A Night in Heaven (1983)

R | 83 mins | Drama | 18 November 1983

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HISTORY

       Referring to the picture by its working title, the 15 Jul 1980 HR announced that production would begin on Ladies Night 1 Oct 1980 in Orlando, FL, with choreographer Deney Terrio and model Paul Land in lead roles. At that time, the film was set to be released through United Artists, and the names of the screenwriter and the director were scheduled to be disclosed at a later date. Land does not appear in onscreen credits. According to the 10 Jun 1981 HR, the story, which concerns male exotic dancers, was originally conceived by Terrio. On 20 Jan 1981, HR reported that songwriter Jeff Barry would supply the musical score, but he was later replaced by composer Jan Hammer. Barry is not credited onscreen.
       On 6 Oct 1981, Var stated that production would take place at Avco Embassy Studios, with a screenplay by Joan Tewkesbury. Sidney Furie was hired to direct, although he did not remain with the project. In production notes from AMPAS library files, Tewkesbury stated that she visited “topless bars” in TX, GA, FL, and NY as part of her research, and decided a small-town, “where there is a particular kind of innocence,” would be the best setting for the story. She noticed that the women who attended male strip clubs in Orlando, FL, tended to be “sweet-natured and often pretty,” and treated the experience as “a harmless diversion.”
       The 16 Oct 1981 HR announced that actor Kevin Dobson was chosen for the role of “Whitney,” with principal photography scheduled to begin Jan 1982 in ... More Less

