Blue City


Blue City

Blue City

I seem to say this a lot but Blue City really is a very under rated Brat Pack movie. Judd Nelson plays Billy Turner, a guy who returns to his home town to find out his dad, the mayor of Blue City, has been killed. From there it’s about Billy trying to find answers and not being afraid to do anything to get them.

Ally Sheedy’s character isn’t exactly very complex. She plays the love interest and does so as well as can be expected. It is a slightly different role for Sheedy in that she’s edgier than in previous roles and more of a bad girl.

Blue City was based on the 1947 novel of the same name by Ross MacDonald. When I say based I mean it in the loosest possible sense. I think that is part of the reason the film was so poorly received. Fans of the novel were expecting something more than just a watered down Beverly Hills Cop. The movie was probably aimed at more of a teen audience and an awful lot of the storyline was changed as a result.

Blue City was very poorly received by critics upon release, and was nominated for a host of awards at the 7th Golden Raspberry Awards.

This movie was never going to win any awards, positive ones anyway, but I still enjoyed it for the most part. I think as long as you aren’t a fan of the book and you are a fan of the Brat Pack, you’ll enjoy Blue City.

Brat Pack Rating

I’d give Blue City a solid if unspectacular Brat Pack rating of 6 out of 10.

Blue City Characters

Billy Turner – Played by Judd Nelson

Annie Rayford – Played by Ally Sheedy

Joey Rayford – Played by CSI’s David Caruso

Blue City Trivia

Look out for a young David Caruso.

Blue City Links

Blue City @ IMDB

Blue City @ Rotten Tomatoes

Judd Nelson



Judd Nelson was the rebel, Bender, in The Breakfast Club. This was the movie that really launched him into the big time and he followed up with St Elmo’s Fire and Transformers. Although his body of work since has been all about B movies, he will always be fondly remembered as the guy that stole Claire’s heart in The Breakfast Club.

Judd Nelson Biography
Judd Asher Nelson was born on 28th November 1959 in Portland, Maine to Jewish American parents. He attended St Paul’s School in New Hampshire, then went to college in Pennsylvania.

Judd was hugely popular in the 80’s with roles in such box office success stories as The Breakfast Club and St Elmo’s Fire. Judd also provided the voice of Hot Rod in Transformers The Movie.

Nelson’s career failed to take off as excpected after these successes and he starred in a fair few flops during the late 80’s and early 90’s, his only real hit being New Jack City.

Suddenly Susan
In 1996, Judd Nelson was cast as Jack Richmond in the hit sitcom, Suddenly Susan. Jack was Susan’s boss and turns out to be the brother of the man Susan deserted on her wedding day.

One of the show’s lead actors, David Strickland, comitted suicide on March 22nd, 1999. Judd was close friends with David anddidn’t return for the following season after his death.

Stage work and current roles
In 2001, Judd played the Sheriff in Jay andSilent Bob Strike Back. Kevin Smith has been a fan of Judd ever since his Brat Pack days.

Nelson currently does various stage roles and recently appeared on the hit TV show, CSI.

Judd Nelson Quotes

“I think that there’s room for everyone. I don’t think that if one person succeeds then another must fail. That’s lunacy. I’m not sure what the reasons are for my philosophy, maybe it’s the fact that if there are ten people doing the same job, we all know how we feel and what our high points and low points are.”

Judd Nelson Links

Judd Nelson Website – Very good UK fan site.