Satisfaction (1988)

PG-13 | 93 mins | Romantic comedy | 12 February 1988

Director:

Joan Freeman

Writer:

Charles Purpura

Cinematographer:

Thomas Del Ruth

Editor:

Joel Goodman

Production Designer:

Lynda Paradise

Production Company:

NBC Productions
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HISTORY

Referring to the working title, Sweet Little Rock ‘n’ Roller, an Apr 1986 Playboy item reported that director Gillian Armstrong was to be attached to the film. However, Armstrong is not credited onscreen.
       The 31 Mar 1987 HR production chart stated that principal photography began 13 May 1987 in South Carolina on the Aaron Spelling Productions lot. According to production notes in AMPAS library files, filming was completed over thirty-five shooting days, with locations in Charleston, SC, and Baltimore, MD. During a four-week period, music supervisor Peter Afterman and music producer Steve Cropper taught a number of the actors how to play musical instruments. As reported in the 25 Nov 1987 Var, the title was changed to Satisfaction.
       The picture was scheduled to open on 12 Feb 1988, as noted in the 7 Feb 1988 LAT.
       Three years later, the 1 May 1991 NYT and 3 May 1991 LAT reported that the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) “repackaged” the picture to be broadcast on network television with the new title, The Girls of Summer. NBC also promoted actress Julia Roberts as the film’s lead, instead of Justine Bateman, in the wake of Roberts’s popularity after her 1990 picture Pretty Woman (see entry).
       The film marked the motion picture debuts of Julia Roberts and Justine Bateman.
       End credits state: “Special Thanks to Bruce Robb, Dee Robb and Susan ... More Less

