Maxie (1985)

PG | 98 mins | Romance, Fantasy | 27 September 1985

Director:

Paul Aaron

Producer:

Carter De Haven

Cinematographer:

Fred Schuler

Editor:

Lynzee Klingman

Production Designer:

John Lloyd

Production Company:

Carter De Haven Productions
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HISTORY

       According to the 19 Jan 1976 Publishers Weekly, Jack Finney’s 1973 novel, Marion’s Wall was back on the market after originally being optioned by Paramount Pictures, who had intended Liza Minelli to star, and was to be adapted by Arnold Shulman, and produced by Jerome Hellman. Meredith McRae and Betty Lou Port of Mac-Bet Productions were next to option the novel, as reported by the 8 Aug 1978 HR. However, the 30 Mar 1983 DV announced that director Paul Aaron and his company, Elsboy Productions would be coproducing the picture with Aurora productions, with a script written by Patricia Resnick. Aaron optioned the novel for two years but could not secure studio backing, prompting him to purchase film rights himself, and pursue independent production on the $5--$7 million picture. Orion Pictures agreed to release the film, according to the 6 Aug 1985 HR.
       The 8 Aug 1984 Var and the 7 Sep 1984 DV announced filming would occur in Vancouver, Canada, although filming actually took place in San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA.
       The 31 Aug 1984 HR announced the title change to I’ll Meet You In Heaven, while the 5 Oct 1984 DV referred to the film as Free Spirit.
       According to the 10 Oct 1984 HR, principal photography was set to begin on 15 Oct 1984, beginning in San Francisco for four weeks, followed by an additional four weeks in Los Angeles. The 12 Jan 1985 Screen International reported filming had been completed on the ... More Less

       According to the 19 Jan 1976 Publishers Weekly, Jack Finney’s 1973 novel, Marion’s Wall was back on the market after originally being optioned by Paramount Pictures, who had intended Liza Minelli to star, and was to be adapted by Arnold Shulman, and produced by Jerome Hellman. Meredith McRae and Betty Lou Port of Mac-Bet Productions were next to option the novel, as reported by the 8 Aug 1978 HR. However, the 30 Mar 1983 DV announced that director Paul Aaron and his company, Elsboy Productions would be coproducing the picture with Aurora productions, with a script written by Patricia Resnick. Aaron optioned the novel for two years but could not secure studio backing, prompting him to purchase film rights himself, and pursue independent production on the $5--$7 million picture. Orion Pictures agreed to release the film, according to the 6 Aug 1985 HR.
       The 8 Aug 1984 Var and the 7 Sep 1984 DV announced filming would occur in Vancouver, Canada, although filming actually took place in San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA.
       The 31 Aug 1984 HR announced the title change to I’ll Meet You In Heaven, while the 5 Oct 1984 DV referred to the film as Free Spirit.
       According to the 10 Oct 1984 HR, principal photography was set to begin on 15 Oct 1984, beginning in San Francisco for four weeks, followed by an additional four weeks in Los Angeles. The 12 Jan 1985 Screen International reported filming had been completed on the picture.
       The 10 Jul 1985 HR announced the picture, now titled Maxie, was moving up its planned opening from 15 Nov 1985 to 27 Sep 1985. According to the 16 Sep 1985 HR, the picture would open on 800 screens.
       The 6 Aug 1985 HR reported the premiere would be at the Deauville Film Festival in France, on 8 Sep 1985. The 18 Sep 1985 Var announced lead actress, Glenn Close, would be attending a benefit premiere on 23 Sep 1985 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, to support the Northern California Women in Film and Television.
       Actress Ruth Gordon died at age eighty-eight, before the release of her last picture, Maxie. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
30 Mar 1983.
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Daily Variety
7 Sep 1984.
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Daily Variety
5 Oct 1984.
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Daily Variety
29 Aug 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
8 Aug 1978.
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Hollywood Reporter
31 Aug 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
10 Oct 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
10 Jul 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
6 Aug 1985
p. 4, 29.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Sep 1985
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Sep 1985.
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Los Angeles Times
27 Sep 1985
p. 6, 8.
New York Times
27 Sep 1985
p. 12.
Publishers Weekly
19 Jan 1976.
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Screen International
12 Jan 1985.
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Variety
8 Aug 1984.
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Variety
18 Sep 1985.
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Variety
18 Sep 1985
p. 18.
Variety
25 Sep 1985.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Aurora Presents
A Carter De Haven Production
In Association With Elsboy Entertainment
An Orion® Pictures Release
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
DGA trainee
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Gaffer
Key grip
Best boy elec
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Still photog
Dolly grip
Leadman
Leadman
Elec
Video consultant
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
1st asst ed
Asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Asst prop master
Const coord
Standby painter
Standby painter
COSTUMES
Cost des
Asst cost des
MUSIC
Mus comp
Supv mus ed, Segue Music
Supv mus ed
Scoring mixer, Evergreen Studios
Scoring mixer
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Supv sd ed, Gordon Ecker Productions
Sd ed
Sd ed
ADR ed
Asst sd ed
Boom op
Cableman
VISUAL EFFECTS
Ghost visual eff
Main title des
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Hairstylist
Wig consultant
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
For Elsboy Entertainment
Scr supv
Prod coord
Prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Asst to the prods
Asst to Mr. Aaron
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Loc mgr, San Francisco
Loc mgr, Los Angeles
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Animal trainer
Animal trainer
Craft service
Craft service
Completion services furnished by
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Marion's Wall by Jack Finney (New York, 1973).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Free Spirit," composed by Ray Colcord.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Marion's Wall
I'll Meet You In Heaven
Free Spirit
Release Date:
27 September 1985
Premiere Information:
Premiere: Deauville Film Festival: 8 September 1985
Los Angeles and New York openings: 27 September 1985
Production Date:
began 15 October--mid December 1984
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Duration(in mins):
98
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
27621
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jan and her husband Nick remove layers of wallpaper from their historic San Francisco, California, apartment, and discover a message written on the wall in lipstick: “Maxie Malone lived here March 3, 1927. Read it and weep!!” The elderly landlady, Mrs. Trudie Lavin, is stunned when she sees the wall. She was friends with Maxine Malone, and tells the couple that “Maxie” was an up-and-coming actress who only appeared in one short film before she was killed in a car accident while driving to an audition in Los Angeles, California, in 1927. Jan and Nick watch the videotape of Maxie’s only movie. After Jan goes to bed, Nick hears the voice of the dead woman, and Maxie appears as a ghost. She asks Nick to watch her film again, as she never had the chance to see it. Nick humors her, but thinks he has lost his mind. When he goes to bed, Jan becomes unusually amorous, before quickly falling asleep. At a fundraising party for the library where Nick works, Jan begins acting impulsively, as Maxie’s spirit possesses her. Nick’s new boss, Ophelia Sheffer, attempts to seduce him, and Jan/Maxie insults the woman, before performing an impromptu song for the guests. Nick is mortified, believing his wife is drunk. Driving home, Maxie reveals that she has taken over Jan’s body. She convinces Nick to get drunk with her, and later, they have sex. Nick feels guilty for being unfaithful to Jan. In turn, Jan feels unusual, and asks her employer, Bishop Campbell, if he believes in possessions. Sometime later, Maxie’s spirit re-inhabits Jan’s ... +


