Sweet Hearts Dance (1988)

R | 101-102 or 118 mins | Comedy-drama, Romance | 23 September 1988

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HISTORY

Referring to the title as Sweetheart’s Dance, the 24 Feb 1987 DV reported that principal photography would begin in Vermont on 2 Apr 1987. A month later, the 11 Mar 1987 Var article announced filming was to start on 26 Mar 1987. However, a 7 Apr 1987 HR production chart stated principal photography began on 2 Apr 1987, and the 24 Apr 1987 DV noted filming began on 6 Apr 1987. Filming in Vermont mainly took place in the town of Hyde Park, as noted in the 10 May 1987 NYT, after location manager T. Huw Davies “spotted the town in his rear-view mirror as he was driving past.” The production also looked at locations in Maine, New Hampshire, Nova Scotia, Canada, and Quebec, Canada.
       An item in the 29 May 1987 HR reported that producer Jeffrey Lurie approached the Vermont Film Office seeking exemption from the state’s child labor laws. Days later, the state legislature and governor, Madeleine M. Kunin, passed a midnight curfew statute, which “provides specific exemption for children under 16 employed in theater, motion picture, radio or television.” Reports varied on the shooting schedule: the 29 May 1987 HR noted filming was set for eight weeks, while the 6 Mar 1988 USA Weekend magazine stated that principal photography took place over thirty-seven days, and the 10 May 1987 NYT reported production was to be completed on 10 May 1987. According to the 31 Jan 1990 LAT article, filming also took place in the ... More Less

