Forever Young (1992)

PG | 105 mins | Comedy-drama, Romance | 16 December 1992

Directors:

Steve Miner, David Ellis

Writer:

J. J. Abrams

Producer:

Bruce Davey

Cinematographer:

Russell Boyd

Editor:

Jon Poll

Production Designer:

Gregg Fonseca

Production Company:

Icon Productions
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HISTORY

       Screenwriter J. J. Abrams is credited onscreen as “Jeffrey Abrams,” while actor Walton Goggins is listed as “Walt Goggins" in his feature film debut. The surname of Image Special Effects Company crew member J. D. Streett is misspelled as "Street."
       On 12 Nov 1990, DV announced that Warner Bros. paid $2 million for an original script by then twenty-four-year-old screenwriter J. J. Abrams, titled The Rest of Daniel. The deal included $1.5 million upfront, plus an additional $500,000 of the backend and Abrams’s participation in all rewrites. Although Abrams had an existing first-look deal with Hollywood Pictures, actor Mel Gibson was “extremely excited” to play the leading role of “Daniel McCormick,” which was reportedly written with him in mind. Following the success of Hamlet (1990, see entry), Gibson relocated his company, Icon Productions, to Warner Bros., and urged his connections at the studio to purchase the script as a star vehicle. According to a 21 Jan 1991 DV article, Richard Donner, who worked with Gibson on the Lethal Weapon series, was under consideration to direct before Steve Miner joined the project.
       Although a 7 Feb 1992 Screen International item reported that Gabrielle Anwar was attached to co-star, her involvement is not mentioned in other contemporary sources. The 13 Mar 1992 HR also included Jon Menick among the cast, but he is not credited onscreen.
       According to an 18 Feb 1992 HR production chart, principal photography began 11 Feb 1992. Despite an earlier 19 Dec 1991 DV report indicating that filmmakers considered locations in Oregon, production took place in Los ... More Less

