Things Are Tough All Over (1982)

R | 89 mins | Comedy | 6 August 1982

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HISTORY

The beginning and ending of the film contain voice-over narration from Richard “Cheech” Marin.
       Although their starring credits list “Richard ‘Cheech’ Marin” and “Tommy Chong,” the actors’ opening writing credits name them as “‘Cheech’ Marin” and “Thomas Chong.” Opening credits also read: “Introducing Mr. Slyman and Prince Habib played by Cheech & Chong.” End credits include the following: “We acknowledge with thanks the State of Illinois Film Office, especially Allen Cohn, the City of Chicago, the City of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Walter Abel of the City of St. Louis, Missouri for their cooperation and assistance…”
       According to the 1 Jan 1982 LAT, Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong responded to poor critical reception of their three previous marijuana-themed films, Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke (1978, see entry), Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie (1980, see entry), and Nice Dreams (1981, see entry), by planning to make “a picture with more of a story.”
       A casting call in the 28 Sep 1981 DV referred to their next project by its initial working title, The Next Cheech and Chong Film. The 19 Nov 1981 HR stated that the picture was previously renamed Cheech & Chong IV before it was ultimately changed to Things Are Tough All Over.
       27 Nov 1981 HR production charts confirmed the start of principal photography on 16 Nov 1981 in Las Vegas, NV. A 16 Dec 1981 DV news item included Bernie Allen, Jerry Kurland, Stuart Grant, Jim Fleshood, Tallah Temple, Diane Jones, John Chookasian, Vic Chrovian, and Barbara Hale among the cast, ... More Less

The beginning and ending of the film contain voice-over narration from Richard “Cheech” Marin.
       Although their starring credits list “Richard ‘Cheech’ Marin” and “Tommy Chong,” the actors’ opening writing credits name them as “‘Cheech’ Marin” and “Thomas Chong.” Opening credits also read: “Introducing Mr. Slyman and Prince Habib played by Cheech & Chong.” End credits include the following: “We acknowledge with thanks the State of Illinois Film Office, especially Allen Cohn, the City of Chicago, the City of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Walter Abel of the City of St. Louis, Missouri for their cooperation and assistance…”
       According to the 1 Jan 1982 LAT, Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong responded to poor critical reception of their three previous marijuana-themed films, Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke (1978, see entry), Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie (1980, see entry), and Nice Dreams (1981, see entry), by planning to make “a picture with more of a story.”
       A casting call in the 28 Sep 1981 DV referred to their next project by its initial working title, The Next Cheech and Chong Film. The 19 Nov 1981 HR stated that the picture was previously renamed Cheech & Chong IV before it was ultimately changed to Things Are Tough All Over.
       27 Nov 1981 HR production charts confirmed the start of principal photography on 16 Nov 1981 in Las Vegas, NV. A 16 Dec 1981 DV news item included Bernie Allen, Jerry Kurland, Stuart Grant, Jim Fleshood, Tallah Temple, Diane Jones, John Chookasian, Vic Chrovian, and Barbara Hale among the cast, while the 18 Jan 1982 DV also listed Melissa Bailey. However, none of the actors are credited onscreen. A 20 Jan 1982 HR brief indicated that actress Susan Anton had been cast in a film titled Cheech & Chong IV & the Sneakers, although it is unclear if the announcement was made in reference to Things Are Tough All Over or another Cheech and Chong film.
       A 6 Jan 1982 Columbia Pictures press release indicated that filming had completed in Las Vegas and would continue through the winter season in Chicago, IL, until the end of principal photography.
       The 24 Aug 1982 HR announced the film’s release 6 Aug 1982 in 1,500 U.S. theaters. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
28 Sep 1981.
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Daily Variety
4 Dec 1981.
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Daily Variety
16 Dec 1981.
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Daily Variety
18 Jan 1982.
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Hollywood Reporter
19 Nov 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
27 Nov 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
20 Jan 1982.
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Hollywood Reporter
24 Aug 1982.
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Los Angeles Times
1 Jan 1982.
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New York Times
9 Aug 1982
p. 14.
Variety
11 Aug 1982
p. 22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Columbia Pictures Presents
A C&C Brown Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Asst cam
Asst cam
Still photog
Gaffer
Best boy
Best boy
Rigging gaffer
Key grip
Grip best boy
Dolly grip
Dir of photog, Chicago 2d unit
Asst cam, Chicago 2d unit
Asst cam, Chicago 2d unit
ART DIRECTORS
Prod illustrator
FILM EDITORS
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Asst prop master
Const coord
Const foreman
Scenic art
Swing
Propmaker
Propmaker
Propmaker
Painter
Painter
Labor foreman
COSTUMES
Ward supv
MUSIC
Orig mus and lyrics by
Mus arr and orch by
Asst mus ed
Asst mus ed
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Supv sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Titles and opticals
MAKEUP
Key makeup
Key hairstylist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Scr supv
Asst to Thomas Chong
Asst to Howard Brown
Prod coord
Prod secy
Prod accountant
Transportation coord
Loc mgr
Transcriber
Casting asst
Extra casting - Las Vegas
Extra casting - Chicago
Chicago transportation capt, Chicago 2d unit
Asst to the prods
Exec secy
Prod accountant
First aid
Dial coach
Transportation
Transportation
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Wrangler
Caterer
STAND INS
Cheech Marin's double
Tommy Chong's double
COLOR PERSONNEL
[Col by]
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Next Cheech and Chong Film
Cheech & Chong IV
Cheech & Chong IV & the Shoes
Release Date:
6 August 1982
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 6 August 1982
Production Date:
began 16 November 1981 in Las Vegas, NV and Chicago, IL
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
Copyright Date:
24 August 1982
Copyright Number:
PA147822
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Filmed in Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
89
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
26647
SYNOPSIS

