Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)

PG | 100 mins | Romantic comedy | 28 August 1992

Director:

Andrew Bergman

Writer:

Andrew Bergman

Producer:

Mike Lobell

Cinematographer:

William Fraker

Editor:

Barry Malkin

Production Designer:

William A. Elliott

Production Company:

Castle Rock Entertainment
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HISTORY

An item in the 12 Apr 1991 Screen International reported that actor Tom Hanks was in negotiations to star in Honeymoon in Vegas. However, Hanks did not appear in the film, and the 31 May 1991 Screen International announced the casting of actor Nicolas Cage to star alongside James Caan and Sarah Jessica Parker.
       A 6 Aug 1991 HR production chart reported the start of principal photography on 19 Aug 1991, and the 9 Sep 1991 HR stated locations included Las Vegas, NV, New York, Los Angeles, CA, and Kauai, HI. The 21 Nov 1991 DV reported the completion of principal photography on Kauai. According to an article in the 3 Sep 1992 HR, the film’s budget was in “the low $20 million range.”
       The 3 Sep 1992 HR noted the film had originally received an R-rating, but the producers altered some language to change the rating. The filmmakers believed a PG-13 rating would provide “broad playability.” The film tested well, and the 28 Aug 1992 HR stated that Honeymoon in Vegas opened that day in 1,637 theaters. It had a successful opening weekend, and was predicted to do well over the Labor Day weekend and into the fall.
       The 18 Nov 1994 LAT reported that the Flying Elvi were suing the Flying Elvises over which group had the right to skydive dressed as Elvis Presley lookalikes. The manager of the Flying Elvi alleged that he created the concept prior to 1990. However, the Flying Elvises claimed that the ... More Less

