Homework (1982)

R | 90 mins | Comedy | 27 August 1982

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HISTORY

A 12 May 1982 Var advertisement announced that Homework, labeled under production company Rearguard Productions, would be shown at that year’s Cannes Film Festival.
       The 30 Aug 1982 HR review stated that the screenplay was originally written by Maurice Peterson, with additions from writer-associate producer Don Safran, and an eventual re-edit by Sam Vitale. However, Vitale is not listed in the on-screen credits. Also, David Bowie’s song, “Boys,” had reportedly played an “integral part of the soundtrack,” but was removed from the picture when a new editor took over. According to the 1 Sep 1982 LAT, Safran was first introduced to the project three years earlier, when he was asked to provide “focus” to Peterson’s story. Due to his existing relationship with Peterson and producer-director James Beshears, Safran agreed to write an hour-long film. The article stated that producer Max J. Rosenberg, who is not included in onscreen credits, re-edited the footage to include several flashback scenes of Joan Collins’ character, in an attempt to capitalize on the actress’ newfound celebrity with the television soap opera, Dynasty (ABC, 1981—1989).
       However, one day prior to the film’s 27 Aug 1982 Los Angeles, CA, release, the 26 Aug 1982 LAHExam reported that Collins, along with Betty Thomas, Carrie Snodgress, and Lee Purcell, had enlisted legal action to have their names removed from the credits. Collins admitted that she performed a minor supporting role in the film two years earlier, but disputed her star billing, as well as the film’s risqué advertisements that featured a body double vaguely depicting her bare chest; the marketing campaign suggested that Collins had ... More Less

A 12 May 1982 Var advertisement announced that Homework, labeled under production company Rearguard Productions, would be shown at that year’s Cannes Film Festival.
       The 30 Aug 1982 HR review stated that the screenplay was originally written by Maurice Peterson, with additions from writer-associate producer Don Safran, and an eventual re-edit by Sam Vitale. However, Vitale is not listed in the on-screen credits. Also, David Bowie’s song, “Boys,” had reportedly played an “integral part of the soundtrack,” but was removed from the picture when a new editor took over. According to the 1 Sep 1982 LAT, Safran was first introduced to the project three years earlier, when he was asked to provide “focus” to Peterson’s story. Due to his existing relationship with Peterson and producer-director James Beshears, Safran agreed to write an hour-long film. The article stated that producer Max J. Rosenberg, who is not included in onscreen credits, re-edited the footage to include several flashback scenes of Joan Collins’ character, in an attempt to capitalize on the actress’ newfound celebrity with the television soap opera, Dynasty (ABC, 1981—1989).
       However, one day prior to the film’s 27 Aug 1982 Los Angeles, CA, release, the 26 Aug 1982 LAHExam reported that Collins, along with Betty Thomas, Carrie Snodgress, and Lee Purcell, had enlisted legal action to have their names removed from the credits. Collins admitted that she performed a minor supporting role in the film two years earlier, but disputed her star billing, as well as the film’s risqué advertisements that featured a body double vaguely depicting her bare chest; the marketing campaign suggested that Collins had done nude scenes for the picture. The 1 Sep 1982 LAT contended that filmmakers had also added the love scene between “Tommy” and Collins’ character, “Diana,” by using a body double after Collins had completed her work on the picture, contrary to the 28 Aug 1982 LAHExam report that Collins was specifically assured there would be no nude scenes for her $25,000 appearance. Additionally, Snodgress attested to being mislead by producers; she appeared in the film without pay with the understanding that Homework was an “educational anti-drug movie” only to be released in U.S. high schools. The 26 Aug 1982 LAHExam included that Betty Thomas had filmed her scenes four years earlier, over the course of a few days, and was under the impression that the picture was a “fluffy high school comedy.” However, a 3 Sep 1982 LAHExam brief amended that Thomas was not participating in the lawsuit on the grounds that the picture was “too insignificant” to pursue legal action.
       In addition, the 28 Aug 1982 LAHExam reported that Collins and Snodgress filed a $5 million suit against Rearguard Productions and Jensen Farley Pictures, Inc. for “fraud, breach of contract, intentional infliction of emotional distress and exploitation of name and likeness.” A Federal court judge ordered that the misleading advertisement be withdrawn by the following Monday, 30 Aug 1982. A 27 Aug 1982 DV article stated that a preliminary injunction was scheduled for 14 Sep 1982, to hear Collins’ request to bar the picture’s distribution and to account for all profits made on the film thus far, since Homework had already been released in other cities. According to the 28 Aug 1982 LAHExam, Jensen Farley was merely acting as a distributor, and claimed to be “‘an innocent third party’” in the production of the film. Despite a signed agreement that would keep the decision out of the press, the 22 Oct 1982 LAT reported that producers and attorneys made an out-of-court settlement with Collins, for terms that remained undisclosed. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
27 Aug 1982
p. 1, 6.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Aug 1982
p. 3, 12.
LAHExam
26 Aug 1982.
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LAHExam
28 Aug 1982
Section A, p. 1, 8.
LAHExam
3 Sep 1982.
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Los Angeles Times
1 Sep 1982.
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Los Angeles Times
1 Sep 1982
p. 2.
Los Angeles Times
22 Oct 1982.
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Variety
12 May 1981
p. 133.
Variety
1 Sep 1982
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Jensen Farley Pictures, Inc. Presents
Max J. Rosenberg Presents
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d unit dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d asst cam
Gaffer
Key grip
Stills photog
Dolly grip
Best boy
ART DIRECTORS
2d unit art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
SET DECORATOR
Prop mistress
COSTUMES
Costumer
Asst costumer
MUSIC
Orig mus comp
Orig mus comp
VISUAL EFFECTS
Titles & opticals by
MAKEUP
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod coord
Prod asst
Prod asst
STAND INS
Double for Ms. Collins
COLOR PERSONNEL
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 August 1982
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 27 August 1982
Copyright Claimant:
Asset Capital and Management
Copyright Date:
29 November 1982
Copyright Number:
PA158955
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
90
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