Referring to the title as Sweetheart’s Dance, the 24 Feb 1987 DV reported that principal photography would begin in Vermont on 2 Apr 1987. A month later, the 11 Mar 1987 Var article announced filming was to start on 26 Mar 1987. However, a 7 Apr 1987 HR production chart stated principal photography began on 2 Apr 1987, and the 24 Apr 1987 DV noted filming began on 6 Apr 1987. Filming in Vermont mainly took place in the town of Hyde Park, as noted in the 10 May 1987 NYT, after location manager T. Huw Davies “spotted the town in his rear-view mirror as he was driving past.” The production also looked at locations in Maine, New Hampshire, Nova Scotia, Canada, and Quebec, Canada.
       An item in the 29 May 1987 HR reported that producer Jeffrey Lurie approached the Vermont Film Office seeking exemption from the state’s child labor laws. Days later, the state legislature and governor, Madeleine M. Kunin, passed a midnight curfew statute, which “provides specific exemption for children under 16 employed in theater, motion picture, radio or television.” Reports varied on the shooting schedule: the 29 May 1987 HR noted filming was set for eight weeks, while the 6 Mar 1988 USA Weekend magazine stated that principal photography took place over thirty-seven days, and the 10 May 1987 NYT reported production was to be completed on 10 May 1987. According to the 31 Jan 1990 LAT article, filming also took place in the San Gabriel Valley, located in Los Angeles, CA. The film’s budget was approximately $9 million, as reported in the 8 Jan 1989 LAT.
       While the 29 May 1987 HR noted the picture’s release was anticipated for late 1987, an 1 Oct 1987 Exhibitor Relations Co., Inc. press release in AMPAS library files listed Jan 1988 as a possible release date for the film.
       The 3 Feb 1988 DV reported a benefit screening for the Make-A-Wish Foundation was scheduled for 14 Mar 1988 in Los Angeles, CA. A brief in the 17 Feb 1988 Var listed that the film was to be released on 1 Apr 1988, but the 23 Mar 1988 Var reported the picture was pushed back to fall 1988. Items in the 6 Mar 1988 USA Weekend magazine and 10 Jun 1988 LAHExam noted that reasons for the release postponement were related to reshooting.
       The 20 Sep 1988 USA Today reported the film was screened on 18 Sep 1988 in Westwood, CA, as a benefit for Make-A-Wish Foundation. The screening reportedly raised over $30,000.
       According to a 21 Sep 1988 Var brief, the film’s “local premiere” on 22 Sep 1988 at the Chestnut Hill Theatre in Newton, MA, would benefit the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center for Autism Research. As reported by the 9 Nov 1988 Var, over $26,000 was raised for the center.
       Sweet Hearts Dance opened on 23 Sep 1988, as noted in the NYT review published the same date. Four days later, the 27 Sep 1988 LAT stated that the film took in $1.1 million at the box-office during its opening weekend on 246 screens. The film did not receive a national release, as reported in the 8 Jan 1989 LAT.
       After the picture’s release, the 5 May 1989 HR reported that actor Don Johnson received a tax bill of over $50,000 from the state of Vermont in Feb 1989, in relation to his earnings while filming the picture in Hyde Park. On 1 May 1989, a proposal was brought to the Finance Committee of the Vermont State Senate to create an exemption for “out-of-state actors and film crews who are in Vermont for under four months.” The proposal also included a retroactive date of 1 Jan 1986, one year before Johnson worked on the film.
       Reviews in the 19 Sep 1988 HR and 23 Sep 1988 LAT listed the film’s duration as 118 minutes. However, the 21 Sep 1988 Var review noted the film was 101 minutes, and the review in the 23 Sep 1988 NYT listed the running time as 102 minutes. The print viewed for this record was approximately 101 minutes.
       Although there is a 1988 copyright notice on the film for Bright Star Film Enterprises, copyright was formally registered on 25 Jan 1989.
       End credits state: “Special Thanks To: The Governor’s Office of the State of Vermont; Holiday Isle Resort; The Culver Studios; WVNY-TV, Burlington, VT; Molson Breweries; Boars Head Hot Dogs; Ben & Jerry’s.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
30 Jan 1987
p. 3.
Daily Variety
24 Feb 1987
p. 1, 21, 23.
Daily Variety
24 Apr 1987
p. 12.
Daily Variety
3 Feb 1988
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Apr 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
29 May 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
19 Sep 1988
p. 5, 8.
Hollywood Reporter
5 May 1989.
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LAHExam
10 Jun 1988.
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Los Angeles Times
23 Sep 1988
Calendar, p. 8.
Los Angeles Times
27 Sep 1988
Calendar, p. 2.
Los Angeles Times
8 Jan 1989
Calendar, p. 21.
Los Angeles Times
31 Jan 1990
San Gabriel Valley Part-E, p. 5A.
New York Times
10 May 1987
Section A, p. 35.
New York Times
23 Sep 1988
Section C, p. 17.
USA Today
20 Sep 1988
Life, p. 02D.
USA Weekend
6 Mar 1988.
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Variety
11 Mar 1987
p. 40.
Variety
17 Feb 1988
p. 22.
Variety
23 Mar 1988
p. 41.
Variety
21 Sep 1988
p. 27.
Variety
21 Sep 1988
p. 46.
Variety
9 Nov 1988
p. 28.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Tri-Star Pictures presents
A Chestnut Hill production
A Robert Greenwald film
From Tri-Star-ML Delphi Premier Productions
A Tri-Star Release
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
Asst unit prod mgr
DGA trainee
Unit prod mgr, Los Angeles crew
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Co-exec prod
Co-exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d unit dir of photog
Cam op
Cam op
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Gaffer
Elec best boy
Key grip
2d grip
Dolly grip
Musco light tech
Musco light tech
Still photog
Cam op, Los Angeles crew
Chief lighting tech, Los Angeles crew
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Ed runner
Ed runner
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Leadman—Vermont
Leadman—Florida
Const coord
Scenic supv
Set dec asst
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Prop master
Asst prop master
Leadman, Los Angeles crew
COSTUMES
Cost des
Women's cost supv
Men's cost supv
Ward supv, Los Angeles crew
Ward supv, Los Angeles crew
MUSIC
Orig mus and adpt by
Mus supv
Mus ed
Addl mus ed
SOUND
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Sd mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff supv
Spec eff
Titles and opticals by
Spec eff, Los Angeles crew
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Snow consultant
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Scr supv
Unit pub
Transportation coord
Transportation capt—Florida
Loc mgr
Loc asst
Loc asst
Florida liaison
Extras casting—Vermont
Extras casting—Florida
Parade coord
Prod office coord
Asst to Mr. Greenwald
Asst to Mr. Greenwald
Asst to Mr. Lurie
Asst to Don Johnson
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod assoc
Prod assoc
Prod assoc
Spec security
Loc equipped in part by
Vermont catering by
Florida catering by
Prod office coord, Los Angeles crew
Prod accountant, Los Angeles crew
Loc mgr, Los Angeles crew
Scr supv, Los Angeles crew
Transportation coord, Los Angeles crew
Transportation capt, Los Angeles crew
Prod asst, Los Angeles crew
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt coord, Los Angeles crew
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“Why Do Fools Fall In Love,” performed by El Rayo-X featuring David Lindley, David Lindley appears courtesy of Elektra/Asylum Records, a division of Warner Communications, Inc.
“California Girls,” performed by David Lee Roth, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc. by arrangement with Warner Special Products
“Oh Happy Day,” performed by Aretha Franklin and Mavis Staples, courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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SONGS
“Why Do Fools Fall In Love,” performed by El Rayo-X featuring David Lindley, David Lindley appears courtesy of Elektra/Asylum Records, a division of Warner Communications, Inc.
“California Girls,” performed by David Lee Roth, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc. by arrangement with Warner Special Products
“Oh Happy Day,” performed by Aretha Franklin and Mavis Staples, courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
“Silent Night,” performed by Stevie Nicks, courtesy of Special Olympics
“Is This Love,” performed by Bob Marley And The Wailers, courtesy of Island Records
“I Can See Clearly Now,” performed by Johnny Nash, courtesy of CBS Records
“Hound Dog,” performed by The Throbulators, The Throbulators appear courtesy of Burlingtown Records
“Don’t Be Cruel,” performed by The Throbulators, The Throbulators appear courtesy of Burlingtown Records
“Monster Mash,” performed by Bobby “Boris” Pickett, courtesy of Rhino Records, Inc.
“Why Do Fools Fall In Love,” performed by Frankie Lymon, courtesy of ABZ Music Corp., a division of Roulette Records.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Sweetheart Dance
Sweetheart's Dance
Sweethearts Dance
Sweet Heart's Dance
Release Date:
23 September 1988
Premiere Information:
Benefit screening in Westwood, CA: 18 September 1988
Local premiere in Newton, MA: 22 September 1988
Los Angeles and New York openings: 23 September 1988
Production Date:
began late March - early April 1987
Copyright Claimant:
Bright Star Film Enterprises
Copyright Date:
25 January 1989
Copyright Number:
PA395258
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
101-102 or 118
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28659
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

