License to Drive (1988)

PG-13 | 92 mins | Adventure, Comedy | 6 July 1988

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HISTORY

       A 2 Nov 1987 DV news brief and the 10 Nov 1987 HR production chart reported principal photography began on 2 Nov 1987 in Los Angeles. According to studio production notes in AMPAS library files, locations included: a junior high school in North Hollywood, CA; Johnie’s Broiler in Downey, CA; and Terminal Island in Los Angeles, CA. The 13 Jan 1988 DV reported filming in Westwood, CA, for a scene where “a pair of 10-ton girders” were dropped onto a 1972 Cadillac from a height of ten floors. Filming was completed on 21 Jan 1988.
       A 31 Dec 1987 press release in the AMPAS library files states the film was projected for release in Aug 1988. A 24 May 1988 DV article stated the picture was to be released on 8 Jul 1988 after a test screening. However, the film opened on 6 Jul 1988, as mentioned in the 6 Jul 1988 NYT review. The DV article reported the film’s budget was $8.3 million, while the 6 Jun 1988 HR and a 23 Aug 1988 DV news brief reported a budget of $8.5 million. The DV brief also stated the film had taken in over $18 million at the box-office by the end of Aug 1988.
       The 10 Nov 1987 HR production chart listed Donna Lee as part of the film’s casting associates, although she is not credited onscreen.
       The 6 Jun 1988 HR and 6 Jul 1988 LAT review stated that the film marked Greg Beeman’s ... More Less

       A 2 Nov 1987 DV news brief and the 10 Nov 1987 HR production chart reported principal photography began on 2 Nov 1987 in Los Angeles. According to studio production notes in AMPAS library files, locations included: a junior high school in North Hollywood, CA; Johnie’s Broiler in Downey, CA; and Terminal Island in Los Angeles, CA. The 13 Jan 1988 DV reported filming in Westwood, CA, for a scene where “a pair of 10-ton girders” were dropped onto a 1972 Cadillac from a height of ten floors. Filming was completed on 21 Jan 1988.
       A 31 Dec 1987 press release in the AMPAS library files states the film was projected for release in Aug 1988. A 24 May 1988 DV article stated the picture was to be released on 8 Jul 1988 after a test screening. However, the film opened on 6 Jul 1988, as mentioned in the 6 Jul 1988 NYT review. The DV article reported the film’s budget was $8.3 million, while the 6 Jun 1988 HR and a 23 Aug 1988 DV news brief reported a budget of $8.5 million. The DV brief also stated the film had taken in over $18 million at the box-office by the end of Aug 1988.
       The 10 Nov 1987 HR production chart listed Donna Lee as part of the film’s casting associates, although she is not credited onscreen.
       The 6 Jun 1988 HR and 6 Jul 1988 LAT review stated that the film marked Greg Beeman’s directorial debut.
       Production notes state the film was based on a short story by screenwriter Neil Tolkin which was originally published in the National Lampoon in 1986, and the working title for the film was To Live and Drive in L.A. in Apr 1987.
      End credits state: “Footage from the ‘American Academy of Obstetrics and Gynecology Pregnancy Exercise Program’ Courtesy of Feeling Fine Productions, Inc.” End credits also state: “Special Thanks To: Susan Becker, Deirdre Kelly Sullivan.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
2 Nov 1987
p. 10.
Daily Variety
21 Dec 1987
p. 26, 28.
Daily Variety
13 Jan 1988
p. 3.
Daily Variety
24 May 1988
p. 3.
Daily Variety
5 Jul 1988
p. 3, 16.
Daily Variety
7 Jul 1988
p. 3.
Daily Variety
23 Aug 1988
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Nov 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
6 Jun 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
20 Jun 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
6 Jul 1988
p. 3, 28.
Los Angeles Times
6 Jul 1988
p. 4.
New York Times
6 Jul 1988
p. 17.
