Solarbabies (1986)

PG-13 | 92 mins | Science fiction | 26 November 1986

Director:

Alan Johnson

Cinematographer:

Peter MacDonald

Editor:

Conrad Buff

Production Designer:

Anthony Pratt

Production Company:

Brooksfilms
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HISTORY

       Items in the 21 Jan 1983 DV and the 26 Jan 1983 Var announced that Solarbabies was on Brooksfilms's production schedule for that year, and that Douglas Anthony Metrov would be making his directorial debut from a script by Roderick Taylor. While Metrov receives an onscreen screenwriter credit, Taylor is not credited and his participation in the film remains undetermined.
       The 18 Nov 1985 People reported that executive producer Mel Brooks was seeking to finance Solarbabies by selling limited partnerships for a minimum investment of $70,000 each.
       DV production charts published 22 Nov 1985 stated that principal photography began 16 Sep 1985 and production notes in AMPAS library files indicated that filming took place in Spain from Sep to mid-Dec 1985. Locations included the José María de Oriol dam and a Roman bridge in the municipality of Alcántara and in the community of Extremadura. In addition, a skating pit was built on the outskirts of Madrid. Locations also included the city of Almería, and in a hanger at the U.S. Air Force base at Torrejón. A miniature dam was constructed in the U.S. and was destroyed for the film's climactic sequence, as reported in the Sep 1986 AmCin.
       The 2 Apr 1986 HR reported that Solarbabies was scheduled to open on 1 Aug 1986; and the 10 Jul 1986 HR reported the opening date was pushed back to 10 Oct 1986. However, the film was not released until 26 Nov 1986.
             The end credits include the following written statement: "Filmed entirely on location in ... More Less

