Cousins (1989)

PG-13 | 110 mins | Comedy-drama, Romance | 10 February 1989

Director:

Joel Schumacher

Producer:

William Allyn

Cinematographer:

Ralf Bode

Editor:

Robert Brown

Production Designer:

Mark S. Freeborn

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures Corporation
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HISTORY

       A 20 Jul 1987 HR item stated that it took two years for producer William Allyn to obtain rights to Jean-Charles Tacchella’s Academy Award-nominated 1975 film, Cousin, cousine, one of the highest-grossing foreign films of all time according to a 5 Feb 1989 NYT article. Allyn paid a “mid-six-figure licensing fee,” and anticipated a spring-summer 1988 shoot in NY, with location shooting to include the Bronx, Pelham, Yonkers, and City Island. A 1 Jul 1988 NYT article noted that Stephen Metcalfe, who was hired to write the American remake of Cousin, cousine, was then the resident playwright at San Francisco, CA’s Globe Theater.
       Filming ultimately took place in Vancouver, British Columbia. A 15 May 1988 LAHExam brief announced that principal photography would begin the following week, with ten weeks of filming planned. An unsourced article in AMPAS library files later cited a 16 Aug 1988 wrap date.
       According to the 5 Feb 1989 NYT article, entire families were hired as extras to create a relaxed and cheerful atmosphere in the scenes involving large parties. Lead actress Isabella Rossellini’s five-year-old daughter, Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann, served as an extra but was uncredited, while Ted Danson’s daughter, Kate, was credited as “Wedding killer listener.”
       A 3 Jan 1989 LAHExam item noted that sneak previews of the film were well received. On 10 Feb 1989, the film opened nationwide in 535 theaters and took in $3,039,805 in its first three days of release, as reported in the 15 Feb 1989 DV. The May 1989 Box review reported that Cousins ... More Less

       A 20 Jul 1987 HR item stated that it took two years for producer William Allyn to obtain rights to Jean-Charles Tacchella’s Academy Award-nominated 1975 film, Cousin, cousine, one of the highest-grossing foreign films of all time according to a 5 Feb 1989 NYT article. Allyn paid a “mid-six-figure licensing fee,” and anticipated a spring-summer 1988 shoot in NY, with location shooting to include the Bronx, Pelham, Yonkers, and City Island. A 1 Jul 1988 NYT article noted that Stephen Metcalfe, who was hired to write the American remake of Cousin, cousine, was then the resident playwright at San Francisco, CA’s Globe Theater.
       Filming ultimately took place in Vancouver, British Columbia. A 15 May 1988 LAHExam brief announced that principal photography would begin the following week, with ten weeks of filming planned. An unsourced article in AMPAS library files later cited a 16 Aug 1988 wrap date.
       According to the 5 Feb 1989 NYT article, entire families were hired as extras to create a relaxed and cheerful atmosphere in the scenes involving large parties. Lead actress Isabella Rossellini’s five-year-old daughter, Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann, served as an extra but was uncredited, while Ted Danson’s daughter, Kate, was credited as “Wedding killer listener.”
       A 3 Jan 1989 LAHExam item noted that sneak previews of the film were well received. On 10 Feb 1989, the film opened nationwide in 535 theaters and took in $3,039,805 in its first three days of release, as reported in the 15 Feb 1989 DV. The May 1989 Box review reported that Cousins had grossed a “soft $17 million” after six weeks in theatrical release.

