Nadine (1987)

PG | 83 mins | Comedy | 7 August 1987

Director:

Robert Benton

Writer:

Robert Benton

Producer:

Arlene Donovan

Cinematographer:

Nestor Almendros

Editor:

Sam O'Steen

Production Designer:

Paul Sylbert

Production Company:

Tri-Star Pictures
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HISTORY

       As released, Nadine is a lighthearted romantic comedy thriller, but it started off as a drama. Promotional materials in AMPAS library files indicate that writer-director Robert Benton intended to write a “serious movie about marriage,” but the character of “Nadine” quickly popped into his head and took over. As the character spoke to him, the serious aspects of the screenplay gradually faded and the romantic comedy aspects grew. The 24 Oct 1986 Backstage reported the character of Nadine was based on one of Benton’s restaurateur friends in Austin, TX. However, Benton told the 2 Aug 1987 NYT that Nadine was based in part on his wife and in part on gossip columnist Liz Smith, a Texas native and longtime friend. Benton told the 2 Aug 1987 LAT that when actress Kim Basinger walked into the casting session, he immediately knew he had found his Nadine. The character of “Vernon” was written with actor Jeff Bridges in mind.
       Principal photography began on 30 Sep 1986 in Austin, TX, according to the 10 Oct 1986 DV. The movie had an eleven-week shooting schedule according to the Sep 1987 American Cinematographer magazine and shot entirely in Austin, except for the deserted house sequences which were shot in San Antonio, TX.
       Nadine opened on 760 screens on 7 Aug 1987, taking in $2.2 million in its first three days of release, according to an 11 Aug 1987 DV box-office report. Seventeen days into its release, the film had taken in $5.7 million, according to a 25 Aug 1987 DV box-office report.


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       As released, Nadine is a lighthearted romantic comedy thriller, but it started off as a drama. Promotional materials in AMPAS library files indicate that writer-director Robert Benton intended to write a “serious movie about marriage,” but the character of “Nadine” quickly popped into his head and took over. As the character spoke to him, the serious aspects of the screenplay gradually faded and the romantic comedy aspects grew. The 24 Oct 1986 Backstage reported the character of Nadine was based on one of Benton’s restaurateur friends in Austin, TX. However, Benton told the 2 Aug 1987 NYT that Nadine was based in part on his wife and in part on gossip columnist Liz Smith, a Texas native and longtime friend. Benton told the 2 Aug 1987 LAT that when actress Kim Basinger walked into the casting session, he immediately knew he had found his Nadine. The character of “Vernon” was written with actor Jeff Bridges in mind.
       Principal photography began on 30 Sep 1986 in Austin, TX, according to the 10 Oct 1986 DV. The movie had an eleven-week shooting schedule according to the Sep 1987 American Cinematographer magazine and shot entirely in Austin, except for the deserted house sequences which were shot in San Antonio, TX.
       Nadine opened on 760 screens on 7 Aug 1987, taking in $2.2 million in its first three days of release, according to an 11 Aug 1987 DV box-office report. Seventeen days into its release, the film had taken in $5.7 million, according to a 25 Aug 1987 DV box-office report.


