Troop Beverly Hills (1989)

PG | 105 mins | Comedy | 22 March 1989

Director:

Jeff Kanew

Producer:

Ava Ostern Fries

Cinematographer:

Donald E. Thorin

Editor:

Mark Melnick

Production Designer:

Robert Boyle

Production Companies:

Fries Entertainment , Avanti
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HISTORY

       Referring to the picture by its working title, Be Prepared, the 13 Feb 1988 LAHExam published a casting call for the film, which was expected to begin production in spring 1988. The news item also noted that the narrative was loosely based on real life experiences of producer Ava Ostern Fries, who reportedly spent fifteen years of motherhood writing about the experience at night while being married to executive producer Charles Fries. Nearly two weeks after the LAHExam casting call, a 26 Feb 1988 HR article announced that comedian Shelley Long had been hired to play “Phyllis Nefler.” Long revealed the casting the previous day, when she was honored as ShoWest’s first “Female Comedy Star of the Year.” A shooting schedule was set to begin late Apr 1988 or early May 1988 in Los Angeles, CA. Although Long’s company, Itzbinso Long, was listed as a co-producer with the Weintraub Entertainment Group, her studio is not credited onscreen.
       Still listing the picture as Be Prepared, HR production charts on 7 Jun 1988 confirmed that principal photography began in Los Angeles on 31 May 1988. According to production notes in AMPAS library files, all exterior locations were situated in Beverly Hills, CA, with the exception of several sequences shot in Malibu State Park. Beverly Hills locations included stores along Rodeo Drive, Spago Restaurant, the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Jane Fonda Workout, Cartier, and Giorgio’s perfumery, as well as at various estates. After a thirty-year rule that prohibited filming inside the Beverly Hills City Hall, the ban was ... More Less

       Referring to the picture by its working title, Be Prepared, the 13 Feb 1988 LAHExam published a casting call for the film, which was expected to begin production in spring 1988. The news item also noted that the narrative was loosely based on real life experiences of producer Ava Ostern Fries, who reportedly spent fifteen years of motherhood writing about the experience at night while being married to executive producer Charles Fries. Nearly two weeks after the LAHExam casting call, a 26 Feb 1988 HR article announced that comedian Shelley Long had been hired to play “Phyllis Nefler.” Long revealed the casting the previous day, when she was honored as ShoWest’s first “Female Comedy Star of the Year.” A shooting schedule was set to begin late Apr 1988 or early May 1988 in Los Angeles, CA. Although Long’s company, Itzbinso Long, was listed as a co-producer with the Weintraub Entertainment Group, her studio is not credited onscreen.
       Still listing the picture as Be Prepared, HR production charts on 7 Jun 1988 confirmed that principal photography began in Los Angeles on 31 May 1988. According to production notes in AMPAS library files, all exterior locations were situated in Beverly Hills, CA, with the exception of several sequences shot in Malibu State Park. Beverly Hills locations included stores along Rodeo Drive, Spago Restaurant, the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Jane Fonda Workout, Cartier, and Giorgio’s perfumery, as well as at various estates. After a thirty-year rule that prohibited filming inside the Beverly Hills City Hall, the ban was lifted for the production. Photogarphy also took place on Sunset Boulevard, and a stately house located on the street was recreated on a Universal Pictures soundstage. The “Nefler” mansion included a “built-in swimming pool” which was “dug right into the floor of the soundstage.” Director of photography Donald E. Thorin used twenty-five “musco” lights so the interior shots appeared to be filmed outside.
       As stated in a 22 May 1988 LAT article, the Girls Scouts of America refused to endorse the picture due to their disapproval of the way girls were portrayed.
       On 4 Jul 1988, L.B. Press-Telegram noted the title changed to Troop Beverly Hills.

