Off Limits (1988)

101 mins | Drama | 11 March 1988

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HISTORY

Under the working title, Saigon, principal photography began on 21 Apr 1987 in Bangkok, Thailand, according to a 22 Apr 1987 Var production chart. Items in the 24 Apr 1987 LAT and 12 May 1987 HR reported that Vietnamese officials offered locations in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named Saigon, but the production remained in Thailand. Filming also took place in Nakhon Pathom Province and Pattaya, Thailand, according to production notes in AMPAS library files. Filming was completed by late Jun 1987.
       The anticipated release date of the film, retitled Off Limits, was scheduled for 18 Dec 1987 on 1,000 screens. However, a 19 Nov 1987 HR item reported the opening would be moved to either Feb 1988 or 11 Mar 1988.
       The picture had an invitational screening on 3 Mar 1988 at Twentieth Century Fox’s Darryl F. Zanuck Theatre.
       End credits state: “The Producers wish to thank KMPC Radio for providing broadcast coverage of the 1968 UCLA Basketball season.” End credits also state: “This film was shot on location in Bangkok, ... More Less

Under the working title, Saigon, principal photography began on 21 Apr 1987 in Bangkok, Thailand, according to a 22 Apr 1987 Var production chart. Items in the 24 Apr 1987 LAT and 12 May 1987 HR reported that Vietnamese officials offered locations in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named Saigon, but the production remained in Thailand. Filming also took place in Nakhon Pathom Province and Pattaya, Thailand, according to production notes in AMPAS library files. Filming was completed by late Jun 1987.
       The anticipated release date of the film, retitled Off Limits, was scheduled for 18 Dec 1987 on 1,000 screens. However, a 19 Nov 1987 HR item reported the opening would be moved to either Feb 1988 or 11 Mar 1988.
       The picture had an invitational screening on 3 Mar 1988 at Twentieth Century Fox’s Darryl F. Zanuck Theatre.
       End credits state: “The Producers wish to thank KMPC Radio for providing broadcast coverage of the 1968 UCLA Basketball season.” End credits also state: “This film was shot on location in Bangkok, Thailand.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
12 May 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
19 Nov 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
9 Mar 1988
p. 3, 16.
Los Angeles Times
24 Apr 1987
Calendar, p. 2.
Los Angeles Times
11 Mar 1988
Calendar, p. 6.
New York Times
11 Mar 1988
Section C, p. 8.
Variety
22 Apr 1987
p. 6.
Variety
9 Mar 1988
p. 10.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
and
as Colonel Armstrong
Co-Starring
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Produced in association with American Entertainment Partners L.P.
Released by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
Addl 2d asst dir (Thailand)
Addl 2d asst dir (Thailand)
Addl 2d asst dir (Thailand)
2d unit dir
2d unit dir
Unit prod mgr, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Cam op
Cam asst
Cam asst
Cam asst
Key grip
2d company grip
3d grip
Gaffer
2d gaffer
Still photog
Addl photog by
Dir of photog, 2d unit
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dept asst
Art dept asst
Illustrator
Draftsman
FILM EDITORS
Addl ed
Addl ed
1st asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Asst prop
Asst prop
Const coord
Const foreman
Const foreman
Const asst
Paint foreman
Leadman
Asst set dressing
Asst set dressing
COSTUMES
Cost supv
Costumer
Ward consultant
Asst ward
Asst ward
Asst ward
MUSIC
Mus ed
Orch conducted by
Asst to James Newton Howard
Asst mus ed
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Boom op
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Foley mixer
Foley mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Spec eff team
Spec eff team
Spec eff team
Spec eff team
Equip material & services provided by
Spec eff, 2d unit
Titles and opticals by
MAKEUP
Hair stylist/Makeup
Hair stylist/Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Casting
Prod assoc
Spec asst to the prod
Prod coord
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Scr supv
Tech adv
New York casting
Thai casting
Thai casting
Thai casting
Auditor
Asst auditor
Australian prod contact
Caterer
Caterer
Military equip & personnel furnished by
Thai prod supv
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt coord
Stunt coord
Stunt coord, 2d unit
Stunt coord, 2d unit
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“Pretty Ballerina,” written by Michael Brown, performed by The Left Banke, courtesy of Polygram Special Projects, a division of Polygram Records, Inc.
“Funky Broadway,” written by Lester Christian, performed by Wilson Pickett, courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp. by arrangement with Warner Special Products
“Down on Me,” written and performed by Janis Joplin, courtesy of CBS Records
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SONGS
“Pretty Ballerina,” written by Michael Brown, performed by The Left Banke, courtesy of Polygram Special Projects, a division of Polygram Records, Inc.
“Funky Broadway,” written by Lester Christian, performed by Wilson Pickett, courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp. by arrangement with Warner Special Products
“Down on Me,” written and performed by Janis Joplin, courtesy of CBS Records
“Yummy, Yummy, Yummy,” written by Arthur Resnick and Joe Levine, performed by The Ohio Express, courtesy of Buddah Records
“Tighten Up,” written by Archie Bell and Billy H. Buttier, performed by Archie Bell and The Drells, courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp. by arrangement with Warner Special Products
“Dang Me,” written by Roger Miller
“Foxy Lady,” written and performed by Jimi Hendrix, courtesy of A.R.M. B.V.
“It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” written by James Brown and Betty Jean Newsome, performed by James Brown, courtesy of Polygram Special Projects, a division of Polygram Records Inc.
“Stand!,” written by Sylvester Stewart, performed by Sly and the Family Stone, courtesy of CBS Records.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Saigon
Release Date:
11 March 1988
Premiere Information:
Screening at Darryl F. Zanuck Theatre in Los Angeles: 3 March 1988
Los Angeles and New York openings: 11 March 1988
Production Date:
21 April--late June 1987
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Copyright Date:
30 March 1988
Copyright Number:
PA364605
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® Cameras by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
101
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28772
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1968 Saigon, Vietnam, Sergeants Buck McGriff and Albaby Perkins, agents of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID), investigate the murder of a Vietnamese prostitute whose baby was fathered by a U.S serviceman. Later, Buck and Albaby find an army solider named Maurice, who claims that the murderer is an American officer. When Maurice is killed while under police protection, Buck and Albaby report to their commander, Sergeant Dix, who informs them that six similar murders of prostitutes have occurred over the year, but high-ranking officials have stopped the investigations. At a nearby church, Sister Nicole, a French nun, tells Buck and Albaby that the six murdered women all had children with American servicemen. Buck and Albaby travel to the trenches, where former investigator, Sergeant Flowers, discloses that he had narrowed down the suspects to a few colonels, and gives them his files, including a photograph of a missing female witness, Nguyen. Returning to Saigon, Buck shows Sister Nicole the photograph, and she identifies Nguyen as the sister of an exotic dancer named Lanh. Nicole accompanies Buck and Albaby to question Lanh, but she refuses to speak to Americans. Later, Dix reports that three of the colonels on Flowers’s list were in Saigon on the night of the murder, including Colonel Dexter Armstrong. Buck and Albaby track Armstrong to the bedroom of a prostitute, but they are ambushed by his men, and knocked unconscious. Later, they awaken in the countryside, guarded by Armstrong’s unit. Ushered into a helicopter, Armstrong allows Buck and Albaby to question him, but when asked about the murders, Armstrong jumps out of the ... +


