The presence of cult director Joseph H. Lewis in a brief bit as a semicoherent habitue of Fat Jack's bar is clearly prescient; at its best, LEATHER JACKETS, a crime melodrama about a group of young losers on the run, has all the merits of one of Lewis's energetic little B pictures of the
1940s and 1950s.
Small-time criminal Dobbs (Cary Elwes) and cohorts Carl (James LeGros), Big Steve (Christopher Penn), Sammy (Neil Giuntoli) and Anthony (Jon Pochran) rip off and kill a Vietnamese drug courier. Meanwhile, former gang member and Dobbs's longtime friend Mickey (D.B. Sweeney) quits his construction
job and overcomes his shyness to propose to friend and neighbor Cl...