Plain Clothes (1988)

PG | 98 mins | Comedy, Mystery | 15 April 1988

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HISTORY

According to a 20 Apr 1988 Var article, A. Scott Frank replaced Dan Vining early in the scripting process. While Vining and Frank share onscreen story credit, director Martha Coolidge was reportedly responsible for developing the mystery element of the plot. Coolidge stated that Paramount Pictures supported her decision to cast relatively “unknown” actor Arliss Howard in the leading role, after Howard was suggested to her by casting director Fred Roos.
       Items in the 19 May 1987 and 24 Jul 1987 HR indicated that principal photography took place 6 May—30 Jun 1987 in Seattle, WA, under the working title, Glory Days. The budget was estimated at $7.5 million.
       Plain Clothes opened 15 Apr 1988 to largely negative reviews.
       End credits state: “The Producers wish to thank: Jimmy Z’s Sportswear; Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma; Virginia Giritlian; International News, Inc. Seattle, U.S.A.; Alaska Airlines; the Montessori Family School of Berkeley; the Franklin High School Band; the Washington State Film Bureau; and the City and People of Seattle, ... More Less

According to a 20 Apr 1988 Var article, A. Scott Frank replaced Dan Vining early in the scripting process. While Vining and Frank share onscreen story credit, director Martha Coolidge was reportedly responsible for developing the mystery element of the plot. Coolidge stated that Paramount Pictures supported her decision to cast relatively “unknown” actor Arliss Howard in the leading role, after Howard was suggested to her by casting director Fred Roos.
       Items in the 19 May 1987 and 24 Jul 1987 HR indicated that principal photography took place 6 May—30 Jun 1987 in Seattle, WA, under the working title, Glory Days. The budget was estimated at $7.5 million.
       Plain Clothes opened 15 Apr 1988 to largely negative reviews.
       End credits state: “The Producers wish to thank: Jimmy Z’s Sportswear; Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma; Virginia Giritlian; International News, Inc. Seattle, U.S.A.; Alaska Airlines; the Montessori Family School of Berkeley; the Franklin High School Band; the Washington State Film Bureau; and the City and People of Seattle, Washington.” More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
19 May 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
24 Jul 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Apr 1988
p. 3, 7.
New York Times
16 Apr 1988
p. 18.
Variety
13 Apr 1988
p. 20.
Variety
20 Apr 1988.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Paramount Pictures Presents
A Martha Coolidge Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
DGA trainee
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Steadicam/2d cam op
1st asst photog
2d asst photog
Cam asst
1st company grip
2d company grip
Dolly grip
Grip
Chief lighting tech
Asst chief lighting tech
Still photog
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Asst art dir
Illustrator
Illustrator
FILM EDITORS
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Apprentice ed
SET DECORATORS
Set des
Prop master
Asst prop master
Set dresser
Lead person
Asst dec
Asst dec
Asst dec
Asst dec
Asst dec
Asst dec
Asst dec
Asst dec
Asst dec
Prop asst
Prop asst
Const coord
Const foreman
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Const laborer
Const laborer
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter/Sculptor
COSTUMES
Cost des
Key costumer
Ward supv
Ward supv
Ward asst
Ward asst
Ward asst
Ward asst
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus supv
Supv mus ed
Mus consultant
Asst mus supv
Asst mus ed
Conductor
Score rec and mixed by
Synclavier assistance
Mus clearances by
Orch rec by
Electronic mus rec at
SOUND
Sd mixer
Supv sd ed
Cable person
Sd ed
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Foley walker
Foley walker
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Stereo consultant
Re-rec at
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff consultant
Spec eff
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Titles & opt eff by
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Hair consultant
Asst, Makeup/Hair
Asst, Makeup/Hair
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Prod office coord
Scr supv
Loc mgr
Asst prod office coord
Asst loc mgr
Prod auditor
Asst prod auditor
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst/L.A.
Asst to Ms. Coolidge
Asst to the prods
AFI/Academy intern
Casting asst
Seattle casting asst
Extra casting
Extra casting
Extra casting asst
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Craft services
Asst craft services
Asst craft services
First aid
Animal trainer
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Honeywagon driver
Catering
Driver
Driver
Driver
Seattle police contact
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"You're Rich," by Sarah Taylor, Billy Mumy and Robert Haimer, performed and produced by Sarah Taylor
"Goodbye," by Billy Sherwood, Guy Steiner and Jeff Silverman, performed by Phil Perry, produced by Billy Sherwood, Guy Steiner and Jeff Silverman
"She Says," by Doug Fieger, performed by The Knack, produced by Jim Lang
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SONGS
"You're Rich," by Sarah Taylor, Billy Mumy and Robert Haimer, performed and produced by Sarah Taylor
"Goodbye," by Billy Sherwood, Guy Steiner and Jeff Silverman, performed by Phil Perry, produced by Billy Sherwood, Guy Steiner and Jeff Silverman
"She Says," by Doug Fieger, performed by The Knack, produced by Jim Lang
"Uptown Showdown," by Doug Fieger and Berton Averre, performed by The Knack, produced by Jim Lang
"Aint' Got Nobody," by Billy Sherwood, Bruce Gowdy and Jodie Cortez, performed by Billy Sherwood and Katey Sagal, produced by Billy Sherwood
"Your Idea Of A Good Time," written, performed and produced by Billy Sherwood
"Nowhere To Run," words and music by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Edward Holland, performed by The Knack, produced by Jim Lang
"Normal As The Next Guy," by Doug Fieger and Berton Averre, performed by The Knack, produced by Jim Lang
"You Can Count On Me," written, performed and produced by Billy Sherwood.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Glory Days
Release Date:
15 April 1988
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 15 April 1988
Production Date:
6 May--30 June 1987
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures Corporation
Copyright Date:
13 June 1988
Copyright Number:
PA372017
Physical Properties:
Sound
Recorded in Ultra-Stereo®
Color
Lenses
Cameras by Arriflex®; Lenses by Zeiss®
Prints
Prints by Technicolor®
Duration(in mins):
98
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28973
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Seattle, Washington, Adlai Stevenson High School student Matt Dunbar is accused of fatally stabbing Mr. Bradwood, his government teacher. Although he claims to have been serving detention at the time of the murder, police arrest Matt and alert his older brother, detective Nick Dunbar. After an altercation with another officer, Nick is suspended from duty. Suspecting that Matt has been framed, Nick decides to investigate the case by going undercover as a high school student while his partner, Ed Malmburg, poses as his father. As he attempts to fit in, Nick develops an attraction to his homeroom teacher, Robin Torrence, and becomes the target of a bully named Kyle Kerns. Meanwhile, Ed and Nick discover that Mr. Bradwood had a history of accepting bribes and believe he may have been connected to a real estate scam run by school gym teacher, Len Zeffer. Hoping to get more information, Nick attracts the interest of Coach Zeffer’s stepdaughter, Daun-Marie, and invites himself over for a tutoring session. There, he learns that several of the senior faculty members have contributed to a fraudulent $3 million “pension” fund that Coach Zeffer intended to collect without their knowledge. Nick speculates that Mr. Bradwood was killed for discovering the plot. Back at the high school, Mr. Bradwood’s former fiancée, secretary Jane Melway, discovers that Nick is actually a police officer. That evening, during the annual school carnival, Nick and Ed barge in on a faculty meeting, and notice that counselor Chet Butler is missing. Jane Melway reveals that she and Butler had an affair twenty-five years earlier, while he was a student. Suddenly, Butler attacks, confessing that he killed Mr. Bradwood out of jealousy. ... +


