Stealing Home (1988)

PG-13 | 98 mins | Drama, Romance | 26 August 1988

Cinematographer:

Robert Byrne

Editor:

Antony Gibbs

Production Designer:

Vaughan Edwards

Production Companies:

The Mount Company, Warner Bros. Pictures
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HISTORY

After opening credits, a voice-over narration by actor Mark Harmon in the role of “Billy Wyatt” is heard: “I wish Katie were here. She’s the one who got me to play again. If everybody needs somebody to remind them who they are, Katie Chandler was that for me. Six months ago I was as far away from baseball as I could get. Things weren’t exactly happening for me. I was living in a motel with some cocktail waitress. I was as lost as lost could be.” Voice-over narration continues throughout the film.
       An article in the 26 Aug 1988 HR reported that Jaffe/Lansing Productions acquired a two-year option on the screenplay in 1984, with director-writer-producer Jonathan Demme involved with the project. When the option ended, Columbia Pictures acquired the property in Dec 1986, with writers Steven Kampmann and Will Aldis set to co-direct. Two days after Columbia dropped the project in Jun 1987, Warner Bros. picked it up.
       The 29 Sep 1987 HR production chart noted that principal photography began on 17 Aug 1987 in Philadelphia, PA. Colony Films II was cited as being associated with the picture, but is not credited onscreen.
       According to 13 Nov 1987 Backstage, Pennsylvania locations included: the Chestnut Hill; Chestnut Hill Academy; the Ivy Ridge Line station of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA); Philadelphia Cricket Club; Roxborough; Veterans Stadium; and Wyndmoor. Production notes in AMPAS library files note filming took place at the childhood home of writer-director Steven Kampmann. The 7 Aug 1987 DV and productions notes report that filming also ... More Less

