For Love or Money (1993)

PG | 108 mins | Romantic comedy | 8 October 1993

Director:

Barry Sonnenfeld

Producer:

Brian Grazer

Cinematographer:

Oliver Wood

Editor:

Jim Miller

Production Designer:

Peter Larkin

Production Company:

Imagine Films Entertainment
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HISTORY

       Although not included in onscreen credits, the following songs were used in the film: “Secret Agent Man,” by Steve Barri and P. F. Sloan; “Happy Days Are Here Again,” by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen; “I Only Have Eyes For You,” by Al Dubin and Harry Warren, and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” by John Stafford Smith and Francis Scott Key. “Doug Ireland” is also shown watching footage from the television series, The Munsters (CBS Television Network, 24 Sep 1964—1 Sep 1966), which is not credited onscreen.
       The 13 Mar 1992 Screen International stated that Samantha Mathis was set to play “Andy Hart” before the 20 Mar 1992 issue announced the casting of Gabrielle Anwar. The 3 Apr 1992 Screen International also noted the involvement of actor Michael Caine, but he does not appear in the final film.
       The 11 Feb 1992 HR production chart indicated that principal photography was originally scheduled to begin 23 Mar 1992 under the working title, The Concierge. However, the 28 Apr 1992 HR stated that filming began a month later than expected, on 20 Apr 1992, with the project now renamed as Michael J. Fox Untitled. Toward the end of production, the 7 Jul 1992 HR stated that the title had been changed to For Love or Money.
       Production notes in AMPAS library files suggested that filmmakers originally considered filming in Toronto, Canada, but decided to use actual New York City locations. The Pierre Hotel on Fifth Avenue stood in for the “Bradbury Hotel,” while interiors modeled on the Pierre, Plaza, and St. Regis ... More Less

