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Turk 182
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by Chris Parry

"So hokey, so 80's, so much fun."
3 stars

A boozing firefighter is off the clock when a Spanish kid comes brusting into the bar announcing there's a fire down the street. Our hero runs inside, pulls a toddler out of a crib and is then washed out of a three storey window by a fireman's hose, crashing to the street below and winding up in hospital with all sorts of injuries. But what you and I would see as a heroic act that the newspapers would be all over, is exactly the opposite - nobody cares, the fireman can rot in hospital and be damned if he's going to see any of his pension when he was drinking at the time of his accident... that is until his kid brother uses the power of graffiti to get the entire city on his side!

Only during the era of breakin' could an idea like this get off the ground. A teenager paints a few walls and wins over an entire city? It almost sounds like the plotline for Breakdance 3: Electric Boogalee, but in 1985, this is what passed for social comment. And what's really weird about it all is that the thing holds up today, even if only in an 'oh my god, look at those parachute pants' kinda way.

Timothy Hutton is Jimmy Lynch, a good kid from a bad home. His dad shot himself in the head, his mom drank herself to death, and now it's just him and his big brother (the late Robert Urich) against the world. The two of them like to drink a little, as well as yuk it up at the local bar where big bro engages in stunt handstanding for fun and profit. That is until the fire leaves the big guy in a body cast. And that's where the melodrama really kicks in.

"Sometimes... I feel like ending it all!"

Gimme a break. So the story goes that Jimmy gets an idea that maybe the Mayor can help his brother, but the Mayor is all concerned with nobody but himself. He's facing a scandal of his own, whereby a local official has absconded from trial after the Mayor helf off his trial date, and so Jimmy decides to make life hard for the old geezer by shaming him at every turn. Thus begins the graffiti campaign, and as the graffiti gets bigger and bigger, the Mayor gets angrier and angrier.

And so does his chief of security (Peter Boyle), who becomes almost deranged in his mission to take 'Turk 182' down, even resorting to firing at the kid in front of dozens of TV cameras. A bullet for the crime of graffiti - that'd be easy to defend in court.

Coming across like a younger, sillier version of Pump up the Volume, perhaps this was supposed to be silly and hackneyed - certainly the inclusion of a Detective Kowalski in the character list would indicate as much. I mean, if Feature Film World existed as an actual place, every single cop in the world would either be called Murphy or Kowalski, so when a clearly Irish cop introduces himself as "Detective Kowalski", well, I just about lost it right there and then.

Tim Hutton is by a long way the best thing about this film, and he's not exactly stretching himself to get there. Urich is Urich - he was never the second coming of Gielgud, and Kim Cattrall is all puffy hair and big eyes, basically the same as today only less prone to show her shirt potatoes, and Robert Culp is every ounce the same bad guy he's been in any film in which there was a bad guy. Paul Sorvino makes a clumsy cameo appearance, in which he seems nearly unable to hold it together without laughing, and by the end of the film things are so darn cheesy that Culp himself, despite being the foiled bad guy, can't keep from giggling out loud.

The kind of film that will have scholars scratching their heads in 2027, Turk 182 remains a film that won't change your life in any way, shape or form, but it does make for some decent 3AM brain candy... especially when Worlds' Biggest Bikinis is on seasonal hiatus.

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11/18/05 Jack Butler Its dumb, but its so much fun you won't mind. 4 stars
2/16/05 Jeff Anderson A lost Bob Clark classic from the 80's! Hutton & Urich are outstanding & totally convincing 5 stars
6/17/04 ©Turk© aka D.Turnbull (nik since 5, now 34) Urban Scene capture is always cheese & imposible as ever evolving, Kool Hurk v Kid koala? 4 stars
4/26/04 Anthony Wright I remember one scene from the movie, the hero graffitied and ungraffitiable subway car. 4 stars
1/19/04 Jack Sommersby Unctuous and grating; Hutton's overbearing perf doesn't help. 1 stars
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