      End credits include “Special Thanks” to: “U.S. Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry, Inyo National Forest; State of California – The Resources Agency, Department of Parks and Recreation; City of Beverly Hills.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
26 Feb 1988
p. 1, 118.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jun 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
23 Mar 1989
p. 4, 61.
L.B. Press-Telegram
4 Jul 1988.
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LAHExam
13 Feb 1988.
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Los Angeles Times
22 May 1988.
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Los Angeles Times
23 Mar 1989
p. 3.
New York Times
23 Mar 1989
p. 12.
Variety
29 Mar 1989
p. 14.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Tom Wright
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANIES
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Released through Columbia Pictures
Weintraub Entertainment Group Presents
a Fries Entertainment and Avanti Production
A Jeff Kanew Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
DGA trainee
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Based on a story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
"B" cam op
"B" cam 1st asst
Film loader
Chief lighting tech
Lighting tech-Best boy
Key grip
Grip-Best boy
Dolly grip
Company grip
Company grip
Company grip
Company grip
Still photog
Cranes and dollys by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Asst ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Asst props
Asst props
Lead set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Standby painter
Const coord
Const paint forman
Greensman
Set des
COSTUMES
Cost supv
Furs provided by
Beverly Hills
MUSIC
Supv mus ed
Mus ed
Mus scoring mixer
Rec eng
Rusk Studios
Mus clearance
Addl mus
Scored at
Mus supv
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Boom man
Cable person
Supv rerec mixer
Rerec
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed asst
Sd ed asst
Supv ADR ed
ADR mixer
ADR rec
Foley by
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley rec by
Foley rec
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Spec eff
Titles and opt eff
Opening title seq by
Opening title supv
Opening title des
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Ms. Long's make-up by
Ms. Long's hair stylist
Make-up artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Casting assoc
Casting asst
Voice casting
Voice casting
Extra casting
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Unit pub
Studio teacher
Prod assoc
Asst to Mr. Kanew
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Secy to Ava Ostern Fries
Asst to Martin Mickelson
Asst to Shelley Long
First aid
Craft services
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Asst to Brooks Arthur
Animals provided by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
SOURCES
SONGS
"Make It Big," written by Bill House, Mike Love and Terry Melcher, performed by The Beach Boys
"Kumbaya," choral arrangements and orchestration by Randy Edelman, music cues performed by The Inner Voices, music cues arranged by Morgan Ames
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh) (Mbube)," new lyric & revised music by Hugo Peretti, Albert Stanton, George Weiss and Luigi Creatore, based on a song by Solomon Linda & Paul Campbell, performed by The Inner Voices, arranged by Morgan Ames
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SONGS
"Make It Big," written by Bill House, Mike Love and Terry Melcher, performed by The Beach Boys
"Kumbaya," choral arrangements and orchestration by Randy Edelman, music cues performed by The Inner Voices, music cues arranged by Morgan Ames
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh) (Mbube)," new lyric & revised music by Hugo Peretti, Albert Stanton, George Weiss and Luigi Creatore, based on a song by Solomon Linda & Paul Campbell, performed by The Inner Voices, arranged by Morgan Ames