       Although not included in onscreen credits, the following songs were used in the film: “Secret Agent Man,” by Steve Barri and P. F. Sloan; “Happy Days Are Here Again,” by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen; “I Only Have Eyes For You,” by Al Dubin and Harry Warren, and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” by John Stafford Smith and Francis Scott Key. “Doug Ireland” is also shown watching footage from the television series, The Munsters (CBS Television Network, 24 Sep 1964—1 Sep 1966), which is not credited onscreen.
       The 13 Mar 1992 Screen International stated that Samantha Mathis was set to play “Andy Hart” before the 20 Mar 1992 issue announced the casting of Gabrielle Anwar. The 3 Apr 1992 Screen International also noted the involvement of actor Michael Caine, but he does not appear in the final film.
       The 11 Feb 1992 HR production chart indicated that principal photography was originally scheduled to begin 23 Mar 1992 under the working title, The Concierge. However, the 28 Apr 1992 HR stated that filming began a month later than expected, on 20 Apr 1992, with the project now renamed as Michael J. Fox Untitled. Toward the end of production, the 7 Jul 1992 HR stated that the title had been changed to For Love or Money.
       Production notes in AMPAS library files suggested that filmmakers originally considered filming in Toronto, Canada, but decided to use actual New York City locations. The Pierre Hotel on Fifth Avenue stood in for the “Bradbury Hotel,” while interiors modeled on the Pierre, Plaza, and St. Regis Hotels were constructed on a stage at 10th Avenue and 15th Street. Additional scenes were shot at Bendel’s and Barney’s department stores and Laura Belle’s and Sandomenico restaurants. The “Hanover” country home was located in Southampton, NY. A 9 Jun 1993 LA Daily News story indicated that the final day of shooting was delayed when director Barry Sonnenfeld was hospitalized with a kidney stone for nineteen hours. The 29 Jul 1992 DV confirmed that principal photography had been completed.
       On 5 Jul 1993, People magazine announced that national release was moved from 16 Jul 1993 to 8 Oct 1993, due to lack of available theater space during the busy summer blockbuster season. Although the 21 Jun 1993 HR stated the film had received positive feedback in test screenings, People suggested that the delay was caused by concern over the poor box-office earnings of Michael J. Fox’s recent 4 Jun 1993 film, Life with Mikey (see entry). For Love or Money opened 1 Oct 1993 in Los Angeles, CA, and New York City to largely negative reviews.
      End credits give “Special thanks” to: “The New York Mayor’s Office for Film, Television and Broadcasting; The Pierre Hotel; Susan Ringo.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
29 Jul 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
11 Feb 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
28 Apr 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
7 Jul 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
21 Jun 1993.
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LA Daily News
9 Jun 1993.
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Los Angeles Times
1 Oct 1993
Section F, p. 8.
New York Times
1 Oct 1993
Section C, p. 8.
People
5 Jul 1993.
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Screen International
13 Mar 1992.
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Screen International
20 Mar 1992.
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Screen International
3 Apr 1992.
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Variety
11 Oct 1993
p. 73.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Imagine Films Entertainment Presents
A Brian Grazer Production
A Barry Sonnenfeld Film
An Imagine Films Entertainment Presentation
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
Addl 2d 2d asst dir
DGA trainee
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Cam trainee
Still photog
Steadicam op
Video playback
Chief lighting tech
Best boy elec
Company elec
Company elec
Company elec
Company elec
Company elec
Company elec
Company elec
Company elec
Key grip
Dolly grip
Best boy grip
Company grip
Rigging grip
Film processing
Loc equip supplied by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Asst art dir
Art dept coord
Graphic des
Art dept asst
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
1st asst ed
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Draftsman
Asst set dec
Leadman
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Prop master
Asst prop master
Addl prop
Const coord
Master carpenter
Key const grip
Const grip
Stage op mgr
Standby carpenter
Master scenic artist
Scenic
Carpenter
Const grip
Const grip
Const grip
Lead painter
Contemporary furnishings courtesy of
Floor coverings by
Modern sculpture by
COSTUMES
Cost des
Asst cost des
Ward supv
Fashion show clothes by
Selected fashion accessories by
Wedding gown des by
Selected clothes for Ms. Anwar by
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus ed
Mus contractor
SOUND
Sd mixer
Re-rec mixer
Boom op
Cable person
Supv sd ed
Dial supv
Dial ed
Dial ed
ADR supv
ADR ed
Asst ADR ed
Asst ADR ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Foley supv
Foley ed
Foley ed
Foley ed
Foley artist
Looping eng
Post prod facility
NYC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Matte artist
Matte artist
MAKEUP
Key makeup artist
Addl makeup
Key hairstylist
Addl hair
Mr. Fox's makeup artist
Mr. Fox's hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Scr supv
Unit stage mgr
Post prod supv
Prod controller
Asst auditor
Asst auditor
Asst auditor/Payroll clerk
Asst prod coord
Prod secy
Asst to Mr. Sonnenfeld
Asst to Mr. Place
Asst to Mr. Fox
