Jake Speed (1986)

PG | 104 mins | Adventure | 30 May 1986

Director:

Andrew Lane

Cinematographer:

Bryan Loftus

Editor:

Fred Stafford

Production Designer:

Norm Baron

Production Company:

New World Pictures
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HISTORY

A 13 Jun 1986 LA Weekly article reported that writer-actor-producer, Wayne Crawford, and writer-producer-director, Andrew Lane, met while working at a commercial production company in Miami, FL, and set out to create material over which they could retain creative control.
       A 6 Mar 1986 HR article stated that Crawford/Lane Productions, specializing in low-budget films, had entered into a five-picture deal with New World Pictures, starting with Jake Speed.
       Accordiing to a 13 Dec 1985 DV production chart and a 3 Feb 1986 DV article, principal photography on the $5 million picture began 4 Nov 1985 in Zimbabwe, and would continue to Paris, France, and Los Angeles, CA.
       A 1 Jun 1986 LAHExam article reported that the film’s West Coast premiere was held 28 May 1986 in the Queen’s Salon aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA.
       End credits state: “ The Kid courtesy of Sage International, Ltd.” The following acknowledgments appear in end credits: “The producers wish to gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the following in the making of this motion picture: The Zimbabwe Ministry of Information, Dr. Nathan M. Shamuyarira, Beverly S. F. Tilly, The Zimbabwe Air Force, Errol ... More Less

A 13 Jun 1986 LA Weekly article reported that writer-actor-producer, Wayne Crawford, and writer-producer-director, Andrew Lane, met while working at a commercial production company in Miami, FL, and set out to create material over which they could retain creative control.
       A 6 Mar 1986 HR article stated that Crawford/Lane Productions, specializing in low-budget films, had entered into a five-picture deal with New World Pictures, starting with Jake Speed.
       Accordiing to a 13 Dec 1985 DV production chart and a 3 Feb 1986 DV article, principal photography on the $5 million picture began 4 Nov 1985 in Zimbabwe, and would continue to Paris, France, and Los Angeles, CA.
       A 1 Jun 1986 LAHExam article reported that the film’s West Coast premiere was held 28 May 1986 in the Queen’s Salon aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA.
       End credits state: “ The Kid courtesy of Sage International, Ltd.” The following acknowledgments appear in end credits: “The producers wish to gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the following in the making of this motion picture: The Zimbabwe Ministry of Information, Dr. Nathan M. Shamuyarira, Beverly S. F. Tilly, The Zimbabwe Air Force, Errol Sober.”

