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Lucas
Directed by David Seltzer
Produced by David Nicksay
Kristi Zea
Written by David Seltzer
Starring Corey Haim
Kerri Green
Charlie Sheen
Courtney Thorne-Smith
Winona Ryder
Tom Hodges
Jeremy Piven
Music by Dave Grusin
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) March 28, 1986 (1986-03-28)
Running time 100 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Lucas is a film directed by David Seltzer and first released on March 28, 1986. The film was a tragicomedy geared toward a teen audience. This movie ranked number 16 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 Best High School Movies.

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Plot

The title character, Lucas Bly (Corey Haim), is an extremely intelligent, if nerdy 14-year-old high school student. He soon becomes acquainted with Maggie (Kerri Green), a pretty older girl who has just moved to town. After meeting Lucas on one of his entomological quests, Maggie befriends him, spending time with him during the remainder of the summer until school begins. Lucas, who finds himself a frequent victim of bullying and teasing, has a protector of sorts — Cappie (Charlie Sheen), a fellow student and football player; Cappie was once one of Lucas' tormentors, until Cappie contracted hepatitis and Lucas brought him his homework every day, ensuring that Cappie didn't fail and have to repeat a year of school. Even though Lucas deems it beneath her, Maggie becomes a cheerleader for the football team in order to get closer to Cappie, on whom she has a budding crush. Lucas begins to irritate Maggie, continuing to castigate her cheerleading as "superficial" and making the incorrect assumption that she will be his date to a school dance. She complains to him that she's interested in things besides just hanging out with him all the time, and Lucas' unrequited affection for her upsets him.

Everything changes on the night of the dance when Cappie is dumped by his girlfriend Alise (Courtney Thorne-Smith), who has noticed his budding attraction to Maggie. A depressed Cappie finds comfort with Maggie at her house — much to the chagrin of Lucas, who has arrived, in tuxedo, to pick her up for the dance. Even though Cappie and Maggie invite him out for pizza, he rudely rebukes them and rides off on his bike. Rina (Winona Ryder, in her first feature film role), Lucas' best female friend, encounters him as he sits by a lake, looking at the dance festivities on the other side. Even though she has obvious feelings for him, Rina consoles Lucas as he frets about him and Maggie being "from two different worlds". Meanwhile, Cappie and Maggie are out for pizza alone. From afar, Lucas witnesses their first kiss. Shattered, Lucas takes drastic action the next day.

In a last-ditch (and misguided) attempt to impress Maggie and gain the respect he so desperately craves, the diminutive Lucas joins the football team. In the shower after practice, Lucas endures perhaps the worst prank yet from his constant tormentors Bruno (Tom Hodges) and Spike (Jeremy Piven). Shortly afterward, Lucas talks with Maggie in his favorite hiding place, underneath a road overpass bridge, and after she tells him with kindness that she wants him to be her friend, he tries to kiss her. Maggie pulls away bemusedly, and a heartbroken Lucas screams at her to leave. The next day, Lucas, still reeling, removes his helmet during his first football game (the uniform was too big for him) and is severely injured, requiring hospitalization. Maggie and Cappie, along with Rina, attempt to contact his parents, though Maggie discovers that she does not know Lucas as well as she thought she did. Correcting Maggie's misguided impression that Lucas lives in a large luxurious house she has seen him at several times before, Rina shows the pair that Lucas lives in a dilapidated trailer with his alcoholic father and that Lucas works as a gardener at the large house where Maggie had visited him previously.

Lucas' friends hold a vigil in the hospital for him as he recuperates. Maggie visits Lucas' room that evening and sternly tells him never to play football again. Lucas promises and the two reconcile and pick up their close friendship where they left off. They speculate as to where they will be when the locusts return seventeen years later, locusts being one of the many scientific things Lucas introduced Maggie to during their summer together; both express the hope that they've still be friends when the locusts return again.

Lucas returns to school a short time later, with schoolmates all casting surprised looks at him as he walks through the hall. Many talk amongst themselves about what he did on the football field, and how the jocks at school likely have it out for him now. Upon reaching his locker, he finds Bruno and Spike waiting for him. Thinking it'll just be the same old story, Lucas tries to ignore them as he opens his locker. Inside is a varsity letter jacket, emblazoned with Lucas' name and number (72) on the back. As Lucas takes it out in shock, Bruno starts the "slow clap", and the entire hallway starts applauding. Maggie, Cappie, and Rina are all there, too, leading the applause as Lucas raises his arms triumphantly and smiles.

Production

The school scenes, including the football field, were shot at Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and Arlington High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois, as were many of the scenes outside of the high school. Other scenes were filmed at various locations throughout Chicagoland.

Reception

Reviews for Lucas were mixed as the film holds a 62% freshness at Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert gave the film 4 out of 4 stars, calling it a film "about teenagers who are looking how to be good with each other, to care, and not simply to be filled with egotism, lust and selfishness, which is all most Hollywood movies think teenagers can experience". Ebert later included the film in his top 10 films of 1986.

