Fool for Love (1985)

R | 107 mins | Drama | 6 December 1985

Director:

Robert Altman

Writer:

Sam Shepard

Cinematographer:

Pierre Mignot

Production Designer:

Stephen Altman

Production Company:

Cannon Films
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HISTORY

Fool for Love was based on Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright-actor Sam Shepard’s 1983 off-Broadway play of the same name. Shepard adapted the screenplay and performed the lead role, “Eddie,” in the film version. The part was performed onstage by actor Ed Harris, as noted in the 2 Dec 1985 HR.
       The 10 Apr 1985 HR reported principal photography for the $5-6 million picture was set to begin in Santa Fe, NM, on 13 May 1985, and continue for eight weeks. Director Robert Altman planned to edit the film while in Paris, France, and anticipated a limited release in New York City and Los Angeles, CA, by the end of 1985. The 10 Apr 1985 LAHExam announced that the Cannon Film Group, Inc., would provide funding.
       Filming was completed on 21 Jun 1985, according to the 25 Jun 1985 DV.
       Production notes in AMPAS library files reported that the “El Royale Motel” took six weeks to construct, and was reportedly so authentic that tourists in NM frequently tried to check in as guests. Following production, the desert motel set was ... More Less

Fool for Love was based on Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright-actor Sam Shepard’s 1983 off-Broadway play of the same name. Shepard adapted the screenplay and performed the lead role, “Eddie,” in the film version. The part was performed onstage by actor Ed Harris, as noted in the 2 Dec 1985 HR.
       The 10 Apr 1985 HR reported principal photography for the $5-6 million picture was set to begin in Santa Fe, NM, on 13 May 1985, and continue for eight weeks. Director Robert Altman planned to edit the film while in Paris, France, and anticipated a limited release in New York City and Los Angeles, CA, by the end of 1985. The 10 Apr 1985 LAHExam announced that the Cannon Film Group, Inc., would provide funding.
       Filming was completed on 21 Jun 1985, according to the 25 Jun 1985 DV.
       Production notes in AMPAS library files reported that the “El Royale Motel” took six weeks to construct, and was reportedly so authentic that tourists in NM frequently tried to check in as guests. Following production, the desert motel set was removed. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
Jul 1985.
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Daily Variety
25 Jun 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
19 Apr 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
10 Apr 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
2 Dec 1985
p. 3, 19.
LAHExam
10 Apr 1985.
p. 2.
Los Angeles Times
6 Dec 1985
p. 1, 10.
New York Times
6 Dec 1985
p. 12.
Variety
27 Nov 1985
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
The Canon Group, Inc. presents
A Golan--Globus production
A Robert Altman film
Fool For Love: A Cannon Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
Scr
Based on his play
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
Best boy
Dolly grip
Key grip
Best boy
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Asst to the art dir
Sketch artist
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Const coord
Const foreman
Painter
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Asst to the comp
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Asst sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
MAKEUP
Makeup/Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Exec in charge of prod
Scr supv
Loc accountant
Prod secy
Prod asst
Prod asst
Livestock furnished by
Livestock coord
Prod equip & facilities
COLOR PERSONNEL
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Fool for Love by Sam Shepard (San Francisco, 8 Feb 1983).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Let's Ride," "You Lied Your Way," "It Comes and Goes," "Call Me Up," "Go Rosa," "Love Shy," and "First & Last Real Cowboy," written and performed by Sandy Rogers, produced by Jim Gaines
"Why Wyoming," written by Sandy Rogers and Louise Kirchen, performed by Sandy Rogers, produced by Jim Gaines
"Honky Tonk Heroes," and "Black Rose," written by Billy Joe Shaver, performed by Waylon Jennings, courtesy of RCA Records.
DETAILS
Release Date:
6 December 1985
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 6 December 1985
Production Date:
13 May--21 June 1985 in Santa Fe, NM and Las Vegas, NM
Copyright Claimant:
Limelight Associates Limited Partnership
Copyright Date:
11 March 1986
Copyright Number:
PA293337
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Cameras by Joe Dunton Cameras
Duration(in mins):
107
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
27930
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A young woman named May leaves her contentious lover Eddie and moves into the El Royale Motel in New Mexico, after learning that he has been unfaithful with a woman named “The Countess.” Eddie, a rodeo stunt rider, drives from Wyoming to find May at the motel, and attempts to win her back. As the former lovers argue outside of May’s room, the old man who runs the motel silently watches. After a night of bickering, May is distraught, but prepares for a date with Martin, a new love interest. Meanwhile, Eddie leaves, but soon returns to torment May while she waits for Martin to arrive. When a car pulls up, Eddie believes Martin is the driver, but the Countess gets out instead, aims a gun, and shoots at May before driving away. Eddie pulls May to safety and tries to convince her to leave with him, warning the Countess will return, but May replies that she no longer loves him. Martin arrives to see May and Eddie arguing, and rushes to her defense. However, May stops him and introduces Eddie as her cousin. As the dispute settles, May freshens up while Eddie pours Martin a drink in the motel bar. As the motel owner listens in on the conversation, Eddie reveals that May is actually his half-sister, whom he became intimate with in high school before learning of their familial relationship. When May returns and hears Eddie’s story, she calls him a liar and continues telling the story from her point of view. May remembers when she and her mother went looking for her unfaithful father ... +


A young woman named May leaves her contentious lover Eddie and moves into the El Royale Motel in New Mexico, after learning that he has been unfaithful with a woman named “The Countess.” Eddie, a rodeo stunt rider, drives from Wyoming to find May at the motel, and attempts to win her back. As the former lovers argue outside of May’s room, the old man who runs the motel silently watches. After a night of bickering, May is distraught, but prepares for a date with Martin, a new love interest. Meanwhile, Eddie leaves, but soon returns to torment May while she waits for Martin to arrive. When a car pulls up, Eddie believes Martin is the driver, but the Countess gets out instead, aims a gun, and shoots at May before driving away. Eddie pulls May to safety and tries to convince her to leave with him, warning the Countess will return, but May replies that she no longer loves him. Martin arrives to see May and Eddie arguing, and rushes to her defense. However, May stops him and introduces Eddie as her cousin. As the dispute settles, May freshens up while Eddie pours Martin a drink in the motel bar. As the motel owner listens in on the conversation, Eddie reveals that May is actually his half-sister, whom he became intimate with in high school before learning of their familial relationship. When May returns and hears Eddie’s story, she calls him a liar and continues telling the story from her point of view. May remembers when she and her mother went looking for her unfaithful father and discovered him living with Eddie and his own mother. Later, May’s mother discovered her daughter’s teenage love affair with Eddie, and when she asked his mother to keep Eddie away from May, Eddie’s mother killed herself. After telling her side of the story, May and Eddie embrace. The mysterious old man at the motel who has been listening all along argues that he had no idea that Eddie’s mother killed herself, and admits he is May and Eddie’s father. Soon, the Countess returns, shoots Eddie’s truck, causing it to explode, and flees. As Eddie chases after the Countess, the motel catches fire. May packs her suitcase and walks alone into the night. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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