Variety
6 Jul 1988
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Davis Entertainment Company--Licht/Mueller Film Corporation Production
Produced and Released by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
2d unit dir
1st asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir, 2d unit
1st asst dir, Supplemental unit
2d asst dir, Supplemental unit
DGA trainee, Supplemental unit
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
"A" cam op
"B" cam op
Cam asst
Cam asst
Cam asst
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Best boy elec
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Company grip
Still photog
Still photog
Dir of photog, 2d unit
"A" cam op, Supplemental unit
"B" cam op, Supplemental unit
"A" cam asst, Supplemental unit
"A" cam asst, Supplemental unit
"B" cam asst, Supplemental unit
"B" cam asst, Supplemental unit
Key grip, Supplemental unit
Cam op, 2d unit
Cam op, 2d unit
Cam op, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
2d asst cam, 2d unit
Gaffer, 2d unit
Key grip, 2d unit
ART DIRECTORS
Prod illustrator
Prod illustrator
Art dir, Supplemental unit
FILM EDITORS
Addl film ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set des
Prop master
Asst prop master
Leadman
Const foreman
Set dec, Supplemental unit
Lead man, Supplemental unit
Const foreman, Supplemental unit
Prop master, Supplemental unit
Asst prop master, Supplemental unit
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Set painter
Labor foreman
Standby painter
Prop master, 2d unit
COSTUMES
Men`s cost supv
Women`s cost supv
Cost des
Addl set ward
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus ed
Mus supv for MCA Records
Mus coord
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom person
Cable person
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
ADR supv
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Mixer, Supplemental unit
Boom person, Supplemental unit
Cable person, Supplemental unit
Sd, 2d unit
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Spec eff coord
Spec eff coord, Supplemental unit
Titles and opt by
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Make-up artist, Supplemental unit
Hairstylist, Supplemental unit
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Scr supv
Prod coord
Prod coord
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Picture car coord
Casting assoc
Casting coord
Asst to Mr. Davis
Asst to Mr. Davis
Asst to Mr. Beeman
Asst to Mr. Licht and Mr. Mueller
Prod asst
Prod asst
Unit pub
Prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Studio teacher
Craft service
and
Loc police coord
Loc mgr, Supplemental unit
Asst loc mgr, Supplemental unit
Transportation coord, Supplemental unit
Transportation capt, Supplemental unit
Asst to Corey Haim
Asst to Corey Feldman
Extra casting -- central
Extra casting -- cast & crew
Catering
First aid
Prod asst, 2d unit
Scr supv, 2d unit
Driver, 2d unit
Driver, 2d unit
Driver, 2d unit
Driver, 2d unit
Driver, 2d unit
Driver, 2d unit
Driver, 2d unit
Driver, 2d unit
Driver, 2d unit
Driver, 2d unit
Driver, 2d unit
Driver, 2d unit
Driver, 2d unit
Driver, 2d unit
Driver, 2d unit
Driver, 2d unit
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“Drive My Car,” written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, produced by Stephen Bray and Michael Verdick, performed by The Breakfast Club, courtesy of MCA Records
“Sweet Surrender,” written by Jeff Silverman and John Philip Shenale, produced by Jellybean for Jellybean Productions, Inc., performed by Brenda K. Starr, courtesy of MCA Records
“I Feel Free,” written by Jack Bruce and Peter Brown, produced by Rick Nowels, performed by Belinda Carlisle, courtesy of MCA Records
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SONGS
“Drive My Car,” written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, produced by Stephen Bray and Michael Verdick, performed by The Breakfast Club, courtesy of MCA Records
“Sweet Surrender,” written by Jeff Silverman and John Philip Shenale, produced by Jellybean for Jellybean Productions, Inc., performed by Brenda K. Starr, courtesy of MCA Records
“I Feel Free,” written by Jack Bruce and Peter Brown, produced by Rick Nowels, performed by Belinda Carlisle, courtesy of MCA Records
“Time Starts Now,” written by Bill LaBounty and Sam Lorber, produced by David Cole and Joe Pasquale, performed by The Boys Club, courtesy of MCA Records
“Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car,” written by Robert John Lange and Billy Ocean, produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange, performed by Billy Ocean, Courtesy of Jive/Arista Records
“Crucial,” written by Gary “Jellybean” Johnson and Lisa Keith, produced by Jellybean Johnson for Flyte Tyme Productions, performed by New Edition, courtesy of MCA Records
“One More Dance,” written by Barry Eastmond and Jolyon Skinner, produced by Barry J. Eastmond, performed by Jonathan Butler, courtesy of Jive/RCA Records
“Jazzy's In The House,” written by J. Townes, produced by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Bryan “Chuck” New and Pete Q. Harris, performed by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, courtesy of Jive/RCA Records
“Touch And Go,” written by Lorraine Lewis, Mazzi Rawd and Danny Wilde, produced by Jim Faraci, performed by Femme Fatale, courtesy of MCA Records
“Make Some Noise,” written by Slave Raider and D. Nagel, produced by Randy Schwoerer and Slave Raider, performed by Slave Raider, courtesy of Jive/RCA Records
“That's Life,” written by Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon, performed by Frank Sinatra, courtesy of Reprise Records, by arrangement with Warner Special Products
“Strangers In The Night,” written by Charlie Singleton, Eddie Snyder and Bert Kaempfert, performed by Frank Sinatra, courtesy of Reprise Records, by arrangement with Warner Special Products
“Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week),” written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, performed by Jerry Wright
“Trouble,” written by Steve Harvey, produced by Steve Harvey for Pellagra Limited, Inc., performed by Nia Peeples, courtesy of Polygram Special Projects, a division of Polygram Records, Inc.
