Bed & Breakfast (1992)

PG-13 | 97 mins | Comedy-drama | 7 August 1992

Writer:

Cindy Myers

Producer:

Jack Schwartzman

Cinematographer:

Peter Sova

Editor:

John F. Burnett

Production Designer:

Suzanne Cavedon

Production Company:

Bed and Breakfast Productions
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HISTORY

Bed & Breakfast marked the feature film debut of screenwriter Cyndi Myers.
       A 15 Aug 1989 HR production brief stated principal photography began 19 Jul 1989 in York, ME. The 6 Sep 1989 Var noted principal photography was nearly completed. An item in the 13 Dec 1989 DV reported actors Roger Moore and Talia Shire shot additional scenes to create a “new, happier” ending.
       Items in the 1 Aug 1991 DV and the 2 Aug 1991 HR reported that Movie Group Inc.Inc. filed a lawsuit against the producers of Bed & Breakfast. According to the lawsuit, the defendants, Schwartzman Films, Inc., Bed & Breakfast Productions Inc., and Jack Schwartzman, signed a 1989 contract with Movie Group Inc.Inc., giving the distribution company international rights to the film for a $3 million advance, and free television rights in the United States and Canada for a $500,000 advance. The lawsuit claimed the distribution deal was conditional on the producers’ ability to secure the film’s theatrical release in the United States by 30 Sep 1990, or pay $750,000 in damages to Movie Group Inc.Inc. Contracts were not secured by that date, however, and the producers allegedly refused to pay the penalty. The suit sought the $750,000 payment plus interest, and the option to terminate the agreement and receive a $3.5 million refund. The outcome of the lawsuit is undetermined.
       An article in the 18 Dec 1991 HR noted that Bed & Breakfast was one of Hemdale Releasing’s recent acquisitions, and the company planned a regional ... More Less