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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
13 Dec 1985
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Daily Variety
3 Feb 1986
p. 1, 20
Hollywood Reporter
6 Mar 1986
p. 1, 31
Hollywood Reporter
14 May 1986
p. 3.
LA Weekly
13 Jun 1986
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LAHExam
1 Jun 1986
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Los Angeles Times
30 May 1986
p. 6.
New York Times
30 May 1986
p. 19.
Variety
21 May 1986
p. 34.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
New World Pictures
in association with Force Ten Productions
and Balcor Film Investors present
A Crawford/Lane Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
3d asst dir
2d unit dir
Prod mgr, Los Angeles unit
2d asst dir, Los Angeles unit
Prod mgr, Paris unit
Asst dir, Paris unit
2d asst dir, Paris unit
Unit mgr, Paris unit
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
Clapper loader
Cam driver/Asst
Still photog
Key grip
Gaffer
Best boy
Cine, 2d unit
Focus puller, 2d unit
Clapper loader, 2d unit
Addl cam, 2d unit
Still photog, Los Angeles unit
Key grip, Los Angeles unit
Gaffer, Los Angeles unit
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dept coord
Storyboard artist
Storyboard artist
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Asst ed
2d asst ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set des
Set dec
Set dressing props
Set dressing asst
Set dressing asst
Set painter
Model maker
Prop master
Props buyer
Standby props
Standby props
Standby props
Armourer
Props asst
Props mechanics
Props mechanics
Const by
Const mgr
Standby const
Standby rigger
Stagehand
Master carpenter
Key rigger
Carpenter
Carpenter
Chargehand
Chargehand
Const buyer
Set dec, Los Angeles unit
Prop master, Los Angeles unit
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward mistress
Ward, Los Angeles unit
MUSIC
Mus
Mus supv
Mus ed
Addl African source mus comp
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boomswinger
Sd mixer, Los Angeles unit
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Foley artist
Re-rec
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Powderman
SPFX asst
SPFX asst
SPFX asst
SPFX asst
Opticals
Opening title seq prod at
[Title] dir and des
MAKEUP
Chief makeup artist
Asst makeup
Makeup, Los Angeles unit
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod exec
Weapons specialist
Prod coord
Prod secy
Prod secy
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod controller
Accountant
Asst accountant
Asst accountant
Asst accountant
Asst accountant
Transportation capt
Dir's driver
Prod driver
Prod driver
Prod driver
Prod driver
Prod driver
Prod driver
Camp supv
Caravan supv
Craft service
Zimbabwe casting
Prod servicing company
Prod coord, Los Angeles unit
L. A. liaison, Los Angeles unit
Prod secy, Los Angeles unit
Loc mgr, Los Angeles unit
Prod accountant, Los Angeles unit
Transportation coord, Los Angeles unit
Extras casting, Los Angeles unit
Casting asst, Los Angeles unit
Shooting crew
Shooting crew
Shooting crew
Shooting crew
Shooting crew
Shooting crew
Shooting crew
Shooting crew
Shooting crew
Shooting crew
Shooting crew
Shooting crew
Shooting crew
Shooting crew
Shooting crew
Shooting crew
Shooting crew
Shooting crew
Shooting crew
Shooting crew
Shooting crew
Prod services, Paris unit
Casting, Paris unit
Loc mgr, Paris unit
Book cover des
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Asst stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts, Los Angeles unit
Stunt coord, Los Angeles unit
SOURCES
SONGS
"Night After Night," written by Mark Holden, Lea Hart, Steve LeGassick, performed by Mark Holden, produced by Don Perry and Bob Summers, courtesy of Arista Music, Inc.
"After the Lovin'," written by A. Bernstein and R. Adams, performed by Leo Krokos, courtesy of Silver Blue Music, Ltd., and Oceans Blue Music, Ltd.
"Small Change," written, produced and performed by Chris Farren, courtesy of Farren Square Music
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SONGS
"Night After Night," written by Mark Holden, Lea Hart, Steve LeGassick, performed by Mark Holden, produced by Don Perry and Bob Summers, courtesy of Arista Music, Inc.
"After the Lovin'," written by A. Bernstein and R. Adams, performed by Leo Krokos, courtesy of Silver Blue Music, Ltd., and Oceans Blue Music, Ltd.
"Small Change," written, produced and performed by Chris Farren, courtesy of Farren Square Music
"Maniac," copyright ©1983 by Intersong USA, Inc. and Famous Music Corp., written by D. Matkoski and M. Sembello, international copyright secured--all rights reserved, used by permission.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
30 May 1986
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 30 May 1986
Production Date:
began 4 November 1985
Copyright Claimant:
New World Pictures, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
5 June 1986
Copyright Number:
PA297744
Physical Properties:
Sound
Recorded in Ultra-Stereo®
Color
Duration(in mins):
104
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Two Parisian gangsters disrupt a party of American women and their Parisian boyfriends in a chic apartment. One gangster chases two of the women into the marketplace and kidnaps Maureen Winston. Back in Los Angeles, California, Maureen’s family prays for her safe return. An anonymous note demands that Maureen’s sister, Margaret, and her friends, Wendy and Ken, appear at midnight in McGill’s bar in San Pedro, California, for more information about Maureen. At the bar, a man named Desmond Floyd introduces himself as Jake Speed’s associate. Wendy knows “Jake Speed” only as an adventurous pulp-fiction character in a book, and is unimpressed. Jake Speed appears and surprises Wendy with his knowledge. According to him, a gang involved in the international white slave trade kidnapped Maureen and has taken her to Africa. Jake claims that he can help Margaret find her sister. Wendy drags Margaret to the restroom and insists that Jake talks a good story but is really a con artist. Guided by her instincts, Margaret travels to Africa reading Jake Speed novels along the way. Jake and Desmond check Margaret into a seedy motel. Jake gives Margaret a white dress to wear as they go out for cocktails, but they barely reach their destination after escaping a surprise air attack by revolutionaries. At the nightclub, Margaret ruins Jake’s plan to sell her as a prostitute, which could have led them to Maureen. Rebels ambush the club, and the electricity fails during the raid. Although Jake and Margaret escape, once again, the slave traders chase them, but scatter when rebel forces move in with heavy artillery. Desmond arrives in ... +