"Tall Paul," written by R. Sherman, R. Sherman and B. Roberts
"Mashed Potato Time," written by W. Garrett, R. Bateman, F. Gorman, G. Dobbins, B. Holland and K. Mann, performed by Dee Dee Sharp, courtesy of Dominion Entertainment, Inc.
"Twist And Shout," written by P. Medley and B. Russell, performed by Isley Brothers, courtesy of Original Sound Entertainment
"Pony Time," written by Don Covey and John Berry, performed by Chubby Checker, courtesy of Dominion Entertainment
"Hully Gully," written by Fred Smith and Cliff Goldsmith, performed by The Olympics, courtesy of Janus Records, Inc.
"Do The Freddie," written by D. Lambert and L. Pegues, performed by Freddie & The Dreamers, courtesy of Polygram Special Products, a division of Polygram Records, Inc.
"When I'm Sixty Four," written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, performed by The Inner Voices, arranged by Morgan Ames
"Cookie Time," written by Hillary Shepard and Nick Turner
"Happy Birthday To You," written by Mildren J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
"The Way We Were," written by M. Hamlisch, M. Bergman and A. Bergman, performed by The Inner Voices, arranged by Morgan Ames
"The Twist," written by Hank Ballard, performed by Chubby Checker, courtesy of Dominion Entertainment, Inc.
"French Kissin' In The USA," written by Chuck Lorre, performed by Carol Chapman, courtesy of Theodello Profunct.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Be Prepared
Release Date:
22 March 1989
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 22 Mar 1989
Production Date:
began 31 May 1988 in Beverly Hills, CA
Copyright Claimant:
Weintraub Entertainment Group, Inc.
Copyright Date:
24 March 1989
Copyright Number:
PA409520
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses/Prints
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®; Prints by The Film House Group
Duration(in mins):
105
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29604
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At a Southern California Wilderness Girls of America board meeting, militaristic Velda Plendor votes to disband the Beverly Hills chapter, Troop 332, since the scouts consistently underperform. However, the organization’s leader, Frances Temple, allows troop Beverly Hills one last chance with its new leader, Phyllis Nefler. Unknown to the board, Phyllis is a compulsive shopper with expensive tastes, and is determined to bankrupt her husband, Fred, before their pending divorce. Although the couple’s adolescent daughter, Hannah, is delighted that Phyllis is her new Wilderness Girls troop leader, Fred doubts that his wife, who once scrimped and saved to start his now-successful car muffler business, can prioritize camping over shopping. Despite their antagonism, Phyllis secretly longs for Fred, who has taken up residence in the guesthouse. Sometime later, Phyllis attends a training session lead by Velda Plendor. Dressed in a custom-made designer uniform and heedless of the Wilderness Girls’s staunch codes of humility, Phyllis provokes Velda’s crusade to get rid of troop Beverly Hills. The next day, the Beverly Hills girls go to a campsite beneath the Hollywood sign, chauffeured in limousines. During a rainstorm, Phyllis relocates the girls to the Beverly Hills Hotel, where they share ghost stories around the fireplace. The next morning, Velda and her sidekick, Annie Herman, arrive at the hotel to berate Phyllis, claiming she has debased their wholesome organization. Although Velma fires Phyllis, the indomitable Beverly Hills troop leader later attends the Annual Wilderness Craft Day convention and leads her girls in a fashion show, but they are laughed offstage. Meanwhile, Velda secretly orders Anne to spy on troop Beverly Hills with a hidden ... +


