Radioactive Dreams (1986)

R | 98 mins | Science fiction, Horror | 19 September 1986

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HISTORY

The following written prologue appears in opening credits: “Fifteen years after the Third World War, two boys emerged from their bomb shelter. Their names were Phillip Hammer and Marlowe Chandler, and they had grown up trapped in a shelter full of 1940’s memorabilia and sleazy detective novels. These boys were to become the greatest Private Eyes of the Post Nuclear Era and this is the story of their first and greatest case…the case that immortalized them as 'The Atomic Dicks.' In the same years that Phillip and Marlowe were leading their sheltered lives, a deadly power struggle began in the outside world over TWO KEYS. KEYS that could fire the last nuclear missile left on earth…”
       As stated in a 21 Sep 1983 HR news item, filmmakers gave actors Sean Connery and Roger Moore firm money offers to co-star in the picture, but both turned down the project.
       A 20 May 1983 DV production chart announced that principal photography would get underway 13 Jul 1983 in Los Angeles, CA. An 18 Nov 1983 press release in AMPAS library files announced a 2 Jan 1984 start date in Mexico. Three months later, a 12 Mar 1984 HR article stated that principal photography on the $8 million-film began 5 Mar 1984 in Hawaii.
       According to a 27 Apr 1984 LA Weekly brief, a fantasy sequence, involving up to 700 background actors, was shot inside a shuttered Uniroyal factory in Los Angeles, CA.
       A 10 May 1984 press release in AMPAS library files states that brothers Charles and Steven Chiodo were responsible for designing the fourteen-foot tall robotic mechanical rat that devours ... More Less

The following written prologue appears in opening credits: “Fifteen years after the Third World War, two boys emerged from their bomb shelter. Their names were Phillip Hammer and Marlowe Chandler, and they had grown up trapped in a shelter full of 1940’s memorabilia and sleazy detective novels. These boys were to become the greatest Private Eyes of the Post Nuclear Era and this is the story of their first and greatest case…the case that immortalized them as 'The Atomic Dicks.' In the same years that Phillip and Marlowe were leading their sheltered lives, a deadly power struggle began in the outside world over TWO KEYS. KEYS that could fire the last nuclear missile left on earth…”
       As stated in a 21 Sep 1983 HR news item, filmmakers gave actors Sean Connery and Roger Moore firm money offers to co-star in the picture, but both turned down the project.
       A 20 May 1983 DV production chart announced that principal photography would get underway 13 Jul 1983 in Los Angeles, CA. An 18 Nov 1983 press release in AMPAS library files announced a 2 Jan 1984 start date in Mexico. Three months later, a 12 Mar 1984 HR article stated that principal photography on the $8 million-film began 5 Mar 1984 in Hawaii.
       According to a 27 Apr 1984 LA Weekly brief, a fantasy sequence, involving up to 700 background actors, was shot inside a shuttered Uniroyal factory in Los Angeles, CA.
       A 10 May 1984 press release in AMPAS library files states that brothers Charles and Steven Chiodo were responsible for designing the fourteen-foot tall robotic mechanical rat that devours "Miles Archer." The 800-pound prop was capable of wiggling its ears, blinking its eyes and secreting saliva from its mouth among twenty-two possible functions. The mechanical rat needed twelve handlers to operate while filming moments such as chasing "Phillip Hammer" and "Marlowe Chandler" underground in caverns or popping its head out of a manhole. It was manipulated to stand twenty-six feet tall when Miles was eaten.
       The following acknowledgments appear in end credits: “Special Thanks to: Matthew Solomon and Solomon LeFlore, Union Bank; Dale Hindman and Bank of America; Jack Kindberg; Steven C. Bardwil; Bolle America; Red Onion Restaurants; Vans Shoes; Bosch and Lomb; Gravity Guidance; Laya Simplex Internationale; Budget Neon; City of Hermosa Beach Community Services; Herbert Matyoshi, Mayor, Frank De Luz, Stuart Kerns of Hawaii County; the Men and Women of the Hilo Police and Fire Departments; Senator Richard Henderson, Ron Bachman, of the State of Hawaii; John Erickson and Volcanoes National Park; Mr. Richard Henderson II and Hilo Motors; Hawaiian Telephone; Harper Truck Rental, Mr. Hiroshi Baba; Naniloa Surf Hotel, Mr. Bill Davis; University of Hawaii Drama Dept., Hilo, Jackie Debis, Larry Joseph and the Techies; Bank of Hawaii, David Taylor, Exec. V. P.; Royal Business Machines, Honolulu; all of the grand people of the big island of Hawaii, and especially to Ron Newman…without whom there would be no film.”
       End credits state that the picture was: "Filmed at Laird International Studios.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
20 May 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
21 Sep 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 Mar 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
24 Sep 1986
p. 3, 6.