       Screenwriter J. J. Abrams is credited onscreen as “Jeffrey Abrams,” while actor Walton Goggins is listed as “Walt Goggins" in his feature film debut. The surname of Image Special Effects Company crew member J. D. Streett is misspelled as "Street."
       On 12 Nov 1990, DV announced that Warner Bros. paid $2 million for an original script by then twenty-four-year-old screenwriter J. J. Abrams, titled The Rest of Daniel. The deal included $1.5 million upfront, plus an additional $500,000 of the backend and Abrams’s participation in all rewrites. Although Abrams had an existing first-look deal with Hollywood Pictures, actor Mel Gibson was “extremely excited” to play the leading role of “Daniel McCormick,” which was reportedly written with him in mind. Following the success of Hamlet (1990, see entry), Gibson relocated his company, Icon Productions, to Warner Bros., and urged his connections at the studio to purchase the script as a star vehicle. According to a 21 Jan 1991 DV article, Richard Donner, who worked with Gibson on the Lethal Weapon series, was under consideration to direct before Steve Miner joined the project.
       Although a 7 Feb 1992 Screen International item reported that Gabrielle Anwar was attached to co-star, her involvement is not mentioned in other contemporary sources. The 13 Mar 1992 HR also included Jon Menick among the cast, but he is not credited onscreen.
       According to an 18 Feb 1992 HR production chart, principal photography began 11 Feb 1992. Despite an earlier 19 Dec 1991 DV report indicating that filmmakers considered locations in Oregon, production took place in Los Angeles, CA and around Northern California. A 15 Feb 1992 LAT article indicated that filmmakers took advantage of a heavy rainstorm in Claremont, CA, and rearranged their schedule to shoot in real rain until the precipitation let up, at which point a “rainmaker” was used to maintain continuity. Production notes in AMPAS library files state that the 1939 version of the fictitious “Alexander Field” was built on an airstrip in Moorpark, while the aged, 1992 version was replicated at the Van Nuys Airport. A 31 Jan 1992 Long Beach Press-Telegram article stated that 500 background actors were required for the “Wings of Freedom” air show scene at the Los Alamitos Armed Forces Reserve Center beginning 11 Feb 1992. Several vintage aircraft were on loan from the Flying Museum in Chino, CA. Interior flight scenes were shot at the Warner Bros. studios before production relocated to Point Arena along the Mendocino coast. There, the Department of Defense and the National Guard airlifted a military runway to be used during airplane landing scenes set on the bluffs. The crew returned to Los Angeles, where interiors were shot at Warner Bros. and a vacant warehouse near the Van Nuys Airport. The 13 Feb 1992 DV estimated a production schedule of roughly twelve weeks.
       According to the 9 Dec 1992 LAT, the world premiere took place 10 Dec 1992 at the AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, CA, with proceeds benefitting the Hollywood Recovery Center and Santa Monica’s Ocean Park Community Drop-In Center. A 15 Dec 1992 DV item stated that the film’s 18 Dec 1992 release had been pushed up to Wednesday, 16 Dec 1992.
       End credits state: “Special Appreciation to Dalisa Cohen”; “The producers wish to thank and acknowledge the Department of Defense, the Department of the Army, the U.S. Marine Corps, the Department of the Air Force and the California Army National Guard for assistance rendered in the film’s production”; and, “Sequences fimed at Point Arena, Mendocino County, California.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
12 Nov 1990
p. 1, 11.
Daily Variety
21 Jan 1991
p. 1, 42.
Daily Variety
19 Dec 1991.
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Daily Variety
13 Feb 1992.
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Daily Variety
15 Dec 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Feb 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
13 Mar 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
7 Dec 1992
p. 6, 13.
Long Beach Press-Telegram
31 Jan 1992.
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Los Angeles Times
15 Feb 1992
Section B, p. 1, 6.
Los Angeles Times
9 Dec 1992.
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Los Angeles Times
16 Dec 1992
Calendar, p. 1.
New York Times
16 Dec 1992
p. 17.
Screen International
7 Feb 1992.
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Variety
7 Dec 1992
p. 71.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Warner Bros. Presents
An Icon Production