While doing his math homework, Los Angeles, California, teenager, Tommy, looks at pornographic magazines, conjuring up mental images of the model posing for the photo shoot. At school, Tommy and his friend, Ralph, smoke marijuana and peek into the girls’ locker room, looking for a girl named Sheila. When another girl notices them looking through the grate, the boys run away. In French class, Ms. Jackson nervously introduces herself as the new teacher, and the students laugh at her. Later, Tommy meets Dr. Delingua, his psychologist, and reveals that he was impeached as class president the week before. He admits that he has never had sex, and feels as if he is the only one in school who is still a virgin. While speaking, he fantasizes about receiving electroshock treatment from two buxom nurses. When Dr. Delingua suggests Tommy find a hobby, he insists he has no talents. At Sheila’s house after school, Sheila tells Tommy she needs to practice for swim team tryouts with her friends, Lisa and Cookie. Because Tommy is upset that Sheila’s commitment to joining the swim team prevents them from spending time together, Sheila’s mother, Diane, suggests that Tommy join the boys’ swim team. After Tommy leaves, Diane overhears Sheila and her friends discussing sex, prompting her to remember being a teenager and kissing boys at parties. Lisa announces her intention to start using birth control, but Sheila is disgusted by the idea of taking pills every day. Meanwhile, Tommy and Ralph attempt to write a song with “meaningful” lyrics. At swim team tryouts, Sheila fails to make the preliminary rounds, and the coach encourages her to try again next year. Tommy telephones his ... +


