Dangerously Close
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Directed byAlbert Pyun
Written byScott Fields
Marty Ross
John Stockwell
Produced byHarold Sobel
CinematographyWalt Lloyd
Edited byDennis M. O'Connor
Music byMichael McCarty
Distributed byThe Cannon Group
Release date
  • May 9, 1986 (1986-05-09)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1.5 million[1]
Box office$2,026,765[2]

Dangerously Close is a 1986 action thriller film directed by Albert Pyun. The film was noted at its time of release for being part of a wave of teen vigilante films in the 1980s exploring the right-wing jingoism that was gaining popularity in the United States.[3]


At an elite school, a group of students who call themselves The Sentinels begin terrorizing their socially undesirable classmates. Soon, one of their targets ends up brutally murdered. An editor of the high school paper begins to investigate and The Sentinels become even more ruthless in their behavior.



The film features music from The Smithereens, who sang the film's theme song, "Blood and Roses," Depeche Mode, Black Uhuru, Green on Red, TSOL, Lords of the New Church, Lost Pilots, and Michael McCarty.


Dangerously Close received a wide release in North America on May 9, 1986 grossing $1,180,506 its first week, falling to $474,260 in its second week.[2]


Roger Ebert's review was negative, suggesting that the director "devoted a great deal of time and thought to how his movie looked, and almost no time at all to what, or who, it was about."[4] Gene Siskel gave the film zero stars out of four and wrote that it "surely does not contain any socially redeeming value ... That the editor of the school paper, supposedly the smartest kid in the class, also can't figure out what's going on is just another nail in the film's coffin."[5] Nina Darnton of The New York Times wrote, "Shooting parts of the film like an MTV video, with flash forwards, odd camera angles and long shots and using a driving loud score, the director creates a completely adolescent world where adults either don't matter or exert malevolent influences ... But unfortunately, the adolescent world created within the film extends to its conception.[6] Variety wrote that it "comes very close to being quite a good film. For its first two-thirds an engrossingly tense suspenser about teen vigilantes run amok, pic becomes distressingly conventional in its final act, its unusual qualities virtually dissolving before one's eyes."[7] Patrick Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times was positive, stating, "It's clear that the film makers are playing with fire here, especially considering the jingoist atmosphere that pervades Hollywood today. But 'Dangerously Close' ... is more than just a stylish shocker. It captures the ugly side of a new teen-age obsession, forcing us to marvel at its ferocity and shudder at its possible consequences."[8]

On Rotten Tomatoes the has an approval rating of 10% based on reviews from 10 critics.[9]


  1. ^ Andrew Yule, Hollywood a Go-Go: The True Story of the Cannon Film Empire, Sphere Books, 1987 p189
  2. ^ a b "Dangerously Close (1986) - Financial Information". The-numbers.com. Retrieved 2015-10-07.
  3. ^ "Teen Vigilante Films: Armed And Dangerous - latimes". Articles.latimes.com. 1986-05-17. Retrieved 2015-10-07.
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger (May 9, 1986). "Dangerously Close". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  5. ^ Siskel, Gene (May 9, 1986). "Robot No. 5 only live wire in 'Circuit'". Chicago Tribune. Section 7, page K.
  6. ^ Darnton, Nina (May 9, 1986). "Film: 'Dangerously Close,' by Pyun". The New York Times. C10.
  7. ^ "Film Reviews: Dangerously Close". Variety. May 21, 1986. 24.
  8. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (May 9, 1986). "Young Vigilantes in 'Dangerously Close'". Los Angeles Times. Part VI, p. 6.
  9. ^ "Dangerously Close". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 7, 2018.