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Actor Roberto De Simone is listed onscreen as “Robert De Simone." When credited for the song, “Love’s Hiding Place,” composer Lalo Schifrin’s name is spelled as “Lalo Shifrin,” and Evergreen Recording Studios is listed as “Evergreen Recording Studio.”
       On 18 Mar 1981, a Var advertisement announced production of the project under its original working title, The Romance. A 5 May 1981 LAHExam brief reported that Rita Jenrette would portray a “lowly reporter” in the film, although she does not receive onscreen credit. The Seduction marked the third collaboration between producers Irwin Yablans and producer Bruce Cohn Curtis, who previously financed Roller Boogie (1979, see entry) and Hell Night (1981, see entry).
       The 13 May 1981 Var anticipated principal photography on the $4 million Avco Embassy and Iwrin Yablans co-production to take place over seven weeks in the Los Angeles, CA, area beginning 26 May 1981. Release was expected for early 1982. According to the 8 May 1981 HR, the filmmakers hoped to complete production before the 30 Jun 1981 expiry of the current Directors Guild of America (DGA) contract. However, the 1 Jun 1981 DV noted that Studio Transportation Drivers Local 399 Teamsters picketed the downtown Los Angeles set, protesting Yablans’ refusal to sign a union contract. In addition, writer-director David Schmoeller was not a member of the DGA, although the production company was a signatory of the Screen Actors Guild. Yablans defended his decision to hire an entirely non-union crew in order to keep the picture within its revised $2 million budget. The Local 399 demonstrations were projected to ... More Less

Actor Roberto De Simone is listed onscreen as “Robert De Simone." When credited for the song, “Love’s Hiding Place,” composer Lalo Schifrin’s name is spelled as “Lalo Shifrin,” and Evergreen Recording Studios is listed as “Evergreen Recording Studio.”
       On 18 Mar 1981, a Var advertisement announced production of the project under its original working title, The Romance. A 5 May 1981 LAHExam brief reported that Rita Jenrette would portray a “lowly reporter” in the film, although she does not receive onscreen credit. The Seduction marked the third collaboration between producers Irwin Yablans and producer Bruce Cohn Curtis, who previously financed Roller Boogie (1979, see entry) and Hell Night (1981, see entry).
       The 13 May 1981 Var anticipated principal photography on the $4 million Avco Embassy and Iwrin Yablans co-production to take place over seven weeks in the Los Angeles, CA, area beginning 26 May 1981. Release was expected for early 1982. According to the 8 May 1981 HR, the filmmakers hoped to complete production before the 30 Jun 1981 expiry of the current Directors Guild of America (DGA) contract. However, the 1 Jun 1981 DV noted that Studio Transportation Drivers Local 399 Teamsters picketed the downtown Los Angeles set, protesting Yablans’ refusal to sign a union contract. In addition, writer-director David Schmoeller was not a member of the DGA, although the production company was a signatory of the Screen Actors Guild. Yablans defended his decision to hire an entirely non-union crew in order to keep the picture within its revised $2 million budget. The Local 399 demonstrations were projected to continue throughout the entire thirty-day shooting schedule, but did not ultimately interfere with filming. A 20 Jul 1981 HR item announced the completion of principal photography the previous evening.
       The 27 Jul 1981 DV rescheduled the film’s opening for fall 1982, but the following day, a 28 Jul 1981 HR report listed the release in Feb 1982. As stated in the 14 Dec 1981 HR, positive reactions from the film’s first test screening prompted Yablans and Curtis to plan two additional previews. According to the 12 Jan 1982 HR, newly-appointed owners of Avco Embassy, Jerry Perenchio and Norman Lear, changed the company name to Embassy Pictures and programmed the 16 Jan 1982 premiere at the Tropicana Hotel-Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. The event reportedly cost $150,000 and included a press junket attended by the film’s stars and roughly 100 reporters. Although the story noted that the picture was intended for national release 22 Jan 1982, The Seduction opened 22 Jan 1982 in Los Angeles and 26 Feb 1982 in New York City.
       The 18 Aug 1981 DV reported plans for author David Houston to write a novelization of the film, which was published in 1982 by Tower Books. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
1 Jun 1981
p. 1, 18.
Daily Variety
5 Jun 1981.
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Daily Variety
27 Jul 1981.
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Daily Variety
18 Aug 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
8 May 1981
p. 1, 4.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jul 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
28 Jul 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
14 Dec 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 Jan 1982.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Jan 1982
p. 3.
