Homer (1970)

GP | 91 mins | Drama | September 1970

Director:

John Trent

Cinematographer:

Lazlo George

Editor:

Michael Menne

Production Designer:

Jack McAdams

Production Companies:

Palomar Pictures International, Ltd., Cinema Center Films
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HISTORY

Principal photography began on 13 Oct 1969, as reported four days later in a DV production chart. Filming took place entirely in Schomberg, Ontario, Canada, according to a 14 Oct 1969 DV item.
       Homer opened at the Westwood Plaza Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, on 30 Sep 1970, as stated in that day’s LAT. The New York opening followed on 23 Nov 1970 at the Paris Theatre.
       Homer marked the feature film acting debut of Tisa Farrow, sister of actress Mia Farrow. Although some contemporary sources noted it was Don Scardino’s debut as well, his first film, The People Next Door, came out one month earlier, in Aug 1970 (see entry). In Homer, Scardino sings three songs which he also composed. Songs by The Byrds and Led Zeppelin were also reportedly ... More Less

Principal photography began on 13 Oct 1969, as reported four days later in a DV production chart. Filming took place entirely in Schomberg, Ontario, Canada, according to a 14 Oct 1969 DV item.
       Homer opened at the Westwood Plaza Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, on 30 Sep 1970, as stated in that day’s LAT. The New York opening followed on 23 Nov 1970 at the Paris Theatre.
       Homer marked the feature film acting debut of Tisa Farrow, sister of actress Mia Farrow. Although some contemporary sources noted it was Don Scardino’s debut as well, his first film, The People Next Door, came out one month earlier, in Aug 1970 (see entry). In Homer, Scardino sings three songs which he also composed. Songs by The Byrds and Led Zeppelin were also reportedly used. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
14 Oct 1969
p. 2.
Daily Variety
17 Oct 1969
p. 12.
Los Angeles Times
15 Oct 1969
Section F, p. 13.
Los Angeles Times
27 Sep 1970
Section Q, p. 19.
Los Angeles Times
30 Sep 1970
Section G, p. 14.
New York Times
22 Nov 1970.
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New York Times
6 Dec 1970.
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Variety
22 Oct 1969
p. 24.
Variety
30 Sep 1970
p. 15.
DETAILS
Release Date:
September 1970
Premiere Information:
Louisville, Kentucky, opening: 21 September 1970
Los Angeles opening: 30 September 1970
New York opening: 23 November 1970 at the Paris Theatre
Production Date:
began 13 October 1969
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
91
MPAA Rating:
GP
Countries:
Canada, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
22526
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Homer Edwards, an eighteen-year-old high school student living in small-town Wisconsin, attempts to leave home. He waits all night on the highway trying to hitch a ride, but the sheriff brings him back to his parents' farm the next morning. His father and mother are unsympathetic with his anti-establishment attitudes, and only want Homer to cut his long hair, which he finally permits his girl friend, Laurie Grainger, to trim. Homer's friend, Eddie Cochran, comes home on army leave before being sent to Vietnam and begins to date Laurie; the boys' friendship is unaffected, however, as Eddie lends Homer his motorcycle for the duration of his army hitch, and Homer's rock band plays for Eddie's farewell party at the American Legion hall. Laurie loves Homer but does not begin to understand him until they talk at her house until 3:30 in the morning while her parents are at a party. When the Graingers return home, they insist that Homer spend the night, which enables Laurie to sneak into the guest room and make love with him for the first time. After Homer wrecks the family car and his father angrily puts him to work on their farm, the two are able to establish temporary communication when Mr. Edwards repairs the motorcycle and Homer rides it through the fields. Their newfound rapport lasts only until Eddie's coffin comes back from Vietnam; Homer then pickets the Veterans of Foreign Wars, sings protest songs, and finally chains himself to a post in front of the VFW hall. His humiliated father publicly slaps Homer's face and destroys the youth's record player and all his records. That night, Homer hitches a ride out of ... +


Homer Edwards, an eighteen-year-old high school student living in small-town Wisconsin, attempts to leave home. He waits all night on the highway trying to hitch a ride, but the sheriff brings him back to his parents' farm the next morning. His father and mother are unsympathetic with his anti-establishment attitudes, and only want Homer to cut his long hair, which he finally permits his girl friend, Laurie Grainger, to trim. Homer's friend, Eddie Cochran, comes home on army leave before being sent to Vietnam and begins to date Laurie; the boys' friendship is unaffected, however, as Eddie lends Homer his motorcycle for the duration of his army hitch, and Homer's rock band plays for Eddie's farewell party at the American Legion hall. Laurie loves Homer but does not begin to understand him until they talk at her house until 3:30 in the morning while her parents are at a party. When the Graingers return home, they insist that Homer spend the night, which enables Laurie to sneak into the guest room and make love with him for the first time. After Homer wrecks the family car and his father angrily puts him to work on their farm, the two are able to establish temporary communication when Mr. Edwards repairs the motorcycle and Homer rides it through the fields. Their newfound rapport lasts only until Eddie's coffin comes back from Vietnam; Homer then pickets the Veterans of Foreign Wars, sings protest songs, and finally chains himself to a post in front of the VFW hall. His humiliated father publicly slaps Homer's face and destroys the youth's record player and all his records. That night, Homer hitches a ride out of town with some hippies, and his father makes no attempt to stop him. +

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