Seniors (1978)

R | 89 mins | Comedy | 6 September 1978

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HISTORY

An opening credit block that lists the names of several famous actors unrelated to the movie is followed by an animated sequence featuring a professor in graduation garb talking directly to the audience, interacting with the movie’s actual credits and commenting on film clips that introduce the plot.
       The names of camera operator George Bouillet and actor David Ruprecht are misspelled “George Bouillett” and “David Rupprecht” in onscreen credits. The 11 May 1977 Var noted that Norman Gimbel and Patrick Williams co-wrote the song "Love Is," but only Williams is credited onscreen.
       Although the 28 Sep 1976 DV reported that Seniors would begin principal photography 18 Oct 1976 in Dallas, TX, the 19 Oct 1976 HR stated that shooting was scheduled to start 25 Oct 1976. The production was filming as of 3 Nov 1976, reported that day’s Var. Southern Methodist University stood in for the movie’s unnamed college, noted Box on 15 Nov 1976.
       According to HR, the film was budgeted at $2 million and financed by East Coast investors.
       The 1 Feb 1978 Var announced that Cinema Shares International Distribution Corp. acquired worldwide distribution rights to Seniors, which opened in Los Angeles, CA, 6 Sep 1978, according to production notes in AMPAS library files.
       A review in the 8 Sep 1978 LAT found the film to be a “vile, feeble, grossly chauvinist business.”
       According to the 3 Nov 1976 Var, Seniors marked actress Priscilla Barnes’s first leading role in a feature ... More Less

An opening credit block that lists the names of several famous actors unrelated to the movie is followed by an animated sequence featuring a professor in graduation garb talking directly to the audience, interacting with the movie’s actual credits and commenting on film clips that introduce the plot.
       The names of camera operator George Bouillet and actor David Ruprecht are misspelled “George Bouillett” and “David Rupprecht” in onscreen credits. The 11 May 1977 Var noted that Norman Gimbel and Patrick Williams co-wrote the song "Love Is," but only Williams is credited onscreen.
       Although the 28 Sep 1976 DV reported that Seniors would begin principal photography 18 Oct 1976 in Dallas, TX, the 19 Oct 1976 HR stated that shooting was scheduled to start 25 Oct 1976. The production was filming as of 3 Nov 1976, reported that day’s Var. Southern Methodist University stood in for the movie’s unnamed college, noted Box on 15 Nov 1976.
       According to HR, the film was budgeted at $2 million and financed by East Coast investors.
       The 1 Feb 1978 Var announced that Cinema Shares International Distribution Corp. acquired worldwide distribution rights to Seniors, which opened in Los Angeles, CA, 6 Sep 1978, according to production notes in AMPAS library files.
       A review in the 8 Sep 1978 LAT found the film to be a “vile, feeble, grossly chauvinist business.”
       According to the 3 Nov 1976 Var, Seniors marked actress Priscilla Barnes’s first leading role in a feature film. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
15 Nov 1976.
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Daily Variety
28 Sep 1976.
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Daily Variety
27 Oct 1976.
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Hollywood Reporter
19 Oct 1976
p. 1, 13.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Nov 1976.
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Hollywood Reporter
17 Mar 1978.
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Los Angeles Times
8 Sep 1978
p. 23.
Variety
3 Nov 1976
p. 22.
Variety
11 May 1977
p. 477.
Variety
1 Feb 1978.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
a Carter De Haven - Stanley Shapiro production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
Asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Key grip
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Still cam
Best boy
ART DIRECTOR
Art consultant
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Prop asst, Dallas
Asst set dec
Const
COSTUMES
Ward asst, Dallas
Ward asst, Los Angeles
SOUND
Boom man
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
Main titles
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting [Los Angeles]
Loc mgr
Scr supv
Prod crew supplied by
Auditor
Unit pub
Prod secy, Dallas
Prod secy, Los Angeles
Prod asst
Asst to the dir/Dial coach
Craft service
Transportation capt
Transcom driver/Generator op
Dallas equip crew contact, Film Production Service
COLOR PERSONNEL
[Color by]
SOURCES
SONGS
"Love Is," music and lyrics by Patrick Williams, sung by Gene Cotton
"Sail On," music by Patrick Williams, lyrics by Norman Gimbel, sung by Gene Cotton.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Seniors
Release Date:
6 September 1978
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 6 September 1978
Production Date:
began October 1976 in Dallas, TX
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
89
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