An item in the 12 Apr 1991 Screen International reported that actor Tom Hanks was in negotiations to star in Honeymoon in Vegas. However, Hanks did not appear in the film, and the 31 May 1991 Screen International announced the casting of actor Nicolas Cage to star alongside James Caan and Sarah Jessica Parker.
       A 6 Aug 1991 HR production chart reported the start of principal photography on 19 Aug 1991, and the 9 Sep 1991 HR stated locations included Las Vegas, NV, New York, Los Angeles, CA, and Kauai, HI. The 21 Nov 1991 DV reported the completion of principal photography on Kauai. According to an article in the 3 Sep 1992 HR, the film’s budget was in “the low $20 million range.”
       The 3 Sep 1992 HR noted the film had originally received an R-rating, but the producers altered some language to change the rating. The filmmakers believed a PG-13 rating would provide “broad playability.” The film tested well, and the 28 Aug 1992 HR stated that Honeymoon in Vegas opened that day in 1,637 theaters. It had a successful opening weekend, and was predicted to do well over the Labor Day weekend and into the fall.
       The 18 Nov 1994 LAT reported that the Flying Elvi were suing the Flying Elvises over which group had the right to skydive dressed as Elvis Presley lookalikes. The manager of the Flying Elvi alleged that he created the concept prior to 1990. However, the Flying Elvises claimed that the producers of Honeymoon in Vegas created the concept for the film. The outcome of the suit is unknown.
       The 7 Feb 2012 LAT announced that Tony Danza was starring in a musical based on the film Honeymoon in Vegas. The film’s writer-director, Andrew Bergman, wrote the book for the play and Jason Robert Brown wrote music and lyrics. The play was to make its debut in Toronto, Canada, in Nov 2012, with plans to move to Broadway in 2013. An article in the 19 Jun 2014 HR reported that the play had a “well-received tryout” at New Jersey’s Papermill Playhouse in 2013. It was scheduled to move to Broadway for previews on 18 Nov 2014, with an official opening on 15 Jan 2015. The 26 Nov 2014 NYT noted that the fall’s new musicals, including Honeymoon in Vegas, were struggling at the boxoffice. Ticket sales for the first week of previews for Honeymoon in Vegas were tepid. The show grossed $366,136 for seven performances, with approximately two-thirds of the available seats filled. After sixty-six preview performances, the play officially opened on 15 Jan 2015 and closed on 5 Apr 2015.
       The name of actor-singer Clearance Giddens, who portrayed “Black Elvis,” is spelled correctly in the cast list. However, the music credits for the song “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” spell his name as “Clearance Giddons.”
       End credits include the following statements: “Clip from ‘Ah, Sweet Mouse Story of Life’ provided by Turner Entertainment Company”; “Filmed on location at Bally’s Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada and at the Culver Studios, Culver City, California” and “The Producers wish to thank: American Airlines, The ITT Sheraton Princeville Hotel, Princeville, Kauai, The Mark Hotel, New York, New York, Stouffer’s Waiohai Beach Resort, Poipu Beach, Kauai, Las Vegas Film Commission, Kauai Film Commission, The Westin Kauai at Kauai Lagoon, The Inn on the Cliff Restaurant, Kauai Lagoons Resort Company, State of Hawaii Department of Defense, Members Only, Caviarteria and The New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
21 Nov 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
6 Aug 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
9 Sep 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
20 Aug 1992
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Aug 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Sep 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
19 Jun 2014.
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Los Angeles Times
28 Aug 1992
p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
18 Nov 1994.
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Los Angeles Times
7 Feb 2012.
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Los Angeles Times
26 Nov 2014.
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New York Times
28 Aug 1992
p. 8.
Screen International
12 Apr 1991.
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Screen International
31 May 1991.
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Variety
24 Aug 1992
p. 62.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Featuring:
Johnny Williams
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Castle Rock Entertainment
In association with New Line Cinema Presents
A Lobell/Bergman Production
An Andrew Bergman Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
2d unit dir
1st asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Steadicam op
Steadicam asst
Cam remote tech
Key grip
Still photog
Best boy elec
Rigging gaffer
Set lighting
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Aerial photog, 2d unit
Aerial cam op, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
Underwater photog by, 2d unit
Underwater photog by, 2d unit
Cranes and dollies by
Photog equip by
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Asst art dir
Asst art dir
Prod illustrator
Art dept coord
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
2d asst ed
Los Angeles asst ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Set des
Leadman
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Const coord
Const foreman
Asst props
Propmaker foreman
Propmaker
Paint foreman
Standby painter
Greensman
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ladies' cost supv
Men's cost supv
Ladies' costumer
MUSIC
Mus supv
Asst mus ed
Mus scoring mixer
Mus contractor
Mus preparation
Guitar, The Elvis Impersonator Band
Bass, The Elvis Impersonator Band
Drums, The Elvis Impersonator Band
Horn, The Elvis Impersonator Band
Horn, The Elvis Impersonator Band
Keyboards, The Elvis Impersonator Band
Guitar, The Elvis Impersonator Band
Background vocals, The Elvis Impersonator Band
Background vocals, The Elvis Impersonator Band
Mus scored at
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Boom op
Supv sd ed
ADR ed
Dial ed
Sd eff ed
Foley ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst ADR ed
Asst ADR ed
Apprentice sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Re-rec mixer, New York
Re-rec mixer, California
Re-rec mixer
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley eng
Foley mixer
ADR eng
Dubbing room tech
Dubbing room tech
Sd eff rec
Re-rec facilities
Re-rec facilities, Skywalker Sound, California
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Spec eff
Opticals by
Title des by
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Prod coord
