Permanent Record (1988)

PG-13 | 91 mins | Drama | 22 April 1988

Director:

Marisa Silver

Producer:

Frank Mancuso Jr.

Cinematographer:

Frederick Elmes

Editor:

Robert Brown

Production Designer:

Michel Levesque

Production Company:

Paramount
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HISTORY

The picture marked the break-through of director Marisa Silver, who gained interest from Hollywood studios after her independently-produced film, Old Enough (1984), won the Grand Jury prize at the U.S. Film Festival (Sundance), as noted in a 1 Jul 2010 Pif article. Daughter of director Joan Micklin Silver and producer Raphael Silver, the young filmmaker made Old Enough when she was in her early twenties with financing from her older sister, Dina Silver. After the success of Old Enough, Marisa Silver travelled to Los Angeles, CA, where she worked in film development. At that time, Paramount Pictures hired her to direct Permanent Record.
       Principal photography began on 20 Jul 1987 in Portland and Newport, OR, according to the 26 Aug 1987 Var production chart. Additional locations included Los Angeles, CA.
       End credits include the following dedication: “For Jon.” End credits include the following acknowledgements: “The producers wish to express their appreciation to: State of Oregon; Oregon Governor Neil Goldschmidt; Oregon Film and Video Division; City of Portland, Oregon; City of Portland, Mayor J. E. Budclark; City of Newport, Oregon; Oregon Department of Transportation; TriMet; and the Permanent Record Youth ... More Less

