Band of the Hand (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

Band of the Hand (1986)




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Former Starsky and Hutch star Paul Michael Glaser warmed the director's chair for Band of the Hand. The film zeroes in on five juvenile delinquents who are plucked from their various detention facilities and unceremoniously dumped in the wilds of the Everglades. The boys begin to panic until hardcase Vietnam veteran Stephen Lang arrives. Lang explains that they've been paroled in his custody, and that it is his task to teach them how to work as a team in order to survive. The logic of this plan is to whip the boys into an elite vigilante unit, then sic them on the various drug dealers of America. The film features early performances by Lauren Holly and Larry Fishburne and Bob Dylan can be heard singing the title song.

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as Moss
Al Shannon
as Dorcey
as Helicopter Pilot
Ken Colman
as Helicopter Pilot
Carl Cofield
as 27th Avenue Player
T.R. Durphy
as Drug Dealer
Eddie Edenfield
as Counselor #1
Christopher Berry
as Moss's Clipboard Guard
Peter Fournier
as Ruben's Clipboard Guard
Julian Byrd
as J.L.'s Father
Joan Murphy
as J.L.'s Mother
Allyson Garret
as J.L.'s Sister
Michael Gregory
as Van Guard
Sandy Mielke
as Reception Guard
D.L. Blakely
as Guard #1
Jim Zubiena
as Officer #1
Nelson Oramas
as Officer #2
Joe Petrullo
as Narc #2
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Critic Reviews for Band of the Hand

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

... mainly whack, splat and kaboom, with fast cuts to a rock beat. Miami vise.

May 21, 2003 | Full Review…

It plays like a TV pilot filled out with a few cusswords and strokes of excess violence.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Dumb movies are with us always, but it isn't every week that we have a Band of the Hand. Flawlessly false, it breaks into the elite of the super-stupid.

July 19, 2019 | Full Review…


May 28, 2005 | Rating: 1/5

If you somehow remember this one with some fondness, do yourself a favor and never see it again.

September 26, 2003 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

It's the closest any film of the era comes to predicting the mission-based Miami world of the recent video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

February 5, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Band of the Hand


The film that made me forever think of James Remar as a bad guy. Miami Vice era cheese.

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