Scr supv
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Prod controller
Prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Product promotions coord
Unit pub
Casting coord
Extra casting
Extra casting
Las Vegas extra casting
Prod secy
Asst to Mike Lobell
Asst to Andrew Bergman
Asst to James Caan
Asst to Nicolas Cage
Asst to Sarah Jessica Parker
Asst to Julie Weiss
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Craft service
First aid
Loc catering
Loc catering
Loc catering
Helicopter pilot, 2d unit
Loc mgr, Hawaii crew
Prod secy, Hawaii crew
Transportation coord, Hawaii crew
Extra casting, Hawaii crew
Prod asst, Hawaii crew
Prod asst, Hawaii crew
Security coord, Hawaii crew
Helicopters in Hawaii supplied by
Travel services provided by
STAND INS
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
"Into the Fire" skydiving team
"Into the Fire" skydiving team
"Into the Fire" skydiving team
"Into the Fire" skydiving team
"Into the Fire" skydiving team
"Into the Fire" skydiving team
"Into the Fire" skydiving team
"Into the Fire" skydiving team
"Into the Fire" skydiving team
"Into the Fire" skydiving team
"Into the Fire" skydiving team
"Into the Fire" skydiving team
"Into the Fire" skydiving team
"Into the Fire" skydiving team
"Into the Fire" skydiving team
"Into the Fire" skydiving team
"Into the Fire" skydiving team
"Into the Fire" skydiving team
Stunt coord
Skydiver, 2d unit
Skydiving coord, 2d unit
ANIMATION
Anim opening by
COLOR PERSONNEL
SOURCES
SONGS
“Viva! Las Vegas,” performed by Bruce Springsteen, composed by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
“That’s All Right,” performed by Vince Gill, composed by Arthur Crudup
“Hound Dog,” performed by Jeff Beck and Jed Leiber, composed by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller,
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SONGS
“Viva! Las Vegas,” performed by Bruce Springsteen, composed by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
“That’s All Right,” performed by Vince Gill, composed by Arthur Crudup
“Hound Dog,” performed by Jeff Beck and Jed Leiber, composed by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller,
“Love Me Tender,” performed by Amy Grant, composed by Elvis Presley and Vera Matson
“Are You Lonesome Tonight?,” performed by Bryan Ferry, composed by Roy Turk and Lou Handman
“All Shook Up,” performed by Billy Joel, composed by Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley
“Heartbreak Hotel,” performed by Billy Joel, composed by Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden and Elvis Presley
“Blue Hawaii,” performed by Willie Nelson, composed by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin
“Jailhouse Rock,” performed by John Mellencamp, composed by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
“(You’re The) Devil In Disguise,” performed by Trisha Yearwood, composed by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kay
“Suspicious Minds,” performed by Dwight Yoakam, composed by Mark James
“Burning Love,” performed by Travis Tritt, composed by Dennis Linde
“Wear My Ring Around Your Neck,” performed by Ricky Van Shelton, composed by Russell Moody and Bert Carroll
“Surrender,” performed by Elvis Presley, composed by G. B. DeCurtis, E. DeCurtis, Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
“Jailhouse Rock,” performed by Elvis Presley, composed by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
“That’s All Right,” performed by Elvis Presley, composed by Arthur Crudup
“Can’t Help Falling In Love,” performed by Elvis Presley, composed by George Weiss, Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore
“It’s Now Or Never,” performed by Elvis Presley, composed by Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold
“Can’t Help Falling In Love,” performed by Clearance Giddons, Bruno Hernandez, composed by George Weiss, Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore
“(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear,” performed by Robert Kim, composed by Kal Mann and Bernie Lowe
“Le Donna E Mobile,” performed by Franco Bonisolli, composed by Giuseppe Verde
“Ka Lae O Makahonu,” performed by The Pandanus Club, composed by Kenneth Makuakane and Frank P. Kahala
“Hawaii Kua Uli,” performed by Harry Kalapana, composed by A. Angels and H. Hougassian
“Waikiki Beach,” performed by Harry Kalapana, composed by A. Angels and H. Hougassian
“Happy Talk,” performed by Peter Boyle, composed by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
“Hilo March,” performed by Hui Ohana and Jerry Byrd, composed by J.K. Ae’A
“Bali Hai,” performed by Peter Boyle, composed by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
28 August 1992
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 28 August 1992
New York opening: week of 28 August 1992
Production Date:
19 August--late November 1991
Copyright Claimant:
Castle Rock Entertainment
Copyright Date:
23 September 1992
Copyright Number:
PA582965
Physical Properties:
Sound
This film recorded in a THX Sound System Theatre, THX®
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Prints
Prints by Technicolor®
Duration(in mins):
100
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
31830
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In New York City, Jack Singer, a detective who handles divorce cases, has been dating schoolteacher Betsy Nolan for a long time, and she is ready for marriage. However, Jack’s mother elicited a deathbed vow that he will never marry, and he is haunted by his promise. Betsy finally tires of Jack’s reluctance and threatens to leave him. Fearful of losing her, Jack suggests a spontaneous trip to get married in Las Vegas, Nevada, and they arrive during a convention of Elvis Presley impersonators. Tommy Korman, a high-stakes gambler and mobster, sees Betsy in the lobby and is struck by her resemblance to his late wife, Donna. Tommy, an eternal and ruthless romantic, determines to romance Betsy and marry her. Jack is very nervous about getting married and decides to relax by gambling first. Tommy lures him into a high-stakes poker game, and Jack soon finds himself $65,000 in debt to the mobster. Tommy offers to accept a platonic weekend with Betsy as payment for the debt, and Jack reluctantly agrees. Betsy is furious, but Tommy charms her and she agrees to the arrangement. Tommy Korman meets Betsy for drinks and reveals they will be spending the weekend at his beachfront estate in Kauai, Hawaii. As Betsy packs for the trip, Jack realizes the magnitude of his mistake, and asks her to marry him immediately. However, Betsy does not believe his proposal is sincere, or he would have married her upon their arrival in Vegas. She plans to honor the deal with Tommy, and informs Jack that they will return from Hawaii mid-week. Tommy flies ... +


