Bad Day on the Block

Bad Day on the Block

Infobox Film
name = Bad Day on the Block

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director = Craig R. Baxley
producer = Chris Chesser
Alan Beattie
writer = Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh
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starring = Charlie Sheen
Mare Winningham
David Andrews
Noah Fleiss
John Ratzenberger
music = Gary Chang
cinematography = David Connell
editing = Sonny Baskin
distributor = Largo Entertainment
released =
runtime = 88 min.
country = USA
language = English
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imdb_id = 0118670

"Bad Day on the Block" is a 1997 psychological thriller film directed by Craig R. Baxley. It stars Charlie Sheen and Mare Winningham. Although intended to be released in theaters, it was ultimately distributed direct-to-video. However, it was released to the theatres in some countries under the name Under Pressure; it initally premiered in Turkey.


The film opens with a fire. Lyle Wilder (Charlie Sheen) is a decorated Los Angeles firefighter who saved an Afro-American baby's life in a crack-house fire. He was honored for his bravery. However, Lyle Wilder is a psycho, who had his wife, Marge and son, Kenny (Rory Flynn) leave him because of his violent tendencies. He believes that the neighbors (Mare Winningham and David Andrews) and their two children (Noah Fleiss and Chelsea Russo) are to blame for them leaving by manipulating his wife. Lyle began to hurt their children. Lyle also terrorizes Reese and Catherine Braverton. He doesn't excuse any accidents made by the Bravertons' two children, Zach and Chelsea. Lyle continues thinking that the Bravertons are his enemies. In flashbacks, it shows his violent tendencies, like playing Russian Roulette with his wife and he being angry on his son's birthday. In another flashback, it is shown that Lyle left the mother of the baby to die in the fire because he considered her negligent.

Lyle still loves his wife and wants to ruin the Bravertons' life, because of their happiness. One day, the Bravertons' refrigerator malfunctions and they call a repairman who gets the wrong address. The repairman arives at Lyle's house, who makes racist remarks. A fight ensues, which ends with the death of the repairman. During this time, the Bravertons report Lyle to the police for threatening them. Officers Al Calavito and Sandy Tierra respond to the call. Because of Lyle's decorated status, Calavito and Tierra doubt the Bravertons. When they go to see Lyle, Lyle tells them that the Bravertons are lying and that Reese beats Catherine. After Lyle breaks into the Bravertons' house again, Calavito and Tierra search Lyle's house. Tierra discovers the repairman's body while Lyle attacks and murders Calavito. Sandy overhears the struggle and goes to help Calavito, but she is also killed. Later, Reese goes over to talk to Lyle, who savagely beats him. After tying him up, Lyle throws Reese through the Bravertons' kitchen window.

Lyle begins to play Russian Roulette with the Bravertons. Zack stabs Lyle with a pocket knife, which only makes Lyle angrier. Catherine tries to talk to Lyle, pretending to be his ex-wife. While he is confused, Reese attacks Lyle from behind. After a brief fight, Lyle is shot by Catherine. The film ends with the Bravertons spending some time as a family.


*Charlie Sheen - Lyle Wilder
*Mare Winningham - Catherine Braverton
*David Andrews - Reese Braverton
*Noah Fleiss - Zach Braverton
*Dawnn Lewis - Sandy Tierra
*Chelsea Russo - Chelsea Braverton
*John Ratzenberger - Al Calavito


* The first film in which Charlie Sheen is credited as Charles Sheen.
*The film is also known as "The Fireman".


* "Everyone has a breaking point.."
* "He's destroyed everything close to him. Now he's going next door."

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