Teen delinquent Mick OBrien (Sean Penn) is sent to juvenile hall after unintentionally killing the younger sibling of a rival gang leader, Paco Moreno (Esai Morales), in a drug-deal con gone wrong. Prison life proves even more brutal than the streets when Mick is forced to face off against reigning prison toughs Viking (Clancy Brown) and Tweety (Robert Lee Rush). Worse yet, on the outside, Paco is threatening to take revenge on those close to Mick including his girlfriend (Ally Sheedy).
Bad Boys is a 1983 American crime drama film primarily set in a juvenile detention center, starring Sean Penn, Esai Morales, Clancy Brown and Ally Sheedy in her film debut. The film is directed by Rick Rosenthal. The original music score was composed by Bill Conti.
Chicago crime kid Mick O'Brien has been sent to a juvenile prison for vehicular manslaughter. Most unfortunately, the person he kills is the kid brother of his nemesis Paco Moreno, who vows revenge by raping Mick's girlfriend. Paco is caught and sent to the same prison where he re-works his revenge plan, and Mick has no choice but to defend himself.
Mick OBrien (Sean Penn) is a 16-year-old Irish-American hoodlum from Chicago. While most of Micks crimes involve snatching purses, vandalism, and getting into brawls, he aspires for bigger and meaner things, which leads him to attempt ripping off a rival, Paco Moreno (Esai Morales). Everything goes wrong: Micks partner and best friend Carl (Alan Ruck) is killed, and Mick, while trying to escape the police, accidentally runs over and kills an eight-year-old boy who happens to be Pacos brother. Mick is sent to the Rainford Juvenile Correctional Facility rather than a state prison for adults. Most of the wardens and counselors seem to have lowered themselves to the role of zookeepers. The only exception of Ramon Herrera (Reni Santoni), a former gang member who talks tough to the inmates, but holds out hope for some of them, especially Mick.
Micks cellmate is Barry Horowitz (Eric Gurry), a small, wiry Jewish kid who firebombed a bowling alley after some boys there severely beat him (for hitting on their girlfriends). Their cell block is dominated by a pair of brawny sadists named "Viking" Lofgren (Clancy Brown) and Warren "Tweety" Jerome (Robert Lee Rush). As soon as their alpha male status is established, Mick takes his first step toward defining himself by standing up to them. Meanwhile, to avenge his brothers death, Paco rapes Micks girlfriend J.C. (Ally Sheedy). After hearing of the rape, Mick is desperate to see her, so he and Horowitz escape the double perimeter fences during football practice via the use of a corrosive liquid placed on the fences, making them weak enough to kick open. Mick escapes, but Horowitz falls on barbed wire and is then caught where a counselor beats him up for calling him names and escaping. Ramon senses that Mick had gone to J.C.s house, and soon picks him up. He then takes him on a trip to a maximum security prison to show whats in store for him, should he continue down the path of crime.
After Pacos arrest upon the police finding out about the rape on J.C., he is sentenced to the same dormitory at Rainford that Mick is in. The staff are fully aware of this potential danger, but no other reform school has a vacancy. Meanwhile, in an attempt to injure Paco for Mick, Horowitz plants fertilizer into a radio that he has placed in Paco and Vikings cell. When the charge explodes prematurely and only injures Viking, Horowitz is condemned to permanent solitary confinement, a fate he fears more than any other. Eventually, Pacos transfer is arranged, so he plans his showdown with Mick for the night before. In order to avoid staff intervention, Herrera, who was on night patrol, is injured by Paco after he pretends to have a ruptured appendix. The door into the cells is then barricaded, and the entire dormitory is aroused by the brawl. Eventually, Mick comes out on top, and the film ends with him very nearly killing Paco but resisting at the last second. He then drags a beaten Paco in front of the caged Ramon and other detention officers and heads back to his cell, crying in remorse.Sean Penn as Mick OBrien
Esai Morales as Paco Moreno
Alan Ruck as Carl Brennan
Ally Sheedy as J.C. Walenski
Clancy Brown as "Viking" Lofgren
Robert Lee Rush as Warren "Tweety" Jerome
Reni Santoni as Ramon Herrera
Jim Moody as Gene Daniels
Eric Gurry as Barry Horowitz
John Zenda as Supervisor Wagner
Tony Mockus, Jr. as Warden Bendix
Jamie Lee Curtis (cameo) as long-haired passerby
Rick Rosenthal (cameo) as a judge
Universal Studios originally released Bad Boys in 1983, and Thorn/EMI released it on videocassette, but in 1999 Artisan Entertainment took the rights and released the DVD, then in 2001 Anchor Bay Entertainment took the DVD rights and released, and in 2007 Facets Multimedia Distribution took the rights and released.
Bad Boys was released on Blu-ray for the first time on February 1, 2011, presented "complete and uncut."
Bad Boys garnered generally positive reviews; review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes currently holds an 89% "Fresh" rating based on 19 reviews. David Denby of The New Yorker magazine argued, "Bad Boys is never less than tense and exciting, but its coarse and grisly, an essentially demagogic piece of work".
In his original review, Roger Ebert praised the direction and cinematography in particular and wrote, "The direction, by Richard Rosenthal, is sure-footed, confident and fluid; we are in the hands of a fine director". In her review for The New York Times, Janet Maslin wrote, "Sean Penns performance is the chief thing that separates Bad Boys from mere exploitation". Perry Seibert of All Media Guide said "Bad Boys proves that great performances can overcome routine story lines."
The soundtrack of the film comprised some late, eccentric funk tracks, as well as Billy Squier and Iron Maiden."Get Dressed" by George Clinton
"Superstar" by T-Connection
"Tonights the Night" by T-Connection
"Too Hot To Be Cool" by Ebonee Webb
"Everybody Wants You" by Billy Squier
"In The Dark" by Billy Squier
"Mr. Hate" by The Tubes
"Check Us Out" by Light of the World
"Street Corner" by Ashford & Simpson
"One More Time" by McFadden & Whitehead
"Give Me Your Love" by Peabo Bryson
"Prodigal Son" by Iron Maiden
"Purgatory" by Iron Maiden
"Dont Go Away" by Melba Moore
"Night Owls" by Little River Band
"Man on Your Mind" by Little River Band
"Crime Wave" by Prism
"Run to Her" by Jennifer Warnes
"Pelo de Alambre" by Bobby Capo
"Guillermo y Maria" by Bobby Capo
Sleepers (1996). Bill Conti composed the music for Bad Boys and Blood In Blood Out. Sean Penn and Clancy Brown appear in Bad Boys and Dead Man Walking. Clancy Brown appears in Bad Boys and Last Light. Prison of Secrets (1997).
The name of the Croatian ultras group Bad Blue Boys (who support NK Dinamo Zagreb) is said to have been inspired by Bad Boys.