Taglines: A boy that just won’t be beaten.
Lucas Bly is an intelligent and nerdy 14-year-old high school student. He becomes acquainted with Maggie, an attractive older girl who had just moved to town. After meeting Lucas on one of his entomological quests, Maggie befriends him, spending time with him during the remainder of the summer until school begins.
Lucas, who finds himself a frequent victim of bullying and teasing, has a protector of sorts, Cappie Roew, an older student and football player. Cappie was once one of Lucas’ tormentors, until Cappie contracted hepatitis and Lucas, for reasons no one ever knew, brought him his homework every day, ensuring that Cappie didn’t fail and have to repeat a year of school.
Even though Lucas deems it beneath her, Maggie becomes a cheerleader for the football team in order to get closer to Cappie, on whom she has a growing crush. Angered and offended by Maggie continuing to ignore him, Lucas begins to irritate Maggie, continuing to castigate her cheerleading as “superficial” and making the incorrect assumption that she will be his date to an upcoming school dance. Maggie complains to Lucas that she’s interested in things besides just hanging out with him.
On the night of the dance, Cappie is dumped by his girlfriend Alise, who has noticed his attraction to Maggie. A depressed Cappie finds comfort with Maggie at her house—much to the chagrin of Lucas, who has arrived, in tuxedo, to pick her up for the dance. Even though Cappie and Maggie invite him out for pizza, he rebukes them and rides off on his bike.
Rina, Lucas’ best female friend, encounters him as he sits alone, watching the dance. Even though she has feelings for him, Rina consoles Lucas as he frets about him and Maggie being “from two different worlds”. Meanwhile, Cappie and Maggie are out for pizza alone. Lucas happens to be riding by and witnesses their first kiss.
Lucas is a 1986 American teen tragicomedy film directed by David Seltzer and starring Corey Haim, Kerri Green, Charlie Sheen and Courtney Thorne-Smith. The film was Winona Ryder’s screen debut.
Directed by: David Seltzer
Starring: Corey Haim, Kerri Green, Charlie Sheen, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Winona Ryder, Tom Hodges, Ciro Poppiti, Guy Boyd, Jeremy Piven, Emily Seltzer, Erika Leigh
Screenplay by: David Seltzer
Production Design by: Reynaldo Villalobos
Cinematography by: Priscilla Nedd-Friendly
Film Editing by: Molly Maginnis
Costume Design by: Linda Lee Sutton
Set Decoration by: James J. Murakami
Art Direction by: James J. Murakami
Music by: Dave Grusin
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: March 28, 1986