Ms. Anwar's dialect coach
Office prod asst
Office prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Asst loc mgr
Casting assoc
Casting intern
Casting intern
Extras casting
Extras casting assoc
Bubbleheads
Unit pub
Craft service
Chef
Loc asst
Transportation capt
Transportation co-capt
Parking coord
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Fabrics courtesy of
STAND INS
Stunt coord, Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Let Me Take Over," written by LeMel Humes, performed by Ray Charles, produced by Richard Perry, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
"(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher," written by Carl Smith, Gary Jackson & Raynard Miner, performed by Jimmy Barnes, courtesy of Mushroom Records
"Change," written and produced by [Kevin] Clark/[Donald] Weekes/[Rex] Brough/[John] Coxon, performed by Definition of Sound, courtesy of Cardiac Records Inc.
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SONGS
"Let Me Take Over," written by LeMel Humes, performed by Ray Charles, produced by Richard Perry, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
"(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher," written by Carl Smith, Gary Jackson & Raynard Miner, performed by Jimmy Barnes, courtesy of Mushroom Records
"Change," written and produced by [Kevin] Clark/[Donald] Weekes/[Rex] Brough/[John] Coxon, performed by Definition of Sound, courtesy of Cardiac Records Inc.
"Dominique," written by Sister Sourire, performed by The Singing Nun, courtesy of PolyGram Special Markets, a division of PolyGram Group Distribution, Inc.
"I Could Love A Man (Who Uses His Head)," music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman & Ramsey McLean, performed by Gabrielle Anwar
"By & By," written by Bettina Gildis & Anton Sanko, performed by Bettina Gildis & Anton Sanko, courtesy of Redrubber Music
"Picky Picky Head," written by L. [Lloyd] McDonald, performed by Wailing Souls, courtesy of Chaos/Columbia Records, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
"Reggae Inna Summertime," written by [Joaquin] Quino/G. T. Blakney/J. [Jerome] Cruz/M. [Manfred] Reinke, performed by Big Mountain, courtesy of Quality Records, Inc.
"Lonely Blues," written, produced, and arranged by Mitch Moses, performed by Mitch Moses' Acid Blues Project, courtesy of Instinct Records
"If I Had You," written by T. [Ted] Shapiro/J. [Jimmy] Campbell/R. [Reginald] Connelly, performed by John Pizzarelli, courtesy of the RCA Records/Novus Label of BMG Music
"Masenko," written by A. [Anders] Wollbeck/A. [Alexander] Bard/M. [Midi] Berhanu/F. [Freweyni] Teclehaimanot/M. [Maxi] Berhanu, performed by Midi, Maxi & Efti, courtesy of Columbia Records, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
"Mama," written by Thierry Plas & Mich Van Hautem, performed by Little Sister, courtesy of Redrum Productions
"In Your Eyes," music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman & Ramsey McLean, performed by Bobby Short
"Ride The Bullet," written by [Alexander] Bard/[Anders] Wollbeck/[Emil] Hellman/[Jean-Pierre] Barda/[Camilla] Henemark, performed by Army of Lovers, courtesy of Giant Records/Sonet Records, by arrangement with Warner Special Products
"Get It Up," written by Richie Mayer & David Bendeth, performed by Love & Sas, courtesy of BMG Music Canada, Inc.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Concierge
Michael J. Fox Untitled
Release Date:
8 October 1993
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 1 October 1993
New York opening: week of 1 October 1993
Production Date:
20 April--early June 1992
Copyright Claimant:
Universal City Studios, Inc.
Copyright Date:
18 October 1993
Copyright Number:
PA665801
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo® in selected theatres; The Digital Experience DTS in selected theatres
Color
Lenses
Filmed with Panavision® Cameras & Lenses
Prints
Eastman Color Film
Duration(in mins):
108
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
32290
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Enterprising young hotel concierge Doug Ireland goes to great lengths to satisfy the guests and appease the eccentric staff members at New York City’s declining Bradbury Hotel. Although his charms often earn him generous tips from customers, his romantic advances are rebuffed by Andy Hart, a saleswoman at the hotel’s perfume counter who claims to be in a relationship with a wealthy, married man. One day, an acquaintance gets Doug a meeting with billionaire mogul Christian Hanover when he comes to the Bradbury to meet his mistress. Doug proposes his life-long dream to build his own hotel on Roosevelt Island after saving years of tips to take out an option on the property. Christian is impressed by Doug’s business plan, and agrees to consider making a $3 million investment. When Christian’s mistress arrives, however, Doug is surprised and hurt to find Andy standing at the door. Once Christian leaves, Doug accuses Andy of being superficial, but she insists the billionaire plans to divorce his wife for her. The next day, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Agent Ed Drinkwater informs Doug that he is under investigation for failing to report his full income to the tax bureau by using his tips on the Roosevelt Island property venture. Keen to move forward with the hotel, Christian Hanover asks Doug to return the favor by attending one of Andy’s singing performances in his place. At the club, Doug apologizes for his earlier behavior and lies to Andy about Christian’s whereabouts, hoping to quell her suspicion that he has returned to his wife in the countryside. The next day, Christian telephones Doug claiming Andy is on her way to visit him under the false ... +


