Variety - 01/07/1987
"...It's a perfectly rounded feature topped by fine leading performances..."
Los Angeles Times - 12/31/1986
"...[Estevez's] acting has a crackling lucidity, a blend of high energy and cool observation. And, as a director, he's able to help guide his actors to the same pitch..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
John Wisdom wants to make good, but he'll never get the chance. Convicted of felony car theft, the earnest 23-year-old finds closed doors of opportunity. So he turns bank robber - with a twist. Armed with an Uzi and nervous bravado, he's a criminal for the people rather than against them, a modern-day Robin Hood rescuing debt-ridden folks from the system's grasp by destroying bank mortgage documents. And now he's wanted by the police in five states.
Emilio Estevez and Demi Moore star as idealistic outlaws in a provocative thriller whisking you on an explosive cross-country odyssey in the lovers-on-the-run tradition of Bonnie and Clyde and True Romance. Writer/debuting director Estevez delivers all the crisp action, electrifying stunt work and sweaty tension required to keep you at seat's edge as you ride along.
A bitter young man with a criminal record robs banks with his girlfriend to destroy mortgages and loan records of homeowners. They soon become the focus of a police manhunt throughout five states.
John Wisdom just can't get a fair shake. In high school, Wisdom drank one too many beers with his buddies, and then they stole a car. After his arrest, a felony conviction blotted his otherwise clean record. Now 23, Wisdom pounds the pavement looking for work -- only to have the door slammed in his face because of his spotty past. He can't even get hired as a janitor! So, with loving girlfriend Karen in tow, he drives about the Southwest and destroys mortgage records from banks in the hope that commoners such as he will not have to pay the greedy money-lenders for what's "theirs," be it farms or homes. The lovers elude the authorities and become a media sensation... but at a potentially deadly cost.
Theatrical Release |
"Wisdom" is the first feature that Emilio Estevez directed.
Additional cast: William Allen Young (Williamson) and Richard Minchenberg (Cooper).
Additional credit: Jonathan Kinsey (costumes).
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