After opening credits, a voice-over narration by actor Mark Harmon in the role of “Billy Wyatt” is heard: “I wish Katie were here. She’s the one who got me to play again. If everybody needs somebody to remind them who they are, Katie Chandler was that for me. Six months ago I was as far away from baseball as I could get. Things weren’t exactly happening for me. I was living in a motel with some cocktail waitress. I was as lost as lost could be.” Voice-over narration continues throughout the film.
       An article in the 26 Aug 1988 HR reported that Jaffe/Lansing Productions acquired a two-year option on the screenplay in 1984, with director-writer-producer Jonathan Demme involved with the project. When the option ended, Columbia Pictures acquired the property in Dec 1986, with writers Steven Kampmann and Will Aldis set to co-direct. Two days after Columbia dropped the project in Jun 1987, Warner Bros. picked it up.
       The 29 Sep 1987 HR production chart noted that principal photography began on 17 Aug 1987 in Philadelphia, PA. Colony Films II was cited as being associated with the picture, but is not credited onscreen.
       According to 13 Nov 1987 Backstage, Pennsylvania locations included: the Chestnut Hill; Chestnut Hill Academy; the Ivy Ridge Line station of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA); Philadelphia Cricket Club; Roxborough; Veterans Stadium; and Wyndmoor. Production notes in AMPAS library files note filming took place at the childhood home of writer-director Steven Kampmann. The 7 Aug 1987 DV and productions notes report that filming also occurred in New Jersey at Island Beach State Park, and in the cities of Camden and Seaside Heights.
       A 12 Aug 1988 HR brief announced that a “benefit premiere” was presented by the Chestnut Hill Academy and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on 10 Aug 1988 at the in AMC Olde City Cinemas in Philadelphia, PA.
       End credits state: “Special Thanks: Philadelphia Film Office, Office of the City Representative; City of Philadelphia; Office of Governor Kean, NJ; New Jersey Film Commission; Island Beach State Park, NJ; City of Camden, NJ; Springfield Township, Montgomery County, PA; City of San Bernardino, CA; San Bernardino Spirits’ Baseball Team.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Backstage
13 Nov 1987.
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Daily Variety
7 Aug 1987
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Sep 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Aug 1988
p. 3, 7.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Aug 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
26 Aug 1988
p. 4, 49.
Los Angeles Times
26 Aug 1988
Calendar, p. 4.
New York Times
26 Aug 1988
Section C, p. 17.
Variety
10 Aug 1988
p. 13, 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Warner Bros. presents
A Film by Steven Kampmann and Will Aldis
A Mount Company production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
Asst prod mgr
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Gaffer
Best boy
Key grip
2d grip
Dolly grip
Still photog
Underwater and aerial photog
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Asst film ed
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Key set dresser
Prop master
Asst prop master
Asst prop master
Const coord
COSTUMES
Ward supv
Ward supv
Cost asst
Cost asst
MUSIC
Mus ed
Supv mus ed
Mus clearances by
SOUND
Prod mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Supv sd ed
ADR ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Foley
VISUAL EFFECTS
SPFX asst
Opticals and titles
MAKEUP
Key makeup artist
2d makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod coord
Personal asst to Mr. Moonjean
Scr supv
Prod accountant
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Asst prod coord
Asst to Messrs Kampmann and Aldis
Asst to Mr. Mount
Tech adv
Transportation capt
Prod aide
Prod aide
Prod aide
Prod aide
Unit pub
Loc casting by
N.Y. casting asst
N.Y. casting asst
Loc catering
Loc equip by
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“And When She Danced (Love Theme From ‘Stealing Home’),” written by David Foster & Linda Thompson-Jenner, performed by Marilyn Martin and David Foster, produced by David Foster, courtesy of Atlantic Records
“Great Balls Of Fire,” written by Jack Hammer & Otis Blackwell, performed by Jerry Lee Lewis, courtesy of Sun Entertainment, Inc.
“Sherry,” written by Bob Gaudio, performed by The Four Seasons, courtesy of Bob Gaudio & Frankie Valli, DBA The Four Seasons Partnership
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SONGS
“And When She Danced (Love Theme From ‘Stealing Home’),” written by David Foster & Linda Thompson-Jenner, performed by Marilyn Martin and David Foster, produced by David Foster, courtesy of Atlantic Records
“Great Balls Of Fire,” written by Jack Hammer & Otis Blackwell, performed by Jerry Lee Lewis, courtesy of Sun Entertainment, Inc.
“Sherry,” written by Bob Gaudio, performed by The Four Seasons, courtesy of Bob Gaudio & Frankie Valli, DBA The Four Seasons Partnership
“Baby, It’s You,” written by Burt Bacharach, Mack David & Barney Williams, performed by The Shirelles, courtesy of G.M.L., Inc.
“Bo Diddley,” written by Ellis McDaniel, performed by Bo Diddley, courtesy of MCA Records
“All I Have To Do Is Dream,” written by Boudleaux Bryant, performed by The Everly Brothers, courtesy of Barnaby Records, Inc.
“Please Mr. Postman,” written by Georgia Dobbins, Robert Bateman, Brian Holland, Freddy Gorman & William Garrett, performed by The Marvelettes, courtesy of Motown Record Corporation
“Poison Ivy,” written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, performed by The Nylons, produced by David Foster, courtesy of Attic Records Limited
“Theme From Ernie,” written by Fred Lacey
“Girl From Ipanema,” written by Antonio Carlos Jobim
“Moonglow (Instrumental),” written by Will Hudson, Eddie DeLange & Irving Mills.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
26 August 1988
Premiere Information:
Benefit premiere in Philadelphia, PA: 10 August 1988
Los Angeles and New York openings: 26 August 1988
Production Date:
began 17 August 1987
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Brothers, Inc.
Copyright Date:
14 September 1988
Copyright Number:
PA383118
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
98
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In New Jersey, Billy Wyatt, a former minor league baseball player, receives a telephone call from his mother, Ginny Wyatt. She informs Billy that his former childhood babysitter, Katie Chandler, committed suicide at her family’s beach house. Ginny asks Billy to come home, as Katie’s will instructed that Billy was to be responsible for her ashes. Billy recalls Katie babysitting him when he was ten years old: After Billy’s parents, Ginny and Sam, and Katie’s parents, Grace and Hank, leave for the day, Katie gives Billy a chain with a baseball pendant, as a reminder that he is a true baseball player. Borrowing her father’s Cadillac, Katie drives Billy to the family beach house. Billy tries to flirt with Katie, but at seventeen years of age, she is too old for him. However, Katie promises they will always be best friends. Afterward, they walk along the nearby pier. Upon noticing a poster for a high-diving horse show, Katie recalls seeing the act as a child, and being upset that the horse was pushed into a tank of water. Running along the pier, Katie tells Billy that her dream would be to run to the edge and leap into the water. The memory fades as Billy arrives at the station and boards the train for his hometown in Pennsylvania. Along the way, Billy remembers attending high school at Carlton Academy, and playing on the baseball team with his best friend, Alan Appleby: During a game, Billy hits a triple in the second half of the ninth inning. As Alan goes to bat, Billy runs and steals ... +