      End credits include the following statements: “Excerpts from ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ courtesy of Dr. Seuss used under license from Dr. Seuss”; and, “Filmed on location in British Columbia, Canada in association with Paramount Pictures Corporation (Canada) Inc.”
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
May 1989.
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Daily Variety
17 Jul 1987.
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Daily Variety
6 Feb 1989
p. 3, 26.
Daily Variety
15 Feb 1989.
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Hollywood Reporter
20 Jul 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
27 Jan 1989.
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Hollywood Reporter
6 Feb 1989
p. 4, 14.
LAHExam
15 May 1988.
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LAHExam
3 Jan 1989.
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Los Angeles Times
10 Feb 1989
p. 1.
New York Times
1 Jul 1988
Section C, p. 7.
New York Times
05 Feb 1989
Section A, p. 20.
New York Times
10 Feb 1989
p. 12.
Variety
8 Feb 1989
p. 18, 20.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Valhalla band:
[and]
Weddingland band:
Backyard wedding band:
[and]
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A William Allyn Production
A Joel Schumacher Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
3d asst dir
3d asst dir
DGC trainee
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Cam op
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Still photog
Cam trainee
Chief lighting tech
Asst chief lighting tech
Chief rigging elec
Lamp op
Lamp op
Generator op
1st company grip
2d company grip
Dolly grip
Video services
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Asst art dir
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
Asst film ed, Canada
Asst film ed, Canada
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Videotape ed
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Asst set dec
Draughtsperson
Set dec buyer
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Prop master
Asst prop master
Props buyer
Const coord
Const foreperson
Lead carpenter
Head painter
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost des, Canada
Cost supv
Costumer
Costumer
Costumer
MUSIC
Mus ed
Mus scoring mixer
Mus cond by
Mus cond by
Sax soloist
courtesy of CBS Records/Tappan Zee Records
SOUND
Sd mixer
Sd mixer
Boom op
Cable person
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
ADR ed
Foley ed
Foley ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Apprentice ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
ADR mixer
ADR mixer
Foley mixer
ADR group
Foley artist
Foley artist
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff supv
Spec eff asst
Titles and opticals by
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Asst makeup artist
Hairstylist
Asst hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Scr supv
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Canadian casting
Casting asst, Los Angeles
Extras casting
Prod auditor
Accountant
Accounting asst
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Locs asst
Asst to William Allyn
Asst to Joel Schumacher
Asst to Joel Schumacher
Asst to Joel Schumacher
Asst to Joel Schumacher
Prod asst
Prod asst
Craft service/First aid
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation capt
Transportation co-capt
Shotmaker driver
Catering
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the French film Cousin, cousine written and directed by Jean-Charles Tacchella (Films Pomereu, 1975).
SONGS
"The Brady Bunch," by Sherwood Schwartz & Frank De Vol
"The Bunny Hop," by Ray Anthony & Leonard Auletti
"Guantanamera," by Jose Marti, Pete Seeger & Hector Angulo, performed by Jean-Marc Dompierre Orchestra, courtesy of Arthur Young Enterprises, Inc. (Canada)
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SONGS
"The Brady Bunch," by Sherwood Schwartz & Frank De Vol
"The Bunny Hop," by Ray Anthony & Leonard Auletti
"Guantanamera," by Jose Marti, Pete Seeger & Hector Angulo, performed by Jean-Marc Dompierre Orchestra, courtesy of Arthur Young Enterprises, Inc. (Canada)
"Happy Days," by Charles Fox & Norman Gimbel, heavy metal version performed by Kirk Thatcher, David Russo, Joan E. Jones & Duane Clark
"I Love You For Today," by Angelo Badalamenti, translated and performed by Pearl Huang
"Isn't It Romantic," by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
"The Long And Winding Road," by John Lennon & Paul McCartney
"Love Man," written & performed by Otis Redding, courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corporation, by arrangement with Warner Special Products
"Speak Softly Love," by Nino Rota & Larry Kusik
"Tangerine," by Johnny Mercer & Victor Schertzinger
"A Time For Us," by Nino Rota, Larry Kusik & Eddie Snyder
"Time To Dance The Mamba," lyric by Luis Valentino
"With Or Without You," written by U2.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
10 February 1989
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 10 February 1989
Production Date:
mid May--16 August 1988 in Vancouver
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures Corporation
Copyright Date:
10 March 1989
Copyright Number:
PA408237
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses/Prints
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®; Prints by Technicolor®
Duration(in mins):
110
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29563
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Larry Kozinksi and his wife, Tish, attend the wedding of Larry’s Uncle Phil, who is marrying an Italian woman named Edie. At the reception, Larry gives a heartfelt toast to the older couple while his teenage son, Mitch, captures the event on video. Also in attendance are Edie’s daughter, Maria, and Maria’s husband of eleven years, Tom Hardy, a hot-headed car salesman who notices Tish Kozinski from across the room. Outside, Tom gets into a shoving match with a cousin who claims Tom sold him a faulty car, and stalks off. Intrigued, Tish follows. As the reception winds down, Maria and Larry wait for their spouses to return. Larry introduces himself as a ballroom dance teacher and Maria says she is a legal secretary. She confesses that she felt like crying tears of joy for her mother during the wedding but has never been able to cry, then questions why she is revealing such personal information to a stranger. Larry, who is on his second marriage, recalls being unhappy as a securities analyst and real estate broker, and says people like to confide in dance teachers. He gives her his business card for a free lesson. Returning in a fluster, Tom says he took Tish for a test drive in his BMW, but the car broke down, causing them to be late. He continues to elaborate on the story as he and Maria go home with their young daughter, Chloe. That night, in their Chinatown apartment, Tish encourages Larry to take a job with his Uncle Phil, who owns a lucrative junkyard, but Larry ignores her suggestion and continues playing his trombone. Guilt-ridden after her fling with Tom, ... +


