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Brat Packers by association only: Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey


Tom Cruise


Matt Dillon (Guadalajara)


Patrick Swayze


Jennifer Grey By Luigi Novi

Tom Cruise

Thomas Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV; July 3, 1962) is an American actor and film producer. He has received several accolades for his work, including three Golden Globe Awards and nominations for three Academy Awards. Cruise is one of the best-paid actors in the world, and his films have grossed over $4 billion in North America and over $10.1 billion worldwide, making him one of the highest-grossing box-office stars of all time.

Matt Dillon

Matthew Raymond Dillon (born February 18, 1964) is an American actor and film director. He made his feature film debut in Over the Edge (1979) and established himself as a teen idol by starring in the films My Bodyguard (1980), Little Darlings (1980), Tex (1982), Rumble Fish (1983), The Outsiders (1983) and The Flamingo Kid (1984). From the late 1980s onward, Dillon achieved further success, starring in Drugstore Cowboy (1989), Singles (1992), The Saint of Fort Washington (1993), To Die For (1995), Beautiful Girls (1996), In & Out (1997), There’s Something About Mary (1998), and Wild Things (1998). In a 1991 article, famed movie critic Roger Ebert referred to him as the best actor within his age group, along with Sean Penn.

Patrick Swayze

Patrick Wayne Swayze August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009) was an American actor, dancer, singer, and songwriter. Gaining fame with appearances in films during the 1980s, he became popular for playing tough guys and romantic male leads, giving him a wide fan base with female audiences and a status as a sex symbol. He was named by People magazine as its Sexiest Man Alive in 1991.

During his career, Swayze received three Golden Globe Award nominations, for Dirty Dancing (1987), Ghost (1990), and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995). He wrote and recorded the popular song “She’s Like the Wind” and was posthumously awarded the Rolex Dance Award in 2009.

Swayze suffered an early death in 2009 from cancer. He was 57 years old.

Jennifer Grey

Jennifer Grey (born March 26, 1960) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the 1980s films Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) and Dirty Dancing (1987), for which Grey earned a Golden Globe Award nomination. Her television work includes her 2010 victory in season eleven of Dancing with the Stars, and starring in the Amazon Studios comedy series Red Oaks.


Following on from Theme Times – The Brat Packers!! Here is our fifth feature episode of’by association only’ Brat Packers.

These are and were mighty fine actors and below are what l consider their best films from way back then to now. Of the line up here, l am a huge fan of Tom’s, was a huge fan of Patrick and admittedly l know only a little of the other two. I know of them, and l know many films of theirs which are presented below, but l am not as big a fan as l am and was the first two.


Tom Cruise

Risky Business – 1983

An upper-class suburban teenager turns his family home into a brothel while his unwitting parents are on holiday.

The Color of Money – 1987

Eddie Felson takes a cocky yet talented youngster under his wing and teaches him the art of pool hustling. This inspires him to make an unlikely comeback.

Jerry Maguire – 1996

Fired from his job for exposing the alleged illegal practices that exist in his profession, sports agent Jerry Maguire starts his own agency. However, he manages to find only one client.

Eyes Wide Shut – 1999

After Dr. Bill Hartford’s (Tom Cruise) wife, Alice (Nicole Kidman), admits to having sexual fantasies about a man she met, Bill becomes obsessed with having a sexual encounter. He discovers an underground sexual group and attends one of their meetings — and quickly discovers that he is in over his head.

Edge of Tomorrow – 2014

With the help of warrior Rita Vrataski, Major William Cage has to save Earth and the human race from an alien species, after being caught in a time loop.

Matt Dillon

My Bodyguard – 1980

Clifford Peache (Chris Makepeace) is a sensitive, well-to-do teen who becomes the target of bully Melvin Moody (Matt Dillon) after he starts attending a new school. Tired of being picked on, Clifford recruits brooding tough kid Ricky Linderman (Adam Baldwin) to be his bodyguard. While this initially works, and Clifford and Linderman form an unlikely friendship, soon circumstances strain their bond. As Clifford is forced to confront Moody again, Linderman has to deal with his own troubled past.

Rumble Fish – 1983

The story follows Rusty James, the local thug, stuck in a small town and living in his older brother’s shadow. Tension mounts when his brother, The Motorcycle Boy, rides back into town.

The Saint of Fort Washington – 1993

In New York City, Jerry (Danny Glover), a homeless, street-smart Vietnam veteran, befriends Matthew (Matt Dillon), a mentally ill young man who has recently been kicked out of his home. As Jerry teaches Matthew how survive as a homeless person, the two split time between the streets and a shelter, where they’re viciously bullied by Little Leroy (Ving Rhames). As their friendship strengthens, the two plan to save enough money to rent an apartment.

There’s Something About Mary – 1998

Ted’s (Ben Stiller) dream prom date with Mary (Cameron Diaz) never happens due to an embarrassing injury at her home. Years later, Ted hires Pat Healy (Matt Dillon) to track down Mary so he can reconnect with her. Pat lies to Ted about Mary and he finds out everything he can about her to trick her into dating him. Ted travels to meet Mary and has to weave through the web of lies that Pat and Mary’s friend Tucker (Lee Evans) have woven to try and win her over.

