Class (1983)

R | 99 mins | Comedy | 22 July 1983

Director:

Lewis John Carlino

Producer:

Martin Ransohoff

Cinematographer:

Ric Waite

Production Designer:

Jack Poplin

Production Company:

Orion Pictures Corporation
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HISTORY

       The 23 Jul 1982 HR announced that principal photography would begin on the film Wild Oats, formerly titled Class, on 20 Sep 1982 in Chicago, IL. An open casting call appeared in the 6 Aug 1982 Back Stage, to cast the characters “Jonathan” and “Skip.” Auditions were held at the Guild Studios in New York City’s Ansonia Hotel. It was reported in the 18 Jul 1983 LAT that the audition enabled Andrew McCarthy, a New York University drama student, to land his first film role.
       According to the 5 Oct 1982 HR, photography began a week later than previously announced, on 27 Sep 1982. It was reported in the 4 Nov 1982 DV that much of the initial photography took place at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL, and focused on the characters played by actors McCarthy and Rob Lowe. Stars Jacqueline Bisset and Cliff Robertson appeared before the cameras the last week of Oct 1982, shortly after the four actors, producer Martin Ransohoff, and director Lewis John Carlino appeared at a press conference in Chicago’s Sheraton Plaza Hotel. Ransohoff estimated that filming for the $7 million picture would be completed in forty-five to fifty days. Locations would be primarily in IL, with a second unit in New York City. The film was referred to by its official title, Class. Completion of filming on 8 Dec 1982 was announced in the 15 Dec 1982 HR, along with a planned summer 1983 release. Ransohoff later told the 26 Jul ... More Less