During a three-day driving trip from Chicago, Illinois, to the Southwestern U.S., car wash employee Richard “Cheech” Marin sleeps in the front seat while his friend, Tommy Chong, rambles aloud to himself about musicians and drug use. Recalling their past in Chicago, Cheech describes how he and Chong were previously fired from their job for smoking marijuana and ruining an expensive convertible in the car wash. Afterward, the pair tried to make money by playing in an unsuccessful rock band. While having drinks with two French women, Cheech does not know how to speak French and Chong flatulates, causing their dates to leave in disgust. One day, Cheech hides inside a laundromat dryer to hide from another customer. Unaware that he is inside, Chong turns the dryer on, causing Cheech to spin in circles until the cycle is finished. Meanwhile, the Arab car wash owners, Mr. Slyman and Prince Habib, send Cheech and Chong to drive a car, secretly containing $5 million of laundered cash, to their associate in Las Vegas, Nevada. Before Cheech and Chong leave Chicago, however, the car runs out of gas, and a needy neighborhood man locks himself in the back seat of the limo to drink their whiskey. When Cheech tries to unlock the door and force him to evacuate the vehicle, a passing policeman assumes he is attempting to steal the car. However, the police officer mistakes the man in the back seat for a famous boxer and agrees to help them to get to a gas station. Because Chong has no money to pay for the fuel, the gas station attendant removes a part of the back seat. As they drive across ... +


During a three-day driving trip from Chicago, Illinois, to the Southwestern U.S., car wash employee Richard “Cheech” Marin sleeps in the front seat while his friend, Tommy Chong, rambles aloud to himself about musicians and drug use. Recalling their past in Chicago, Cheech describes how he and Chong were previously fired from their job for smoking marijuana and ruining an expensive convertible in the car wash. Afterward, the pair tried to make money by playing in an unsuccessful rock band. While having drinks with two French women, Cheech does not know how to speak French and Chong flatulates, causing their dates to leave in disgust. One day, Cheech hides inside a laundromat dryer to hide from another customer. Unaware that he is inside, Chong turns the dryer on, causing Cheech to spin in circles until the cycle is finished. Meanwhile, the Arab car wash owners, Mr. Slyman and Prince Habib, send Cheech and Chong to drive a car, secretly containing $5 million of laundered cash, to their associate in Las Vegas, Nevada. Before Cheech and Chong leave Chicago, however, the car runs out of gas, and a needy neighborhood man locks himself in the back seat of the limo to drink their whiskey. When Cheech tries to unlock the door and force him to evacuate the vehicle, a passing policeman assumes he is attempting to steal the car. However, the police officer mistakes the man in the back seat for a famous boxer and agrees to help them to get to a gas station. Because Chong has no money to pay for the fuel, the gas station attendant removes a part of the back seat. As they drive across the country, Cheech and Chong continue to trade various automobile parts for food, eventually stripping the car down to barely more than its engine and metal frame. In the desert, Chong stops for a hitchhiker, whom he recognizes as their friend Donna. The travelers invite her and a large group of Mexican immigrants to hold onto the side of the car while they continue their journey. When the car runs out of fuel, the hitchhikers push the vehicle to a nearby gas station run by Donna’s elderly friend, Oldtimer. Cheech and Chong offer him the passenger car seat as payment, unaware that Mr. Slyman’s $5 million is strapped to the bottom. When Oldtimer tries to tell them about the cash, the men mistakenly believe he is offering them spare coins and insist he keep the money. Cheech and Chong finally arrive at Mr. Slyman’s associate’s trailer home, but cannot find anyone to receive their payment. In Chicago, Prince Habib receives a telephone call informing him that Cheech and Chong have stolen the money and destroyed the car. Accompanied by the two French women, Prince Habib and Mr. Slyman fly their private jet to Las Vegas, where various airport employees profusely apologize for not preparing for his unexpected arrival. In the car ride to the city, Prince Habib plots to kill Cheech and Chong for their betrayal, while angrily trying to smash the malfunctioning air conditioner. In his rage, he unwittingly drives past his two targets sitting on the side of the road. After consuming peyote cactus, Chong becomes inebriated and plays guitar while Cheech sings a song. Mr. Slyman and Prince Habib stop at Oldtimer’s gas station and convince the elderly man to tell them where Cheech and Chong went, but accidentally drive in the wrong direction. Lost in the desert, Prince Habib smashes the car windshield with a rock. As the businessmen wander through the hills looking for the road back to town, the two French women find Cheech and Chong and drive them to a motel to have sex. Afterward, the women leave, but an eccentric show comedian named Rip Taylor offers to drive them into the city. Dressing them in women’s wigs and feather boas, Rip takes the two men to a fancy restaurant, where Chong becomes anxious and paranoid under the influence of the drugs. Sometime later, Mr. Slyman and Prince Habib walk into the same restaurant and are seated directly behind Cheech and Chong, whom they assume are unattractive women. As the two disguised friends attempt to escape the restaurant, they run into Donna, who reveals their true identities. Prince Habib grabs his switchblade and chases the men down the Las Vegas Strip and into a pornographic theater. Upon entering, Prince Habib and Mr. Slyman realize that the picture being played onscreen is a recording of Cheech, Chong, and the two French women having sex in the desert motel room. As they become distracted, critiquing the quality of the filmmaking technique, Cheech and Chong sneak out of the theater. The next morning, they hitch a ride from a passing limousine containing the French women. Suddenly, the window partition rolls down, revealing Mr. Slyman and Prince Habib in the front seat, who proclaim that they plan to hire the men to make pornographic films for their money laundering scheme. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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