And God Created Woman (1988)

R | 95 mins | Romance, Drama | 4 March 1988

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HISTORY

       An article in the 11 Jul 1985 HR announced that Warner Bros. was considering remaking director Roger Vadim’s 1956 film And God Created Woman, with Vadim and producers George G. Braunstein and Ron Hamady. According to Braunstein, Vadim was interested in updating the film to make it an “American girl in an American setting with an American story,” and screenwriter R. J. Stewart was hired to develop the story. Reportedly, Warner Bros. was interested in the pitch, and began the process of acquiring rights from the various parties involved in the French original. Brigitte Bardot starred in the 1956 film, and actresses considered for Bardot’s role in the remake included Madonna, Diane Lane, and Nastassja Kinski. Marlon Brando was considered for the role of the businessman played by Curt Jurgens in the 1956 film. The 28 Oct 1985 DV reported that Madonna had been offered the lead, but the 24 Apr 1986 NYDN stated that Vadim would start the Warner Bros. remake in the summer of 1986 without Madonna, and claimed he had never considered her for the role.
       The 22 Oct 1986 HR announced Vestron Pictures was remaking And God Created Woman, with actress Rebecca De Mornay, and stated that the film, which was Vestron’s first in-house production, was budgeted at less than $5 million. The 12 Jul 1988 HR noted the film’s budget was just over $6 million. An article in the 3 Dec 1986 HR reported principal photography would start in February 1987, with a release planned for Oct ... More Less

       An article in the 11 Jul 1985 HR announced that Warner Bros. was considering remaking director Roger Vadim’s 1956 film And God Created Woman, with Vadim and producers George G. Braunstein and Ron Hamady. According to Braunstein, Vadim was interested in updating the film to make it an “American girl in an American setting with an American story,” and screenwriter R. J. Stewart was hired to develop the story. Reportedly, Warner Bros. was interested in the pitch, and began the process of acquiring rights from the various parties involved in the French original. Brigitte Bardot starred in the 1956 film, and actresses considered for Bardot’s role in the remake included Madonna, Diane Lane, and Nastassja Kinski. Marlon Brando was considered for the role of the businessman played by Curt Jurgens in the 1956 film. The 28 Oct 1985 DV reported that Madonna had been offered the lead, but the 24 Apr 1986 NYDN stated that Vadim would start the Warner Bros. remake in the summer of 1986 without Madonna, and claimed he had never considered her for the role.
       The 22 Oct 1986 HR announced Vestron Pictures was remaking And God Created Woman, with actress Rebecca De Mornay, and stated that the film, which was Vestron’s first in-house production, was budgeted at less than $5 million. The 12 Jul 1988 HR noted the film’s budget was just over $6 million. An article in the 3 Dec 1986 HR reported principal photography would start in February 1987, with a release planned for Oct or Nov 1987. The 24 Mar 1987 HR announced principal photography began 2 Mar 1987 on location in Santa Fe, NM.
       The 12 Jul 1988 HR noted the film had a limited release in Mar 1988. The film opened in New York City and Los Angeles, CA, on 4 Mar 1988. Reviews, such as those in the 4 Mar 1988 NYT and the 4 Mar 1988 LAT, were mostly negative.