In Association with Edward S. Feldman
A Steve Miner Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
Addl 2d asst dir
Addl 2d asst dir
DGA trainee
Dir, 2d unit
1st asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
Cam loader
Addl photog
Chief lighting tech
Asst chief lighting tech
Rigging gaffer
Best boy
Key grip
2d grip
Dolly grip
Video asst op
Stills photog
Dir of photog, Aerial unit
1st asst cam, Aerial unit
2d asst cam, Aerial unit
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Cam op, 2d unit
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Art dept staff asst
FILM EDITORS
Assoc ed
Asst ed
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Lead person
Prop master
Asst prop master
Asst prop master
Set des
Set des
Const coord
Const foreman
Labor foreman
Standby painter
COSTUMES
Men's cost supv
Women's cost des
Men's costumer
Women's costumer
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
Mus ed
Mus rec by
SOUND
Prod sd
Boom person
Cable person
Supv sd ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Foley ed
Dial ed
ADR supv
ADR ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Titles & opticals
Opt/Digital eff by
Opt/Digital eff by, VCE, Inc.
Mechanical eff des by, ISEC
Chief fabricator, ISEC
Gang boss, ISEC
Eff liaison, ISEC
Eff crew, ISEC
Eff crew, ISEC
Eff crew, ISEC
Eff crew, ISEC
Eff crew, ISEC
Eff crew, ISEC
Eff crew, ISEC
Eff crew, ISEC
Eff crew, ISEC
Eff crew, ISEC
MAKEUP
Creative makeup des
Spec makeup created and applied by
Makeup supv
Makeup artist
Hairstylist supv
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
Prod secy
Asst prod secy
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Loc mgr (Point Arena)
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation capt
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Asst accountant
Asst to Mr. Davey
Asst to Mr. Feldman
Asst to Mr. Miner
Asst to Mr. Gibson
Staff asst
Staff asst
Staff asst
Staff asst
Extras casting
Unit pub
Tech adv
Casting asst
Medical adv
Medical adv
Craft service
Coord, Aerial unit
B-25 pilot, Aerial unit
Scr supv, 2d unit
Transportation coord, 2d unit
STAND INS
Stunt coord, Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"The Very Thought Of You," written by Ray Noble, performed by Billie Holiday, courtesy of Columbia Records, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
"You Are My Sunshine," written by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 December 1992
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York opening: 16 December 1992
Production Date:
began 11 February 1992
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros., a division of Time Warner Entertainment Company, L.P.
Copyright Date:
23 April 1993
Copyright Number:
PA609212
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
105
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
32090
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1939, U.S. Air Corps test pilot Captain Daniel McCormick learns that his best friend, military scientist Harry Finley, has made a major breakthrough in cryonic technology after successfully reviving a chicken that had been frozen. Daniel shares the news with his sweetheart, Helen, but reminds her that the development is top secret. At Harry’s engagement party, Daniel is inspired to propose to Helen before she departs on an important work assignment. He invites her to a diner for an impromptu date, but cannot muster the courage to pop the question. As Helen leaves the parking lot, she is hit by a truck and falls into a coma with little hope of recovery. Daniel spends the next six months in reclusive depression, unable to comprehend his future without her. Meanwhile, Harry intends to move ahead with his experiment by freezing a human test subject for one year, and Daniel volunteers, hoping to be spared the pain of watching Helen die. Fifty-three years later, ten-year-old Nat Cooper accompanies his friend, Felix, to the dentist. On the way home, Felix’s older brother, Steven, stops at a military warehouse to drop off some paperwork before the facility’s impending demolition. Despite Steven’s strict instructions to stay in the car, the boys run through the storeroom and discover the capsule containing Daniel’s body in a state of suspended animation. Pretending it is some kind of submarine, they twist several knobs and levers, causing it to open. Suddenly, Daniel’s arm reflexively jerks forward and grabs Nat’s jacket, frightening the boys away. Several hours later, Daniel, fully revived, stumbles outside and takes some clothing from a clothesline. Realizing he has awakened in 1992, he reports his ... +