In 1968 Saigon, Vietnam, Sergeants Buck McGriff and Albaby Perkins, agents of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID), investigate the murder of a Vietnamese prostitute whose baby was fathered by a U.S serviceman. Later, Buck and Albaby find an army solider named Maurice, who claims that the murderer is an American officer. When Maurice is killed while under police protection, Buck and Albaby report to their commander, Sergeant Dix, who informs them that six similar murders of prostitutes have occurred over the year, but high-ranking officials have stopped the investigations. At a nearby church, Sister Nicole, a French nun, tells Buck and Albaby that the six murdered women all had children with American servicemen. Buck and Albaby travel to the trenches, where former investigator, Sergeant Flowers, discloses that he had narrowed down the suspects to a few colonels, and gives them his files, including a photograph of a missing female witness, Nguyen. Returning to Saigon, Buck shows Sister Nicole the photograph, and she identifies Nguyen as the sister of an exotic dancer named Lanh. Nicole accompanies Buck and Albaby to question Lanh, but she refuses to speak to Americans. Later, Dix reports that three of the colonels on Flowers’s list were in Saigon on the night of the murder, including Colonel Dexter Armstrong. Buck and Albaby track Armstrong to the bedroom of a prostitute, but they are ambushed by his men, and knocked unconscious. Later, they awaken in the countryside, guarded by Armstrong’s unit. Ushered into a helicopter, Armstrong allows Buck and Albaby to question him, but when asked about the murders, Armstrong jumps out of the helicopter, committing suicide. Returning to the city, Buck and Albaby assume Armstrong was the murderer, report their findings to Dix, and are reassigned to California. Before leaving, however, Buck visits Sister Nicole and learns that Lahn and her child were murdered the night before. Realizing Armstrong was not the killer, Buck and Albaby want to resume their investigation, but Dix orders them to leave. While they travel with a military escort, two men appear and throw a grenade into the vehicle. However, Buck and Albaby survive and kill their attackers. As military police arrive, Buck escapes to Nicole’s church. As she cleans Buck’s wounds, she confesses the missing witness, Nguyen, is hiding in the jungle with Viet Cong (VC) soldiers. Through her contacts, Nicole sets up a meeting for Buck and Albaby to question Nguyen. Blindfolded, they are led by VC soldiers through a series of underground tunnels and show Nguyen the two remaining suspects from Flowers’s list, but she does not recognize either man. However, she sees a photograph of Dix and points to him as the murderer. Hurrying back to Saigon, Buck and Albaby search for Dix in his apartment and find evidence that his next intended victim is Nicole. As they arrive at the church, Dix aims his gun at them, but Buck and Albaby return fire and kill him. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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