       Referring to the picture by its working title, the 15 Jul 1980 HR announced that production would begin on Ladies Night 1 Oct 1980 in Orlando, FL, with choreographer Deney Terrio and model Paul Land in lead roles. At that time, the film was set to be released through United Artists, and the names of the screenwriter and the director were scheduled to be disclosed at a later date. Land does not appear in onscreen credits. According to the 10 Jun 1981 HR, the story, which concerns male exotic dancers, was originally conceived by Terrio. On 20 Jan 1981, HR reported that songwriter Jeff Barry would supply the musical score, but he was later replaced by composer Jan Hammer. Barry is not credited onscreen.
       On 6 Oct 1981, Var stated that production would take place at Avco Embassy Studios, with a screenplay by Joan Tewkesbury. Sidney Furie was hired to direct, although he did not remain with the project. In production notes from AMPAS library files, Tewkesbury stated that she visited “topless bars” in TX, GA, FL, and NY as part of her research, and decided a small-town, “where there is a particular kind of innocence,” would be the best setting for the story. She noticed that the women who attended male strip clubs in Orlando, FL, tended to be “sweet-natured and often pretty,” and treated the experience as “a harmless diversion.”
       The 16 Oct 1981 HR announced that actor Kevin Dobson was chosen for the role of “Whitney,” with principal photography scheduled to begin Jan 1982 in Orlando. However, he was ultimately replaced by Robert Logan. The production remained in limbo until an Aug 1982 LAHExam news item announced Nicholas Roeg as director, and Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. as distributor. On 11 Nov 1982, DV included Christopher Atkins among the lead actors. Roeg was replaced by John G. Avildsen.
       The 8 Mar 1983 HR reported that principal photography began 19 Jan 1983 in the FL cities of Orlando and Miami. Photography was completed in late Mar 1983, as stated in the 24 Mar 1983 HR. The Jul 1983 Playboy referred to the film by its new title, Heaven, and suggested that another title change was likely. According to a news item in the 17 Nov 1983 HR, no press screenings were scheduled for the film, which was retitled at that time as A Night in Heaven.
       A Night in Heaven opened to mostly negative reviews. While the 21 Nov 1983 HR complimented the actors and the director, it also lamented the film’s “fairly routine premise.” However, the 22 Nov 1983 LAT, called it “83 minutes of hell.”
       The review in the Feb 1984 Box mentioned that the picture grossed $1.8 million in 901 theaters upon its release, followed by a significant drop in earnings.
      End credits conclude with the following statement: "The producers gratefully acknowledge: Azim Merali of the Holiday Inn Biscayne and The Prime Steak House of Miami, Fla.; Clay Kelty of Continental Film Laboratory and Florida Post Productions of North Miami; The City of Miami; The Florida Motion Picture and Television Bureau. As well as: Bicycles provided by Easy Racer; Flanigan's Speakeasy of Miami, Fla.; TVC Film Laboratories Inc. Special thanks to Skippy."
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
Feb 1984.
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Daily Variety
11 Nov 1982.
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Hollywood Reporter
15 Jul 1980.
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Hollywood Reporter
20 Jan 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
10 Jun 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
16 Oct 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
8 Mar 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
17 Nov 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
21 Nov 1983
p. 17.
LAHExam
Aug 1982.
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Los Angeles Times
22 Nov 1983
p. 6.
New York Times
19 Nov 1983
p. 19.
Playboy
Jul 1983.
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Variety
6 Oct 1981.
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Variety
26 Jan 1983.
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Variety
23 Nov 1983
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
SLM presents
a Koch/Kirkwood production
a John G. Avildsen film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Asst sd ed
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Steadicam op
Steadicam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
Still photog
Best boy
Key grip
Dolly grip
2d grip
Film processing
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
Asst film ed
Apprentice film ed
Apprentice film ed
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Props
Set dresser
Const foreman
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Orig mus score comp and performed by
Mus supv
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Looping ed
Asst looping ed
Rerec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Title des
DANCE
Choreog
Physical trainer
MAKEUP
Miss Warren's makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Loc mgr
Scr supv
Prod office coord
Asst prod office coord
Transportation capt
Asst to Mr. Avildsen
Asst to Mr. Avildsen
Asst to the prods
Asst to prod supv
Asst to Miss Timmermann
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod auditor
Productions Services, Ltd.
Unit pub
Unit pub
Post prod supv
Florida casting
The Casting Directors
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timing by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Heaven," performed by Bryan Adams, composed by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, published by Irving Music, Inc., Adams Communications, Inc. and Calypso Toons
"The Best Was Yet To Come," performed by Bryan Adams, composed by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, published by Irving Music, Inc., Adams Communications, Inc. and Calypso Toons
"Dance To The Beat," performed by Gary U.S. Bonds, composed by Gary U.S. Bonds and Laurie Anderson, published by King Kong Music/Gary Bonds Music
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SONGS
"Heaven," performed by Bryan Adams, composed by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, published by Irving Music, Inc., Adams Communications, Inc. and Calypso Toons
"The Best Was Yet To Come," performed by Bryan Adams, composed by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, published by Irving Music, Inc., Adams Communications, Inc. and Calypso Toons
"Dance To The Beat," performed by Gary U.S. Bonds, composed by Gary U.S. Bonds and Laurie Anderson, published by King Kong Music/Gary Bonds Music
"Sugar Don't Bite," performed by Rita Coolidge, composed by Donna Weiss and Bruce Roberts, published by Donna Weiss Music, Inc., and Broozertoones, Inc.
"Obsession," performed by Michael Des Barres and Holly Knight, composed by Michael Des Barres and Holly Knight, published by Makiki Publishing Co., Ltd.
"Which Side Of The Bed," performed by The English Beat, composed by David Steele, David Wakeling, Roger Charlery, Andrew Cox and Everett Morton, published by Zomba Enterprises, Inc.
"The Animal Song," performed by Europeans, composed by Europeans, published by Almo Music Corp. on behalf of Rondor Music (London) Ltd.
"Like What You See," performed by Jan Hammer & Next, composed by Jan Hammer and Ivana Reich, published by Koch/Kirkwood Productions
"Reaction Time," performed by Jan Hammer & Next, composed by Jan Hammer, published by Koch/Kirkwood Productions
"9 To 5," performed by Jan Hammer and Linda Kay Brynan, composed by Dolly Parton, published by Velvet Apple Music-Fox Fanfare Music, Inc.
"Down By The Waterfront," performed by Kiddo, composed by Dan Sterling and Arthur Brown, published by Southern Music Publishing Company, Inc.-Kiddo Music
"Dirty Creature," performed by Split Enz, composed by Tim Finn, Neil Finn and Nigel Griggs, published by Enz Music, Ltd., Mushroom Music Pty. Ltd. and CBS Songs
"The Long Way To Heaven," performed by Tom Teeley, composed by Tom Teeley, published by Tom Teeley Music.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Heaven
Ladies Night
Release Date:
18 November 1983
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 18 November 1983
Production Date:
19 January 1983--late March 1983 in Orlando and Miami, FL
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation & SLM II, Inc.
Copyright Date:
19 December 1983
Copyright Number:
PA196246
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses/Prints
Lenses and Panaflex camera by Panavision; Prints by DeLuxe Laboratories
Duration(in mins):
83
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