In 1939, U.S. Air Corps test pilot Captain Daniel McCormick learns that his best friend, military scientist Harry Finley, has made a major breakthrough in cryonic technology after successfully reviving a chicken that had been frozen. Daniel shares the news with his sweetheart, Helen, but reminds her that the development is top secret. At Harry’s engagement party, Daniel is inspired to propose to Helen before she departs on an important work assignment. He invites her to a diner for an impromptu date, but cannot muster the courage to pop the question. As Helen leaves the parking lot, she is hit by a truck and falls into a coma with little hope of recovery. Daniel spends the next six months in reclusive depression, unable to comprehend his future without her. Meanwhile, Harry intends to move ahead with his experiment by freezing a human test subject for one year, and Daniel volunteers, hoping to be spared the pain of watching Helen die. Fifty-three years later, ten-year-old Nat Cooper accompanies his friend, Felix, to the dentist. On the way home, Felix’s older brother, Steven, stops at a military warehouse to drop off some paperwork before the facility’s impending demolition. Despite Steven’s strict instructions to stay in the car, the boys run through the storeroom and discover the capsule containing Daniel’s body in a state of suspended animation. Pretending it is some kind of submarine, they twist several knobs and levers, causing it to open. Suddenly, Daniel’s arm reflexively jerks forward and grabs Nat’s jacket, frightening the boys away. Several hours later, Daniel, fully revived, stumbles outside and takes some clothing from a clothesline. Realizing he has awakened in 1992, he reports his story to Lieutenant Colonel Wilcox, who assumes he is insane. With nowhere else to turn, Daniel reads the name and address label sewn into Nat Cooper’s jacket and tracks down the Coopers’ home. Nat helps Daniel use the phonebook to call possible relatives of Harry Finley and go to the local library to read microfilmed newspapers clippings. As Daniel searches the headlines, Nat becomes distracted by the arrival of his crush, Alice, who seems largely uninterested in his advances. A librarian informs Daniel that records on Harry Finley could take more than six weeks to produce, but she finds the pilot charming and agrees to expedite the process. Keeping Daniel’s presence a secret from his single mother, Claire, Nat sets up a bed in the backyard tree house. Before long, however, Daniel intervenes when Claire’s alcoholic ex-boyfriend barges into the house and beats her. Daniel fights him off, and Claire, a nurse, gratefully tends to his wounds and agrees to let him sleep on the couch. The next morning, Daniel rushes to meet a man named Harry Finley, but is disappointed to learn it is not his friend. Afterward, he stops by the military base, where the annual “Wings of Freedom” air show is taking place, and inspects the now-vintage airplanes he once tested. He runs into Claire, who is there with Nat and Felix. Claire sympathizes with Daniel’s loneliness and allows him to stay a few more days, much to the chagrin of her latest boyfriend, John. The next day, Daniel comes across the diner where he tried to propose to Helen and sits in the booth they once shared. Later, as Daniel helps repair a hole in the Coopers’ roof, Nat asks for advice on wooing Alice, the girl from the library. Daniel responds that Nat is too young to be preoccupied with romance, and suggests he forget about her. Suddenly, he feels a sharp pain in his chest, loses his balance, and nearly falls off the roof. That night, Claire plays a Billie Holiday song on her CD player, triggering painful memories of Daniel’s relationship with Helen. As he cries, Claire embraces him, and they share a gentle kiss. Once Claire leaves for her shift, Daniel bursts into Nat’s room to amend his earlier advice, and encourages the boy to be honest about his feelings before he loses his chance. Inspired, Nat climbs a tree outside Alice’s bedroom window and serenades her with “You Are My Sunshine,” which deeply embarrasses her. The next day, Daniel prepares to leave, but first gives Nat a mock flying lesson in the tree house. Suddenly, Daniel doubles over in pain and is rushed to the hospital where Claire and John work. John determines that Daniel has a blood mutation causing him to rapidly age, and Daniel admits he is actually eighty-five years old. Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Wilcox finds Daniel’s cryonic chamber outside the warehouse and contacts a government scientist named Dr. Cameron. With the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) stationed outside the hospital, Claire smuggles Daniel into her car and takes him to the home of another person who responded to his telephone search. They meet Harry Finley’s adult daughter, Susan, who recognizes Daniel from her father’s photographs. A warehouse fire broke out shortly after Daniel was frozen, and Harry died trying to save his chamber from being damaged. Official military reports stated that Daniel also died in the blaze, while the cryonic capsule was mislabeled in the warehouse inventory and effectively forgotten once World War II broke out. Susan uncovers her father’s old scientific journals, which contain notes about the irreversible side effects, including Daniel’s symptoms of rapid aging. When Daniel sees a picture of Helen, Susan reveals that she fully recovered from her accident and now lives alone on the coast as a widow. With the FBI in pursuit, Claire drives toward Helen’s house, but Daniel feels his body deteriorating and insists on a faster mode of transportation. Helen takes him to the air field, where he steals a B-25 bomber, unaware that Nat has sneaked onboard. Once he takes off, Claire avoids arrest by giving Dr. Cameron the notebooks belonging to Harry, in which the scientist claimed to advance the possibilities for long-term space travel. As Daniel flies over Helen’s seaside home, Nat crawls into the cockpit and helps land the plane, since the pilot’s health is quickly fading. Now resembling his true age, the weak and white-haired Daniel approaches Helen as she walks toward him. After a tearful embrace, Daniel asks her to marry him, and Nat joins the reunited lovers as they walk along the rocky bluffs into the sunset. +

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