“Rush Hour,” written by Jane Wiedlin and Peter Rafelson, produced by Stephen Hague, performed by Jane Wiedlin, courtesy of EMI-Manhattan Records
“Mercedes Boy,” written by Pebbles, produced by Charlie Wilson, performed by Pebbles, courtesy of MCA Records
“Waiting For The Big One,” written by Rick Neigher and David Cole, produced by David Cole, performed by Femme Fatale, courtesy of MCA Records.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
To Live and Drive in L.A.
Release Date:
6 July 1988
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 6 July 1988
Production Date:
2 November 1987 -- 21 January 1988 in Los Angeles
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Copyright Date:
12 July 1988
Copyright Number:
PA373590
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® Cameras by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
92
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29049
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Elmdale, California, high school student Les Anderson falls asleep in his Drivers Education class and dreams about being a prisoner on the school bus. At a stoplight, he sees Mercedes Lane, his dream girl from school, in the passenger seat of a red Ferrari convertible. Les jumps out the bus window and runs to the car. As he drives away, the school bell awakens him. After class, Les sees Mercedes with her boyfriend, Paolo, in his red convertible. Les’s friend, Dean, offers him a ride home on his bicycle. When they arrive at Les’s house, Dean sees a 1972 Cadillac in the Andersons’ driveway. Les tells Dean his father, Robert, is storing the car while his grandfather drives Robert’s car on a road trip. That evening at dinner, Les asks his father to buy him a new BMW vehicle. Predictably, his father says no. Suddenly, the family hears Dean honking a car horn from the driveway. Les leaves the table to join Dean in the car, which is driven by Dean’s mother. She drops the boys a block away from a classmate’s birthday party. As Les and Dean walk up to the house, their friend, Charles, joins them. Inside, Les sees Mercedes fighting with Paolo. She lies about having a date with someone else for Saturday night. When Paolo asks whom she is going out with, she points to Les. The next day after school, Les tries to confirm his Saturday date with Mercedes, however, his father drives up in the ’72 Cadillac to pick him up. Embarrassed, Les avoids ... +


In Elmdale, California, high school student Les Anderson falls asleep in his Drivers Education class and dreams about being a prisoner on the school bus. At a stoplight, he sees Mercedes Lane, his dream girl from school, in the passenger seat of a red Ferrari convertible. Les jumps out the bus window and runs to the car. As he drives away, the school bell awakens him. After class, Les sees Mercedes with her boyfriend, Paolo, in his red convertible. Les’s friend, Dean, offers him a ride home on his bicycle. When they arrive at Les’s house, Dean sees a 1972 Cadillac in the Andersons’ driveway. Les tells Dean his father, Robert, is storing the car while his grandfather drives Robert’s car on a road trip. That evening at dinner, Les asks his father to buy him a new BMW vehicle. Predictably, his father says no. Suddenly, the family hears Dean honking a car horn from the driveway. Les leaves the table to join Dean in the car, which is driven by Dean’s mother. She drops the boys a block away from a classmate’s birthday party. As Les and Dean walk up to the house, their friend, Charles, joins them. Inside, Les sees Mercedes fighting with Paolo. She lies about having a date with someone else for Saturday night. When Paolo asks whom she is going out with, she points to Les. The next day after school, Les tries to confirm his Saturday date with Mercedes, however, his father drives up in the ’72 Cadillac to pick him up. Embarrassed, Les avoids Mercedes and gets into the car. Later, he sees Mercedes walking home from school, and convinces his father to get out of the Cadillac and let him drive up to Mercedes alone. When he offers to drive Mercedes home, she asks if he will take her to a friend’s house in another neighborhood. Les agrees, and leaves his father stranded. He asks Mercedes about their date. She agrees, and