As the sun rises over the Kennedy Space Center near Orlando, Florida, aerospace engineer Whitney Hanlon rides to neighboring Titusville on the recumbent bicycle he designed and built. Whitney arrives home as his wife, Faye, a public speaking instructor at a local junior college, prepares to leave for work. When he asks her to take the day off, Faye declines, as she has to administer a final examination that morning, followed by a date with her sister, Patsy, who is visiting from Chicago, Illinois. At a nearby mobile home park, Rick Monroe, one of Faye’s students, receives a surprise visit from his sometime girl friend, Slick Ferguson, as he leaves the home of a young female neighbor. Dismissing the girl as a “one-night stand,” Rick is more interested in getting a ride to school in Slick’s new Chevrolet Corvette. Instead, Slick offers a ride to Mrs. Johnson, Rick’s mother, who runs the coffee shop at an Orlando hotel, and leaves Rick to his own devices. Later that morning, Faye gives Rick a failing grade for the lack of effort he puts into his schoolwork. Though Faye believes Rick has talent, she also observes that he merely hopes to “get by on a wink and a smile.” That evening, Faye and Patsy join several other women at “Heaven,” a nightclub that hosts a troupe of male exotic dancers. Faye is initially self-conscious, certain that Whitney would disapprove, but soon begins to enjoy the show. However, when dancer “Ricky Rocket” strips off his spacesuit, revealing himself to be Rick Monroe, Faye is overcome with embarrassment. Undaunted, Rick approaches Faye and ... +


As the sun rises over the Kennedy Space Center near Orlando, Florida, aerospace engineer Whitney Hanlon rides to neighboring Titusville on the recumbent bicycle he designed and built. Whitney arrives home as his wife, Faye, a public speaking instructor at a local junior college, prepares to leave for work. When he asks her to take the day off, Faye declines, as she has to administer a final examination that morning, followed by a date with her sister, Patsy, who is visiting from Chicago, Illinois. At a nearby mobile home park, Rick Monroe, one of Faye’s students, receives a surprise visit from his sometime girl friend, Slick Ferguson, as he leaves the home of a young female neighbor. Dismissing the girl as a “one-night stand,” Rick is more interested in getting a ride to school in Slick’s new Chevrolet Corvette. Instead, Slick offers a ride to Mrs. Johnson, Rick’s mother, who runs the coffee shop at an Orlando hotel, and leaves Rick to his own devices. Later that morning, Faye gives Rick a failing grade for the lack of effort he puts into his schoolwork. Though Faye believes Rick has talent, she also observes that he merely hopes to “get by on a wink and a smile.” That evening, Faye and Patsy join several other women at “Heaven,” a nightclub that hosts a troupe of male exotic dancers. Faye is initially self-conscious, certain that Whitney would disapprove, but soon begins to enjoy the show. However, when dancer “Ricky Rocket” strips off his spacesuit, revealing himself to be Rick Monroe, Faye is overcome with embarrassment. Undaunted, Rick approaches Faye and kisses her passionately, then moves on to another woman. Meanwhile, Whitney is fired from his job for refusing to design nuclear missiles, and he is in bed by the time Faye returns home. Whitney informs her that he has lost his job, and refuses to discuss other job options, including a recent opportunity to capitalize on his innovative bicycle designs. The next day, after conducting an aerobics class at the hotel, Rick encounters Faye, who is there to visit Patsy, and asks for a chance to improve his final grade so that he can move forward in his college career. Faye remains firm in her decision, reminding Rick that, “dreams don’t come true without hard work.” Rick responds by hinting that he had a sexual dream about her the previous night. When Patsy and Whitney appear, Rick excuses himself following a brief introduction. Upon learning that Rick is an exotic dancer, Whitney becomes suspicious of the boy’s relationship with Faye. At the Hanlon home, Whitney refuses to discuss his career plans with Faye, and insists she spend another night out with Patsy. Faye attends another performance by Rick and his troupe, and spends the night in Patsy’s hotel room. The next morning, Patsy’s husband, Larry, notifies her that their daughter is ill and needs her mother’s attention. However, after spending the night with a man who finds her attractive and intelligent, Patsy is reluctant to resume a marriage that seems devoid of romance. Faye advises Patsy to be her natural, vivacious self around Larry, rather than the submissive housewife she has become. Patsy accepts Faye’s advice and returns to Chicago. Meanwhile, Whitney interviews with an electronic game company, owned by an acquaintance named Mr. Osgood, who feels Whitney does not have the proper qualifications. He does, however, advise Whitney to market his custom bicycles. As Faye is about to leave the hotel, Rick appears and gives her a pink rose. They go to her room and make love, but when Faye returns from running an errand, she finds Rick in the shower with Slick. Unable to reach Faye by telephone, Whitney drives to the hotel and calls her room from a payphone in the lobby. When Whitney sees Rick outside Faye’s room, he waits for the boy in the lobby, gun in hand. Rick begs for his life as Whitney forces him into a small boat and sets him adrift in the ocean. Faye returns home to find Whitney sitting at the kitchen table with a bottle of whiskey. As she sits down next to him, he takes her hand and assures her that nothing needs to be said, but both say they are glad to be back together. +

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