In New Jersey, Billy Wyatt, a former minor league baseball player, receives a telephone call from his mother, Ginny Wyatt. She informs Billy that his former childhood babysitter, Katie Chandler, committed suicide at her family’s beach house. Ginny asks Billy to come home, as Katie’s will instructed that Billy was to be responsible for her ashes. Billy recalls Katie babysitting him when he was ten years old: After Billy’s parents, Ginny and Sam, and Katie’s parents, Grace and Hank, leave for the day, Katie gives Billy a chain with a baseball pendant, as a reminder that he is a true baseball player. Borrowing her father’s Cadillac, Katie drives Billy to the family beach house. Billy tries to flirt with Katie, but at seventeen years of age, she is too old for him. However, Katie promises they will always be best friends. Afterward, they walk along the nearby pier. Upon noticing a poster for a high-diving horse show, Katie recalls seeing the act as a child, and being upset that the horse was pushed into a tank of water. Running along the pier, Katie tells Billy that her dream would be to run to the edge and leap into the water. The memory fades as Billy arrives at the station and boards the train for his hometown in Pennsylvania. Along the way, Billy remembers attending high school at Carlton Academy, and playing on the baseball team with his best friend, Alan Appleby: During a game, Billy hits a triple in the second half of the ninth inning. As Alan goes to bat, Billy runs and steals home base, winning the game. Bud Scott, a major league baseball scout for the Philadelphia Phillies, invites Billy to summer instructional baseball camp in Florida. Billy’s father, Sam Wyatt, drives them home. Before Alan leaves, he reminds Billy to talk to neighbor Robin Parks about going to the prom. Sam encourages Billy to study more for college exams over the summer. However, Billy tells his father about Bud Scott’s offer to train as a baseball player for the major leagues. Being a baseball fan himself, Sam is thrilled. Running into the house, Sam tells Ginny and Billy’s baby sister, Hope, the good news. Later, Billy visits Robin Parks to talk about Alan, but Robin confesses she has been attracted to Billy for years. Robin leads Billy to the couch and they lose their virginity to one another. Afterward, Robin sees Billy’s baseball pendant and asks to wear it. Billy places it around her neck. The following day, Billy meets Alan while his father leaves for a business trip. When Billy avoids Alan’s questions about Robin, Alan accuses his best friend of making love with her. The next morning, Billy and Ginny are informed by police that Sam Wyatt was killed in an automobile accident. After his father’s funeral, Katie offers to take Billy for a drive. She tells him that her greatest childhood fear used to be the drain in the deep end of her grandfather’s swimming pool. However, now when she feels afraid, she dives into the water and touches the drain. Arriving at her grandfather’s house, Katie and Billy dive into the pool and touch the drain. While underwater, they share a kiss. As the train approaches his hometown, Billy pauses his reminiscences. Arriving home, he is greeted by Ginny and his younger sister Hope, pregnant with her first child. Later, Katie’s father, Hank Chandler, arrives. When Billy asks what happened to Katie, Hank says he found her body at the beach house, where she was living since returning from Europe after her second marriage. Giving Billy the urn with Katie’s ashes, Hank says he and his wife want Katie buried at their church. Billy drives to the Chandler’s beach house and remembers his family staying there during the two months after his father’s death: Katie tells Billy that she met someone and will be eloping to Europe. She also asks about his baseball pendant. Billy confesses he gave it to Robin Parks and has given up on being a professional baseball player. Later, Katie takes Ginny to a bar and they return with a stranger named Frank. Billy accuses Katie of being a bad influence on his mother. In the morning, Billy seeks out Katie to apologize, and she kisses him. After Ginny leaves with Hope and Alan, Billy and Katie spend the night at the beach house alone and make love. Before she leaves, Katie tells Billy she loves him, makes him promise to follow his dream, and to retrieve her baseball pendant. As Billy recalls Katie walking away that morning, he realizes that was the last time he ever saw her. Billy goes to Appleby’s Sporting Goods store, which his former best friend, Alan, now operates. As they drink throughout the night, Billy wishes he never gave Katie’s baseball pendant to Robin Parks. Alan informs Billy that Robin is recently divorced, and lives in same house where she grew up. Later, Billy decides that Katie would want him to spread her ashes in the deep end of her grandfather’s swimming pool. He drives to her grandfather’s former home, but finds the swimming pool gone. Dejected, Billy goes to the Chandlers’ home to return the ashes. While waiting, he sees a framed poster for a diving horse act. Remembering Katie’s story, Billy is certain that Katie wants her ashes thrown from the pier into the ocean. Before driving to New Jersey, Billy goes to Robin Parks’s house for his pendant. After she returns it, Billy promises to call her for a date. At the pier, Billy runs to the edge and throws Katie’s ashes into the wind. Later, he returns to baseball and plays on his hometown minor league team. During the second half of the ninth inning, Billy hits a triple as Alan and his new girl friend, Robin Parks, cheer him on. As the next batter is up, Billy steals home base and wins the game. +

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