Never Too Young to Die (1986)

R | 92 mins | Drama | 13 June 1986

Director:

Gil Bettman

Producer:

Steven Paul

Cinematographer:

David Worth

Production Designer:

Dale Allen Pelton

Production Company:

Paul Entertainment
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HISTORY

The following acknowledgments appear in end credits: “A special thanks to: Sam Waynberg, Robbert Wijsmueller, Andre Blay, Lew Horwitz, Staffan Ahrenberg, Tom Eliasson, Film Finances, Inc.”
       According to a 5 Jul 1985 DV production chart and a 25 Oct 1985 DV brief, principal photography was scheduled to begin on 15 Jul 1985 in Los Angeles, CA, and was completed by 25 Oct 1985.
       A 2 Oct 1985 Var news item reported that the film marked actor John Stamos’s theatrical film debut. ... More Less

The following acknowledgments appear in end credits: “A special thanks to: Sam Waynberg, Robbert Wijsmueller, Andre Blay, Lew Horwitz, Staffan Ahrenberg, Tom Eliasson, Film Finances, Inc.”
       According to a 5 Jul 1985 DV production chart and a 25 Oct 1985 DV brief, principal photography was scheduled to begin on 15 Jul 1985 in Los Angeles, CA, and was completed by 25 Oct 1985.
       A 2 Oct 1985 Var news item reported that the film marked actor John Stamos’s theatrical film debut.
More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
5 Jul 1985.
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Daily Variety
25 Oct 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Jun 1986
p. 3, 13.
Los Angeles Times
17 Jun 1986
p. 5.
Variety
2 Oct 1985.
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Variety
18 Jun 1986
p. 19.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT

PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Paul Entertainment Presentation
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Asst prod
Set prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
Addl photog/Dir of photog, 2d unit
Cam op, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
2d asst cam, 2d unit
Gaffer
Key grip
Best boy
Dolly grip
Dolly grip
Rigging gaffer
Still photog
Still photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir, 2d unit
Art dir
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
Addl ed by
Addl ed by
1st asst ed
1st asst ed
1st asst ed
1st asst ed
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dresser
Set dresser
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Painter
Painter
Set const
Const foreman
Prop master
Asst props
Asst props
Asst props
Asst props
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward supv
Men`s ward
Women's ward
MUSIC
Orig score comp by
Orig score comp by
Orig score comp by
Orig score comp by
Orig score comp by
Mus ed
Mus rec and mixed at
Eng by
Eng by
SOUND
Sd mixer
Sd mixer
Boom op
Boom op
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
ADR ed
Foley artist
Supv re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff, 2d unit
Spec eff
Asst spec eff
Asst spec eff
Titles and opticals
MAKEUP
Spec makeup des
Hairstylist
Asst makeup/Hair
Asst makeup/Hair
Asst makeup/Hair
Asst makeup/Hair
Asst makeup/Hair
PRODUCTION MISC
Exec in charge of prod
Helicopter pilot
Helicopter pilot
Prod financial consultant
Prod coord
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Asst prod coord
Prod secy
Prod accountant
Prod accountant
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Loc mgr
Scr supv
Spec motorcycle des
Post-prod supv
Post-prod coord
Unit pub
Security adv
Craft services
Transportation coord
Loc equip
STAND INS
Stunt coord, Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Stunt team
Lance double
Danja double
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“Stay And Burn,” performed by Ralph E. Boy and Major Catastrophe, produced by Iren Koster, Chip Taylor, Ralph Lane, written by Jon Voight, Chip Taylor, Ralph Lane and Iren Koster © 1986 Paul Music
“Stargrove,” performed by Tommie Lee Bradley, produced by Iren Koster, Chip Taylor, Ralph Lane, written by Chip Taylor, Ralph Lane, Michael Kingsley and Iren Koster © 1986 Paul Music
“I’ll Find You,” performed by Minor Messages, produced by Iren Koster, Chip Taylor, Ralph Lane, written by Chip Taylor, Ralph Lane, Michael Kingsley and Iren Koster © 1986 Paul Music
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SONGS
“Stay And Burn,” performed by Ralph E. Boy and Major Catastrophe, produced by Iren Koster, Chip Taylor, Ralph Lane, written by Jon Voight, Chip Taylor, Ralph Lane and Iren Koster © 1986 Paul Music
“Stargrove,” performed by Tommie Lee Bradley, produced by Iren Koster, Chip Taylor, Ralph Lane, written by Chip Taylor, Ralph Lane, Michael Kingsley and Iren Koster © 1986 Paul Music
“I’ll Find You,” performed by Minor Messages, produced by Iren Koster, Chip Taylor, Ralph Lane, written by Chip Taylor, Ralph Lane, Michael Kingsley and Iren Koster © 1986 Paul Music
“Spotlight,” performed by Minor Messages, produced by Chip Taylor, Ralph Lane, Michael Kingsley, written by Chip Taylor, Ralph Lane, Michael Kingsley © 1986 Paul Music
“Fire Up The Night,” performed by Robby Weaver, produced by Iren Koster, Chip Taylor, Ralph Lane, written by Chip Taylor, Ralph Lane, Michael Kingsley and Iren Koster © 1986 Paul Music
“It Could Be You,” performed by Deedee Bellson, produced by Iren Koster, Chip Taylor, Ralph Lane, written by Chip Taylor, Ralph Lane, Michael Kingsley and Iren Koster © 1986 Paul Music
“Never Too Young To Die,” written, performed and produced by Iren Koster.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
13 June 1986
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 13 June 1986
Production Date:
15 July--October 1985
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Duration(in mins):
92
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28201
SYNOPSIS