      End credits include “Special Thanks” to: “The City of Austin, Texas; The Texas Film Commission; The San Antonio Film Commission; D’Arcy Masius; Benton & Bowles USA, Inc.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Sep 1987
p. 58-64.
Backstage
24 Oct 1986.
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Daily Variety
10 Oct 1986.
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Daily Variety
13 Jul 1987
p. 3, 6.
Daily Variety
11 Aug 1987.
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Daily Variety
25 Aug 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
15 Jul 1987
p. 3, 46.
Los Angeles Times
2 Aug 1987.
p. c-32.
Los Angeles Times
7 Aug 1987
p. 1.
New York Times
2 Aug 1987.
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New York Times
7 Aug 1987
p. 8.
Variety
15 Jul 1987
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Tri-Star Pictures Presents
From Tri-Star-ML Delphi Premier Productions
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Still photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Video playback op
Elec best boy
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Leadman
Leadman
Prop master
Asst prop master
Const coord
Stand-by painter
Paint foreman
COSTUMES
Cost des
Asst cost des
Costumer
Costumer
MUSIC
Mus ed
Asst mus ed
SOUND
Supv sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Asst ADR ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Prod sd mixer
Boom op
Cable
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec visual eff
Spec visual supv
Spec eff
Titles des by
Titles des by
MAKEUP
Makeup des by
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Consultant to Robert Benton
Scr supv
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Texas casting
Extras casting
Casting asst
Transportation coord
Transportation co-capt
Transportation co-capt
First aid
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Asst to Mr. Benton
Asst to Mr. Sylbert
Post prod services
STAND INS
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunt coord
SOURCES
SONGS
“Since I Found You,” “Midnight Girl/Sunset Town,” “I Can’t Resist,” performed by Sweethearts Of The Rodeo, courtesy of CBS Records
“Seven Nights To Rock,” performed by Moon Mullican, courtesy of GML Inc.
“Love Is Here To Stay,” performed by Jackie Gleason, courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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SONGS
“Since I Found You,” “Midnight Girl/Sunset Town,” “I Can’t Resist,” performed by Sweethearts Of The Rodeo, courtesy of CBS Records
“Seven Nights To Rock,” performed by Moon Mullican, courtesy of GML Inc.
“Love Is Here To Stay,” performed by Jackie Gleason, courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
“If You’ve Got The Money, I’ve Got The Time,” performed by Lefty Frizzell, courtesy of CBS Records
“La Chivita,” performed by Trio San Antonio, courtesy of Arhoolie Records.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
7 August 1987
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 7 August 1987
Production Date:
30 September--mid December 1986
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Color by Metrocolor ®
Lenses
Ariflex Cameras by Otto Nemenz International
Prints
Prints by Technicolor ®
Duration(in mins):
83
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28341
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1954 Austin, Texas, Nadine Hightower, a woman in her late twenties who is a few weeks pregnant, goes to the photography studios of Raymond Escobar, demanding back the sexy photos he took of her because they were racier than she imagined they would be. Nadine claims Escobar misled her into thinking that Hugh Hefner’s new Playboy magazine might be interested in the photos and would pay her lots of money. Escobar responds that Nadine was paid $22 for the photo session, which is all he promised. When someone knocks on the door, Escobar shoves Nadine into a back room and lets them in. A few moments later, Escobar comes into the backroom with a knife in his chest and collapses. Nadine grabs the envelope marked with her name and leaves by the back door just as a delivery man comes in the front door and discovers Escobar’s dead body. Nadine returns to work at the Alamo Beauty Shop, but discovers the envelope does not contain her photos. Instead, it contains photographs of plans for a proposed new highway that has not yet been announced. After work, Nadine’s estranged husband, Vernon Hightower, who does not know his wife is pregnant, comes by asking if she has signed the divorce papers yet. He explains the bank will not approve a business loan for renovations to his Blue Bonnet Lounge, a seedy bar on the outskirts of town, until she signs the papers. Nadine demands he buy her a new Buick convertible automobile before she will sign, but he refuses, saying he does not have that kind of money. So, Nadine asks him to accompany her on ... +