The picture marked the break-through of director Marisa Silver, who gained interest from Hollywood studios after her independently-produced film, Old Enough (1984), won the Grand Jury prize at the U.S. Film Festival (Sundance), as noted in a 1 Jul 2010 Pif article. Daughter of director Joan Micklin Silver and producer Raphael Silver, the young filmmaker made Old Enough when she was in her early twenties with financing from her older sister, Dina Silver. After the success of Old Enough, Marisa Silver travelled to Los Angeles, CA, where she worked in film development. At that time, Paramount Pictures hired her to direct Permanent Record.
       Principal photography began on 20 Jul 1987 in Portland and Newport, OR, according to the 26 Aug 1987 Var production chart. Additional locations included Los Angeles, CA.
       End credits include the following dedication: “For Jon.” End credits include the following acknowledgements: “The producers wish to express their appreciation to: State of Oregon; Oregon Governor Neil Goldschmidt; Oregon Film and Video Division; City of Portland, Oregon; City of Portland, Mayor J. E. Budclark; City of Newport, Oregon; Oregon Department of Transportation; TriMet; and the Permanent Record Youth Orchestra.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
7 Aug 1987.
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Daily Variety
18 Apr 1988
p. 3, 21.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Apr 1988
p. 3, 6.
Los Angeles Times
22 Apr 1988
p. 1.
New York Times
22 Apr 1988
p. 10.
Pif Magazine
1 Jul 2010.
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Variety
20 Apr 1988
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Paramount Pictures presents
A Frank Mancuso, Jr. production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr/1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Co-prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst photog
2d asst photog
Stedi-cam op
Still photog
Chief lighting tech
Asst chief lighting tech
Key grip
Asst key grip
Dolly grip (Oregon)
Dolly grip (Los Angeles)
Grip (Oregon)
Grip (Oregon)
Grip (Oregon)
Grip (Oregon)
Grip (Los Angeles)
Grip (Oregon)
Elec (Oregon)
Elec (Oregon)
Elec (Oregon)
Elec (Los Angeles)
Elec (Los Angeles)
Elec (Los Angeles)
Elec/Grip equip by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Prod illustrator
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set des
Asst prop master
Lead person (Oregon)
Lead person (Los Angeles)
On-set dresser (Oregon)
On-set dresser (Los Angeles)
Set dresser (Oregon)
Set dresser (Oregon)
Set dresser (Oregon)
Set dresser (Los Angeles)
Set dresser (Los Angeles)
Swing gang (Oregon)
Swing gang (Oregon)
Swing gang (Los Angeles)
Swing gang (Los Angeles)
Const coord (Oregon)
Const coord (Los Angeles)
Asst const coord (Oregon)
Prod painter (Oregon)
Prod painter (Los Angeles)
COSTUMES
Cost des
Asst cost des
Ward asst
Ward asst
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus supv
Mus scoring mixer
Mus rec at
Mus coord
Vocal coach/Orch consultant
Addl vocal coaching
Mus instruction/Guitar & vocal
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
The Permanent Record Youth Orchestra
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Cable person
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
ADR ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Foley artist
Foley artist
ADR/Foley mixer
ADR/Foley facilities
Vocal coach/Orch consultant
Addl vocal coaching
VISUAL EFFECTS
Titles and opticals by
Title des by
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Asst make-up artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Scr supv
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr (Oregon)
Asst loc mgr (Los Angeles)
Asst loc mgr (Los Angeles)
Prod coord
Prod secy
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Asst accountant
Asst to Ms. Silver
Post prod asst to Ms. Silver
Asst to Mr. Mancuso (Oregon)
Asst to Mr. Mancuso (Los Angeles)
Asst to Ms. Mackey
Oregon casting and extras casting
Los Angeles extras casting
Los Angeles extras casting
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation capt
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
First aid
Studio teacher
Craft service (Oregon)
Craft service (Los Angeles)
Catering
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“Baby The Trans,” written, performed & produced by Joe Strummer, Joe Strummer performs courtesy of CBS Records United Kingdom Limited
“Nothin’ ‘Bout Nothin’,” written, performed & produced by Joe Strummer, Joe Strummer performs courtesy of CBS Records United Kingdom Limited
“Trash City,” written, performed & produced by Joe Strummer, Joe Strummer performs courtesy of CBS Records United Kingdom Limited
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SONGS
“Baby The Trans,” written, performed & produced by Joe Strummer, Joe Strummer performs courtesy of CBS Records United Kingdom Limited
“Nothin’ ‘Bout Nothin’,” written, performed & produced by Joe Strummer, Joe Strummer performs courtesy of CBS Records United Kingdom Limited
“Trash City,” written, performed & produced by Joe Strummer, Joe Strummer performs courtesy of CBS Records United Kingdom Limited
“Nefertiti Rock,” written, performed & produced by Joe Strummer, Joe Strummer performs courtesy of CBS Records United Kingdom Limited
“Cholo Vest,” written, performed & produced by Joe Strummer, Joe Strummer performs courtesy of CBS Records United Kingdom Limited
“Something Happened,” written and performed by Lou Reed, produced by Lou Reed & Arthur Baker
“H.M.S. Pinafore excerpts,” by W. S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan
“She’s On My Mind,” written by John Hussey, performed and produced by Little America, Little America performs courtesy of Geffen Records
“Waiting On Love,” written by Kurt Neumann & Sam Llanas, performed by BoDeans, produced by Jim Scott, BoDeans courtesy of Slash/Reprise Records
“Never Looking Back,” written by David Kahne, performed by Michael Ruff
“Cause I Said So,” written, performed & produced by The Godfathers, courtesy of Epic Records
“All Day And All Of The Night,” written by Ray Davies & Dave Davies, performed by The Stranglers, produced by The Stranglers & Ted Hayton, courtesy of CBS Records United Kingdom Limited
“Symphony No. 5, Adagietto,” written by Gustav Mahler, performed by Brian Banks & Anthony Marinelli
“Moon River,” written by Johnny Mercer & Henry Mancini
“Wishing On Another Lucky Star,” written by J. D. Souther, a cappella version performed by Shea Adamson
“Wishing On Another Lucky Star,” written & performed by J. D. Souther, produced by J. D. Souther & Waddy Wachtel.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
22 April 1988
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 22 April 1988
Production Date:
began 20 July 1987
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures Corporation
Copyright Date:
7 June 1988
Copyright Number:
PA369081
Physical Properties:
Sound
Recorded in Ultra-Stereo®
Color
Lenses
Cams and lenses supplied by Otto Nemenz International, Inc.
Duration(in mins):
91
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28974
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

High school senior David Sinclair is naturally talented, gaining acceptance at a prestigious music college and earning the coveted role as orchestra conductor for an upcoming performance of H.M.S. Pinafore. He is revered by teachers and students alike, particularly his whimsical best friend Chris Townsend, who struggles to graduate and lacks the discipline to hone his own skills as a guitar player. However, David’s high standards and mounting responsibilities are overwhelming, and he secretly struggles with crippling anxiety. When David learns of an upcoming recording session with his band, he protests that his new song is not finished, and asks Chris to complete the tune. Chris shrugs off the request, convinced that he could never stand in for his brilliant companion. One evening, Chris hosts a party and David slips away to a nearby ocean-side cliff, unaware that his friend is in tow. As Chris jumps out of his hiding place to surprise David, he discovers the boy has disappeared, and wails in grief at the realization that David has gone over the cliff. Although the community believes David was killed in a freak accident, Chris receives a package in the mail that proves David’s death was a suicide. The envelope, sent by David, contains his unfinished sheet music and a cryptic note, expressing regret for being imperfect. Chris is overcome with guilt. He believes he could have saved David’s life if he was more attentive to his depression, and frets about sharing the truth with family and friends. When Chris’s girl friend, M. G., spearheads a memorial for David, and ... +