LAHExam
5 May 1981.
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Los Angeles Times
20 Jan 1982
p. 2.
New York Times
27 Feb 1982
p. 14.
Variety
18 Mar 1981
p. 152.
Variety
13 May 1981.
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Variety
20 Jan 1982
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
An Avco Embassy Film
Avco Embassy Pictures Presents
an Irwin Yablans and Bruce Cohn Curtis production
An Avco Embassy Release
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
Asst dir trainee
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Still photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Key grip
Best boy grip
3d grip
Best boy elec
Elec
ART DIRECTORS
Asst art dir
Art dept asst
Art dept asst
Art dept asst
Art dept asst
FILM EDITORS
Assoc ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
SET DECORATORS
Lead set dresser
Swing dresser
Prop master
Asst prop master
Set const
Set const
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
AMC Concord furnished by
COSTUMES
Costumer
Asst costumer
MUSIC
Mus ed
SOUND
Sd eff ed
Asst sd eff ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Rec eng
Sd mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Title des
MAKEUP
Asst makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Exec in charge of prod
Creative consultant
Prod exec
Prod exec
Prod coord
Casting dir
Scr supv
Loc mgr
Asst to the prods
Extra casting
Extra casting
Extra casting
Transportation capt
Prod secy
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Driver/grip
Stock footage res
Loc equip supplied by
Pianostar by
Fiat Spider provided by
Promotions by
Fixtures by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Love's Hiding Place," music by Lalo Shifrin, lyrics by Cliff Grisham, sung by Dionne Warwick.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Romance
Release Date:
22 January 1982
Premiere Information:
Atlantic City premiere: 16 January 1982
Los Angeles opening: 22 January 1982
New York opening: 26 February 1982
Production Date:
26 May--19 July 1981
Copyright Claimant:
The Romantic Venture
Copyright Date:
19 February 1982
Copyright Number:
PA128998
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex Camera by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
104
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

From an upstairs window, a man takes photographs of Los Angeles, California, Channel 6 television news anchorwoman Jamie Douglas as she swims nude in her backyard pool. Jamie’s reporter boyfriend, Brandon, joins her in the water, but Jamie gets out to answer a telephone call from the voyeur, who says he enjoys watching her. As she hangs up, he turns to admire the wall in his room, covered with photographs of Jamie. At the news station the next day, Jamie receives a bouquet of flowers from a mysterious admirer named Derek. Meanwhile, Derek inspects the pictures he took of Julie in his professional photography lab. As Jamie delivers the evening news on television, Derek telephones her office and leaves a message for her. Assuming the caller is Jamie’s new boyfriend, Jamie’s colleague, Bobby, delivers the note, but she insists she does not know the man. Elsewhere, Derek takes his co-worker, Julie, out to dinner and tells her about his former crush on a college art teacher, who he was too afraid to speak to. Julie invites him to see a movie, but Derek claims he is dating someone. In her dressing room, Jamie listens to a message from Derek, introducing himself. Moments later, Derek telephones again and insists they meet for dinner. She declines, and phones her actress friend, Robin Dunlap, asking to get together. At Robin’s house, however, Derek repeatedly phones and asks for Jamie. When she returns home to meet Brandon for dinner, she enters her darkened, empty house, but is relieved to find her boyfriend in the bathroom. The next morning, Derek stops by the station and gives Jamie a box of candy as an apology ... +


From an upstairs window, a man takes photographs of Los Angeles, California, Channel 6 television news anchorwoman Jamie Douglas as she swims nude in her backyard pool. Jamie’s reporter boyfriend, Brandon, joins her in the water, but Jamie gets out to answer a telephone call from the voyeur, who says he enjoys watching her. As she hangs up, he turns to admire the wall in his room, covered with photographs of Jamie. At the news station the next day, Jamie receives a bouquet of flowers from a mysterious admirer named Derek. Meanwhile, Derek inspects the pictures he took of Julie in his professional photography lab. As Jamie delivers the evening news on television, Derek telephones her office and leaves a message for her. Assuming the caller is Jamie’s new boyfriend, Jamie’s colleague, Bobby, delivers the note, but she insists she does not know the man. Elsewhere, Derek takes his co-worker, Julie, out to dinner and tells her about his former crush on a college art teacher, who he was too afraid to speak to. Julie invites him to see a movie, but Derek claims he is dating someone. In her