LA Weekly
27 Apr 1984.
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Los Angeles Times
22 Sep 1986
Section F, p. 6.
New York Times
21 Sep 1986
p. 66.
Variety
24 Sep 1986
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
H. Frank Dominguez and Vanir Group of Companies Presents
An ITM Production
An Albert Pyun/Thomas Kanowski Film
A Film by Albert Pyun and Thomas Kanowski
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d unit dir
Prod mgr
Unit prod mgr, Hawaii
Unit prod mgr, Hawaii
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
Addl asst dir
Addl asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Key grip
Cam op
1st asst [cam]
1st asst [cam]
2d asst [cam]
2d asst [cam]
1st grip
Cam car/Crane op, Camera Car Industries
Best boy
Still photog
Addl stage lighting
Dir of photog, Hawaii unit
Cam op, Hawaii unit
1st asst cam, Hawaii unit
2d asst cam, Hawaii unit
2d asst cam, Hawaii unit
Still photog, Hawaii unit
Video asst op, Hawaii unit
2d unit key grip, Hawaii unit
2d unit grip, Hawaii unit
Grip, Hawaii unit
Grip, Hawaii unit
Ultracam 35 camera and lenses provided by
ART DIRECTORS
Asst art dir
Art dept coord
Graphic artist
Art dept asst
Art dept asst
Art dept asst
Art dept asst
Illustrator/Storyboards
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Post prod coord
Assoc ed
Ed intern
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Prop master
Prop man
Prop man
Set builder
Const coord
Prop man, Hawaii unit
Carpenter, Hawaii unit
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward supv
Ward asst
Asst to cost des
Ward asst, Hawaii unit
MUSIC
Mus score comp and performed by
Featuring Songs By:
Mus
Mus
Mus
[and]
Mus
Mus coord
Co-mus coord
Mus eng/Mixer
Mus rec supv
Mus ed, Musique, Inc.
Mus mixed at
SOUND
Sd des and supv
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Foley supv
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley ed
Foley ed
Foley ed
ADR supv
ADR ed
ADR ed
ADR ed
ADR/Foley mixer
ADR/Foley mixer
ADR/Foley mixer
Vocoder programmed by
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Loop group supv
Off-screen voices
Chief re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Prod sd mixer
Boom op
Playback supv
Post prod sd by
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Mechanical eff created and operated by
Mechanical eff created and operated by Chiodo Brot
Mechanical eff created and operated by Chiodo Brot
Mechanical eff created and operated by Chiodo Brot
Mechanical eff created and operated by Chiodo Brot
Mechanical eff created and operated by Chiodo Brot
Mechanical eff created and operated by Chiodo Brot
Mechanical eff created and operated by Chiodo Brot
Mechanical eff created and operated by Chiodo Brot
Titles and opt eff by
DANCE
Co-choreog
MAKEUP
Spec makeup created by
Makeup des by
Key makeup/Addl spec makeup
Asst makeup artist
Asst makeup artist
Prosthetic makeup asst
Key hairstylist
1st asst hairstylist
Asst hairstylist
Addl spec hair/Makeup
Addl spec hair/Makeup
Addl spec hair/Makeup
Addl spec hair/Makeup
Addl spec hair/Makeup
Addl spec hair/Makeup
Addl spec hair/Makeup
Addl spec hair/Makeup
Addl spec hair/Makeup
Addl spec hair/Makeup
Addl spec hair/Makeup
Addl spec hair/Makeup
Addl spec hair/Makeup
Addl spec hair/Makeup
Addl spec hair/Makeup
Addl spec hair/Makeup
Addl key hairstylist, Hawaii unit
Asst hairstylist, Hawaii unit
Asst hairstylist, Hawaii unit
Addl makeup supv, Hawaii unit
Addl makeup supv, Hawaii unit
Makeup asst, Hawaii unit
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod auditor
Extras
Exec for ITM Productions
Exec for Vanir Group of Companies
Prod secy/Asst auditor
Asst to Mr. Dominguez
Asst to Mr. Dominguez
Prod coord
Scr supv
Loc mgr, L.A.
