Watch Now: RECKLESS
The early-to-mid 1980s gave rise to a string of so-called “rebel” films, with one such project being the 1984 romantic drama Reckless. Then first-time director James Foley and then first-time screenwriter Chris Columbus joined forces on this R-rated movie to tell the tale of a teenage football player from the wrong side of the tracks falling for a wealthy and taken cheerleader after being randomly paired up with her at a high school dance. Partly shot in Weirton, West Virginia where The Deer Hunter was also filmed, this exciting film provides us with an amazing soundtrack that includes music by artists such as Thomas Newman, INXS, Romeo Void, Bob Seger and Kim Wilde (the scene with “Kids in America” playing in the background will in no way go unremembered).
Reckless also marked actor Aidan Quinn’s feature debut, leaving such an impression on Martin Scorsese, that the celebrated filmmaker initially cast Quinn as Jesus in his controversial The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), a role that would ultimately go to Willem Dafoe. According to Quinn, Scorsese had stated that he normally hated the type of movie Reckless was, but enjoyed Foley’s drama nonetheless, claiming that the director did a rather good job on his first go.