The Zoo Gang

  • 1985
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Comedy, Drama

Leatherface (Ben Vereen) is a mean-spirited drunk who allows a group of kids, led by Kate (Tiffany Helm), Bobbi (Gina Battist), Danny (Eric Gurry), and Val (Marc Price), to reopen the decrepit nightclub he owns as a teen hangout. One night Hardin (Jason Gedrick), a new kid in town, saves Kate from Little Joe (Jackie Earle Haley) and his brothers (Glen and...read more

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Leatherface (Ben Vereen) is a mean-spirited drunk who allows a group of kids, led by Kate (Tiffany Helm), Bobbi (Gina Battist), Danny (Eric Gurry), and Val (Marc Price), to reopen the decrepit nightclub he owns as a teen hangout. One night Hardin (Jason Gedrick), a new kid in town, saves

Kate from Little Joe (Jackie Earle Haley) and his brothers (Glen and Gary Mauro). The jilted clan decides to get even for this snub, setting off a miniwar with our pink-cheeked heroes. Eventually Little Joe brings in the family's elder brother, Goose (Darwyn Swayle), a bearded plug-ugly giant with

an uncompromising temperament. Kate and company persuade Leatherface--who just happens to be a former champion wrestler--to serve as their bouncer, but his fighting skills aren't enough to stop the savage siblings. Employing old standbys like car chases, black-and-white characterizations, and

wacky slapstick comedy, THE ZOO GANG has little in the way of originality. However, the cast does provide the film with good energy, and their combined efforts create a mildly entertaining though ultimately forgettable feature. Will Vereen ever find a role that suits his abilities? Though he is

amiable here, the role could easily have gone to a lesser-talented actor.

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  • Released: 1985
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: Leatherface (Ben Vereen) is a mean-spirited drunk who allows a group of kids, led by Kate (Tiffany Helm), Bobbi (Gina Battist), Danny (Eric Gurry), and Val (Marc Price), to reopen the decrepit nightclub he owns as a teen hangout. One night Hardin (Jason Ge… (more)

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