At the beginning of the school year, college seniors Larry Bronson, Ben Adler, Alan Darby and Steve Elliott bemoan the prospect of graduating. They do not want to join the workforce or leave behind Sylvia, their beautiful, nymphomaniac, live-in housekeeper who has sex with all of them. As the young men contemplate their futures, they are visited by their friend, Arnold Frobisher, a nerdy virgin who is in love with Sylvia. When they learn that Arnold is the research assistant to the renowned and well-funded entomologist Professor Sigmund Heigner, the seniors get an idea. Since the reclusive scientist signs anything Arnold gives him, they will apply for a grant in the professor’s name, then use the funds to run a sex study among their female classmates. In exchange for Arnold’s help, the boys will give him complete access to Sylvia. As Arnold secures Heigner’s signature, the professor expresses excitement about his latest experiment – breeding an indestructible mosquito with unlimited mating powers. Calling themselves the Phantom Corporation, the four youths secure a $50,000 grant from the Creighton Foundation for a research project titled “Sex and the Liberated College Girl” and advertise for volunteers. The corporation pays $20 per hour to each college-age woman who participates by fulfilling her sexual fantasies with one of the four boys. The young women are pleased to contribute to science and comment to each other the value of getting paid for what they would otherwise do for free. As the study gains momentum with an increasing number of volunteers, foundation head Elizabeth Creighton visits Heigner to learn more about his research. Before the ... +


At the beginning of the school year, college seniors Larry Bronson, Ben Adler, Alan Darby and Steve Elliott bemoan the prospect of graduating. They do not want to join the workforce or leave behind Sylvia, their beautiful, nymphomaniac, live-in housekeeper who has sex with all of them. As the young men contemplate their futures, they are visited by their friend, Arnold Frobisher, a nerdy virgin who is in love with Sylvia. When they learn that Arnold is the research assistant to the renowned and well-funded entomologist Professor Sigmund Heigner, the seniors get an idea. Since the reclusive scientist signs anything Arnold gives him, they will apply for a grant in the professor’s name, then use the funds to run a sex study among their female classmates. In exchange for Arnold’s help, the boys will give him complete access to Sylvia. As Arnold secures Heigner’s signature, the professor expresses excitement about his latest experiment – breeding an indestructible mosquito with unlimited mating powers. Calling themselves the Phantom Corporation, the four youths secure a $50,000 grant from the Creighton Foundation for a research project titled “Sex and the Liberated College Girl” and advertise for volunteers. The corporation pays $20 per hour to each college-age woman who participates by fulfilling her sexual fantasies with one of the four boys. The young women are pleased to contribute to science and comment to each other the value of getting paid for what they would otherwise do for free. As the study gains momentum with an increasing number of volunteers, foundation head Elizabeth Creighton visits Heigner to learn more about his research. Before the professor forces her to leave, Elizabeth reads some of his notes on the mosquito study, mistakes it for the human sex study and thinks the professor has developed a way to enhance male virility. Meanwhile, the four boys sadly acknowledge that their fun will end when they spend all the grant money until Steve realizes that since the Phantom Corporation has become scientifically credible, they can expand the study and actually earn money if they entice male volunteers to make tax-deductible contributions to participate. The corporation can pay the girls their fee and keep the difference. The boys advertise for business executives to participate in the sex study and soon move the operation into a motel to handle the overwhelming demand. Meanwhile, after sneaking into the professor’s lab and reviewing his research, Elizabeth becomes convinced that Heigner has a prodigious sexual prowess. When the Phantom Corporation deposits its earnings, their banker suggests the young entrepreneurs could benefit from a board of directors comprised of himself and his influential friends, a judge, a commissioner and a bishop. The boys agree to partner with the four men and share the study’s profits. With the board’s help, the boys concentrate on growing the business and soon the corporation is being taken seriously as a legitimate inquiry into human behavior. For the next step in expansion, the boys agree to partner with Bleiffer Pharmaceuticals. In exchange for company stock, the corporation will encourage the female volunteers to use Bleiffer’s entire line of female products. Meanwhile, Heigner informs Arnold that he has perfected his mosquito and is ready to announce the results of his research. As Arnold takes this news to his friends, Elizabeth steals into the professor’s house and begs him to take her virginity. Professing her love for Heigner, Elizabeth suggests they get married. Contemplating that a wife will cook all of his favorite foods, the professor agrees. Elsewhere, the boys go to their board of directors with their concern: if the professor publicizes that he has been studying insects and not college women, the corporation will be ruined. The board insists the study is too profitable to cease operations now and implies they will eliminate the professor in order to keep it running. When the boys protest, the board kidnaps them and has the professor’s lab bombed, not realizing Heigner has left for Las Vegas, Nevada, to marry Elizabeth. Locking the boys in a van, the board members get into a limousine and have both vehicles driven to a construction site where they plan to have a crane lift the van and drop it into a nearby lake. Instead, the crane operator mistakenly drops the limousine into the water. Elsewhere, in a Las Vegas hotel room, Elizabeth realizes that Heigner is not the lover she thought he was and leaves him. Upon escaping from the van and learning the professor’s location, the boys visit him and explain that all of his research has been destroyed. Heigner divulges that he brought the mosquito with him. He intends to announce the result of his research and release the insect into the wild where it will breed and eventually take over the world. Before Heigner can proceed with his plan, a room service attendant mistakes the mosquito for common vermin and kills it. Later, Steve advocates returning the Bleiffer stock, selling the Phantom Corporation’s holdings and leaving college. No longer fearing graduation, he now wants to live life to the fullest. Instead of taking traditional jobs, however, Steve suggests to his friends that they offer their youth and virility for pay to lonely older women, starting with the banker’s widow. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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