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The Prince of Pennsylvania

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Original title
The Prince of Pennsylvania
Running time
87 min.
United States United States
Ron Nyswaner
Thomas Newman
Frank Prinzi
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Columbia Pictures
Synopsis / Plot
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.

In the tradition of Sixteen Candles this poignant tender and very funny film tells the story of Rupert Marshetta (Keanu Reeves) a high school dropout struggling to find himself in a small Pennsylvania town. An offbeat inventor Rupert is stuck working in the coal mines with his father (Fred Ward, "Short Cuts") and longs for the heart of Carla (Amy Madigan, "Field of Dreams") the beautiful and more romantically-experienced owner of the local drive-in. Rupert and Carla cook up a scheme to kidnap his father but run into a snag when Rupert's mother (Bonnie Bedelia, "Die Hard") doesn't want her husband back. It's a unique look into the life of one very unusual young man who has something wonderful to say to all of us (from
1988: Independent Spirit Awards: 3 Nominations including Best First Feature
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