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This is essentially a tale of revenge, but not along the lines of some mindless vigilante movie; this is revenge with intelligence and sensitivity. Young Makepeace moves to Chicago with his motel manager father, Mull, and grandmother, Ruth Gordon (doing her wisecracking, randy old lady
bit). His new high school is ruled by Dillon, who extorts money from classmates ostensibly so they won't be pummeled by Baldwin, a huge, reclusive hulk whom everyone fears. Makepeace tries to befriend Baldwin and finds him to be a very troubled young man. This is a heartwarming film, superbly
directed by ex-actor Tony Bill. Makepeace is excellent as the slight protagonist, and Baldwin is perfect as the brooding, misunderstood mammoth. Dave Grusin's score adds immeasurably to the tone.