Nothing but the Truth – 2008

Reporter Rachel Armstrong pens a story that divulges the identity of a secret CIA operative. The US government orders that she reveal her source, but she defies the special prosecutor and is jailed.

Patrick Swayze

Red Dawn – 1984

When Soviet and Cuban paratroopers invade Colorado, a group of teenagers flee to the mountains. Left with nowhere to run, they engage in guerilla warfare with the invading forces.

Road House – 1989

A legendary bouncer comes to restore order at a notorious bar but runs afoul of a ruthless crime boss who controls the town. The stage is set for an action-packed showdown.

Ghost – 1990

Sam and Molly love each other, but their romance is short-lived when Sam is killed by a thug. Unable to tell Molly that her life is in danger, Sam’s spirit takes help of a psychic.

Point Break – 1991

FBI agent Johnny Utah infiltrates a group of surfers involved in a number of bank robberies. However, things get complicated when he befriends the gang’s leader, Bodhi.

Green Dragon – 2001

“Green Dragon,” set in California in 1975 in a Vietnamese refugee camp, tells the story of Tai Tran (Don Duong), who has the courage to introduce himself to Sergeant Jim Lance (Patrick Swayze), and manages to eventually improve conditions and communications in the camp.

Jennifer Grey

Dirty Dancing – 1987

While holidaying with her parents at a placid resort, Frances is smitten with the resort’s rebellious dance instructor. Her father opposes their relationship which creates a rift between him and her.

Wind– 1992

In 1983, yacht sailor Will Parker (Matthew Modine) leads an American crew financed by millionaire Morgan Weld (Cliff Robertson) to defeat during the America’s Cup race against an Australian crew. Determined to get the prize back, Will convinces Morgan to finance an experimental boat designed by his ex-girlfriend Kate’s (Jennifer Grey) new beau, Joe Heisler (Stellan Skarsgard). When the boat is completed, the Americans head to Australia to reclaim the cup.

Keith– 2008

Natalie (Elisabeth Harnois) thinks she has life figured out — until she meets a guy.

It’s Like, You Know… 1999

New York journalist Arthur visits the West Coast to write a book about the City of Angels. He is a diehard New Yorker who fully expects to detest “La La Land” and its inhabitants. Bunking with an old college buddy, he feels his contempt for the stereotypical Los Angeles culture fade away as he begins to develop a new appreciation for the relaxed vibe of the California lifestyle. While he’d originally intended to stay only two months for research, suddenly Arthur’s not sure he’ll be able to leave Hollywood so easily.

Red Oaks 2014 – 2017

It’s the summer of 1985, and NYU student David lands a summer job at the Red Oaks Country Club in New Jersey. As the assistant tennis pro, he rubs elbows with the clientele, as well as his fellow employees. And they all have advice to offer him on how he should be planning for the rest of his life. His father urges him to buckle down and improve his grades (“a C is a Jewish F!” he tells his son, just before collapsing on the tennis court) so he can get into the college’s CPA program.

Trouble is, David isn’t sure he wants to be a CPA. His boss recommends ditching college to go into the stock market. And on a personal level, though David is dating the hot aerobics instructor at the club, his eye wanders to the daughter of one of the club’s tougher members (Getty, played by the normally likeable Paul Reiser), who refuses to shake the hands of any of the staff members. Summer won’t last forever, though, and David has some decisions to make as he eventually moves on to the Big Apple.


So there we go folks – were these favourites of yours and or are they still?

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10 thoughts on “Theme Times – The Brat Packer’s #5

  1. I love Tom Cruise! Risky Business is a fave as is the cheesy Cocktail. Also love the sci-fi flicks and MI. Haven’t seen them all. As far as the others, Dirty Dancing and Ghost are tops for me!

    1. Hey Paula, totally agree – Dirty Dancing for both Swayze and Grey, she appeared with him also in Red Dawn. Ghost with Demi was brilliant – a sad loss still when l think on Patricks death – really enjoyed him as an actor.

      Tom may be an arrogant little shit to many, but l think he is brilliant and like you have followed him really early in his career – loved him in Cocktail with BB. I am going to do a full bio on Tom, and was surprised that l hadn’t actually done him already??

      Swayze l did last year. Dillon and Grey never been huge fans of, sure l liked her in mostly Dirty Dancing, Dillon l liked him in The Outsiders, SAMary, Wild Things and Crash, but not much else.

  2. Tom & Patrick… I was wondering if Red Dawn was gonna show up… lots of familiar faces in that. Wolverines!🤣 Also love Point Break. Patrick & Keanu😍
    Tom in Top Gun isnt on your list? Not a favorite?

  3. I do like them! Here’s an odd bit of trivia… Patrick Swayze grew up in Houston and his mother had a dance studio in the neighborhood where I grew up. He was known to frequent a small hamburger place in the area when he came to town. I never ran into him there but did keep my eyes open 😊

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