In a California gymnasium, college gymnast Lance Stargrove practices a routine on the trampoline. Soon, a friend named Cliff sends numerically coded answers to a custom-designed watch Lance wears as he takes a test. In their college dorm room, Cliff gives Lance one of his new gadgets: a bugging device hidden inside a stick of gum. A faculty member asks the roommates if their parents are planning to visit on Parents’ Day. Cliff says his parents will attend, but the man is surprised to hear that Lance’s roaming petroleum engineer father, Drew Stargrove, will be a guest. Elsewhere, Drew and his associate, Carruthers, are ambushed during a bit of espionage. They escape their enemy, the hermaphrodite Velvet Von Ragnar, but Drew sustains a leg wound that has to be bandaged. When they encounter Ragnar’s punk biker gang, Drew opens an oversized umbrella that shields him from oncoming bullets. Drew holds off the punks with a grenade but after another associate’s throat is slashed, Drew is surrounded and captured. Ragnar believes that Drew stole an important floppy disk. Drew denies the theft until Ragnar threatens to harm Lance. Then, he points to his left breast pocket. As a punk searches his pocket, Drew stabs him, takes him as a human shield, and throws another explosive at Ragnar and the gang. Soon, the force of Ragnar’s gun sends Drew somersaulting backwards, killing him. Later, at Drew’s funeral, Lance notices a young woman named Danja Deering. Drew’s attorney, Mr. Arliss, says that he will oversee Lance’s inheritance from his father until he turns twenty-one, and informs Lance that he has also inherited a farm located in ... +