Referring to the working title, Sweet Little Rock ‘n’ Roller, an Apr 1986 Playboy item reported that director Gillian Armstrong was to be attached to the film. However, Armstrong is not credited onscreen.
       The 31 Mar 1987 HR production chart stated that principal photography began 13 May 1987 in South Carolina on the Aaron Spelling Productions lot. According to production notes in AMPAS library files, filming was completed over thirty-five shooting days, with locations in Charleston, SC, and Baltimore, MD. During a four-week period, music supervisor Peter Afterman and music producer Steve Cropper taught a number of the actors how to play musical instruments. As reported in the 25 Nov 1987 Var, the title was changed to Satisfaction.
       The picture was scheduled to open on 12 Feb 1988, as noted in the 7 Feb 1988 LAT.
       Three years later, the 1 May 1991 NYT and 3 May 1991 LAT reported that the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) “repackaged” the picture to be broadcast on network television with the new title, The Girls of Summer. NBC also promoted actress Julia Roberts as the film’s lead, instead of Justine Bateman, in the wake of Roberts’s popularity after her 1990 picture Pretty Woman (see entry).
       The film marked the motion picture debuts of Julia Roberts and Justine Bateman.
       End credits state: “Special Thanks to Bruce Robb, Dee Robb and Susan Donaldson.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
31 Mar 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
16 Feb 1988
p. 3, 57.
Los Angeles Times
7 Feb 1988
p. K24.
Los Angeles Times
17 Feb 1988
Calendar, p. 7.
Los Angeles Times
3 May 1991
Calendar, p. 19.
New York Times
13 Feb 1988
Section 1, p. 15.
New York Times
1 May 1991
Section C, p. 11.
Playboy
Apr 1986.
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Variety
25 Nov 1987
p. 84.
Variety
17 Feb 1988
p. 23.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Twentieth Century Fox presents
An Aaron Spelling/Alan Greisman Production
a presentation of NBC Productions, Inc.
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
Exec prod mgr
Supv prod mgr
2d 2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Still photog
Chief lighting tech
Asst chief lighting tech
Lamp op
Lamp op
Lamp op
Key grip
2d company grip
Dolly grip
Grip
Performance lighting des
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
Exec in charge of post prod
Asst ed
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Supv const coord
Const coord
Const foreman
Asst prop master
Lead person
Set dresser
COSTUMES
Cost supv
Set costumer
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus prod
Mus score
Music ed
Supv mus ed
Asst mus supv
Supv mus instructor
Supv mus instructor
Vocal coach to Ms. Bateman
Band instructor
Band instructor
Band instructor
Band instructor
Band instructor
Band instructor
Band instructor
Band instructor
Band instructor
Band instructor
Mirage keyboards courtesy of
Stage lighting provided by
Lighting console provided by
PA system provided by
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Boom op
Utility sd
Post prod sd ed
Supv sd ed
Supv ADR ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Stereo consultant
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Titles and opticals
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Scr supv
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Craft service
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Casting assoc
Prod secy
Prod office secy
Prod auditor
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Exec asst to Mr. Spelling
Asst to Mr. Greisman
Exec coord
Project mgr
Loc performance equip courtesy of
STAND INS
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col
SOURCES
SONGS
“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, published by ABKCO Music, Inc.
“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” performed by Jennie Lee & The Mystery, produced by Steve Cropper, produced by Waddy Wachtel, ©1965 ABKCO Music, Inc. (BMI)
“Knock On Wood,” performed by Jennie Lee & The Mystery, composed by Steve Cropper & Eddie Floyd, ©1966 Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)
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SONGS
“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, published by ABKCO Music, Inc.
“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” performed by Jennie Lee & The Mystery, produced by Steve Cropper, produced by Waddy Wachtel, ©1965 ABKCO Music, Inc. (BMI)
“Knock On Wood,” performed by Jennie Lee & The Mystery, composed by Steve Cropper & Eddie Floyd, ©1966 Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)
“Carnaval Preamble,” composed by Robert Schumann
“Prelude #7 Opus 28,” composed by Frederic Chopin
“Rock & Roll Rebels,” performed by John Kay & Steppenwolf, composed by John Kay, Michael Wilk, Rocket Ritchotte, ©1987 Rambunctious Music (ASCAP) / Michael John Music (BMI) / Attlebrat (BMI) / National League Music (ASCAP), courtesy of Qwil Records
“Iko, Iko,” performed by Jennie Lee & The Mystery, composed by Joan Johnson, Joe Jones, Marilyn Jones, Sharon Jones, Jessie Thomas, Barbara Hawkins, Rose Hawkins, ©1964 Trio Music Company, Arc Music Corp., Melder Publishing Company (BMI)
“God Bless The Child,” composed by Billie Holiday & Arthur Herzog, Jr., ©1941 Edward B. Marks Music Company (BMI)
“(Loving You Is Like A) Suicide Mission,” performed by The Killer Whales, composed by David Bethany, ©1986 Hazardous Music (BMI)
“C’Mon Everybody,” performed by Jennie Lee & The Mystery, composed by Eddie Cochran & Jerry Capehart, ©1958 Courtesy of SBK Unart Catalog Inc. (BMI)
“Dedicated To The One I Love,” composed by Ralph Bass & Lowman Pauling, ©1957 Duchess Music Corp. (BMI), Edward B. Marks Music Company (BMI)
“Mr. Big Stuff,” performed by Jennie Lee & The Mystery, composed by Joe Broussard, Carol Washington, Ralph Williams, ©1971 Malaco Music, Inc. & Caraljo Music (BMI)
“Stimulation,” performed by Wa Wa Nee, composed by Paul Grey, ©1986 MCA Music Australia Pty. Limited, administered in the USA by MCA Music Publishing, courtesy of CBS Records
“I’ve Been Down Before,” performed by Jerry Knight, composed by Antonina Armato & Jerry Knight, ©1986 Irving Music, Inc. (BMI) Anta Music/Rare Blue Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
“Just Jump Into My Life,” composed by Paul Gurvitz, performed by Mona Lisa Young, ©1986 Chrysalis Music Ltd. (BMI)
“Mystery Dance,” performed by Jennie Lee & The Mystery, composed by Elvis Costello, ©1977 Plangent Visions Music, Inc.
“Maybe,” performed by The Chantels, composed by Richard Barrett, ©1958 ABZ Music Corp., courtesy of Roulette Records, Inc.
“Talk To Me,” performed by Jennie Lee & The Mystery, composed by Steve Cropper, title and inspiration Roy Orbison, ©1987 Merit Music Corp. (BMI)
“Lies (Are Breaking My Heart),” performed by Jennie Lee & The Mystery, composed by Beau Charles & Buddy R&ell, ©1965 Acuff-Rose Music, Inc. (BMI).
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Sweet Little Rock 'n' Roller
Sweet Little Rock and Roller
Sweet Little Rock & Roller
The Girls of Summer
Release Date:
12 February 1988
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 12 February 1988
Production Date:
began on 13 May 1987
Copyright Claimant:
NBC Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
19 July 1988
Copyright Number:
PA382758
Physical Properties:
Sound
Recorded in Ultra-Stereo®
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex Camera by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
93
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28744
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jennie Lee, lead singer for the all-female rock band, Mystery, attends her high school graduation. As Jennie gives her valedictory speech, Daryle, Mystery’s bass player, is handed an engagement ring by her boyfriend Frankie. However, she turns him down. Afterward, Jennie is excited about the band’s upcoming audition at Falcons beach nightclub in Florida. During rehearsal, lead guitarist Billy announces that their keyboard player quit. Mooch, the band’s drummer, reveals that her van was wrecked after getting into a fight with gang member “Bunny” Slotz. Jennie worries about their chances of landing the summer nightclub engagement, but Mooch assure her that she will borrow another van. Later, Mooch and Billy steal Bunny Slotz’s van for their road trip. Meanwhile, Jennie goes home to her brothers, “Hubba” and “Mig.” Hubba attempts to convince Jennie to stay home and prepare for her first semester of college. However, Jennie wants one summer to follow her dream as a rock and roll performer. Suddenly, Jennie hears her neighbor, Nickie, practicing piano. She asks Nickie to be Mystery’s new keyboard player, but he insists he has only ever played classical music. However, Jennie convinces him that it will be fun. Later, the band arrives in Florida late at night, but the club is closed. Locating club owner Martin Falcon’s home, the band drives to his house and finds the door unlocked. Martin’s guard dog, Hamlet, growls at them, but Billy calms him by singing. Seeing gold records and Grammy awards around the house, Jennie realizes that it is famous songwriter Martin Falcon who owns the club. ... +


