Reach the Rock (1998)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Juvenile Delinquency Film, Teen Movie, Coming-of-Age  |   Release Date - Oct 16, 1998 (USA)  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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William Ryan made his directorial debut with this comedy-drama set in the small town of Shermer, Illinois, where vandalism by Robin Fleming (Alessandro Nivola) gets him thrown in jail by the two-man police force -- Sergeant Phil Quinn (William Sadler) and his dim-bulb deputy, Ernie (Bruce Norris). Quinn blames Fleming for the accidental swimming death of his nephew (Norman Reedus) four years previous. While the inept cops aren't looking, Fleming steals the key to his cell and exits, creating more town problems -- and then he returns. It's all a gambit on his part to gain forgiveness from Quinn and also to get his ex-girlfriend Lise (Brooke Langton) to bail him out, in hopes of attracting her attention.

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authoritarian, ex-girlfriend, friendship, police, prison-cell, prison-escape, vandal