Two Parisian gangsters disrupt a party of American women and their Parisian boyfriends in a chic apartment. One gangster chases two of the women into the marketplace and kidnaps Maureen Winston. Back in Los Angeles, California, Maureen’s family prays for her safe return. An anonymous note demands that Maureen’s sister, Margaret, and her friends, Wendy and Ken, appear at midnight in McGill’s bar in San Pedro, California, for more information about Maureen. At the bar, a man named Desmond Floyd introduces himself as Jake Speed’s associate. Wendy knows “Jake Speed” only as an adventurous pulp-fiction character in a book, and is unimpressed. Jake Speed appears and surprises Wendy with his knowledge. According to him, a gang involved in the international white slave trade kidnapped Maureen and has taken her to Africa. Jake claims that he can help Margaret find her sister. Wendy drags Margaret to the restroom and insists that Jake talks a good story but is really a con artist. Guided by her instincts, Margaret travels to Africa reading Jake Speed novels along the way. Jake and Desmond check Margaret into a seedy motel. Jake gives Margaret a white dress to wear as they go out for cocktails, but they barely reach their destination after escaping a surprise air attack by revolutionaries. At the nightclub, Margaret ruins Jake’s plan to sell her as a prostitute, which could have led them to Maureen. Rebels ambush the club, and the electricity fails during the raid. Although Jake and Margaret escape, once again, the slave traders chase them, but scatter when rebel forces move in with heavy artillery. Desmond arrives in a jeep, and rescues Jake and Margaret only to find their hotel has been bombed. Margaret believes she has been misled, and wants to go home, but according to Jake, that is not an option. As they argue, the slave traders hide behind the lobby bar and shoot at them. Jake returns fire and kills the attackers. In the rain, they take refuge in a barn. Margaret’s confidence in Jake has plummeted, and she accuses him of having no plan. Although she is convinced that she will die before she finds Maureen, Jake calms her. In the morning, Margaret discovers that Jake carries a number of counterfeit identification cards. She decides she is better off on her own and escapes on foot. When Jake and Desmond realize she is gone, they go into town to find her. Along the road, two British subjects agree to drive Margaret to the British Consulate after she explains her predicament. When a consulate official named Rodrigo hears her story, he produces a photograph of Jake and Desmond, and claims they are confidence men known as Robert Ronson and James Packwood. Margaret returns to the barn, finds the drunken Jake and Desmond happy to see her. Rodrigo and his associates arrest Jake and Desmond, having used Margaret to set the trap. Elsewhere, a white slave trader named Sid negotiates with two Arabs to sell Maureen and another Los Angeles woman. Rodrigo and his men leave Jake and Margaret in Sid’s custody. Jake and Sid are old adversaries, and exchange banter before Jake and Margaret are tied up. The prisoners work the ropes loose with their teeth. When Rodrigo walks in to kill them, they ambush him and escape. Jack and Margaret rescue Maureen, but Sid prevents them from escaping, using Margaret as a human shield. Jake casts aside his gun, and Margaret hurls a string of insults at Sid after he licks her face. This gives Jake a chance to reach for the hidden gun strapped to his ankle and he shoots Sid. Jake finds Sid’s bazooka and they search the compound for an escape route. However, Sid’s bulletproof vest saved him and he revives. Sid traps Jake and the two sisters on a staircase leading to a torture chamber. He opens a trap door leading to a chamber filled with lions. As the sisters struggle to avoid falling, Jake slides down the staircase with his gun blasting, and drops into the chamber. Outside, Sid’s guards examine Jake’s custom spy car, which was confiscated when he was arrested. Jake nimbly makes his way to an upper window, and escapes while the lions are busy feasting on the fresh carcass of one of Sid’s guards. From a hiding place, Desmond uses a remote control to activate machine guns inside the spy car, sending Sid’s guards scurrying. Jake uses a hidden key to drive the spy car through Sid’s mansion until he finds Margaret and Maureen. Desmond rejoins them outside. Sid and his entourage have evacuated the property, but Jake and company are close behind. Jake catches up to Sid, rams his car, and forces Sid down a ravine. In town, chaos reigns as the revolutionaries take over. Jake, Margaret, Desmond and Maureen run to catch a plane at the airport. Sid drives through a barricade onto the runway. He shoots Desmond, but Jake retaliates and tackles him. Sid grabs an innocent bystander, holds a knife to his neck, and drags him toward the plane. Sid calls Jake a boy scout and slits the hostage’s throat. Sid takes cover on a military truck, and fires his machine gun. Jake grabs a weapon from a dead soldier and shoots Sid’s truck, causing it to explode. As Margaret boards the plane, she tells Jake she will miss him. He promises to find her, and they kiss. As the plane taxis down the runway, Desmond tells Jake he should have been on it, but Jake claims that they need a big finish for their next novel. Jake and Desmond fight off the rebels trying to prevent the plane from leaving. Back in Los Angeles, Margaret finds Jake’s latest adventure, Zambezi Run, on the newsstand, and her picture is featured on the cover. As she turns the pages, Jake’s dedication reads, “To Maggie – A promise is a promise…I miss you.” +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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