Enterprising young hotel concierge Doug Ireland goes to great lengths to satisfy the guests and appease the eccentric staff members at New York City’s declining Bradbury Hotel. Although his charms often earn him generous tips from customers, his romantic advances are rebuffed by Andy Hart, a saleswoman at the hotel’s perfume counter who claims to be in a relationship with a wealthy, married man. One day, an acquaintance gets Doug a meeting with billionaire mogul Christian Hanover when he comes to the Bradbury to meet his mistress. Doug proposes his life-long dream to build his own hotel on Roosevelt Island after saving years of tips to take out an option on the property. Christian is impressed by Doug’s business plan, and agrees to consider making a $3 million investment. When Christian’s mistress arrives, however, Doug is surprised and hurt to find Andy standing at the door. Once Christian leaves, Doug accuses Andy of being superficial, but she insists the billionaire plans to divorce his wife for her. The next day, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Agent Ed Drinkwater informs Doug that he is under investigation for failing to report his full income to the tax bureau by using his tips on the Roosevelt Island property venture. Keen to move forward with the hotel, Christian Hanover asks Doug to return the favor by attending one of Andy’s singing performances in his place. At the club, Doug apologizes for his earlier behavior and lies to Andy about Christian’s whereabouts, hoping to quell her suspicion that he has returned to his wife in the countryside. The next day, Christian telephones Doug claiming Andy is on her way to visit him under the false impression that he is alone. Using his business connections, Doug hires a helicopter to fly to Southampton, New York, in time to stop Andy from running into Christian’s wife at the Hanovers’ Memorial Day party. He locks Andy in a bedroom while dodging Mr. Drinkwater, who arrived at the house trailing Doug. Inside the room, Andy befriends one of Christian’s famous protégés, fashion designer Julian Russell, before Doug takes her back to the city. At Andy’s apartment, Doug goes upstairs to use her bathroom and Andy packs a bag to leave town. When Christian telephones, Andy refuses to speak to him, but Doug convinces them both to reconcile. The next day, Christian once again asks Doug to keep Andy company while he is detained at work. Although he initially refuses, he remembers Christian’s commitment to the hotel investment and agrees to spend the day taking her about town. When Andy asks Doug why he is so beholden to Christian, he takes her to Roosevelt Island to show her the property he hopes to develop. That evening, Doug drives Andy to her date with Christian. On his way home, however, he sees Christian dining with another woman in a restaurant and returns to have a drink with Andy, not mentioning what he saw. While they wait, Andy dances with Harry Wegman, a Bradbury guest whose twenty-year marriage Doug has helped revive. Although Andy assumes Doug expected something from him in return, Mr. Wegman insists Doug’s actions were selfless. Doug and Andy nearly kiss, but are interrupted by the maitre d’ informing them that Christian has called, asking to meet Andy at their usual Bradbury suite. Back at the hotel, Andy denies any romantic possibility between her and Doug and belittles him for playing the role of Christian’s “houseboy.” Christian announces he has resolved the issue with the IRS and decided to begin construction on Doug’s hotel. On his way out, Doug overhears Christian tell Andy he has finally left his wife. During Julian Russell’s fashion show later that week, Christian gives Doug the property paperwork, which will transfer the lease agreement to the control of his corporation and end Mr. Drinkwater's audit. Doug mentions Christian’s divorce, but the billionaire insists his wife has allowed him to continue having affairs if he agrees not to end their marriage. Believing Christian is loyal, Andy leaves the fashion show to accompany him on a trip to Italy. As they drive away, Doug tears up the papers and asks his connections to help him create a traffic jam on the Queensboro Bridge. He borrows a horse from a hansom cab driver and rides to catch up with Andy. Meanwhile, Andy learns that Christian conspired with Mr. Drinkwater to trick Doug into relinquishing control of the property rights. Furious, she gets out of the car and walks away, spotting Doug as he runs in her direction across the bridge. Sometime later, Doug and Andy marry, and Doug receives a telephone call from Mr. Wegman, who acquired a copy of Doug’s hotel plan from a Bradbury bellhop and agrees to fund the development. +

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