On Halloween in Hyde Park, Vermont, building contractor Wiley Boon and Sandra, his high school sweetheart and wife of fifteen years, take their daughters, Debs and BJ, trick-or-treating. They arrive at the home of Wiley’s best friend, Sam Manners, the high school principal. While Sandra and Sam Manners’s mother, Pearne, talk about their upcoming trip to the Caribbean with members of Wiley and Sam’s social club, The Horses, some teenagers drive past throwing eggs. Wiley and Sam run after the vehicle and take the eggs away, but decide to egg cars themselves. However, they accidentally egg a passing police cruiser. Instead of being arrested, the policeman tells Wiley that his teenage son, Kyle, hot-wired Sam’s car and drove it into a bog. Sandra observes that Wiley did the same thing when he was a teenager, and they get into an argument. The following month, the town celebrates Veteran’s Day with a parade. Afterward, Sam goes to see Wiley as he works on rebuilding the high school gymnasium. After Wiley promises that the gym will be completed in time for the Valentine’s Day dance, he reminisces about how in love he and Sandra were when they were in high school. Later, Sam Manners begins dating Adie Nims, the town’s new elementary school teacher. At the start of winter, Wiley and Sam take Kyle and his friend camping near the frozen river. During the trip, Wiley confesses to Sam that lately he has been unhappy with how his life has turned out. On Thanksgiving, Sam and Pearne host dinner at their home. While at the table, Wiley ... +