dressing room, Jamie listens to a message from Derek, introducing himself. Moments later, Derek telephones again and insists they meet for dinner. She declines, and phones her actress friend, Robin Dunlap, asking to get together. At Robin’s house, however, Derek repeatedly phones and asks for Jamie. When she returns home to meet Brandon for dinner, she enters her darkened, empty house, but is relieved to find her boyfriend in the bathroom. The next morning, Derek stops by the station and gives Jamie a box of candy as an apology for scaring her. She thanks him, and Derek returns to the parking lot to slash the tires on Brandon’s car. When Jamie leaves work, Derek follows her home. He rings the doorbell and pushes his way into the house, taking dozens of photographs as she screams in his face. After Brandon arrives and attacks Derek, he takes Jamie to ask police Captain “Max” Maxwell for a restraining order. Max, however, insists that Derek has not committed an actual crime. Meanwhile, Derek visits Robin in her dressing room, where he asks for assistance in securing a date with Jamie. The next day, Robin takes Jamie shopping to distract her from thinking about Derek; the two women admire a silver, heart-shaped music box, but decide not to buy it. Minutes later, Jamie sees a man she believes to be Derek purchasing the box, although his face remains obscured. She uses the store telephone to check her home answering machine, which contains a message from Derek. Upon hanging up, she bumps into Derek, who presents her with the music box. Jamie shatters the trinket on the ground as shoppers stare. At work, Brandon speaks with “pop” psychologist, Dr. Weston, about Derek’s probable mental instability and delusional attempts to court Jamie. He later orders Max to help, but the captain refuses, suggesting that Brandon buy a gun instead. At the gym, Jamie tells Robin that she plans to move in with Brandon. Meanwhile, Derek breaks into Jamie’s house with the broken music box, showers, and puts a photograph of Jamie behind the memento’s shattered glass. When she returns home, Derek watches from the closet as she undresses and takes a bath. Jamie gets up to answer a telephone call and notices the box. Her stalker reveals himself, and Jamie runs to the front door, where she finds Brandon. However, Derek escapes through the window, taking the music box with him. Moments after Derek returns home, Julie drops off a packet of photographs and admits her feelings for him, but he claims to be engaged to another woman. That night, Jamie tells Brandon that she refuses to let Derek’s actions scare her. When Derek telephones, Brandon loads a rifle, intending to kill him. In his room, Derek places an engagement ring in the music box. The next day, Brandon meets Max, who is now frustrated by Brandon’s persistence. At the television station, Jamie and Bobby review a videotape of one of her news reports and see Derek looming in the background. As Bobby comforts her, Derek watches from a hall closet, then sneaks to an empty desk and types a page of script for the teleprompter. Jamie reads the news on air, but stops abruptly when she sees Derek’s message reading: “Jamie, I’m watching you. And Jamie—if I can’t have you, no one can! Love you always, Derek.” She quietly pleads for help, bursts into tears, and walks off camera. Later, Brandon assures her that Max has agreed to look into the matter, and suggests she relax in the hot tub. While Brandon prepares a plate of cheese and crackers, Max telephones to report that he has identified the stalker as “Derek Sanford.” He reveals the man’s telephone number, and promises to catch him. As Jamie and Brandon make love in the hot tub, Brandon collapses with the cheese knife lodged in his back; Derek appears and buries the body in the yard and returns home. Meanwhile, Jamie telephones the police, but hears a recorded message stating that all dispatchers are busy. She then phones Derek, begging him to return. When he enters her bedroom, however, she emerges from the closet and shoots at him with Brandon’s rifle. He escapes unharmed, but receives another telephone call from Jamie, promising him that she will not inform the police. After Derek anxiously tears his photographs of Jamie from the wall, Julie arrives to warn him that a police detective came by the studio. She now knows he is stalking Jamie. Just then, Max shows up at Derek’s home and threatens to press charges. However, when the captain leaves, Derek orders the adoring Julie away so he can continue watching Jamie through his window. When he notices Jamie’s rifle in her living room, he grabs a knife and returns to her house, where he attempts to rape her. Although initially frightened, Jamie pretends to welcome his advances and encourages him. Flustered by her transformation, Derek leaves Jamie time to recoup the knife and threaten him before stepping away. As Derek jumps toward her, holding the blade to her throat, Julie barges in and kills him with the rifle. +

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