       Items in the 21 Jan 1983 DV and the 26 Jan 1983 Var announced that Solarbabies was on Brooksfilms's production schedule for that year, and that Douglas Anthony Metrov would be making his directorial debut from a script by Roderick Taylor. While Metrov receives an onscreen screenwriter credit, Taylor is not credited and his participation in the film remains undetermined.
       The 18 Nov 1985 People reported that executive producer Mel Brooks was seeking to finance Solarbabies by selling limited partnerships for a minimum investment of $70,000 each.
       DV production charts published 22 Nov 1985 stated that principal photography began 16 Sep 1985 and production notes in AMPAS library files indicated that filming took place in Spain from Sep to mid-Dec 1985. Locations included the José María de Oriol dam and a Roman bridge in the municipality of Alcántara and in the community of Extremadura. In addition, a skating pit was built on the outskirts of Madrid. Locations also included the city of Almería, and in a hanger at the U.S. Air Force base at Torrejón. A miniature dam was constructed in the U.S. and was destroyed for the film's climactic sequence, as reported in the Sep 1986 AmCin.
       The 2 Apr 1986 HR reported that Solarbabies was scheduled to open on 1 Aug 1986; and the 10 Jul 1986 HR reported the opening date was pushed back to 10 Oct 1986. However, the film was not released until 26 Nov 1986.
             The end credits include the following written statement: "Filmed entirely on location in Spain."
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Sep 1986.
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Daily Variety
21 Jan 1983.
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Daily Variety
22 Nov 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
2 Apr 1986.
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Hollywood Reporter
10 Jul 1986.
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Hollywood Reporter
26 Nov 1986
p. 3, 10.
Los Angeles Times
26 Nov 1986
p. 10.
New York Times
26 Nov 1986
p. 22.
People
18 Nov 1985.
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Variety
26 Jan 1983.
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Variety
26 Nov 1986
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Brooksfilms Presents
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
Unit mgr
2d asst dir
3d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
2d unit cam
1st asst cam
Asst cam
Asst cam
Asst cam
Dolly grip
Chief lighting tech
Chief lighting tech
Rigging elec
Still photog
Lighting equip
Film laboratory
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Supv art dir
Art dir
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Assoc film ed
1st asst film ed
Asst film ed
Asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Prop master
Const coord
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus comp
Mus ed, Sd eff
Mus scoring mixer, Sd eff
Mus supv, Sd eff
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Supv, Sd eff
Supv, Sd eff
Ed, Sd eff
Ed, Sd eff
Ed, Sd eff
Ed, Sd eff
Asst sd ed, Sd eff
Supv ADR ed, Sd eff
ADR ed, Sd eff
ADR asst, Sd eff
Rerec mixer, Sd eff
Rerec mixer, Sd eff
Rerec mixer, Sd eff
Foley supv, Sd eff
Foley ed, Sd eff
Foley artist, Sd eff
Foley artist, Sd eff
VISUAL EFFECTS
Visual eff prod by
Supv, Spec eff
Eng, Spec eff
Tech, Spec eff
Asst, Spec eff
Asst, Spec eff
Video tech, Spec eff
Video playback op, Spec eff
Illustrator, Spec eff
Illustrator, Spec eff
[Spec eff]
Los Angeles, California
Visual eff art dir, Boss Film
Matte dept supv, Boss Film
Prod coord, Boss Film
Prod supv, Boss Film
Visual eff ed, Boss Film
Eff ed consultant, Boss Film
Spec eff foreman, Boss Film
Dir of photog--U.S., Boss Film
Prod adv, Boss Film
Chief financial officer, Boss Film
Action props & miniature supv, Boss Film
Dir of photog--Spain, Boss Film
Spec projects supv, Boss Film
Opt supv, Boss Film
Chief eng, Boss Film
Chief matte artist, Boss Film
Prod illustrator, Boss Film
Tech anim supv, Boss Film
Tech anim, Boss Film
Tech anim, Boss Film
Anim, Boss Film
Anim, Boss Film
Anim, Boss Film
Anim, Boss Film
Anim, Boss Film
Anim coord, Boss Film
Asst anim, Boss Film
Asst anim, Boss Film
Asst anim, Boss Film
Anim crew, Boss Film
Anim crew, Boss Film
Anim crew, Boss Film
Anim crew, Boss Film
Anim crew, Boss Film
Anim crew, Boss Film
Anim crew, Boss Film
Anim crew, Boss Film
Anim crew, Boss Film
Matte artist, Boss Film
Matte cam asst, Boss Film
Matte cam asst, Boss Film
Matte cam asst, Boss Film
Opt co-supv, Boss Film
Opt cam op, Boss Film
Opt cam op, Boss Film
Opt cam op, Boss Film
Opt cam op, Boss Film
Opt line-up, Boss Film
Opt line-up, Boss Film
Lab tech, Boss Film
Opt coord, Boss Film
Eff cam, Boss Film
1st asst photog, Boss Film
1st asst photog, Boss Film
1st asst photog, Boss Film
Still photog, Boss Film
Film loader, Boss Film
Spec projects asst, Boss Film
Spec eff tech, Boss Film
Grip, Boss Film
Lighting tech, Boss Film
Lighting tech, Boss Film
Bodhi crew chief, Action props & miniatures crew
Head painter, Action props & miniatures crew
Robot crew chief, Action props & miniatures crew
Robot sculptor, Action props & miniatures crew
Dam crew chief, Action props & miniatures crew
Breakway moldmaker, Action props & miniatures crew
Dam des eng, Action props & miniatures crew
Action props & miniatures crew
Action props & miniatures crew
Action props & miniatures crew
Action props & miniatures crew
Action props & miniatures crew
Action props & miniatures crew
Action props & miniatures crew
Action props & miniatures crew
Action props & miniatures crew
Action props & miniatures crew
Action props & miniatures crew
Action props & miniatures crew
Action props & miniatures crew
Action props & miniatures crew
Action props & miniatures crew
Titles and opt
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Makeup eff des
Makeup eff 1st tech
Makeup eff crew
Makeup eff crew
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Casting
Prod supv
Casting/London
Scr supv
Skate instructor
Prod coord
Prod coord
Prod accountant
Prod controller
Spec eff auditor
Asst to Mr. Johnson
Prod secy
Prod asst
Prod asst
London liaison
Extras casting
Medical service
Asst to Richard Edlund
Prod admin
Asst prod coord
Asst to Ronald Moore
Chief electronics eng
Electronics
Software programmer
Precision Cinetechnician
Precision Cinetechnician
Puchasing agent
Prod services
STAND INS
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt coord
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
SOURCES
SONGS
"Love Will Set You Free (Theme From Solarbabies )," ©1986 Taj Mahal Music, written by Smokey Robinson & Ivory Stone, performed by Smokey Robinson, courtesy of Motown Records Corporation.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 November 1986
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 26 November 1986
Production Date:
16 September--mid December 1985 in Spain
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
16 March 1987
Copyright Number:
PA333694
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Prints
Prints in Metrocolor®
Duration(in mins):
92
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the future, the Protectorate is a government system that controls all water on Earth and commands children to be raised in orphanages. The warden of Orphanage 43 discusses a legend about an alien visitor named Bodhi that has come to Earth to release all the waters of the desert planet. Several children escape from the orphanage one night and turn on the power at an abandoned mine so that they can participate in an illegal sporting event called Skateball. Participants include two teams, the Solarbabies and the Scorpions. Watching the game from afar is a Protectorate official, Grock, who calls in the police to capture the children. While the Solarbabies scatter, the Scorpions stay on the playing field. Instead of being arrested, the Scorpions are only reprimanded by Grock for losing the game. A young, deaf member of the Solarbabies, Daniel, escapes into an underground mine where he discovers a glowing purple ball that miraculously causes the boy to regain his hearing. Through telepathic communication, the ball tells Daniel that its name is Bodhi. The next morning, Daniel returns to the orphanage and hides Bodhi in the Solarbabies' secret equipment room. The warden, who is aware of the Solarbabies' illegal Skateball playing, punishes the teenagers by forcing them to dig holes in the desert. While digging, Terra, the only female member of the Solarbabies, is menaced by the Scorpions' leader, Gavial, but she successfully fends off his sexual advances. Later, while the Solarbabies are relaxing in their equipment room, Terra reads an ancient, romantic poem about rain. As teammate Metron mocks Terra, a rainstorm magically floods the room. After Daniel announces that he can now hear, he also ... +