In 1954 Austin, Texas, Nadine Hightower, a woman in her late twenties who is a few weeks pregnant, goes to the photography studios of Raymond Escobar, demanding back the sexy photos he took of her because they were racier than she imagined they would be. Nadine claims Escobar misled her into thinking that Hugh Hefner’s new Playboy magazine might be interested in the photos and would pay her lots of money. Escobar responds that Nadine was paid $22 for the photo session, which is all he promised. When someone knocks on the door, Escobar shoves Nadine into a back room and lets them in. A few moments later, Escobar comes into the backroom with a knife in his chest and collapses. Nadine grabs the envelope marked with her name and leaves by the back door just as a delivery man comes in the front door and discovers Escobar’s dead body. Nadine returns to work at the Alamo Beauty Shop, but discovers the envelope does not contain her photos. Instead, it contains photographs of plans for a proposed new highway that has not yet been announced. After work, Nadine’s estranged husband, Vernon Hightower, who does not know his wife is pregnant, comes by asking if she has signed the divorce papers yet. He explains the bank will not approve a business loan for renovations to his Blue Bonnet Lounge, a seedy bar on the outskirts of town, until she signs the papers. Nadine demands he buy her a new Buick convertible automobile before she will sign, but he refuses, saying he does not have that kind of money. So, Nadine asks him to accompany her on an errand to pick up supplies for work, then she will sign. Vernon sends his fiancée, Renee Lomax, who is waiting in his truck, back home while he goes off with Nadine. Vernon met Renee, who works in the billing department of the Lone Star Beer Company, just a few months ago, but plans to marry her as soon as the divorce is final. Vernon tells Nadine of his elaborate plans to transform the Blue Bonnet Lounge into a showplace and bring in live bands, but Nadine reminds him the bar is in a bad location and likely will never succeed. They park the car in the alley behind Raymond Escobar’s photo studio and go in the rear entrance. Nadine claims she left her keys to the office at work and convinces Vernon to jimmy the lock. Once inside, she searches for her photos as Vernon realizes he helped her break in. Fearing police will arrest him, he leaves while Nadine continues searching. Meanwhile, two policemen sit outside the photo studio in a police cruiser, guarding the crime scene. Deciding a cold beer would be nice, one of the officers goes to Escobar’s studio to get beer out of the refrigerator, just as Vernon comes back in the rear door. The officer holds Vernon at gunpoint, but Nadine comes from behind and knocks the policeman unconscious. Nadine and Vernon dash out the rear door and speed away in her car, but police give chase. They elude police and go to Nadine’s house, where Vernon demands an explanation. Nadine claims she was trying to get photos back for a co-worker at the beauty salon and Vernon believes her story. Nadine goes in the back to fix them drinks and change into a sexy black nightgown. When he is out of cigarettes, Vernon looks through Nadine’s purse for her cigarettes and discovers the photos of the highway project. When Nadine comes back into the room, Vernon is speeding off in her car. He goes to the apartment of his third cousin, Dwight Estes, who is also his divorce lawyer. Dwight wants the $820 in legal fees Vernon owes him and also reminds him the bank is about to foreclose on the Blue Bonnet Lounge. Vernon replies that he is about to be rich, and shows Dwight the photos of the highway plans. He asks Dwight to help raise $50,000 so they can buy all the land around the proposed highway. Meanwhile, shady real estate investor Buford Pope has his men bring Nadine to his offices. Buford has Escobar’s photos of Nadine and wants to exchange them for the photos of the highway plans. She says she no longer has the photos. Buford’s men bring in Vernon, and Buford threatens to release rattlesnakes to kill Vernon and Nadine unless they give him the photos, but Vernon turns the tables on them, releases the rattlesnakes and dashes out with Nadine. The two go to Vernon’s trailer on the outskirts of town, where they reminisce about good times, then start kissing and make love. The next morning, Vernon’s fiancée, Renee, comes to the trailer, sees Nadine’s sexy black nightgown on the sofa and assumes it is a gift for her. After Vernon leaves with Renee, Nadine returns to her house where she finds a rattlesnake in her bed. She goes to her boss, Vera, asking to be paid early as she intends to leave town immediately. Vernon comes to the beauty shop and argues with Nadine. Vera intervenes, but lets slip that Nadine is pregnant. Nadine and Vernon go out behind the shop to continue their argument, but quickly spot Buford’s men coming for them. They hide in a deserted house and elude Buford’s men. Vernon goes to Dwight’s apartment expecting that his cousin has raised the money they need, but instead finds Buford Pope waiting. Dwight explains that he and Buford are going to partner in the highway land deal because Vernon will screw it up as he has always done in the past. Buford holds Nadine hostage while Dwight and Vernon go to the Blue Bonnet to get the photographs. Renee comes into the bar, ready to break off her engagement because the black nightgown appears to be used. Dwight and Vernon go to the salvage yard to exchange the photos for Nadine, but Buford orders his men to shoot Vernon and Nadine as well as Dwight. However, Vernon grabs the gun wielded by Buford’s man and, after a shoot-out, the three escape. They go to the police station where they learn the gun that killed photographer Raymond Escobar belongs to Buford. Police arrest Buford, and charge Vernon with numerous crimes. Police take the envelope with the highway plan photos out of Vernon’s jacket. However, when they open the envelope, they find Escobar’s sexy photos of Nadine. Vernon is dumbfounded, but Nadine turns to him and says, “Vernon, trust me.”

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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