       The 23 Jul 1982 HR announced that principal photography would begin on the film Wild Oats, formerly titled Class, on 20 Sep 1982 in Chicago, IL. An open casting call appeared in the 6 Aug 1982 Back Stage, to cast the characters “Jonathan” and “Skip.” Auditions were held at the Guild Studios in New York City’s Ansonia Hotel. It was reported in the 18 Jul 1983 LAT that the audition enabled Andrew McCarthy, a New York University drama student, to land his first film role.
       According to the 5 Oct 1982 HR, photography began a week later than previously announced, on 27 Sep 1982. It was reported in the 4 Nov 1982 DV that much of the initial photography took place at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL, and focused on the characters played by actors McCarthy and Rob Lowe. Stars Jacqueline Bisset and Cliff Robertson appeared before the cameras the last week of Oct 1982, shortly after the four actors, producer Martin Ransohoff, and director Lewis John Carlino appeared at a press conference in Chicago’s Sheraton Plaza Hotel. Ransohoff estimated that filming for the $7 million picture would be completed in forty-five to fifty days. Locations would be primarily in IL, with a second unit in New York City. The film was referred to by its official title, Class. Completion of filming on 8 Dec 1982 was announced in the 15 Dec 1982 HR, along with a planned summer 1983 release. Ransohoff later told the 26 Jul 1983 LAHExam that the marketing budget for the film was equal to its production costs.
       A news item in the 11 Jul 1983 DV stated that Jacqueline Bisset elected to have her name appear between Lowe and McCarthy in the opening credits, though her agent reportedly did not agree. Previews in 535 theaters across North America were sold out, according to the 20 Jul 1983 LAHExam. Although the screenings were well-attended by teenage audiences, people in their thirties were also attracted to the film because the plot, which depicted an affair between a young man and an older, married woman, was reminiscent of The Graduate (1967, see entry).
       The 14 Jul 1983 LAHExam reported that Bisset was angered over the picture’s advertising campaign, which included an illustration of the actress’s face on a body with “enormous bosoms.” Ransohoff responded in the 15 Jul 1983 LAHExam, saying that Bisset refused the opportunity to pose for publicity photographs, even when offered the photographer of her choice.
       Class received mostly negative reviews, several of which criticized the lack of development in the character, “Ellen Burroughs.” Others suggested that the advertising campaign, which divulged the affair between McCarthy’s and Bisset’s characters, ruined whatever appeal the film might otherwise have had.
      End credits conclude with the following statements: "The producers wish to thank the students, faculty and staff of Lake Forest College where many of these scenes were filmed, for their cooperation during the production of this motion picture"; "Radio sources courtesy of WGN Radio, Chicago."
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Back Stage
6 Aug 1982.
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Daily Variety
4 Nov 1982
p. 3.
Daily Variety
16 Dec 1982.
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Daily Variety
11 Jun 1983.
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Daily Variety
11 Jul 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
23 Jul 1982.
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Hollywood Reporter
5 Oct 1982.
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Hollywood Reporter
15 Dec 1982.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 Jul 1983
p. 3, 32.
LAHExam
14 Jul 1983.
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LAHExam
15 Jul 1983
Section A, p. 2.
LAHExam
20 Jul 1983.
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LAHExam
26 Jul 1983.
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Los Angeles Times
18 Jul 1983.
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Los Angeles Times
22 Jul 1983
Part VI, p. 1, 8.
New York Times
22 Jul 1983
p. 10.
Playboy
Oct 1983.
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Screen International
21 Aug 1982.
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Variety
7 Jun 1982.
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Variety
6 Aug 1982.
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Variety
13 Jul 1983
p. 15, 22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Martin Ransohoff Production
A Lewis John Carlino Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Gaffer
Still photog
Best boy
Key grip
Best boy/grip
Dolly grip
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
ADR asst
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Asst props
Const coord
Head carpenter
Carpenter
Painter foreman
Const crew
Head laborer
COSTUMES
Cost for Ms. Bisset des by
Cost
Asst cost
MUSIC
Mus ed
Asst mus ed
Addl mus comp and performed by
SOUND
Post prod dial
for lipSSinc inc.
Sd ed
Sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Prod sd mixer
Boom man
Sd cable
VISUAL EFFECTS
Titles and opt eff
MAKEUP
Makeup for Ms. Bisset
Hairstylist for Ms. Bisset
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
and
Casting
Chicago casting
Extra casting
Asst to the prod
Asst to the prod
Secy to prods
Post prod asst
Post prod asst
Scr supv
Loc mgr
Auditor
Asst auditor
Transportation capt
Transportation co-capt
Unit pub
Prod asst
Prod asst
Craft serviceman
Caterer
Post prod facilities
STAND INS
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
SOURCES
SONGS
"Overnite," composed by James Eaton and Reynold Faubert, performed by Toymuzic, Publisher: Out to Lunch Music
"Holiday In Cambodia," composed by Raymond Pepperell, Eric R. Boucher and Geoff Lyall, publisher: Decay Music, courtesy of Alternative Tentacles Records
"Stand In The Shadows," composed by Jon Shanks and Jim Oppenheim, performed by Line One, publisher: Line One Publishers
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SONGS
"Overnite," composed by James Eaton and Reynold Faubert, performed by Toymuzic, Publisher: Out to Lunch Music
"Holiday In Cambodia," composed by Raymond Pepperell, Eric R. Boucher and Geoff Lyall, publisher: Decay Music, courtesy of Alternative Tentacles Records
"Stand In The Shadows," composed by Jon Shanks and Jim Oppenheim, performed by Line One, publisher: Line One Publishers
"Hiding From Love," composed by Bryan Adams, Eric Kagna and Jim Vallance, performed by Bryan Adams, publisher: Irving Music, Inc., courtesy of A&M Records
"Little Drummer Boy," composed by Katherine Davis, Henry Onerati and Harry Simeone, performed by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, published by Mills Music, Inc./International Korwin Corp., courtesy of Boardwalk Records
"Blame It On Miami,""Give A Little...," composed and performed by David and Suzanne Hines, publisher: First Flight Music.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Wild Oats
Release Date:
22 July 1983
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 22 July 1983
Production Date:
27 September--8 December 1982 in Lake Forest and Chicago, IL, and New York City
Copyright Claimant:
Orion Pictures Corporation
Copyright Date:
5 October 1983
Copyright Number:
PA190826
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex Camera by Panavision
Prints
Prints by DeLuxe
Duration(in mins):
99
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
26912
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At Vernon Academy, a prestigious boys’ preparatory school in Illinois, Jonathan Ogner arrives on campus to begin his senior year. Upon entering his dormitory, he is greeted by his new roommate, Squire Franklin Burroughs IV, nicknamed “Skip.” Following a brief chat, Skip coerces Jonathan to dress in women’s underwear as part of senior-class ritual, then locks him out of the building, exposing him to ridicule by the other students. Later, Skip apologizes for the prank, explaining it as a school tradition. Jonathan endures the taunts of his classmates until lunch the next day, when he runs from the cafeteria in tears. Skip returns to his room and discovers Jonathan hanging from the ceiling. The horrified student fetches Mr. Kennedy, the headmaster, but when they enter the room, Jonathan’s body has been replaced with a mannequin bearing Kennedy’s likeness. The prank earns Jonathan the respect of Skip and his classmates. That night, over a bottle of vodka, Jonathan admits that he cheated on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, or SAT, believing that his “life depends” on being accepted to Harvard University, even though he has always been an exceptional student. He and Skip sneak out of the dormitory to meet Lisa and Susan, who attend Vernon’s sister school, Foxfield. Jonathan ruins the evening by vomiting in the backseat of Skip’s car. Sometime later, Skip appoints Jonathan as secretary to the school’s dance committee, which travels to Foxfield to meet with Headmistress DeBreul and several students, including Lisa and Susan, to plan a Halloween dance. Jonathan’s clumsiness in the presence of the women causes a series of mishaps, including the ... +