Jennie Lee, lead singer for the all-female rock band, Mystery, attends her high school graduation. As Jennie gives her valedictory speech, Daryle, Mystery’s bass player, is handed an engagement ring by her boyfriend Frankie. However, she turns him down. Afterward, Jennie is excited about the band’s upcoming audition at Falcons beach nightclub in Florida. During rehearsal, lead guitarist Billy announces that their keyboard player quit. Mooch, the band’s drummer, reveals that her van was wrecked after getting into a fight with gang member “Bunny” Slotz. Jennie worries about their chances of landing the summer nightclub engagement, but Mooch assure her that she will borrow another van. Later, Mooch and Billy steal Bunny Slotz’s van for their road trip. Meanwhile, Jennie goes home to her brothers, “Hubba” and “Mig.” Hubba attempts to convince Jennie to stay home and prepare for her first semester of college. However, Jennie wants one summer to follow her dream as a rock and roll performer. Suddenly, Jennie hears her neighbor, Nickie, practicing piano. She asks Nickie to be Mystery’s new keyboard player, but he insists he has only ever played classical music. However, Jennie convinces him that it will be fun. Later, the band arrives in Florida late at night, but the club is closed. Locating club owner Martin Falcon’s home, the band drives to his house and finds the door unlocked. Martin’s guard dog, Hamlet, growls at them, but Billy calms him by singing. Seeing gold records and Grammy awards around the house, Jennie realizes that it is famous songwriter Martin Falcon who owns the club. Martin appears from the back deck and tells Jennie that auditions are in the morning. Seeing as they have nowhere to stay, he offers his boathouse for the night. The following day, Martin decides to hire another band for the summer, until Jennie convinces him to let Mystery play for ten minutes. While they perform, Martin notes the audience reaction and hires them. During the summer, Daryle begins flirting with rich young men, while Billy uses drugs and keeps company with Hamlet the dog. Nickie and Mooch become attracted to one another, but Mooch tries to fight her feelings for him. Meanwhile, Martin spends time with Jennie. Although he worries that he is much older than Jennie, they start dating. He mentions that his friend is looking for an American band to tour in Europe. However, Jennie does not want to give up her college scholarship. Seeing great talent in Jennie, Martin begins songwriting again. Later, Josh, one of the club’s rich guests, invites Daryle to a pool party. During the party, Nickie gives Mooch a flower and kisses her. Meanwhile, Josh tries to take advantage of Daryle, but she knocks him unconscious, then pines for her former boyfriend, Frankie. Later, Frankie arrives in town and tells Daryle that Bunny Slotz is coming after Mooch for stealing his van. The following day, Daryle announces she plans to marry Frankie in the fall. Jennie visits Martin, but finds him with another woman named Tina. Jennie runs from the house, but Martin follows and apologizes. Forgiving him, Jennie stays the night and gets to hear Martin’s new song. Returning to the boathouse, Jennie finds Mooch, Daryle and Nickie attempting to revive an unresponsive Billy. Once she revives, Jennie makes Billy promise to stop using drugs. Later, Martin says that his friend will be coming to the club, and likely offer Mystery the European tour. However, Jennie believes the band is splitting up, and suggests moving in with Martin. Not wanting Jennie to give up her dreams, Martin tells Jennie he does not love her. Heartbroken, Jennie goes to the boathouse. After seeing her cry, Mooch, Nickie, Billy and Daryle promise they will stay with the band for her. A week later, Martin’s friend arrives as Mystery performs the club owner’s new song. Afterward, Bunny Slotz appears and threatens Mooch, but Billy, Nickie and Daryle fight him off. After police arrive and arrest Bunny, Jennie tells the band that she turned down the European offer. Mooch is upset with Jennie, but Nickie confesses he overheard Martin’s friend offer Jennie a job singing in a studio, not a tour. Later, as Mooch, Nickie, Daryle and Billy pack up a rental van, Martin tells Jennie he is happy she is going to college. As they drive off, Martin’s dog, Hamlet, runs to Billy and jumps into the van. +

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