In a California gymnasium, college gymnast Lance Stargrove practices a routine on the trampoline. Soon, a friend named Cliff sends numerically coded answers to a custom-designed watch Lance wears as he takes a test. In their college dorm room, Cliff gives Lance one of his new gadgets: a bugging device hidden inside a stick of gum. A faculty member asks the roommates if their parents are planning to visit on Parents’ Day. Cliff says his parents will attend, but the man is surprised to hear that Lance’s roaming petroleum engineer father, Drew Stargrove, will be a guest. Elsewhere, Drew and his associate, Carruthers, are ambushed during a bit of espionage. They escape their enemy, the hermaphrodite Velvet Von Ragnar, but Drew sustains a leg wound that has to be bandaged. When they encounter Ragnar’s punk biker gang, Drew opens an oversized umbrella that shields him from oncoming bullets. Drew holds off the punks with a grenade but after another associate’s throat is slashed, Drew is surrounded and captured. Ragnar believes that Drew stole an important floppy disk. Drew denies the theft until Ragnar threatens to harm Lance. Then, he points to his left breast pocket. As a punk searches his pocket, Drew stabs him, takes him as a human shield, and throws another explosive at Ragnar and the gang. Soon, the force of Ragnar’s gun sends Drew somersaulting backwards, killing him. Later, at Drew’s funeral, Lance notices a young woman named Danja Deering. Drew’s attorney, Mr. Arliss, says that he will oversee Lance’s inheritance from his father until he turns twenty-one, and informs Lance that he has also inherited a farm located in Ojai, California, that his father used as a retreat. Later, Lance takes a motorcycle ride to visit the property just in time to see Danja Deering fight off two thugs, who are looking for the floppy disk. The melee causes the barn to explode, and the thugs escape. Lance asks Danja why people are trying to kill them. Danja tells him not to worry because she will do everything in her power to find out what happened to Drew. Since it will not bring his father back to life, Lance says he is not interested. Soon, Danja gets into a car driven by a man named Carruthers. She explains that the attack was the work of thugs, searching for a mysterious computer floppy disk. Danja suspects Velvet Von Ragnar, who performs at a club called “The Incinerator, ” and Carruthers suggests she find Ragnar and take the hermaphrodite out of circulation. Later, as Danja leaves for The Incinerator, she insists that Lance remain at the farm. However, he follows Danja to the club, and attaches Cliff’s bubblegum “bug” to her car bumper. The club is full of punks and bikers. Lance and Danja watch Ragnar perform in a black sequined mesh leotard with a pink, feathered headdress. Lance becomes angry when Danja declares that Ragnar may have killed his father, and she slaps him when he says his father was a “bastard,” who ruined everything he touched. Danja leaves, but Lance visits Ragnar in the dressing room to get an autograph and plant an electronic device. Ragnar recognizes Lance, who plays dumb and walks out. Before Lance can listen in on Ragnar, however, the hermaphrodite locates his bug and flushes it down the toilet. As Lance returns to his motorcycle, another biker steals the vehicle. However, it explodes when the biker steps on the starter. Lance returns to his college campus, and borrows Cliff’s motorcycle to follow Danja. Two punk motorcyclists chase after him. After Danja shoots and kills the punk bikers, Lance apologizes for misjudging her. She orders him to get in her car, and yells at him for being reckless. Afterward, she explains how Drew saved the lives of her family and he was much more than a partner. Soon, Lance and Danja are captured when thugs set up a booby trap for them. Lance is taken back to the farm and beaten by thugs. When he falls and shatters a photograph of him and his father, his anger surfaces and he overpowers his attackers. Before the thugs retreat, he learns where Danja is imprisoned. Soon, a medallion that has fallen off the wall leads him to a secret room where his father kept all his valuables. He is examining cabinets when he sees an intruder approach the property on a closed-circuit television monitor. He ambushes the stranger, who turns out to be his roommate, Cliff, coming to help with custom-designed weapons. He reveals that Drew sent the floppy disk, which contains instructions on how to poison the city’s water supply, through the mail. They journey on Cliff’s motorcycle to rescue Danja. At a foundry, they kill the guards and reach the incinerator where Danja is trapped. Cliff creates a smoke cloud with his gun and they escape. Later, Lance and his friends update Arliss and Carruthers on everything that has happened. Carruthers suggests that Lance and Danja set a trap to capture Ragnar. Lance comes to believe that Carruthers has set a trap for them. Danja kisses Lance for saving her life, and soon they are making love inside their safe house. Still later, Ragnar’s gang kidnaps Lance and Danja, leaving “lookalikes” in their place. At Ragnar’s compound, Lance and Danja are paraded before the hermaphrodite's followers. When Lance reminds Ragnar he/she does not have the disk, a gang member arrives on Cliff’s stolen motorcycle and retrieves the disk from a hidden compartment. To stall for time, Lance challenges a gang member named Pyramid to a fight. When his shackles are removed, Lance does a backflip and steals a machine gun from a punk behind him and kills Pyramid as the other punks run for their lives. A military helicopter appears and soldiers descend on the compound to rescue Lance and Danja. Meanwhile, Ragnar takes a suitcase containing remote controls to orchestrate the water-poisoning plot, and drives a truck toward Diablo Canyon Reservoir. Lance chases the hermaphrodite on motorcycle. They fight on the dam walkway. Lance clings to the guardrail after Ragnar tries to throw him into the reservoir. Above, Danja directs a helicopter pilot toward Lance and Ragnar. Meanwhile, when Lance tells Ragnar that he/she is beautiful, he/she moves in for a kiss, and Lance directs the hermaphrodite’s razor nail into an artery in his/her neck, and uses his legs to heave Ragnar's body into the reservoir. He runs to the suitcase but cannot stop the mechanism countdown. From the helicopter, Danja throws Cliff’s super weapon. Lance catches the gun and throws it up in the air with the suitcase. The collision destroys the suitcase and stops the mechanism from poisoning the water supply. Arliss arrives and tells Lance he could be useful on other assignments. However, Lance declines the offer. Instead, he, Cliff, and Danja head for home. +

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