At Vernon Academy, a prestigious boys’ preparatory school in Illinois, Jonathan Ogner arrives on campus to begin his senior year. Upon entering his dormitory, he is greeted by his new roommate, Squire Franklin Burroughs IV, nicknamed “Skip.” Following a brief chat, Skip coerces Jonathan to dress in women’s underwear as part of senior-class ritual, then locks him out of the building, exposing him to ridicule by the other students. Later, Skip apologizes for the prank, explaining it as a school tradition. Jonathan endures the taunts of his classmates until lunch the next day, when he runs from the cafeteria in tears. Skip returns to his room and discovers Jonathan hanging from the ceiling. The horrified student fetches Mr. Kennedy, the headmaster, but when they enter the room, Jonathan’s body has been replaced with a mannequin bearing Kennedy’s likeness. The prank earns Jonathan the respect of Skip and his classmates. That night, over a bottle of vodka, Jonathan admits that he cheated on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, or SAT, believing that his “life depends” on being accepted to Harvard University, even though he has always been an exceptional student. He and Skip sneak out of the dormitory to meet Lisa and Susan, who attend Vernon’s sister school, Foxfield. Jonathan ruins the evening by vomiting in the backseat of Skip’s car. Sometime later, Skip appoints Jonathan as secretary to the school’s dance committee, which travels to Foxfield to meet with Headmistress DeBreul and several students, including Lisa and Susan, to plan a Halloween dance. Jonathan’s clumsiness in the presence of the women causes a series of mishaps, including the baring of Lisa’s breasts and the destruction of a vase given to the school by Eleanor Roosevelt. Jonathan is banned from Foxfield for life, denying him the only source of female companionship within a hundred miles of Vernon. Skip directs Jonathan to the Free and Easy Club in Chicago, Illinois, where he is likely to meet a sex partner. Skip also instructs Jonathan to return to school with a pair of panties as evidence of his conquest. At the club, Jonathan endures two awkward encounters before he meets Ellen, an uninhibited English woman in her thirties. Taking Skip’s advice, Jonathan lies about his age, saying he is a doctoral candidate at Northwestern University. Afraid of further embarrassing himself, Jonathan leaves the bar and hails a taxi. Ellen joins him and directs the driver to her hotel, where she and Jonathan make love in an elevator. Two days later, Jonathan returns to Vernon with a pair of Ellen’s panties, and word spreads quickly of his sexual prowess. During a subsequent tryst in Chicago, Ellen asks to visit Jonathan at Northwestern the following weekend. When Jonathan claims that he will be attending a conference in New York City, Ellen offers to meet him there, leaving Jonathan no choice but to make travel plans. In a Manhattan clothing store, Ellen inadvertently sees Jonathan’s student identification card and runs from the store. Before Jonathan can stop her, she speeds away in a taxi. Jonathan returns to Vernon in a state of depression, resulting in a decline in his health and his schoolwork. Skip tries to lift his roommate’s spirits, but makes no progress until Jonathan is notified that he has been accepted to Harvard. Over the Christmas holidays, Jonathan visits Skip at the Burroughs family’s lavish estate. While the boys converse with Mr. Burroughs in the den, Skip’s mother, who happens to be Ellen, appears. Following a brief introduction and an awkward pause, Ellen retires to her bedroom. At dinner, Ellen drinks heavily while Jonathan struggles to hide his discomfort. Afterward, when Mr. Burroughs scolds Ellen for her behavior, she seeks comfort from Jonathan, who declines her advances. Jonathan leaves the next day at Ellen’s request. Upon returning to school, the students of Vernon learn that they are under investigation by a man named Balaban, whom they believe to be a drug enforcement agent. After flushing several pounds of marijuana down the school’s toilets, it is revealed that Balaban is targeting students who cheated on the SAT. Over the next few weeks, Jonathan receives several desperate phone calls from Ellen, until he finally agrees to meet her in Chicago. Skip asks to join him, but Jonathan insists on going alone, purportedly to mourn his ill-fated romance. In Chicago, Ellen and Jonathan exchange angry words before falling into each other’s arms and making love. Meanwhile, Skip arrives in the city with friends from Vernon and Foxfield with the intention of surprising Jonathan, but when they burst into the hotel room, Skip is appalled at the sight of his mother in bed with Jonathan and runs from the room. Back at Vernon, Skip tells Jonathan that he is not upset by the affair, but is unable to hide his anger, and shows little emotion upon learning of his mother’s commitment to a mental hospital. Later, in the cafeteria, Kennedy introduces Balaban to the students, and announces that each of them will be interviewed as part of the investigation. Although Jonathan manages to hide his guilt from Balaban, he worries that Skip may betray him as an act of retribution. When Skip is summoned by Balaban, he defies the investigator and utters an obscenity as he leaves the room. The incident makes Skip a hero among the students, and exacerbates Jonathan’s guilt. He tries to instigate a conversation with his roommate, but Skip remains silent until Jonathan makes a provocative statement about Ellen, and a brawl ensues. The boys take the fight into the wooded area behind the school, and then into the dormitory. When both are exhausted, Jonathan explains that he was truly in love with Ellen, but promises never to see her again. Skip offers his forgiveness. +

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