Walk Proud

  • 1979
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Drama

The tamest and most "socially relevant" youth-gang film of 1979 (THE WARRIORS and BOULEVARD NIGHTS were also released that year) sees Robby Benson cast as a confused Chicano gang member. With all the maturity, insight, and plausibility of an ABC-TV "After School Special," WALK PROUD follows Benson through his rites of passage with his street gang and an...read more

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The tamest and most "socially relevant" youth-gang film of 1979 (THE WARRIORS and BOULEVARD NIGHTS were also released that year) sees Robby Benson cast as a confused Chicano gang member. With all the maturity, insight, and plausibility of an ABC-TV "After School Special," WALK PROUD

follows Benson through his rites of passage with his street gang and an unlikely romance with a rich white girl, Holcomb, who begs him to stop running with the pack. Infused with Latin machismo, Benson refuses, but his point of view changes after a visit back to Mexico for the funeral of his

grandmother. Once in Mexico, Benson's mother inexplicably decides to introduce her son to his long-lost father, Sullivan, an alcoholic gringo with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. For some reason, this revelation snaps Benson back to his senses and he forsakes the street gang for the love of

Holcomb (but not before he is beaten practically to a pulp by his buddies). Benson isn't bad, but the hypocrisy of his casting didn't exactly endear the filmmakers to the Latin community. While the gang-related details are fascinating (the script was written by Evan Hunter, who had penned one of

the earliest gang movies--THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE--nearly 25 years before), the human drama is a bit on the soap opera side.

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  • Released: 1979
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: The tamest and most "socially relevant" youth-gang film of 1979 (THE WARRIORS and BOULEVARD NIGHTS were also released that year) sees Robby Benson cast as a confused Chicano gang member. With all the maturity, insight, and plausibility of an ABC-TV "After… (more)

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