Asst auditor
Admin asst to Mr. Esparza
Extras coord
Craft services
Asst to dir
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Mechanic
Prod intern
Prod intern
Ed intern
Magic consultant
Paramedic
Asst extras coord
Asst extras coord
Transportation capt
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Addl stage lighting
Prod coord, Hawaii unit
Transportation capt, Hawaii unit
2d unit scr supv, Hawaii unit
Asst to the prod, Hawaii unit
Prod asst, Hawaii unit
Prod asst, Hawaii unit
Prod asst, Hawaii unit
Prod asst, Hawaii unit
Caterer, Hawaii unit
Craft services, Hawaii unit
Driver, Hawaii unit
Driver, Hawaii unit
Driver, Hawaii unit
Driver, Hawaii unit
Driver, Hawaii unit
Driver, Hawaii unit
Driver, Hawaii unit
Driver, Hawaii unit
Driver, Hawaii unit
Driver, Hawaii unit
Driver, Hawaii unit
Driver, Hawaii unit
Driver, Hawaii unit
Driver, Hawaii unit
Driver, Hawaii unit
Driver, Hawaii unit
Driver, Hawaii unit
Loc equip by
STAND INS
Action coord
Asst action coord
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stunt rigger
Stand-in, Hawaii unit
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“Nightmare,” written by Michael McCarty, Jill Jaxx and Judith Nee, produced and arranged by Michael McCarty, sung by Jill Jaxx © RDP Music/Your Kind Of Music 1984
“Daddy’s Gonna Boogie Tonight,” music and lyrics by Pete Robinson and Cathy Wilmore, performed by Pete Robinson, sung by B. J. Ward, © Red Moon Music 1984
“Radioactive Dreams,” written by Sue Saad, Tony Riparetti and Steve Le Gassick, produced by Tony Riparetti and Steve Le Gassick, © Latnow Music/Le Gassick Pub. Co./Sand House Pub. 1984, sung by Sue Saad
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SONGS
“Nightmare,” written by Michael McCarty, Jill Jaxx and Judith Nee, produced and arranged by Michael McCarty, sung by Jill Jaxx © RDP Music/Your Kind Of Music 1984
“Daddy’s Gonna Boogie Tonight,” music and lyrics by Pete Robinson and Cathy Wilmore, performed by Pete Robinson, sung by B. J. Ward, © Red Moon Music 1984
“Radioactive Dreams,” written by Sue Saad, Tony Riparetti and Steve Le Gassick, produced by Tony Riparetti and Steve Le Gassick, © Latnow Music/Le Gassick Pub. Co./Sand House Pub. 1984, sung by Sue Saad
“She’ll Burn You,” written, produced and performed by Gary Pickus, sung by Maureen Steele, © Dick James Music/Red Moon Music 1984
“All Talk,” written and produced by Lynn Carey and Rick Braun, sung by Lynn Carey, Artisax/Brauntisaurus Music
“Young Thing,” music and lyrics by Pete Robinson and Cathy Wilmore, performed by Pete Robinson, sung by Cherri Delight, © Red Moon Music 1984
“Tickin’ Of The Clock,” written and produced by Billy Cioffi, performed by The Monte Carlos, © RDP Music/ Billy Club 1984
“Psychedelic Man,” written by Steve Longo and Rose Wampler, produced by Howard Lee Wolen, sung by Shari Saba, © Longderson Pub. 1984
“Eat You Alive,” written by Pam Reswick and Steve Werfel, sung by Lisa Lee, © Atlantic-First Release Music
“Guilty Pleasures,” written and produced by James Saad and Tony Riparetti, sung by Sue Saad, © James Saad Music/Latnow Music 1984
“Guilty Pleasures,” punk version arranged and produced by Ed Graeley and Billy Cioffi, sung by Chris D.
“Turn Away,” written and produced by James Saad, Tony Riparetti and Steve Le Gassick for Drock Productions, sung by Mary Ellen Quinn, © RDP Music 1984
“She’s A Fire,” written and produced by James Saad, Tony Riparetti and Steve Le Gassick for Drock Productions, sung by Sue Saad, © RDP Music 1984
“When Lightning Strikes,” written and produced by James Saad, Tony Riparetti and Steve Le Gassick for Drock Productions, sung by Sue Saad, © RDP Music 1984
“Zim Bim Bowie,” written by Gary Pickus and Alan Roy Scott, produced and arranged by Gary Pickus, © Dick James Music/COLGEMS-EMI/©RDP Music 1984, sung by Darryl Phinessee.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
19 September 1986
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 19 September 1986
New York opening: 20 September 1986
Production Date:
began 5 March 1984
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Duration(in mins):
98
MPAA Rating:
R
Countries:
Mexico, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
27580
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

On April 1, 2001, after fifteen years, Phillip Hammer and Marlowe Chandler, leave their bomb shelter existence to explore the outside world after hiding from the nuclear fallout of the Third World War. They both want careers as private detectives, and all their notions about the real world come from 1930s and ‘40s detective novels. As they drive a beat up jalopy and trailer on the highway, they nearly run over a woman named Miles Archer, who is being chased by mutants. After scaring off the creatures, Hammer and Chandler agree to drive Miles to a pay phone. As they come to a stop, Miles distracts Chandler with a passionate kiss and steals his gun. As she goes to the pay phone, she drops a pair missile detonation keys on the floor of Phillip’s car. Miles disappears when she sees red-haired mutants approaching on motorcycles. The female mutants shoot at Hammer and Chandler, who escape in their jalopy. The friends unhitch their trailer after the mutants set it on fire and it explodes. Chandler finds Miles’s keys inside a leather case stamped with the name “Dash Hammer.” He recognizes the name to be Phillip Hammer’s father and is eager to find him, but Phillip is angry that his father abandoned them in the bomb shelter, and is not interested in a reunion. As Hammer and Chandler drive toward the city, they meet a woman named Rusty Mars when midget gangsters shoot holes in their gas tank and force them to continue their journey on foot. Rusty tries to kiss Phillip Hammer after he confesses he likes being with her, but Chandler interrupts them. Rusty warns that they need ... +