While doing his math homework, Los Angeles, California, teenager, Tommy, looks at pornographic magazines, conjuring up mental images of the model posing for the photo shoot. At school, Tommy and his friend, Ralph, smoke marijuana and peek into the girls’ locker room, looking for a girl named Sheila. When another girl notices them looking through the grate, the boys run away. In French class, Ms. Jackson nervously introduces herself as the new teacher, and the students laugh at her. Later, Tommy meets Dr. Delingua, his psychologist, and reveals that he was impeached as class president the week before. He admits that he has never had sex, and feels as if he is the only one in school who is still a virgin. While speaking, he fantasizes about receiving electroshock treatment from two buxom nurses. When Dr. Delingua suggests Tommy find a hobby, he insists he has no talents. At Sheila’s house after school, Sheila tells Tommy she needs to practice for swim team tryouts with her friends, Lisa and Cookie. Because Tommy is upset that Sheila’s commitment to joining the swim team prevents them from spending time together, Sheila’s mother, Diane, suggests that Tommy join the boys’ swim team. After Tommy leaves, Diane overhears Sheila and her friends discussing sex, prompting her to remember being a teenager and kissing boys at parties. Lisa announces her intention to start using birth control, but Sheila is disgusted by the idea of taking pills every day. Meanwhile, Tommy and Ralph attempt to write a song with “meaningful” lyrics. At swim team tryouts, Sheila fails to make the preliminary rounds, and the coach encourages her to try again next year. Tommy telephones his friend Mix to ask him to join his new band called “The Flies.” The next day, the boys invite Sheila to be their lead female singer; Diane encourages the idea, but Sheila says that she is only interested in swimming. Cookie offers to sing instead, against the wishes of her strict parents. Meanwhile, Sheila continues to practice swimming and writes in her diary about her improvement. In French class, Ms. Jackson expresses her disappointment with the students’ poor test scores. Lisa receives a letter from her favorite singer, Reddog, inviting her to audition her skateboarding act for his show. Hoping to seduce Reddog, Lisa visits a gynecologist to obtain prescription contraceptives. Ms. Jackson invites Ralph to her house for private French lessons, and a teacher talks to Tommy about his slipping grades, warning him that he will have no future if he does not improve. When Ralph skips band practice to meet Ms. Jackson, he discovers the teacher is already meeting with Gilles, a French transfer student who is also failing the class. Ralph promises to return the next day, and watches the lesson through the window. Mix visits Cookie’s house, but when the girl’s father sends him away, Mix sneaks into her bathroom. While talking to her husband, Diane reminisces about their teenage years, making love in the back seat of his car. One night, Mix seduces Cookie in his father’s recording studio, while Ralph becomes sexually frustrated by his studies with Ms. Jackson. Lisa meets Reddog in his office, and they make love. Meanwhile, Tommy walks down Sunset Boulevard, avoiding the jeering of passersby. A prostitute takes him to a motel, but Tommy leaves when he is unable to become aroused. Gilles shows up unexpectedly at Ms. Jackson’s house and kisses her, but she sends him away; at home, Gilles’ father beats him for taking his sports car without permission. Lisa receives a telephone call from her gynecologist, informing her that she has been exposed to gonorrhoea and needs to come in for an appointment. Lisa telephones Reddog, but he avoids her call. At the doctor’s office, the receptionist laughs at Lisa for having sex with Reddog. Tommy tells Dr. Delingua that he is unable to focus on school because he is preoccupied with the band, imagining performing in front of a screaming crowd while women undress around him. He expresses his concern that he will be a virgin forever. Lisa throws a costume party before the band’s first performance at the school senior talent show, but Tommy leaves to find Sheila, who has not yet arrived. Meanwhile, Cookie’s mother informs her husband that their daughter is no longer a virgin, prompting him to storm into Cookie’s room and forbid her from seeing her friends. Tommy finds Sheila in her pool and continues to be frustrated by her obsession with swimming. He goes inside to use the telephone, but ends up helping Diane hang a painting. She runs her hands across his body as he climbs down the ladder, inviting him to the couch, where they undress and make love. The next morning, Cookie telephones her band mates to inform them that her father will not let her play in the show, but that night, she sneaks out the bathroom window. When Sheila’s parents leave on a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, Sheila tells Lisa that she has to miss the show to continue swimming without interruption. During the performance, Lisa trips over her skateboard, causing the band members to fight and walk offstage. The next day, Tommy tells Ralph that they should try to break into filmmaking. +

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