- Fair for Its Day: The film is widely credited for an early positive portrayal of a gay male character, Tom Landers. Though hes somewhat minor in the films plot itself, Landers is never portrayed as anything other than a reasonable man unfairly targeted by the police because of his gay relationship with the victim. While even some of the main characters (such as Billy) express latent homophobia (it was 1982 when the film came out after all), they still see Landers as a good guy. More over, the film doesnt evoke Bury Your Gays with him, as he manages to survive the film.
- Retroactive Recognition: Yes, that is Bill Paxton as the homophobic bully who messes with Billy.
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