Bed & Breakfast marked the feature film debut of screenwriter Cyndi Myers.
       A 15 Aug 1989 HR production brief stated principal photography began 19 Jul 1989 in York, ME. The 6 Sep 1989 Var noted principal photography was nearly completed. An item in the 13 Dec 1989 DV reported actors Roger Moore and Talia Shire shot additional scenes to create a “new, happier” ending.
       Items in the 1 Aug 1991 DV and the 2 Aug 1991 HR reported that Movie Group Inc.Inc. filed a lawsuit against the producers of Bed & Breakfast. According to the lawsuit, the defendants, Schwartzman Films, Inc., Bed & Breakfast Productions Inc., and Jack Schwartzman, signed a 1989 contract with Movie Group Inc.Inc., giving the distribution company international rights to the film for a $3 million advance, and free television rights in the United States and Canada for a $500,000 advance. The lawsuit claimed the distribution deal was conditional on the producers’ ability to secure the film’s theatrical release in the United States by 30 Sep 1990, or pay $750,000 in damages to Movie Group Inc.Inc. Contracts were not secured by that date, however, and the producers allegedly refused to pay the penalty. The suit sought the $750,000 payment plus interest, and the option to terminate the agreement and receive a $3.5 million refund. The outcome of the lawsuit is undetermined.
       An article in the 18 Dec 1991 HR noted that Bed & Breakfast was one of Hemdale Releasing’s recent acquisitions, and the company planned a regional release starting on 21 Feb 1992. The film was released in Los Angeles, CA, on 7 Aug 1992.
       End credits include the following statements: “Special acknowledgement to: Alfred Dunhill of London, Inc.; G.H. Bass & Company; JEM Associates, Inc.; L.L. Bean; Fosters Florists; David Hawkins; The York Commons Inn; The Orchard Tavern” and “Special thanks to: Donald Coles, Tim Decoteau, Bob Diberto; Cory Giles & The Bat Rats; Chief Douglas Starbird, Chief John Welch; Karen Maxwell, Lea Giarardin, The Maine Film Commission & the people and town of York, Maine.”
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
13 Dec 1989.
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Daily Variety
1 Aug 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
15 Aug 1989.
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Hollywood Reporter
2 Aug 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Dec 1991
p. 1, 21, 26.
Los Angeles Times
7 Aug 1992
Calendar, p. 15.
Variety
6 Sep 1989.
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Variety
17 Aug 1992
p. 37.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Jack Schwartzman Production
A Robert Ellis Miller Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Gaffer
Key grip
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Still photog
Best boy
Rigging elec
2d grip
Dolly grip
Grip
2d unit photog
Grip/Elec equip
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Co-art dir
Art dept shopper
2d unit art dir
Art consultant
Mural artist
Mural artist
Paintings
Paintings
Art prod asst
Art prod asst
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Addl film ed
2d asst ed
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Asst set dec
Leadman
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Prop master
2d prop
Scenics
Scenics
Carpenter
Carpenter
COSTUMES
Asst cost des
Ward supv
Ward attendant
Draper
MUSIC
Violin instructor
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
ADR ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Post prod facilities
VISUAL EFFECTS
Titles and opticals
DANCE
Tango teacher
MAKEUP
Makeup & hair supv
Makeup & hair
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
Unit mgr
Prod coord
Loc mgr
Prod auditor
Promotions coord
Marine supv
Noteworthy Inc.
Asst unit mgr
Asst unit mgr
Asst coord
Asst auditor
Asst loc mgr
Loc scout
Loc scout
Key prod asst
Key prod asst
Casting assoc
Local casting
Local casting
Local casting
Unit pub
Unit doctor
Asst to Mr. Miller
Asst to Mr. Moore
Asst to Ms. Shire
LA prod coord
Office staff
Office staff
Teamster
Teamster
Honey wagon driver
Security
Security
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Intern
Legal counsel
Legal counsel
Insurance
Completion guarantor
Accountant
Accountant
Travel agent
Payroll company
Caterer
Product placement services
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt coord
Stunt double
Stunt double
Stunt double
Stunt double
Stand-in
COLOR PERSONNEL
SOURCES
SONGS
“Bellamy Rock,” written & performed by The Bellamy Jazz Band
“Just A Little While To Stay Here,” performed by The Bellamy Jazz Band.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Bed and Breakfast
Release Date:
7 August 1992
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 7 August 1992
Production Date:
19 July--early September 1989
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
97
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
30327
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Claire, a widow, and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Cassie, live at her mother-in-law Ruth’s beachfront home in a small Maine town. Ten years earlier, Claire was so grief-stricken after the death of her husband, a United States Senator, that Ruth brought her and Cassie home. Since then, Claire has never ventured farther than town, as she continues to mourn her husband and remain in denial of his philandering ways. Cassie, an aspiring violinist, wants to move to New York with her boyfriend, Mitch, but is afraid to tell her fragile mother. The three women operate a bed and breakfast at the ramshackle mansion, but their business is failing. Their life is upended when they discover an unconscious man on the beach. When he regains consciousness, he claims to have amnesia and Cassie names him “Adam.” Claire wants to call police, but Ruth hires him as a handyman in exchange for room and board. Adam charms Ruth and Cassie, but the uptight Claire remains suspicious of him and his supposed “amnesia.” Meanwhile, millionaire Alex Caxton questions Bobby and Hilton, two thugs he hired to kill Adam. They reveal that their cohort Julius became over-excited and knocked him overboard. Although they believe Adam is dead, Caxton orders them to go with Julius and return with proof of Adam’s death, or he will kill them. At the house, Adam learns that the business is struggling, and suggests they refresh the place, invent stories about their many “antiques,” and double the prices. Claire doubts it will work, so when Adam overhears two tourists looking for a hotel, he regales them with ... +