On April 1, 2001, after fifteen years, Phillip Hammer and Marlowe Chandler, leave their bomb shelter existence to explore the outside world after hiding from the nuclear fallout of the Third World War. They both want careers as private detectives, and all their notions about the real world come from 1930s and ‘40s detective novels. As they drive a beat up jalopy and trailer on the highway, they nearly run over a woman named Miles Archer, who is being chased by mutants. After scaring off the creatures, Hammer and Chandler agree to drive Miles to a pay phone. As they come to a stop, Miles distracts Chandler with a passionate kiss and steals his gun. As she goes to the pay phone, she drops a pair missile detonation keys on the floor of Phillip’s car. Miles disappears when she sees red-haired mutants approaching on motorcycles. The female mutants shoot at Hammer and Chandler, who escape in their jalopy. The friends unhitch their trailer after the mutants set it on fire and it explodes. Chandler finds Miles’s keys inside a leather case stamped with the name “Dash Hammer.” He recognizes the name to be Phillip Hammer’s father and is eager to find him, but Phillip is angry that his father abandoned them in the bomb shelter, and is not interested in a reunion. As Hammer and Chandler drive toward the city, they meet a woman named Rusty Mars when midget gangsters shoot holes in their gas tank and force them to continue their journey on foot. Rusty tries to kiss Phillip Hammer after he confesses he likes being with her, but Chandler interrupts them. Rusty warns that they need to reach Edge City before nightfall when all the radiation-sick mutants emerge and danger lurks. As they find shelter, “Brick” Bardo trips Phillip Hammer. Rusty pulls a knife on Brick and stops a fistfight between Chandler and Brick before it starts. Soon, she leaves the would-be detectives at a discotheque, but their pickup lines fail to generate interest among the female patrons. However, when a strange woman kisses Marlow Chandler and leads him to the dance floor, Rusty invites Phillip Hammer back to her apartment for some supposed fun. Instead, she handcuffs Hammer to a bed, and a gang leader named Sternwood tortures Hammer to learn where he has hidden the keys. Sternwood removes the handcuffs, and Hammer performs a magic trick to make the keys appear. Rusty turns out the light giving Hammer time to escape. Soon, he finds Chandler. They run into Brick Bardo, who announces that Miles Archer has paid him to save their lives. Brick demands they turn over the keys, but Sternwood shoots him dead. Rusty stabs Sternwood to death and pockets the keys. In the confusion, Hammer and Chandler escape but become separated. When Chandler finds Hammer, he unties his restraints. Miles Archer reappears and insists on taking the friends to a safe apartment. When she leaves to slip into something more comfortable, Phillip Hammer explores his surroundings and discovers a top-secret instruction booklet explaining how to use the launch keys to detonate a nuclear warhead. As he reads the document, he recalls how Dash Hammer and Spade Chandler saved his life and Marlowe’s in the midst of nuclear war. As Hammer and Chandler try to escape, Miles demands the missile keys but Rusty shoots her dead. Other interested parties, who also want the launch keys, chase them. They hide, but realize the toxic atmosphere of Edge City has seeped into their souls. Later, sporting new double-breasted suits, Hammer and Chandler find Rusty, but Hammer makes it clear that he and Chandler have changed. They want nothing to do with her, although she pleads forgiveness for dirty tricks. When the friends step into a nightclub named Newclear Wave, Miles pursues them. At a warehouse, they plan to force those interested in the launch keys to kill each other. Miles corners Hammer and Chandler but two towering mutants, who turn out to be Spade Chandler and Dash Hammer when their disguises are removed, persuade their sons to turn the keys over to them. Miles disappears while Spade and Dash fight to keep the keys from ending up in enemy hands. At one point, Miles wrestles the key out of Spade’s dying fist, and claims Hammer and Chandler do not have the guts to fight her. Chandler proves her wrong and shoots her. Phillip Hammer wants to know more about his childhood, but Dash Hammer will only say that the past is the past before he dies. To lighten the somber mood, Philip Hammer asks Marlowe Chandler to teach him the post-nuclear shuffle. They celebrate the world that they have survived and go into business together. Chandler finds new romance while Hammer searches for Rusty. Meanwhile, he hides the launch keys in a safe place. No telling when a nuclear missile might come in handy.
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