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Brat Packers: Anthony Michael Hall & Ally Sheedy

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Anthony Michael Hall

Michael Anthony Hall (born April 14, 1968), known professionally as Anthony Michael Hall, is an American actor who starred in several teen-oriented films of the 1980s. Hall began his career in commercials and on stage as a child, and made his screen debut in 1980. His films with director-screenwriter John Hughes, beginning with the popular 1983 comedy National Lampoon’s Vacation and the coming-of-age comedy Sixteen Candles, shaped his early career. Hall’s next movies with Hughes were the teen classics The Breakfast Club and Weird Science, both in 1985.

Hall diversified his roles to avoid becoming typecast as his geek persona, joining the cast of Saturday Night Live (1985–1986) and starring in films such as Out of Bounds (1986), Johnny Be Good (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990) and Six Degrees of Separation (1993). After a series of minor roles in the 1990s, he starred as Microsoft’s Bill Gates in the 1999 television film Pirates of Silicon Valley. He had the leading role in the USA Network series The Dead Zone from 2002 to 2007.

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Ally Sheedy

Alexandra ElizabethAllySheedy (born June 13, 1962) is an American actress and author. Following her film debut in 1983’s Bad Boys, she became known as one of the Brat Pack group of actors in the films The Breakfast Club (1985) and St. Elmo’s Fire (1985). She also acted in WarGames (1983) and Short Circuit (1986). For her performance in Lisa Cholodenko’s High Art (1998), Sheedy won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.

Following on from Theme Times – The Brat Packers!! Here is our second joint feature episode of two of the Brat Pack Anthony and Ally …. the top 7 films of theirs. However let’s just get this out of the way ….

The Breakfast Club – 1985

St Elmo’s Fire – 1985

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Sixteen Candles – 1984

Samantha faces a lot of embarrassment on her sixteenth birthday when her parents conveniently ignore her and the answers she wrote for a private quiz lands up in the wrong hands.

Weird Science – 1985

Teen misfits Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) design their ideal woman on a computer, and a freak electrical accident brings her to life in the form of the lovely, superhuman Lisa (Kelly LeBrock). She outfits Gary and Wyatt in cool clothes, surprises them with a Porsche and helps them stand up to jerks Ian (Robert Downey Jr.) and Max (Robert Rusler). But, all the while, the boys must hide Lisa’s existence from Chet (Bill Paxton), Wyatt’s nightmare of a big brother.

National Lampoon’s Vacation – 1983

Teen misfits Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) design their ideal woman on a computer, and a freak electrical accident brings her to life in the form of the lovely, superhuman Lisa (Kelly LeBrock). She outfits Gary and Wyatt in cool clothes, surprises them with a Porsche and helps them stand up to jerks Ian (Robert Downey Jr.) and Max (Robert Rusler). But, all the while, the boys must hide Lisa’s existence from Chet (Bill Paxton), Wyatt’s nightmare of a big brother.

Edward Scissorhands – 1990

Edward, a synthetic man with scissor hands, is taken in by Peg, a kindly Avon lady, after the passing of his inventor. Things take a turn for the worse when he is blamed for a crime he did not commit.

Johnny Be Good – 1988

High-school quarterback Johnny Walker (Anthony Michael Hall) is being courted by elite colleges nationwide. To get the sports star to enroll, an army of recruiters entices him with everything a young, hormonal teenager could want. While his best friend, Leo Wiggins (Robert Downey Jr.), advises him to wait for the most lucrative offer, Johnny’s girlfriend, Georgia Elkans (Uma Thurman), wants him to attend their state college — with her. The trouble is the state school has offered him nothing.

War Machine – 2017

A successful, charismatic four-star general, Glenn McMahon, leaps in like a rock star to command NATO forces in Afghanistan, only to be taken down by a journalist’s no-holds-barred exposé.

The Dead Zone – 2002 – 2007

Johnny Smith is involved in a car crash that leaves him comatose for six years. He regains conciousness and finds that he now has the psychic ability to see into the lives of anyone he touches.

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War Games – 1983

Johnny Smith is involved in a car crash that leaves him comatose for six years. He regains conciousness and finds that he now has the psychic ability to see into the lives of anyone he touches.

Short Circuit – 1986

When one of an experimental range of military robots is hit by lightning, it is given consciousness. It escapes from the military and befriends a young woman, Stephanie Speck. Its creator, Newton Crosby, is desperate to find it, or his entire project may be scrapped.

High Art – 1998

Syd (Radha Mitchell), a low-level editor at a photography magazine eager to establish herself, discovers her neighbor is the once-celebrated downtown photographer Lucy Berliner (Ally Sheedy). Although Syd lives with her boyfriend (Gabriel Mann), she is drawn to Lucy, who has a volatile relationship with her heroin-addicted girlfriend, Greta (Patricia Clarkson). As Syd starts sleeping with Lucy, she is pulled into a glamorous but dangerous art-world scene, full of drugs and unexpected pleasures.

Only The Lonely – 1991

Rose (Maureen O’Hara) dearly loves her adult son, Danny (John Candy) — but when Danny meets Theresa (Ally Sheedy) and falls deeply in love, Ruth feels threatened. Desperate not to lose her son to the shy young woman, Ruth uses dirty tactics to keep the two apart. Danny is perplexed as to what he should do, so he consults his friends Patrick (Kevin Dunn) and Sal (James Belushi), who give him some skewed advice. Now Danny is torn between what his loved ones advise, and what his heart tells him.

Bad Boys – 1983

Teen delinquent Mick O’Brien (Sean Penn) is sent to juvenile hall after unintentionally killing the younger sibling of a rival gang leader, Paco Moreno (Esai Morales), in a drug-deal con gone wrong. Prison life proves even more brutal than the streets when Mick is forced to face off against reigning prison toughs Viking (Clancy Brown) and Tweety (Robert Lee Rush). Worse yet, on the outside, Paco is threatening to take revenge on those close to Mick — including his girlfriend (Ally Sheedy).

Maid to Order – 1987

After a night of partying lands the spoiled heiress Jessica (Ally Sheedy) in jail, her millionaire father wishes he had never had a daughter, and he just happens to be overheard by genuine fairy godmother Stella (Beverly D’Angelo), who makes it so. Now, without Daddy’s name or money, Jessica is forced to get a job as a maid in one of the mansions where she used to live. It’s not all bad, though — she soon has the hunky chauffeur Nick (Michael Ontkean) to keep her company.

Fear – 1990

A psychic writer (Ally Sheedy) helps the police hunt a serial killer whose own psychic link locks her mind to his.

So there we go folks, the second two Brat Packers, Ally Sheedy and Anthony Michael Hall – fans or not?

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