In the future, the Protectorate is a government system that controls all water on Earth and commands children to be raised in orphanages. The warden of Orphanage 43 discusses a legend about an alien visitor named Bodhi that has come to Earth to release all the waters of the desert planet. Several children escape from the orphanage one night and turn on the power at an abandoned mine so that they can participate in an illegal sporting event called Skateball. Participants include two teams, the Solarbabies and the Scorpions. Watching the game from afar is a Protectorate official, Grock, who calls in the police to capture the children. While the Solarbabies scatter, the Scorpions stay on the playing field. Instead of being arrested, the Scorpions are only reprimanded by Grock for losing the game. A young, deaf member of the Solarbabies, Daniel, escapes into an underground mine where he discovers a glowing purple ball that miraculously causes the boy to regain his hearing. Through telepathic communication, the ball tells Daniel that its name is Bodhi. The next morning, Daniel returns to the orphanage and hides Bodhi in the Solarbabies' secret equipment room. The warden, who is aware of the Solarbabies' illegal Skateball playing, punishes the teenagers by forcing them to dig holes in the desert. While digging, Terra, the only female member of the Solarbabies, is menaced by the Scorpions' leader, Gavial, but she successfully fends off his sexual advances. Later, while the Solarbabies are relaxing in their equipment room, Terra reads an ancient, romantic poem about rain. As teammate Metron mocks Terra, a rainstorm magically floods the room. After Daniel announces that he can now hear, he also reveals Bodhi as the source of the recent miracles. At a skating recreation event at the orphanage, Gavial molests Terra until Jason, leader of the Solarbabies, comes to her defense. In the equipment room, Jason commiserates with the alien Bodhi about their terrible life in the orphanage. Just then, the ball shows Jason a futuristic vision of a dam breaking. At night, the Solababies sneak away to the Skateball arena and play with Bodhi. The next day, another orphan named Darstar steals Bodhi from the equipment room and escapes from the orphanage. When Daniel follows Darstar into the desert, the Solarbabies vote to pursue their friend. Grock and Gavial amass a police force to hunt down Darstar and the Solarbabies, and plan to torture the kids when they find them. In the desert, the Solarbabies evade the police by leaping over a damaged bridge. Meanwhile, Darstar makes his way to the tribe of native people to which he belongs, the Chicani, and shows Bodhi to their elderly leader, who warns of the Protectorate's eagerness to find the alien ball. During the night, Grock leads a police raid of the Chicani camp. The village is burned to the ground and the tribespeople are rounded up, but Darstar escapes. After the police have left, Daniel and the other Solarbabies reunite at the Chicani camp's smoldering ruins. At a Protectorate stronghold, Grock tortures a Chicani tribesman until he reveals the existence of Bodhi. Later, inside the Protectorate's Aqua Bunker, a massive dam where they control the world's water supply, a female scientist named Shandray displays a device that can produce a force field as strong as the Earth's magnetic pole. Grock inquires if the device can destroy the Sphere of Longiness, and Shandray implies it can. Meanwhile, the Solarbabies enter an amusement park called Tire Town where they are trailed by a pair of bounty hunters. Daniel, attuned to the psychic energy of Bodhi, leads his friends to the alien sphere locked in a shed by Darstar, who appears and gives the Solarbabies the combination to the shed's lock. When police arrive at the amusement park, Darstar and the Solarbabies attempt to outrun them. While the male members of the Solarbabies successfully get away, Terra is kidnapped by an unknown figure while the police capture Darstar and Bodhi. In the desert, the male Solarbabies are caught by the bounty hunters, but are quickly freed by Terra and a tribe of men brandishing crossbows. Terra leads her friends to an underground community free of the Protectorate that has its own supply of water sourced from a melting glacier. Elsewhere, at the dam, Shandray attempts to destroy Bodhi with her device. In the underground caves, Terra reveals her knowledge that the Protectorate is trying to destroy Bodhi, so the Solarbabies vow to rescue the sphere. They successfully break into the Aqua Bunker, where they rescue Darstar from a prison cell. Shandray's attempts to poke a hole in Bodhi are thwarted when the Solarbabies break into her laboratory and damage her device. Daniel rescues Bodhi, but when Shandray grabs the sphere to take it back, her hands burst into flames. Grock becomes stuck in Shandray's device and is killed. The Solarbabies escape from the Aqua Bunker and, from a safe distance, see the structure's dam burst, causing water to flood out into the desert. Bodhi disintegrates into a field of energy and flies into outer space while the Solarbabies, who are now infused with the alien's energy, watch on. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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