to death. The trio of siblings is quickly apprehended, and Bobby is thrown in jail until the judge can decide whether to try him as an adult or not. Not a moment behind it all is Laura (Margaret Klenck), a young woman who runs a non-profit agency dedicated to making sure young teens are not given adult sentences for their criminal behavior. When it looks like Bobby will get a life sentence, Laura cannot accept the inevitable and asks a close friend (and drug-runner) to help her out - and then she walks into the sheriff's office with a gun and gets Bobby out of jail. Her drug-running friend spirits them off to Florida, where Laura and Bobby hide out and begin a romantic entanglement - just another mistake in a long series of mistakes that have placed the two in a dangerous and impossible situation. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

  • Release date:May 16, 1986


Gary McCleery
as Bobby Lipscomb
John Seitz
as Sheriff Mavis Johnson
John Sayles
as Don
John Snyder
as Ben
Martin Donovan
as Josh
Larry Golden
as Carl
Judson Camp
as Jimmy
Liane Alexandra Curtis
as Maureen
J.T. Walsh
as Dep.Anderson
Spalding Gray
as Terry Norfolk
John G. Connolly
as Preach
Tom McCleister
as Blinky
Margaret Klenck
as Laura Stephens
Ronnie Lee
Ruth Miller
as Mrs. Lipscomb
Anthony Romero
Nina Hartley
Krista Lane
Ruth Miller
as Mrs. Lipscomb
Margaret Klenck
as Laura Stephens


Rick King
Robert Mickelson
Robert Mickelson
Screen Story
Rick King
Rick King
Screen Story
Tom Hurwitz
Jay Chattaway
Composer (Music Score)
Daniel Loewenthal
Ruth Ammon
Production Designer
Ellen Sherman
Associate Producer
William Kirksey
Executive Producer
Drew Kunin
Sound/Sound Designer
Dennis Benatar
First Assistant Director
Evan Dunsky
First Assistant Director