      End credits include the following statements: “Clip from The Philadelphia Story, Courtesy of Turner Entertainment Co.” and “Special Thanks To: Hybrid Arts, Inc./MIDITRACK™; ATARI CORP.; THE CANDYMAN LTD., Santa Fe, New Mexico; Cymbals courtesy of AVEDIS ZILDJIAN COMPANY; KLUDGIT SOUND, Cerillos, Mew Mexico; The New Mexico State Film Commission; George Sullivan and the New Mexico State Penitentiary; The Fenn Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico; The Santa Fe Opera; The Randall Daveys Estate; Floral concepts by Michael MacKay, Rocky Mountain Flower Company, Santa Fe, New Mexico.”
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
28 Oct 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
11 Jul 1985
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Oct 1986.
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Dec 1986
pp. 1, 4.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Mar 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
2 Mar 1988
p. 3, 21.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jul 1988
Section S, p. 7.
Los Angeles Times
4 Mar 1988
p. 18.
New York Daily News
24 Apr 1986.
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New York Times
4 Mar 1988
p. 22.
Variety
9 Mar 1988
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANIES
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Vestron Pictures Presentation
In Association with Crow Productions
A Braunstein and Hamady Production
A Roger Vadim Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Supv prod
Co-exec prod
Co-exec prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Key grip
Dolly grip
Best boy elec
Elec
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
Apprentice ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
Leadman
Prop master
Asst props
Set dresser
Set dresser
Const services
COSTUMES
Key costumer
Costumer
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus supv
Mus ed
Mus rec eng
Mus consultant, For Vestron Pictures
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Supv sd ed
ADR ed
Dial ed
Sd eff ed
Foley ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Main and end titles des by
DANCE
Choreog consultant
MAKEUP
Key makeup
Hairstylist
Asst makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Scr supv
Prod coord
Prod auditor
Asst casting
Extras casting
Asst prod coord
Asst prod accountant
Post prod coord
Transportation coord
Transportation coord
Prod van driver
Projectionist
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod exec, For Vestron Pictures
Post prod exec, For Vestron Pictures
Financial consultant, For Vestron Pictures
Prod consultant, For Vestron Pictures
Mus and sound equip by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt player
Stunt player
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on Et Dieu... créa la femme by Roger Vadim and Raoul Lévy (Cocinor, Iéna Productions, Union Cinématographique Lyonnaise [UCIL], 1956).
MUSIC
“Dance Of The Blessed Spirits,” written by Christophe Willibald Gluck, from Orpheus & Euridice
“Brindisi,” written by Giuseppe Verdi, from La Traviata
“Eine Kleine Nachtmusic,” written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arranged by Lee Ashley, courtesy of Capitol Production Music/Ole Georg
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MUSIC
“Dance Of The Blessed Spirits,” written by Christophe Willibald Gluck, from Orpheus & Euridice
“Brindisi,” written by Giuseppe Verdi, from La Traviata
“Eine Kleine Nachtmusic,” written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arranged by Lee Ashley, courtesy of Capitol Production Music/Ole Georg
“Wedding March,” written by Felix Mendelssohn.
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SONGS
“Any Fool,” written and performed by Loz Netto
“We Touch,” written and performed by Loz Netto, courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp., by arrangement with Warner Special Products
“Too Far Gone,” written by David Shelley and Mike Piccirillo
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SONGS
“Any Fool,” written and performed by Loz Netto
“We Touch,” written and performed by Loz Netto, courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp., by arrangement with Warner Special Products
“Too Far Gone,” written by David Shelley and Mike Piccirillo
“New Found Freedom,” written by Greg Prestopino and Matthew Wilder
“Break Down The Walls,” written by Greg Prestopino and Matthew Wilder
“Happy Day (When I Found You),” written by Greg Prestopino and Matthew Wilder
“El Espejo,” written by Victor Ortiz, performed by Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz, courtesy of Sonido Inc.
“I Love You George,” written by Jim Terr, performed by Jim Terr and Busy MCarroll
“No Te Olvidare,” written by David H. Borrego, performed by Lumbre del Sol.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
4 March 1988
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York opening: 4 March 1988
Production Date:
began 2 March 1987 in Santa Fe, NM
Copyright Claimant:
VPI-Crow Joint Venture
Copyright Date:
7 April 1988
Copyright Number:
PA450050
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Prints
Prints by Film House
Duration(in mins):
95
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28901
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Robin Shea escapes from prison, changes clothes in the desert, and stops a limousine to ask passenger, James Tiernan, for a ride into Santa Fe, New Mexico. Tiernan obliges, but realizes he left his briefcase at his last stop and asks the driver to return. As they near the prison, Robin asks him to turn around, but it is too late. Realizing her situation, Tiernan instructs his driver to stop near the gymnasium so Robin can sneak back inside before anyone discovers she has escaped. Inside, Robin sees a laundry cart and strips out of her street clothes, not realizing she is watched by Billy Moran, a carpenter temporarily working at the prison. When officials enter the gymnasium looking for Billy, he grabs Robin and hides her behind the bleachers. After the officials leave, Robin makes love to Billy, then dresses and rejoins the other prisoners. Robin’s parole hearing approaches, but most people are denied their first parole request, and she does not want to wait another six months. Later, in the common area, Robin plays bass guitar and sings a song she wrote. As several women join in, another prisoner turns the television volume up. Robin sees Tiernan on television and discovers he is a candidate for governor. She calls to ask for his help at her parole hearing, and learns the board will ask if she has a job, a home, or a husband. Robin declares that she will get married, and Tiernan promises to help. Robin approaches Billy and proposes marriage as a business proposition. She will pay him $5,000 dollars and ... +


