Picks and Pans Review: Turk 182!
The theme of this film seems to be hell hath no fury like an angry young man scorned, especially when he has a can of spray paint and is interested in a career in graffiti. Timothy Hutton stars as a New Yorker who decides to fight city hall on behalf of his fire-fighter brother, Robert Urich. An apolitical working-class Brooklyn eccentric who dresses in loud print shirts and drives a World War II motorcycle, Hutton can't hold down a job. That's okay, because he's really an aspiring artist. But then Urich, a gung ho fireman nicknamed "Turk," is interrupted while drinking with his buddies one night by news of a building burning across the street. Though he rescues a little girl, he is disabled in a two-story fall. Later, heartless city officials deny him a pension, saying he broke regulations by appearing drunk at the fire. That sends Urich into a manic-depressive tailspin. Hutton launches a one-man graffiti war, trying to undermine Robert Culp's mayoral campaign. Thus he becomes a folk hero known only as "Turk 182" (the "182" is Urich's badge number). Apparently director Bob (Porky's) Clark thought he could hang a movie on such implausible plot machinations. Nothing redeems Turk 182! Not the embarrassingly feeble script by Denis and John Hamill (brothers of writer Pete) and James Gregory Kingston. Not the acting performances. Though Hutton competently portrays the loony, impulsive boy-hero, Urich brings all the depth of a Vega$ episode to his role. Culp humorlessly plays the petty autocrat. Peter Boyle, as a half-crazed detective, reprises his Young Frankenstein shtick without the makeup or the humor. And the earnestly saccharine Kim (Police Academy) Cattrall seems an afterthought as Hutton's love interest. This movie about two Brooklyn brothers deserves a round of Bronx cheers. (PG-13)
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