Jimmy Lynch is angry because his older brother, who was injured as a result of an off duty fire rescue, is denied benefits by the city. At the same time, Mayor Tyler is embroiled in a political scandal that he denies all previous knowledge of. Jimmy begins painting “Tyler Knew, Turk 182” as an embarrassment to the mayor. The mayor is furious at this grafitti appearing all over the city and orders the police to find the artist. Jimmy’s “Turk 182” spraypaints continue to appear.
Turk 182! is a 1985 American action comedy-drama film starring Timothy Hutton, Robert Urich, Kim Cattrall, Robert Culp, Darren McGavin, Paul Sorvino, Peter Boyle, James Tolkan and Maury Chaykin. It is also one of the first movies to receive a PG-13 rating.
About the Story
34-year-old firefighter Terry Lynch (Robert Urich) lives with his 20-year-old brother Jimmy (Timothy Hutton) in New York City. They’ve spent most of their respective lives taking care of each other as both of their parents are deceased. Terry, while off duty, rushes from a neighborhood bar into an apartment fire to rescue a young girl, when firefighters inadvertently aim the fire hose at him. The force of the stream pushes Terry, with the child in his arms, through a window and some four stories down, landing flat on his back on the roof of a parked car. The girl is uninjured, but Terry is seriously hurt.
Six months later, and after countless rejections from welfare, workers’ compensation and others, Jimmy goes to City Hall with the letters to show to Mayor John J. Tyler (Robert Culp). But when Tyler rebukes him, calling Terry a drunk, Jimmy promptly sneaks into Tyler’s office and pastes all the letters on the office walls while security is diverted by a fire set in a nearby bathroom.
Believing Terry was behind the vandalism (as Terry’s name was on all the letters), the police, led by Lieutenant Ryan (Peter Boyle), Tyler’s chief security officer, come to Hooly’s, the brothers’ hangout, to arrest Terry. When Terry, drunk and high on pills, takes a swing at Ryan, he roughs Terry up while Jimmy is clubbed by another officer when he tries to help. While posting Terry’s bail at the police station, Jimmy meets Danielle “Danny” Boudreau (Kim Cattrall), a social worker assigned to Terry’s case; she tells Jimmy that Terry is hospitalized in a body cast after a suicide attempt.
Jimmy goes to Battery Park to again confront Mayor Tyler at his anti-graffiti speech, but is pushed away by police. After seeing Tyler unveil a giant apple, which slowly revolves to show handiwork by vandals saying “Zimmerman Flew, Tyler Knew” to the delight of protesters at the speech, Jimmy is inspired to start a campaign of his own.
The Daily News ran a story about Tom Zimmerman, former public works commissioner, who had fled the country to avoid trial for an unspecified crime. The report implies that Tyler not only knew of Zimmerman’s fleeing, but masterminded it, referring to Tyler’s ordering a continuation of Zimmerman’s trial until after the upcoming election; Tyler denies all knowledge and responsibility.
Armed with this knowledge, Jimmy, adopting the alter ego of “Turk 182”, begins his personal battle of wits with the mayor by, among other things leaving his mark on a supposedly graffiti-proof subway car to be used by Tyler in an anti-vandalism campaign; surreptitiously exchanging an airplane banner ad for one that says “Tyler Knew! Turk 182!”; and hacking into a scoreboard computer (with a friend’s help) at Giants Stadium during halftime of a football game at which Tyler and New York’s governor make an appearance.
Turk 182 (1985)
Directed by: Bob Clark
Starring: Timothy Hutton, Robert Urich, Kim Cattrall, Robert Culp, Darren McGavin, Paul Sorvino, Peter Boyle, James Tolkan, Maury Chaykin
Screenplay by: James Gregory Kingston
Production Design by: Harry Pottle
Cinematography by: Reginald H. Morris
Film Editing by: Stan Cole
Costume Design by: Linda Wayne
Set Decoration by: George DeTitta Sr.
Art Direction by: Paul Eads
Music by: Paul Zaza
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: February 15, 1985