The film was not considered a box office success, although it gained a cult audience on home video and cable, and both Corey Haim and Kerri Green were nominated for a Young Artist Award in 1987.

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From Wikiquote

Lucas is a 1986 film about a young nerdy boy who hopes to gain acceptance in a high school by not backing down against the school bullies.

Written and directed by David Seltzer.
It's about falling in love. For the first time. taglines

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Lucas

  • If you're so depressed, how come you're eating pizza?
  • Either you're an athlete or you're not an athlete.
  • You can't ever make me quit, EVER!
  • [to Cappie] There is a dance on friday and if you and Alise could take Maggie and me, it'd be great. See, she has to meet people. She has a strong need for acceptance.
  • They say that aggression is an expression of sexual feeling.

Dialogue

Bruno: Guys, what do you say? You coming out for the football team or not? We're trying to find you a jersey but we're all out of pup tents.
Ben: You should talk, shit breath!

Bruno: Luke, Luke! Get that ball away and puke! Ben and Luke! I'm going to puke!
Lucas: Let's go...
Ben: Don't let him scare you away!
Lucas: Scare me away?
Ben: Yeah, just tell him to eat shit.

Bruno: What are you always sticking up for this wimp for?
Cappie: Why are you always picking on him?

Maggie: Why do they call you leukoplakia? Does it mean something?
Lucas: Leukoplakia is cancer of the mouth.

Lucas: I guess everybody has their own idea of fun. Some people go to football games. Other people do less superficial things.
Maggie: Look, just because you don't approve of something, doesn't mean other people don't have a right to enjoy it. You're in the band aren't you?
Lucas: Yeah?
Maggie: So?
Lucas: So?
Maggie: So the band goes to football games!
Lucas: We're totally different!
Maggie: Why?
Lucas: Because the band does not have fun there!

Cappie: I'm just being nice to her.
Alise: Well, stop being nice to her! I don't want you talking to her anymore, I don't want to turn around and see you walking with her and smiling at her. I don't want her in this car on Friday night. We're not giving her any ride to any goddamn dance, she can put her fat ass on the back of Lucas's bike where it damn well belongs!

Cappie: Are you interested in politics?
Maggie: So so.
Cappie: Are you interested in wide receivers?
Maggie: What's that?
Cappie: The position I play.
Maggie: Oh, is that what you do? Sorta.
Cappie: Are you interested in cars?
Maggie: No.
Cappie: Are you interested in being kissed?
Maggie: Yes.

Bruno: Leukoplakia! They actually found a jock strap to fit you? Somebody should stop by home ec. tomorrow to pick up a thimble. Or maybe a thimble is too big. How about a contact lens and a band aid?
Lucas: Are you referring to the size of my penis?
Bruno: Yeah, I am.
Lucas: With a flaccid penis, it's the number of folds that count. Besides, I'm not semi-erect like some of you guys here.
Bruno: What did you say?
Lucas: A University of Chicago study. You can tell the fags in a warm shower by who's got the longest dong. Hey, yours seems to be growing even now.
Bruno: The hell it is!
Lucas: It IS, look!

Maggie: Where are you going?
Lucas: To the dance.
Maggie: By yourself?
Lucas: Hey, I'm a party animal.

Ben: Did you hear about Lucas? It's suicide!
Rena: What do you mean?
Ben: He's gone out for the football team!

Maggie: You know how wonderful you are?
Lucas: Yeah, but it doesn't turn you on, does it?

Coach: Hear me good, you pissant! Because I'm only going to tell you one more time.
Lucas: Don't you call me that! Don't you call me a pissant you dumb fucking jock!
Coach: What'd you say?
Lucas: You heard me, pencil-brain! I mean, who are we kidding here, who is the pissant? The second-rate coach of a third rate team or me?

Lucas: This equipment doesn't fit.
Coach: No, it's you that don't fit.

Coach: Bly, in!
Lucas: What position?
Coach: Prone!

Maggie: You are never playing football again.
Luca: Okay.
Maggie: You.
Lucas: Magpie.
Maggie: Locust.

Taglines

  • It's about falling in love. For the first time.
  • There's nothing wrong with being different.
  • A boy that just won't be beaten.

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Lucas
Directed by David Seltzer
Produced by David Nicksay
Kristi Zea
Written by David Seltzer
Starring Corey Haim
Kerri Green
Charlie Sheen
Courtney Thorne-Smith
Winona Ryder
Music by Dave Grusin
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) March 28 1986
Running time 100 min.
Country
Language English
IMDb profile

Lucas is a film directed by David Seltzer and it was first released on March 28 1986. The film was a geared toward a teen audience. This movie ranked number 16 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 Best High School Movies.

Plot Summary

The main character of the film Lucas is a shy and quiet fourteen year old, who is in love with a girl. This leads to heartbreak when his older friend and the girl fall in love.

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