Claire, a widow, and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Cassie, live at her mother-in-law Ruth’s beachfront home in a small Maine town. Ten years earlier, Claire was so grief-stricken after the death of her husband, a United States Senator, that Ruth brought her and Cassie home. Since then, Claire has never ventured farther than town, as she continues to mourn her husband and remain in denial of his philandering ways. Cassie, an aspiring violinist, wants to move to New York with her boyfriend, Mitch, but is afraid to tell her fragile mother. The three women operate a bed and breakfast at the ramshackle mansion, but their business is failing. Their life is upended when they discover an unconscious man on the beach. When he regains consciousness, he claims to have amnesia and Cassie names him “Adam.” Claire wants to call police, but Ruth hires him as a handyman in exchange for room and board. Adam charms Ruth and Cassie, but the uptight Claire remains suspicious of him and his supposed “amnesia.” Meanwhile, millionaire Alex Caxton questions Bobby and Hilton, two thugs he hired to kill Adam. They reveal that their cohort Julius became over-excited and knocked him overboard. Although they believe Adam is dead, Caxton orders them to go with Julius and return with proof of Adam’s death, or he will kill them. At the house, Adam learns that the business is struggling, and suggests they refresh the place, invent stories about their many “antiques,” and double the prices. Claire doubts it will work, so when Adam overhears two tourists looking for a hotel, he regales them with stories of the charming bed and breakfast. Upon their arrival, the couple falls in love with the ambiance and the antiques, and eagerly agrees to Adam’s higher rates. When Adam discovers Claire’s paintings in the attic, he insists on hanging them and learns that Claire planned to be an artist, but gave it up when she met her husband. At a town dance, all the women are charmed by Adam. After dancing with Adam, Ruth goes home with her long-time friend, Amos, and announces that she wants to be more than just friends, and they make love. Cassie’s boyfriend, Mitch, pressures her to tell her mother about their plans, and Cassie promises to tell her that night. Adam asks Claire to dance, and then they take a walk on the beach. He reveals he wants to go to Saskatchewan, Canada, to see his cousin’s lodge which he financed and co-owns, but has never seen. Claire admits she is reluctant to kiss him because she still honors her husband’s memory. When Adam comments on her remaining loyal to an unfaithful husband, Claire slaps him and storms into the house. As Adam follows her inside, Ruth and Amos arrive. Cassie returns, declares she graduated from high school early and is moving to New York with Mitch. Upset, Claire refuses to allow her daughter to go. Ruth tries to intervene but Claire orders her to stay out of it. Cassie climbs out her bedroom window and runs away. Claire wants to follow, but Adam insists Cassie will return in the morning. He consoles the distraught Claire and they make love. In the morning, Cassie returns and makes up with her mother. Ruth announces that she and Amos want privacy, so she is moving to his house. That evening, Adam sneaks off when he sees Bobby, Hilton, and Julius arrive, pretending to be guests. The thugs question the women about their new handyman, claiming he is a con artist who bilked their boss out of millions. The women insist Adam is not the person they are looking for. When Julius threatens to kill Cassie, Ruth and Claire attack the men. Adam rushes in and hits Julius on the head with a shovel, knocking him unconscious, and convinces Bobby and Hilton that Caxton will murder them if he ever learns that Adam is still alive, and they agree to declare that Adam is dead. After the thugs leave, Adam admits that he is, indeed, a con artist. Greedy rich people fell for his scams, and he never had a reason to be an honest man until now. He wonders why Claire does not date someone more steady, and she declares her love for him. They make love and in the morning, he sneaks away. Cassie tries to stop him, but Adam believes he must leave to protect them. Amos arrives to get Ruth, but she feels she cannot leave Claire alone, especially if Cassie still plans to leave. However, Claire insists she is fine, and does not need Ruth to take care of her anymore. Claire gives Cassie and Mitch tickets to New York, and arranges for the couple to stay with friends. Ruth and Claire put the house up for sale, and Ruth moves in with Amos. Claire travels to Saskatchewan and joins Adam at his lodge where she resumes her painting. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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