The Prince of Pennsylvania
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Directed byRon Nyswaner
Written byRon Nyswaner (screenplay and novel)
Produced byDavid Brown
Michael Tolkin
Nick Wechsler
CinematographyFrank Prinzi
Edited byWilliam Scharf
Music byThomas Newman
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
  • September 16, 1988 (1988-09-16)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$3.5 million[1]
Box office$5,415[2]

The Prince of Pennsylvania is a 1988 comedic drama directed by Ron Nyswaner. It stars Fred Ward, Keanu Reeves, Bonnie Bedelia and Amy Madigan.


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Rupert Marshetta (Keanu Reeves) has a mind of his own, he's frustrated with his parents, especially his dad (Fred Ward), and doesn't fit in with other youth. He is also in love with an older woman, Carla (Amy Madigan). One day the dad tells Rupert he sees himself as the king of Pennsylvania, his wife as the queen, and Rupert as the prince who will inherit his kingdom. He shows Rupert an old trailer and asks him if he sells the land, what he would do with the money. Increasingly frustrated with how life is going, Rupert schemes with Carla to kidnap the father to get money to enjoy a future together. He is held in the old trailer. Meanwhile, Rupert discovers the land has already been sold and the money is nowhere to be found. The dad is then taken to the mine where he works and held near a portable toilet. Rupert eventually thinks the money has been hidden in the toilet, which is chained closed. He prepares dynamite to blow open the toilet. Mine rescue workers and police arrive on scene.



Thomas Newman wrote the music for the film. It was filmed in Pittsburgh. The scenes for the high school dance were filmed at Chartiers Houston High School in Houston, PA.


On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 14% based on reviews from 7 critics.[3]

Roger Ebert gave it 1.5 out of 4.[4]

Reference list

  1. ^ "AFI|Catalog".
  2. ^ "The Prince of Pennsylvania".
  3. ^ "The Prince of Pennsylvania (1988)". Rotten Tomatoes.
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger (October 28, 1988). "The Prince of Pennsylvania". Chicago Sun-Times.