Reckless Abandon is a 1989 Academy Award Winning American Drama film written and directed

Reckless Abandon
Directed by Barry Levinson
Produced by Paul Junger Witt

Tony Thomas

Written by Barry Levinson

Kevin Costner,

Debra Winger,

François Cluzet,

Minnie Driver,

Corey Haim,

Chad Michael Murray,

Gary Sinise,

Jeff Daniels

Music by Alex North
Cinematography Peter Sova
Editing by Stu Linder
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s) October 24, 1989
United States
Running time 105 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $6,200,000

by Barry Levinson starring Kevin Costner, Debra Winger, François Cluzet, Jeff Daniels, Gary Sinise, Minnie Driver, Corey Haim & Chad Michael Murray (Murray appearing in his first feature film appearence at exactly age eight.)

The film is the second ever to involve a Corey Haim character possessing an abusive stepfather as he did in his first feature film debut of 1984 Firstborn.

Minnie Driver also went on later to star on another film involving child sexual abuse Sleepers in 1996 though her character in the following film did not have character sexually abused like in this motion picture.


A Single mother of three takes up with what appears to be the perfect family man businessman named Harvelle B. Clarke.

A wedding follows and the settling into his nice large lighthouse home in beautiful Beaufort, South Carolina.

What appears to be the perfect American family life changes within an instant as the seemingly perfect Harvelle B. Clarke unleashes his true side.

All kinds of abuse falls upon the wife and her children and things escalate beyond control.

A P.I comes into the picture and so does the kids' actual biological father as well as the ex husband to the mother.


  • Kevin Costner as Harvelle B. Clarke
  • Debra Winger as Vermona Clarke (nee' Richardson)
  • Jeff Daniels as Jonathen Richardson
  • Minnie Driver as Harleen Clarke (nee' Richardson)
  • Corey Haim as Thomas Clarke (nee' Richardson)
  • Chad Michael Murray as Billy Clarke (nee' Richardson)
  • François Cluzet as Harvelle's Bad Alcholic friend Peter Breutmire
  • Wayne Knight as Harvelle's bad Billy molester friend Tolcan Sadine
  • Peter Gallagher as Harvelle's Businessman Bestfriend and Harleen Abuser Charlie Camlock
  • Griffin Dunne as Harvelle's Gas Station Attendant friend Nox Dentley whom harbours the obsession with mother Vermona Clarke
  • Glenne Headly as Mrs. Baltimore/ Thomas' english teacher
  • Judy Davis as Down the road Neighbour Florist Fertina Mellancott
  • Jimmy Smits as Taxi Driver Carlitto
  • Jane Kaczmarek as Harvelle's Ex-Wife and intervening rescuer of later Meraldine Burton
  • Mark Boone Junior as Harvelle's Bad Thomas Molester friend Tomdino Salacatta
  • Lena Olin as The Killed Beaufort Prostitute Candice Tilcon
  • Gary Sinise as Sheriff Martin Tempreman Harvelle's friend and molester of Thomas and Billy
  • Gabrielle Anwar as Harleen's Bestfriend Cobace Daniels
  • Mari Morrow as Gina Gerban
  • Richard Schiff as Jedidah Daniels
  • Priscilla Barnes as Janita Daniels


  1. My Prerogative- Bobby Brown
  2. Two Hearts- Phil Collins
  3. When I'm With You- Sheriff
  4. Straight Up- Paula Abdul
  5. The Look- Roxette
  6. She Drives Me Crazy- Fine Young Cannibals
  7. Confessin'- Rudy Vallee
  8. The Drunkard Song (There is a tavern in the town)- Rudy Vallee
  9. Basin Street Blues- Cab Calloway
  10. The Jumpin Jive- Cab Calloway
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