On Halloween in Hyde Park, Vermont, building contractor Wiley Boon and Sandra, his high school sweetheart and wife of fifteen years, take their daughters, Debs and BJ, trick-or-treating. They arrive at the home of Wiley’s best friend, Sam Manners, the high school principal. While Sandra and Sam Manners’s mother, Pearne, talk about their upcoming trip to the Caribbean with members of Wiley and Sam’s social club, The Horses, some teenagers drive past throwing eggs. Wiley and Sam run after the vehicle and take the eggs away, but decide to egg cars themselves. However, they accidentally egg a passing police cruiser. Instead of being arrested, the policeman tells Wiley that his teenage son, Kyle, hot-wired Sam’s car and drove it into a bog. Sandra observes that Wiley did the same thing when he was a teenager, and they get into an argument. The following month, the town celebrates Veteran’s Day with a parade. Afterward, Sam goes to see Wiley as he works on rebuilding the high school gymnasium. After Wiley promises that the gym will be completed in time for the Valentine’s Day dance, he reminisces about how in love he and Sandra were when they were in high school. Later, Sam Manners begins dating Adie Nims, the town’s new elementary school teacher. At the start of winter, Wiley and Sam take Kyle and his friend camping near the frozen river. During the trip, Wiley confesses to Sam that lately he has been unhappy with how his life has turned out. On Thanksgiving, Sam and Pearne host dinner at their home. While at the table, Wiley becomes frustrated with Sandra and leaves. Wiley moves into his work trailer outside the high school gym. Before Christmas, Sam visits Wiley at the gym. When Sam asks if Wiley misses being with Sandra, Wiley tells him no, as they had not made love for over a year. On Christmas morning, Wiley comes over to watch Kyle, Debs and BJ open their presents. Later, Sam arrives and asks if they will be attending the New Year’s Eve party at the Horses’s lodge, but Sandra and Wiley are unsure. On New Year’s Eve, Sandra and Wiley attend the party with Sam and Adie. Both Wiley and Sandra are jealous over Sam’s budding relationship with Adie. After Sandra leaves, Wiley gets drunk and takes Darielle Johnson, a friend from their high school class, to his trailer to spend the night. In the morning, Kyle arrives to see his father, but leaves when he sees Darielle in Wiley’s bed. Wiley asks Sam for his advice. Sam proposes that he either ask Sandra’s forgiveness, or tell her good-bye. Later, Wiley goes to the high school Open House night. Seeing Kyle, Wiley apologizes for his recent behavior. Reluctantly, Kyle forgives his father. Sandra arrives after talking to Adie at the elementary school. Approaching Wiley, she tells him that she wants to go on their planned trip to the Caribbean. When Wiley asks why, Sandra tells him she deserves the vacation after being married to him. Sam Manners goes to see Adie and asks if she ever wants to get married, but she does not. Afterward, Sam and Wiley commiserate about their failing relationships. Later, Wiley, Sandra, and Sam arrive at the Caribbean resort with other members of their social club. Sandra and Wiley continue to fight during the trip. One evening, she goes to Sam’s room and wants to make love to him. Sam does not want to hurt Wiley, and tries to comfort Sandra. However, Wiley finds the two in bed. As Sandra and Wiley argue, Sam assures his friend nothing happened. Later, Adie telephones, telling Sam she wants to be with him. In the evening, Wiley goes to Sandra’s room and asks what she wants. She tells him she wants them to love each other, Wiley tells her he wants the same thing. Afterward, they make love. After returning to Vermont, Wiley climbs a tree outside the house and calls for Sandra to come onto the balcony. When she appears, Wiley declares his love and that he misses the family. Sandra forgives him, but tells him they need to work on their relationship. Wanting to recapture their youth, Sandra and Wiley steal Sam’s car and drive to the bog. After parking the car on a raft and plotting to set it on the water, Wiley asks Sandra to the Valentine’s Day dance at the newly renovated high school gym. There, they dance together. When Sam and Adie arrive, Sam gets onto the raft and yells at Wiley for hot-wiring his car. Meanwhile, Adie and Sandra untie the raft and push it away. Wiley and Sam call for help, but Adie and Sandra laugh and take a photograph of the two friends, floating on the raft with a car. +

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