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Reckless is a 1984 love story shot in the Appalachian Mountainsmarker and Rust Belt of Steubenville, Ohiomarker, Weirton, West Virginiamarker and Mingo Junctionmarker, Ohiomarker. Starring Daryl Hannah and Aidan Quinn. Directed by James Foley and written by Chris Columbus. Soundtrack by INXS, Romeo Void, Bob Seger and Thomas Newman. This Eighties youth film was rated R in the U.S.

Plot

Johnny Rourke (Aidan Quinn), rebel teenage outcast, local football hero, falls for sexy upper-class cheerleader Tracey Prescott (Daryl Hannah). A random draw at the high school 'Tin Can-Can' dance pairs the two. Worlds collide and opposites attract as the two fall in love. Living dangerously, Rourke's anti-social behavior clashes with the privileged socialite Prescott. Hopes dashed, future prospects dim and the omnipresent American Steel mill looming large in the background of this one-industry-town, Rourke comes to grips with his estranged mother and recently deceased father (Kenneth McMillan). Meanwhile, Tracey is forced to decide between her stable longtime boyfriend Randy Daniels (Adam Baldwin) and the mysterious misunderstood chaotic Rourke.

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Other Notables

The film catapulted Quinn, Hannah, Baldwin and Jennifer Grey (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) to major stardom. The 'Career Day' scene shows the student cards of Gary Daigler (God) and Michael Ballhaus (Brewmaster): both worked on production. The end scene (credits rolling) with Rourke riding a double yellow line, switching from the wrong side of the road to the right, symbolizes Rourke's new found conformity. Chris Columbus went to see this movie with Ed Rabasco (lawyer of Maine), and other friends at a local movie theater. The other viewers had no idea the writer of the movie was sitting watching it too.

Soundtrack

Along with Romeo Void's single "Never Say Never", Bob Seger's "Roll Me Away" and original music by Thomas Newman's "Understanding Gravity", the soundtrack borrowed heavily from Shabooh Shoobah, INXS's 1982 breakthrough album. The movie gave the Australian band much needed North American exposure, and in turn, INXS's fresh new wave sound contributed to the artistic success of the film.

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