Jan and her husband Nick remove layers of wallpaper from their historic San Francisco, California, apartment, and discover a message written on the wall in lipstick: “Maxie Malone lived here March 3, 1927. Read it and weep!!” The elderly landlady, Mrs. Trudie Lavin, is stunned when she sees the wall. She was friends with Maxine Malone, and tells the couple that “Maxie” was an up-and-coming actress who only appeared in one short film before she was killed in a car accident while driving to an audition in Los Angeles, California, in 1927. Jan and Nick watch the videotape of Maxie’s only movie. After Jan goes to bed, Nick hears the voice of the dead woman, and Maxie appears as a ghost. She asks Nick to watch her film again, as she never had the chance to see it. Nick humors her, but thinks he has lost his mind. When he goes to bed, Jan becomes unusually amorous, before quickly falling asleep. At a fundraising party for the library where Nick works, Jan begins acting impulsively, as Maxie’s spirit possesses her. Nick’s new boss, Ophelia Sheffer, attempts to seduce him, and Jan/Maxie insults the woman, before performing an impromptu song for the guests. Nick is mortified, believing his wife is drunk. Driving home, Maxie reveals that she has taken over Jan’s body. She convinces Nick to get drunk with her, and later, they have sex. Nick feels guilty for being unfaithful to Jan. In turn, Jan feels unusual, and asks her employer, Bishop Campbell, if he believes in possessions. Sometime later, Maxie’s spirit re-inhabits Jan’s body. Maxie hears music from Mrs. Lavin’s apartment. She goes upstairs and performs a lively dance. Nick tells Maxie that the elderly woman is her old friend, Trudie. When Jan/Maxie performs dance steps the friends used to perform together, Trudie faints, realizing Maxie’s spirit is inside Jan. Overwhelmed, Maxie leaves Jan’s body, and Jan realizes that Maxie has possessed her. Jan becomes angry with Nick for sleeping with her when he knew she was Maxie. In time, Jan is at work when Maxie returns. Bishop Campbell recognizes the possession, and orders Maxie to leave Jan’s body. Jan returns, and overhears the Bishop speaking on the telephone with an exorcist. She telephones Nick to come and get her, and Nick is fired from his job when he leaves to rescue her. When he arrives, Maxie has returned, and tells Nick she came back to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Later, Jan/Maxie gives herself a makeover, and gets a part in a movie. Maxie promises to leave Jan’s body forever after her one-day performance. Jan reappears, and Nick relays Maxie’s request to perform in the film. Jan reluctantly agrees. On the set, Nick is recruited to play a part when the male lead unexpectedly drops out. Watching the dailies, Maxie is stunned to realize she actually filmed a deodorant commercial. Sometime later, the commercial is seen by filmmakers who request Maxie come to Los Angeles to audition for the coveted part of “Cleopatra” in a film. Nick approaches Jan for permission, and Jan admits to feeling flashes of Maxie’s desires. She agrees to the audition, but insists that Maxie keep her hands off of Nick. Upon arriving in Hollywood, Nick demands Maxie leave Jan’s body for the night, and Maxie becomes upset. When Jan arrives on set for the audition, Maxie fails to return to her body, and Jan must audition as herself. She performs poorly and nearly ruins her chances before Maxie finally appears. After an impressive performance, Maxie wins the coveted role. Reporters photograph the up-and-coming starlet. Maxie excitedly tells Nick her plans to build her film career, and he tells her it is unfair to steal Jan’s life, and he wants his wife to return. He convinces Maxie that the satisfaction of knowing she could have had a career should be enough. Maxie understands, and leaves Jan’s body forever. Jan tells Nick she could sense Maxie’s peace as her spirit departed. Nick and Jan sneak out of Hollywood without explanation. When Jan suggests an impromptu vacation, Nick wonders if Maxie has returned. However, Jan has a renewed excitement for life, thanks to Maxie. +

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