Band of the Hand (1986)

Band of the Hand (1986)

Taglines: They’re back on the mean streets. But this time, they’re the good guys.

In an attempt of resocialisation, five hopeless juvenile criminals are sent away from prison into the Everglades for a survival training under the Indian Joe. When this is successful, they move back to Miami. However this offends the former illegal inhabitants of their house, all loyal customers of drug baron Cream. The conflict leads to armed fights.

Band of the Hand is an American 1986 action crime film directed by Paul Michael Glaser and produced by Michael Mann, starring Stephen Lang, Leon Robinson, James Remar, Lauren Holly, and Laurence Fishburne. The film’s score was composed and performed by Michel Rubini (who worked on the Mann-directed Manhunter the same year), and the title track was written and performed by Bob Dylan.

Band of the Hand (1986)

About the Story

The story involves a group of five juvenile delinquents in their teens who are doomed to be prosecuted as adults for their crimes unless they take part in a new and experimental “program” led by a Vietnam veteran Native American named “Indian Joe” Tegra (Stephen Lang) from the Everglades

The five teens include two rival gang leaders, Ruben Pacecho (Michael Carmine), the leader of the Home Boys serving a 3-year sentence for aggravated assault and armed robbery; Moss Roosevelt (Leon Robinson), the leader of the 27th Avenue Players also serving a 3-year sentence for assault and armed robbery; Carlos Aragon (Quinn), a drug trafficker serving a 4-year sentence after being arrested in a police sting; James Lee “J.L.” MacEwen (John Cameron Mitchell), a violent punk serving a 10-year sentence for manslaughter of his abusive and alcoholic father and various arson charges, Dorcey Bridger (Al Shannon), a car thief serving three-plus years for various auto theft and over 15 escape attempts from various juvenile halls.

Forced into the swamps, the teens must learn to survive in the dangerous swamp and how to work together. Upon completion of the program, the group buys a vacant house in a dangerous part of Miami and slowly rebuilds the neighborhood, kicking out the pimps, prostitutes and drug dealers. However this offends the former illegal inhabitants of their house, all loyal customers of drug baron Cream (Laurence Fishburne). The conflict leads to armed fights, in which Joe is killed. The film’s climax has the remaining group taking the fight directly to a drug manufacturing facility that is equipped with an M-134 Minigun.

Band of the Hand Movie Poster (1986)

Band of the Hand (1986)

Directed by: Paul Michael Glaser
Starring: Stephen Lang, Michael Carmine, Lauren Holly, John Cameron Mitchell, Danny Quinn, Leon, Danton Stone, Paul Calderon, Laurence Fishburne
Screenplay by: Leo Garen, Jack Baran
Production Design by: Gregory Bolton
Cinematography by: Reynaldo Villalobos
Film Editing by: Jack Hofstra
Costume Design by: Robert De Mora
Set Decoration by: Don K. Ivey
Art Direction by: J. Mark Harrington
Music by: Michel Rubini
Distributed by: TriStar Pictures
Release Date: April 11, 1986