tells him she will see him tomorrow night. The following day, Les and his twin sister, Natalie, go to the Department of Motor Vehicles for their driving tests. While taking the written exam on computers, Natalie completes her test first and leaves. However, Les fails his test. Upset, he hits the computer monitor and causes all the monitors to short circuit. Afterward, Miss Hellberg, the test proctor, informs Les she is unable to retrieve his score, but since his sister answered all the questions correctly, she assumes Les passed as well. He takes the driving portion of the test and passes. Before he leaves however, Miss Hellberg informs Les his failed test score was retrieved. She tears up his license and hands him a paper with the words “Test Failed.” Les arrives home and lies to his parents about getting his license. Later, his pregnant mother finds Les’s failed test and his father grounds Les for two weeks. That night, Mercedes calls Les about their date. He sneaks out of the house with his grandfather’s Cadillac, picks up Mercedes, and they drive to a nightclub. There, Mercedes sees Paolo with another woman and slaps him before grabbing a bottle of champagne. Outside, Les discovers the Cadillac being towed. He jumps onto the tow truck and pays the driver to leave the car. After giving the tow truck driver all his money, Mercedes suggests driving into the hills to park. She drinks champagne and they kiss as they dance on the hood. When they fall, they dent the hood. Panicking, Les drives the inebriated Mercedes to Dean’s house. Dean hammers out the dent, and suggests Les drive he, their friend, Charles, and Mercedes to Archie’s Atomic, a popular drive-in restaurant. Les agrees. On the way, he loses control of the car, crashes through a fence, and comes to a stop in a parking lot. When he notices a scratch, Les decides they need to return home, but Dean persuades him no one will see it. Agreeing with Dean, the boys place the passed-out Mercedes in the trunk of the car to rest. They arrive at Archie’s Atomic and park the Cadillac. However, Charles opens his door and accidentally dents the car next to them, angering the driver and his friends. As the men attempt to attack the Cadillac, Les drives away. He pulls in front of a convoy transporting military artillery. Anti-weapon protesters, including Les’s twin sister, Natalie, and her boyfriend, Karl, attack the car. Escaping, Les ends up at a police sobriety checkpoint. When an officer requests his license, Les gives him a bus pass instead. Confused, Dean and Charles ask why he does not have his license. Les confesses he did not pass the exam. Suddenly, the officer is called away to deal with a riot started by the protesters and drives away. As the boys take Mercedes out of the trunk, a drunk driver at the checkpoint steals the Cadillac and drives recklessly away. Les herds the group into the drunken man’s Volkswagen Beetle and follows. He catches up with the Cadillac on a bridge, and sees the drunken man asleep at the wheel. Ordering Charles and Dean to drive, Les leaps into the Cadillac and stops it before crashing into a pit. In the morning, Les drops off Charles and Dean in the wrecked Cadillac. As Les takes Mercedes home, she tells him she wants to go out with him again and kisses him. Meanwhile, Les’s mother goes into labor. As his parents head downstairs to go to the hospital, Les pulls into the garage and hides. His father sees the damaged car and yells at Les. However, his mother’s contractions become more frequent, and she gets into the backseat of the damaged Cadillac, ordering Les to drive to the hospital as his father sits with her. With the only working gear being reverse, Les drives backward to the hospital. When they arrive, his mother goes inside and gives birth to twins. His father tells Les he is impressed with his driving and not to worry about the Cadillac. Suddenly, a steel beam from a nearby construction site falls and crushes the car. Days later, Les’s grandfather returns. After showing him the totaled car, he laughs and tells the family he wrecked his son’s BMW automobile. Mercedes arrives in her car. Les jumps into the driver’s seat and drives away with her. +

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