Larry Kozinksi and his wife, Tish, attend the wedding of Larry’s Uncle Phil, who is marrying an Italian woman named Edie. At the reception, Larry gives a heartfelt toast to the older couple while his teenage son, Mitch, captures the event on video. Also in attendance are Edie’s daughter, Maria, and Maria’s husband of eleven years, Tom Hardy, a hot-headed car salesman who notices Tish Kozinski from across the room. Outside, Tom gets into a shoving match with a cousin who claims Tom sold him a faulty car, and stalks off. Intrigued, Tish follows. As the reception winds down, Maria and Larry wait for their spouses to return. Larry introduces himself as a ballroom dance teacher and Maria says she is a legal secretary. She confesses that she felt like crying tears of joy for her mother during the wedding but has never been able to cry, then questions why she is revealing such personal information to a stranger. Larry, who is on his second marriage, recalls being unhappy as a securities analyst and real estate broker, and says people like to confide in dance teachers. He gives her his business card for a free lesson. Returning in a fluster, Tom says he took Tish for a test drive in his BMW, but the car broke down, causing them to be late. He continues to elaborate on the story as he and Maria go home with their young daughter, Chloe. That night, in their Chinatown apartment, Tish encourages Larry to take a job with his Uncle Phil, who owns a lucrative junkyard, but Larry ignores her suggestion and continues playing his trombone. Guilt-ridden after her fling with Tom, Tish promises Larry she would never hurt him, then plays a cassette tape from her psychic, Mrs. Wong, repeating the personal affirmation: “I approve of myself.” The next day, Tom breaks up with three different mistresses before visiting Tish at the make-up counter where she works. He warns her against telling Larry about their tryst and claims he is changing his ways but contradicts himself by asking her out. Maria visits Tom’s dance studio and he asks her to lunch. As they walk through a market, Maria broaches the subject of their spouses’ infidelity, and Larry pretends not to care. He tells Maria he believes in freedom of choice, but breaks down and admits he is livid. Discussing their relationships, Maria says she met Tom in high school, just after she moved to the U.S. from Italy, and was the only girl who refused to sleep with Tom, a star football player. They contemplate confronting their spouses but decide it is pointless. Tom returns home that night with a new scarf for Maria and begins to cook for her. In turn, she unapologetically states that she went to lunch with Larry. Soon after, Edie and Phil host a party at their lake house. Lounging on the lawn, Maria asks Phil about Larry, but their conversation is interrupted when Tom gets into another fistfight with his cousin. Turning back to Phil, Maria discovers that he has suddenly died. Later, Vince, Larry’s father and Phil’s brother, shows up to Phil’s funeral. Afterward, Vince apologizes to Edie for missing the wedding and commiserates with her, explaining that he lost his wife of thirty-five years. Tom and Tish slip away early for another tryst, and Larry takes Maria for a motorcycle ride. He shows her an old boat he is fixing up and talks about sailing it one day, and Maria comments that Larry has a rich fantasy life. On the dock, they pass a stand with sunhats, and Maria says that Tom dislikes her in hats. Larry buys her one of the hats to agitate her husband, and remarks that Tish hates boxer shorts. Tom takes notice when Larry drops Maria off at his car dealership, and later, he interrupts Tish at work to inform her that Larry and Maria are having an affair. Although she does not believe him, she changes her mind after Larry and Maria orchestrate a run-in at a restaurant and she notices the way Larry looks at Maria. She goes to the bathroom to cry, and Maria follows her in to apologize. Tish asks if Maria bought Larry boxer shorts, and Maria admits she did but says she and Larry were only playing a game and apologizes. Tish cries all the way home, astonished by how nice Maria was to her. At another wedding of a mutual family member, Maria and Larry make Tish and Tom jealous by stealing time with each other. Tish gets drunk and complains to Tom that their spouses’ affair is their fault, and Tom throws a punch at Larry but misses and destroys the wedding cake. Vince, who has taken a liking to Edie, asks her on a date, and she agrees only when he promises to pay. Meanwhile, Larry escorts Maria and Tom home and helps put Tom to bed. Maria insists they stop seeing each other but laments that Larry has become her best friend. That night, Edie reprimands Maria for her adulterous behavior. Soon after, Larry surprises Maria at the train station on her way to work and convinces her to go away with him. They rent a lakeside cabin for the day and make love for hours. Maria only becomes remorseful when she lies about her whereabouts to her daughter, Chloe, over the phone. Offering Larry a chance to make up his mind, Tish moves out of their apartment, and visits Tom at work. They rent a motel room, but the sex is not as good as it was before and Tish realizes Tom is only comfortable when he feels no responsibility toward a lover. Maria visits Larry as he works on his boat and he whimsically suggests they open a restaurant together. Maria tells him she must end the affair in order to spend more time with Chloe, who has been acting up at school in a bid for attention. She admits she has been crying a lot lately and they indulge in one more passionate kiss. Months later, Vince and Edie are married, and the wedding is attended by Tom and Maria, and Larry and Tish, who arrive separately. At the reception, Larry congratulates Tish on her latest promotion and she lovingly assures him that he did not hurt her. Maria offers to leave early with Tom, but he insists on staying. When Larry asks Maria to dance, however, Tom intervenes and threatens to fight him. Tom then asks Maria to spend the rest of her life with him, and Maria stops Tom from attacking Larry, saying yes to the dance. Sometime later, a home video taken by Mitch shows Larry, Maria and Chloe boarding Larry’s boat. As Mitch sails away with them, a restaurant called Maria’s can be seen behind them on the dock. +

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