In Seattle, Washington, Adlai Stevenson High School student Matt Dunbar is accused of fatally stabbing Mr. Bradwood, his government teacher. Although he claims to have been serving detention at the time of the murder, police arrest Matt and alert his older brother, detective Nick Dunbar. After an altercation with another officer, Nick is suspended from duty. Suspecting that Matt has been framed, Nick decides to investigate the case by going undercover as a high school student while his partner, Ed Malmburg, poses as his father. As he attempts to fit in, Nick develops an attraction to his homeroom teacher, Robin Torrence, and becomes the target of a bully named Kyle Kerns. Meanwhile, Ed and Nick discover that Mr. Bradwood had a history of accepting bribes and believe he may have been connected to a real estate scam run by school gym teacher, Len Zeffer. Hoping to get more information, Nick attracts the interest of Coach Zeffer’s stepdaughter, Daun-Marie, and invites himself over for a tutoring session. There, he learns that several of the senior faculty members have contributed to a fraudulent $3 million “pension” fund that Coach Zeffer intended to collect without their knowledge. Nick speculates that Mr. Bradwood was killed for discovering the plot. Back at the high school, Mr. Bradwood’s former fiancée, secretary Jane Melway, discovers that Nick is actually a police officer. That evening, during the annual school carnival, Nick and Ed barge in on a faculty meeting, and notice that counselor Chet Butler is missing. Jane Melway reveals that she and Butler had an affair twenty-five years earlier, while he was a student. Suddenly, Butler attacks, confessing that he killed Mr. Bradwood out of jealousy. A chase ensues. Nick uncovers evidence implicating Butler for the murder of Jane’s first husband, who died under mysterious circumstances. Ed shoots Butler when Nick’s back is turned, and police arrest the teachers involved in the real estate scam. With his true age and identity exposed, Nick asks Robin Torrence on a date. Matt is released from prison and declares that he is eager to return to school. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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