In New York City, Jack Singer, a detective who handles divorce cases, has been dating schoolteacher Betsy Nolan for a long time, and she is ready for marriage. However, Jack’s mother elicited a deathbed vow that he will never marry, and he is haunted by his promise. Betsy finally tires of Jack’s reluctance and threatens to leave him. Fearful of losing her, Jack suggests a spontaneous trip to get married in Las Vegas, Nevada, and they arrive during a convention of Elvis Presley impersonators. Tommy Korman, a high-stakes gambler and mobster, sees Betsy in the lobby and is struck by her resemblance to his late wife, Donna. Tommy, an eternal and ruthless romantic, determines to romance Betsy and marry her. Jack is very nervous about getting married and decides to relax by gambling first. Tommy lures him into a high-stakes poker game, and Jack soon finds himself $65,000 in debt to the mobster. Tommy offers to accept a platonic weekend with Betsy as payment for the debt, and Jack reluctantly agrees. Betsy is furious, but Tommy charms her and she agrees to the arrangement. Tommy Korman meets Betsy for drinks and reveals they will be spending the weekend at his beachfront estate in Kauai, Hawaii. As Betsy packs for the trip, Jack realizes the magnitude of his mistake, and asks her to marry him immediately. However, Betsy does not believe his proposal is sincere, or he would have married her upon their arrival in Vegas. She plans to honor the deal with Tommy, and informs Jack that they will return from Hawaii mid-week. Tommy flies Betsy to his estate, where she meets his family and is impressed by his thoughtfulness. Upset, Jack returns home to New York to wait. He becomes more agitated when he sees a television news story about a volcano erupting in Hawaii, and spots Betsy and Tommy among the excited onlookers. Jack flies to Hawaii, but his efforts to see Betsy are thwarted by Tommy’s men. As Jack frantically tries to reach her, Tommy pressures Betsy to marry him. He lies to her about the deal, claiming that Jack only owed $3,000 and that it was Jack who offered a weekend with her as payment. Betsy is upset, and tries to telephone Jack. She learns he left Las Vegas, but she is unable to reach him at home. Believing Tommy’s lies, Betsy accepts his proposal. He insists they return to Las Vegas and get married immediately. When Jack learns of their departure, he tries to get a flight back to Las Vegas, but Tommy uses his airline connections to intervene. Jack gets a flight to Utah, and as he searches the airport for a way to reach Las Vegas, he meets the Utah chapter of “The Flying Elvises,” a group of skydiving Elvis impersonators. Jack suits up as “Elvis Presley” and prepares to join the group’s skydive into downtown Las Vegas during the Elvis Impersonation convention. Meanwhile, Tommy tries to rush Betsy to a wedding chapel. When she hesitates and asks to wait a few weeks, Tommy offers her $1 million to marry him right away. She is disgusted by the offer and starts to leave. However, Tommy threatens that she agreed to the marriage, and no one breaks their word to him. Intimidated, she asks to use the ladies room before leaving for the wedding chapel. As Tommy waits, Betsy follows several showgirls to their dressing area, dons a showgirl’s costume, and sneaks out of the hotel. As Tommy and his men search for Betsy, she hides among the crowds lining the street to see the arrival of The Flying Elvises. Although Jack is afraid of dying, his love for Betsy overcomes his fear, and he jumps out of the plane with the other skydivers. Betsy hears Jack’s name announced as he lands, and she runs into his arms. He declares his love, and asks her to marry him. Tommy sees the couple together and realizes he has lost Betsy. As Tommy heads off to another poker game, Jack and Betsy marry in a Las Vegas wedding chapel with The Flying Elvises in attendance. +

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