High school senior David Sinclair is naturally talented, gaining acceptance at a prestigious music college and earning the coveted role as orchestra conductor for an upcoming performance of H.M.S. Pinafore. He is revered by teachers and students alike, particularly his whimsical best friend Chris Townsend, who struggles to graduate and lacks the discipline to hone his own skills as a guitar player. However, David’s high standards and mounting responsibilities are overwhelming, and he secretly struggles with crippling anxiety. When David learns of an upcoming recording session with his band, he protests that his new song is not finished, and asks Chris to complete the tune. Chris shrugs off the request, convinced that he could never stand in for his brilliant companion. One evening, Chris hosts a party and David slips away to a nearby ocean-side cliff, unaware that his friend is in tow. As Chris jumps out of his hiding place to surprise David, he discovers the boy has disappeared, and wails in grief at the realization that David has gone over the cliff. Although the community believes David was killed in a freak accident, Chris receives a package in the mail that proves David’s death was a suicide. The envelope, sent by David, contains his unfinished sheet music and a cryptic note, expressing regret for being imperfect. Chris is overcome with guilt. He believes he could have saved David’s life if he was more attentive to his depression, and frets about sharing the truth with family and friends. When Chris’s girl friend, M. G., spearheads a memorial for David, and starts to write an article about his last days, Chris becomes enraged. He argues that she is ignorant of David’s true identity, and reveals that he committed suicide. Later, Chris shows David’s parents the note and admits that he did not hear the boy scream during his presumed accident. Meanwhile, rehearsals for H.M.S. Pinafore continue as planned, and school principal Leo Verdell challenges Chris to complete David’s musical arrangements. Mr. Verdell encourages his students to plan a memorial for David, but a top school administrator orders him to call off the event, fearing it will romanticize suicide and inspire other teens to emulate David’s actions. Chris, who has flourished in his new role in the musical, is devastated to learn about the cancelled memorial and is expelled from school when he throws a book through Mr. Verdell’s window. At home, Chris’s single father worries that the boy will not graduate and leaves home on a business trip, taking Chris’s guitar with him as punishment. Left alone without an outlet for his unresolved feelings, Chris becomes intoxicated and drives to David’s house, where he nearly runs over his friend’s younger brother, Nicky. As David’s father, Jim Sinclair, yells at Chris, the boy collapses in his arms and apologizes for failing to save David’s life. Jim takes pity on Chris and asks Mr. Verdell to reconsider the boy’s dismissal, but the principal declines and argues that Chris must learn to respect authority. With the support of Jim Sinclair, who gives Chris his own, beloved vintage guitar, the young man is productive during his time away from school, completing the H.M.S. Pinafore arrangements and writing lyrics for David’s unfinished song, “Wishing On Another Lucky Star.” Mr. Vernell invites Chris to return to class, and his band promotes him to lead singer for their upcoming recording session, which happens to be scheduled on the opening night of H.M.S. Pinafore. After a successful performance at the studio, Chris rushes back to school and arrives during intermission. Backstage, M. G. praises Chris’s lyrics for “Lucky Star,” which capture the confusion, desolation, and fear of teenagers who contemplate their uncertain futures. Lauren, a close friend and trained singer, is also moved by Chris’s addition to David’s “Lucky Star.” As she prepares to take the stage for her H.M.S. Pinafore solo, Chris reminds her that she has the talent to capture the audience. She walks to her mark, silences the orchestra, and sings an impromptu, a cappella version of “Lucky Star.” Realizing the teens have gone through with David’s memorial, after all, the school administrator commands Mr. Vernell to halt the performance, but the principal regrets his previous decision to interfere with the commemoration and refuses to follow orders. As Lauren completes the song in tears, the audience erupts in a standing ovation. Chris joins her onstage for an embrace, acknowledging their need to mourn, and their desire to keep David’s legacy alive. Sometime later, Chris’s friends gather at the cliff where David committed suicide, and M. G. announces plans to write about her own life instead of David’s struggles. Pleased that life has returned to normal, Chris looks out over the bluff, which is now secured with a chain link fence. +

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

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