At a Southern California Wilderness Girls of America board meeting, militaristic Velda Plendor votes to disband the Beverly Hills chapter, Troop 332, since the scouts consistently underperform. However, the organization’s leader, Frances Temple, allows troop Beverly Hills one last chance with its new leader, Phyllis Nefler. Unknown to the board, Phyllis is a compulsive shopper with expensive tastes, and is determined to bankrupt her husband, Fred, before their pending divorce. Although the couple’s adolescent daughter, Hannah, is delighted that Phyllis is her new Wilderness Girls troop leader, Fred doubts that his wife, who once scrimped and saved to start his now-successful car muffler business, can prioritize camping over shopping. Despite their antagonism, Phyllis secretly longs for Fred, who has taken up residence in the guesthouse. Sometime later, Phyllis attends a training session lead by Velda Plendor. Dressed in a custom-made designer uniform and heedless of the Wilderness Girls’s staunch codes of humility, Phyllis provokes Velda’s crusade to get rid of troop Beverly Hills. The next day, the Beverly Hills girls go to a campsite beneath the Hollywood sign, chauffeured in limousines. During a rainstorm, Phyllis relocates the girls to the Beverly Hills Hotel, where they share ghost stories around the fireplace. The next morning, Velda and her sidekick, Annie Herman, arrive at the hotel to berate Phyllis, claiming she has debased their wholesome organization. Although Velma fires Phyllis, the indomitable Beverly Hills troop leader later attends the Annual Wilderness Craft Day convention and leads her girls in a fashion show, but they are laughed offstage. Meanwhile, Velda secretly orders Anne to spy on troop Beverly Hills with a hidden camera, posing as an assistant leader. At the next troop meeting, the girls confess their discontent. In response, Phyllis promises to train the girls how to survive the “wilderness” of Beverly Hills and to earn Wilderness Girls patches based on their accomplishments. Responding to the “Grooming,” “Create a Patch,” “Dance,” and “Community Service” mandates of the Wilderness Girls manual, Phyllis treats the young ladies to spa treatments, teaches them to appraise diamonds, leads them in dance moves, arranges cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training with a handsome police officer, and lets them entertain residents at a retirement home. Sometime later, Phyllis brings the troop to her divorce hearing to expose them to the U.S. legal system, and is devastated to learn that Fred is considering remarriage. The next day, Phyllis announces that the girls broke a record by earning thirty-six patches in three weeks, and plans a celebration aboard a dockside yacht. There, Hannah is decorated with her special “Sushi Appreciation” patch with parents Phyllis and Fred standing proudly on either side, but when they bend to kiss their daughter, Hannah ducks, hoping the soon-to-be divorcees will kiss each other. In the melee, Fred’s fiancée, Vicki Sprantz, falls off the yacht. Sometime later, Velda proudly exhibits a slideshow of Annie’s secret photographs to the organization’s leader, Frances Temple, hoping to have troop Beverly Hills disbanded for good. However, Frances questions Velda’s clandestine slides, and decides to maintain Phyllis’ leadership. In response, Velda orders Annie to move into the Nefler estate to uncover incriminating evidence, but the girl only witnesses Phyllis’ kindness. Sometime later, Velda announces that the two troops that sell over 1,000 boxes of cookies will compete at the Wilderness’ Girls Annual Jamboree to be that year’s champions. Although the red-feathered Culver City troop plots to take over the Beverly Hills territory, Phyllis arranges a dance performance and fashion show that results in the top-selling of 4,732 boxes. In celebration, Phyllis invites Velda to a black tie gala. When Fred shows up unexpectedly, he compliments his wife for becoming troop leader of the year, and notices she has reverted to the virtuous girl he fell in love with. As Fred announces that his engagement to Vicki has ended, Phyllis suspects he wants to renew their vows, but instead he asks for joint custody of Hannah, and the distressed Phyllis falls into the pool. Later, Velda berates Phyllis and orders her to take the Wilderness Jamboree seriously. Depressed at the loss of her husband, Phyllis drowns her sorrows in Evian bottled water and announces her resignation from troop Beverly Hills. However, the girls insist she has been a positive role model, and beg her to stay. Just then, Fred arrives with Hannah, and encourages Phyllis to lead the girls to victory at the jamboree. Sometime later, troop Beverly Hills arrives at the jamboree campsite in convertible Rolls Royces, ready to outperform the Culver City girls. As the teams race off on their first challenge, Velda fires Annie, who has become Phyllis’ confidante, and the girls of troop Beverly Hills are left to their own devices. Meanwhile, the Culver City red-feathers sabotage troop Beverly Hills and Phyllis loses her walkie-talkie after running away from a snake. Although it appears the red-feathers will win, troop Beverly Hills comes in first, sprinting away from a skunk. The next day, Velda takes over as the red-feathers’ leader and secretly severs the cords of a rope bridge. When Phyllis finds the collapsed bridge, she cries that the game is lost, but Hannah points out a nearby fallen tree that also crosses the ravine. Phyllis totters across the trunk so she can refasten the rope bridge. However, she slips and Hannah hurries to help her mother. Although the girl’s foot gets stuck, Phyllis dislodges her and they successfully cross the gorge. Watching through binoculars, Velda realizes troop Beverly Hills has repaired the bridge and decides to lead her group on a dangerous short cut. Eager to get to the finish line, Velda trips and breaks her ankle, but the Culver City girls, including Velda’s own daughter, leave their leader behind and march toward the finish line. Meanwhile, troop Beverly Hills stops to help Velda, but the cantankerous woman refuses to advise them of a shortcut, despite her injury, because she is intent on the red-feathers’ victory. Using their designer backpacks to create a makeshift stretcher, the girls drag Velda to the finish line. Although Culver City arrives first, they are disqualified because they are devoid of their leader. Just then, troop Beverly Hills crosses the finish line and are awarded the championship trophy. As Velda is fired from the organization, the parents celebrate their daughters’ victory. Fred kisses Phyllis, declares his love, and proposes remarriage. +

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