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Across the Tracks
Directed by Sandy Tung
Produced by Francesca Bill, Nancy Paloian, Dale Rosenbloom, Robert A. Schacht
Written by Sandy Tung
Starring Rick Schroder, Brad Pitt, Carrie Snodgress, David Anthony Marshall
Music by Joel Goldsmith
Cinematography Michael Delahoussaye
Editing by Farrel Levy
Release date(s) 1991
Country  United States
Language English

Across the Tracks is a 1991 American independent athletics film drama directed and written by Sandy Tung.

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Plot

Across the Tracks is the story of two brothers who have gone very different ways in their past, and who now must learn to deal with each other again. Joe (Brad Pitt) is the older of the two. He is a good student and runner set on winning a track scholarship to Stanford University. Billy (Rick Schroder), on the other hand, is a delinquent involved in drugs and crime. As the story begins, he has just been released from reform school after serving time for a failed attempt at car theft. While Billy tries to make amends for his past life, it is not an easy task. Joe still holds a lot of resentment for what Billy has put their widowed mother (Carrie Snodgress) through, and feels that Billy's return is an unnecessary strain on their family.

Forced to attend another high school on the other side of town, Billy tries to stay out of trouble, but his old rivals force him into a fight on his first day, which gets him into trouble with the school authorities. Billy's friend Louie (David Anthony Marshall), a highly luring drug dealer who was also involved in the car theft that got Billy sent to reform school, wants him to return to his return life as a criminal. It seems that only Billy and Joe's mother believes that Billy can become a valuable member of society and offers Billy full support.

Brothers Billy and Joe Maloney

Joe mockingly suggests to Billy that he try out for his school track team, figuring that nothing will come of it. Nevertheless, Billy asks the coach at his school for a tryout. Billy hardly looks like a track star in his black high top Chucks and greased back long hair, but during the tryout he demonstrates surprising speed, running an 800m race at 1:54. (Joe's best time in that event is 1:49 and that is with four years of running.) Impressed, the coach immediately puts Billy on the team. Joe is very much impressed by this, and the two start to bond, especially after Joe goes out and buys him a special pair of track shoes as a gift.

Billy's speed soon makes him a contender for the county record for the 800m event (at 1:47.25). Since Billy attends a rival school to Joe's, the brothers compete in a big meet which will help determine whether or not Joe receives that scholarship to Stanford. With the pressure on Joe to prove that he is the best runner in the county, Joe has trouble handling the competition. The outcome of this dilemma and the determination of Billy's low-life friends to get some revenge for Billy's abandoning them for the straight life come together as the two brothers attempt to overcome the adversity caused by these outside influences and solidify their relationship with each other. Joe ends up beating the record at 1:46.50, and Billy comes in second with 1:46.67.

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Across the Tracks
File:Across the
Directed by Sandy Tung
Produced by Francesca Bill, Nancy Paloian, Dale Rosenbloom, Robert A. Schacht
Written by Sandy Tung
Starring Rick Schroder, Brad Pitt, Carrie Snodgress, David Anthony Marshall
Music by Joel Goldsmith
Cinematography Michael Delahoussaye
Editing by Farrel Levy
Release date(s) 1991 (1991)
Country United States
Language English

Across the Tracks is a 1991 American independent film drama about track and field. It was directed and written by Sandy Tung.

Contents

Plot

Across the Tracks is the story of two brothers who have gone very different ways in their past, and who now must learn to deal with each other again. Joe (Brad Pitt) is the older of the two. He is a good student and runner set on winning a track scholarship to Stanford University. Billy (Rick Schroder), on the other hand, is a delinquent involved in drugs and crime. As the story begins, he has just been released from reform school after serving time for a failed attempt at car theft. While Billy tries to make amends for his past life, it is not an easy task. Joe still holds a lot of resentment for what Billy has put their widowed mother (Carrie Snodgress) through, and feels that Billy's return is an unnecessary strain on their family.

Forced to attend another high school on the other side of town, Billy tries to stay out of trouble, but his old rivals force him into a fight on his first day, which gets him into trouble with the school authorities. Billy's friend Louie (David Anthony Marshall), a highly luring drug dealer who was also involved in the car theft that got Billy sent to reform school, wants him to return to his return life as a criminal. It seems that only Billy and Joe's mother believes that Billy can become a valuable member of society and offers Billy full support.

Joe mockingly suggests to Billy that he try out for his school track team, figuring that nothing will come of it. Nevertheless, Billy asks the coach at his school for a tryout. Billy hardly looks like a track star in his black high top Chucks and greased back long hair, but during the tryout he demonstrates surprising speed, running an 800m race at 1:54. (Joe's best time in that event is 1:49 and that is with four years of running.) Impressed, the coach immediately puts Billy on the team. Joe is very much impressed by this, and the two start to bond, especially after Joe goes out and buys him a special pair of track shoes as a gift.

Billy's speed soon makes him a contender for the county record for the 800m event (at 1:47.25). Since Billy attends a rival school to Joe's, the brothers compete in a big meet which will help determine whether or not Joe receives that scholarship to Stanford. With the pressure on Joe to prove that he is the best runner in the county, Joe has trouble handling the competition. The outcome of this dilemma and the determination of Billy's low-life friends to get some revenge for Billy's abandoning them for the straight life come together as the two brothers attempt to overcome the adversity caused by these outside influences and solidify their relationship with each other. Joe ends up beating the record at 1:46.50, and Billy comes in second with 1:46.67.

Main cast

See also

References

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