Big Shots (1987)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama, Buddy Film, Coming-of-Age  |   Release Date - Oct 2, 1987 (USA)  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Consumed by grief when his father is felled by a heart attack, 11-year-old Obie (Ricky Busker) runs away from his white, upper-class surroundings. He ends up in a particularly dismal Chicago ghetto neighborhood where, after enduring a beating administered by gang members, he is befriended by streetwise black youth Jeremy "Scam" Henderson (Darius McCrary). The two become partners in crime, leading to a deadly situation involving a pair of professional hit men. Just when it seems things can't get any worse, they do. Robert Prosky co-stars as a slimy pawnbroker.

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death-in-family, inner-city, pre-teen, runaway [from home], street-gang, street-kid, street-smart, upper-class