Robin Shea escapes from prison, changes clothes in the desert, and stops a limousine to ask passenger, James Tiernan, for a ride into Santa Fe, New Mexico. Tiernan obliges, but realizes he left his briefcase at his last stop and asks the driver to return. As they near the prison, Robin asks him to turn around, but it is too late. Realizing her situation, Tiernan instructs his driver to stop near the gymnasium so Robin can sneak back inside before anyone discovers she has escaped. Inside, Robin sees a laundry cart and strips out of her street clothes, not realizing she is watched by Billy Moran, a carpenter temporarily working at the prison. When officials enter the gymnasium looking for Billy, he grabs Robin and hides her behind the bleachers. After the officials leave, Robin makes love to Billy, then dresses and rejoins the other prisoners. Robin’s parole hearing approaches, but most people are denied their first parole request, and she does not want to wait another six months. Later, in the common area, Robin plays bass guitar and sings a song she wrote. As several women join in, another prisoner turns the television volume up. Robin sees Tiernan on television and discovers he is a candidate for governor. She calls to ask for his help at her parole hearing, and learns the board will ask if she has a job, a home, or a husband. Robin declares that she will get married, and Tiernan promises to help. Robin approaches Billy and proposes marriage as a business proposition. She will pay him $5,000 dollars and live with him for one year until her parole is completed, then she will leave him. As Billy arrives at the prison for the wedding ceremony, his friend, Blue, raises concerns and reminds Billy that his first wife left with his car and his savings, but Billy defends Robin. When Robin is released the following week, Billy, his six year old son, Timmy, and his brother, Peter, wait outside the prison. Peter notices her guitar and tells her that he plays the synthesizer. At home, Billy is surprised that Robin will not sleep in his bedroom, but she insists sex was not part of their arrangement. Grudgingly, he sets up a cot for her in a storage room. The next day, Robin goes into town and sees posters advertising a “Rock for Tiernan” fundraiser. Noting that Al Lawrence is the promoter, Robin bursts into his office, declares she is Tiernan’s friend and asks to be booked for the fundraiser. Al laughs that she cannot sing and refuses. Robin throws a grapefruit through his glass bookcase. Later, she asks Peter Moran if he wants to start a band with her, then contacts local musicians looking for work. She breaks into a desert amphitheater, closed during the off-season, and claims it is perfect for band practice. Days later, Billy Moran wonders why James Tiernan helped Robin. She claims Tiernan is a friend as she gives Billy the $5,000 payment. He wants to give the money back to fulfill her dream of making a demo record, but she insists on upholding their deal. In the morning, Robin is supposed to drive Timmy to school, but is so late she suggests that the boy skip school and spend the day with her. She takes him to Tiernan’s house, bringing flowers to thank the politician for assisting her. Tiernan says the response to the first article was good, so his people are planning another photography session with her family. He also heard that she wants to perform at his fundraiser and, despite her behavior at the promoter’s office, Tiernan orders him to book her band. Robin and Tiernan are shooting pool when his wife, Alexandra, returns home and is introduced to her and Timmy. For the photography session, Robin dresses demurely, serves a Thanksgiving dinner to the family, and kisses Billy Moran across the table. Alexandra wonders how much her husband had to pay Robin to take those photos, but Tiernan says she did it voluntarily. During a rainy night, the roof over Robin’s cot starts leaking. Billy suggests she sleep with him, insisting he can control himself, but he is not certain she can. She accepts the dare. As the band continues to practice regularly, Peter gets fired from his job at Fast Burger for arriving late. Billy is upset, but Robin defuses the situation. Later, Robin admits she never thought their situation would become so difficult, and suggests they realize they are just friends and date other people. Later, as the band practices, Billy goes to a motel with another woman and makes love to her. After practice, Robin goes to Tiernan’s house and they have sex. With his wife away for the weekend, Tiernan asks Robin to stay, but she refuses. Billy Moran is furious that his “wife” arrived home so late. Their argument escalates, but they apologize the next morning. Robin invites Billy to see the band perform at a local amateur night, and he takes her to a museum where he does restoration work. Inside the museum, they make love, but are interrupted when a guide arrives with tourists, and one takes a photograph of the naked couple. Later, Robin’s parole officer informs Tiernan he obtained the photograph and had the police drop parole violation charges. However, Tiernan insists Robin has become a liability and will not help her. At the club, Billy is uncomfortable with Robin’s sexy performance, and when a drunken man reaches for her, Billy fights him. He demands Robin leave with him, but she refuses. Police arrive to arrest Robin for violating her parole, and she sneaks away. She wants to speak with Tiernan at his home, but he refuses. In the morning, she returns to Billy’s home and finds her suitcase packed and an envelope containing $3,000. Billy thinks she should run away before the police return, but she feels too defeated. He promises to help her and apologizes for his actions the previous night. That evening at Tiernan’s fundraiser, Billy poses as an Internal Revenue Service agent to distract Al Lawrence. He locks the promoter in a closet as Robin joins her band. Tiernan is shocked when Robin steps onstage, but the event is being televised so he does not stop her. Robin states that she is the ex-convict Tiernan helped get out of jail and, in gratitude, her band is playing a song she wrote about finding a new life. Her song is enthusiastically received, but Robin insists Tiernan deserves the applause. He claims her performance has guaranteed his election, and promises that her freedom is secure. She returns home with Billy and they make love. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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