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The summary and credits for this unviewed film are based on reviews in the 11 Apr 1986 issue of the LAHExam, LAT, and NYT, the 16 Apr 1986 Var, and the Jun 1986 Box. Credits may not reflect what appears onscreen.
       According to production notes in AMPAS library files, actor Judge Reinhold spent two weeks in New York City’s Central Park learning how to roller skate in preparation for the role of "Joe Gower." During filming, choreographer Jacques d’Amboise taught Reinhold and other cast members a bit of flat-footed ballet dancing. For a climactic sequence in which Reinhold foils a bank robbery attempt, director Michael Dinner hired ex-police officers and authentic policemen to play New York City Police Department employees and SWAT team members.
       A 4 Jun 1985 HR production chart announced that principal photography would begin 5 Jun 1985 in New York City. A 4 May 1984 DV article stated that the picture’s budget was between $8 million and $10 million.
       Production notes state that scenes involving the New York City Library at 42nd Street were filmed after hours so as not to disturb patrons. Many afternoon scenes were actually filmed at night. In scenes that called for rain, filmmakers were sensitive to the fact that the city was experiencing a severe drought and water was shipped from another state by the special effects team. A Tenth Avenue bus depot was converted into a basketball court overnight. Once filming was completed, baskets came down and the court was dismantled in time for the bus operations to resume. Other ... More Less

The summary and credits for this unviewed film are based on reviews in the 11 Apr 1986 issue of the LAHExam, LAT, and NYT, the 16 Apr 1986 Var, and the Jun 1986 Box. Credits may not reflect what appears onscreen.
       According to production notes in AMPAS library files, actor Judge Reinhold spent two weeks in New York City’s Central Park learning how to roller skate in preparation for the role of "Joe Gower." During filming, choreographer Jacques d’Amboise taught Reinhold and other cast members a bit of flat-footed ballet dancing. For a climactic sequence in which Reinhold foils a bank robbery attempt, director Michael Dinner hired ex-police officers and authentic policemen to play New York City Police Department employees and SWAT team members.
       A 4 Jun 1985 HR production chart announced that principal photography would begin 5 Jun 1985 in New York City. A 4 May 1984 DV article stated that the picture’s budget was between $8 million and $10 million.
       Production notes state that scenes involving the New York City Library at 42nd Street were filmed after hours so as not to disturb patrons. Many afternoon scenes were actually filmed at night. In scenes that called for rain, filmmakers were sensitive to the fact that the city was experiencing a severe drought and water was shipped from another state by the special effects team. A Tenth Avenue bus depot was converted into a basketball court overnight. Once filming was completed, baskets came down and the court was dismantled in time for the bus operations to resume. Other locations used included a police station on West 30th Street, the Times Square subway station, Central Park, Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre, and the New York School of Ballet on the Upper West Side.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
Jun 1986
p.R-59
Daily Variety
4 May 1984
p. 1, 24.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Jun 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
10 Apr 1986
p. 3, 16.
LAHExam
11 Apr 1986
p. 9.
Los Angeles Times
11 Apr 1986
Part VI, p. 8.
New York Times
11 Apr 1986
p. 14.
Variety
16 Apr 1986
p. 14, 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Touchstone Films presents in association with
Silver Screen Partners II
An Ufland/Roth/Ladd Production
A Michael Dinner Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
Addl 2d asst dir
2d unit dir
DGA trainee
PRODUCERS
Prod
WRITERS
Based on a story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Cam trainee
Still photog
Gaffer
Best boy
Key grip
Best boy
Dolly grip
Ballet seq lighting
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Ed room asst
Ed room asst
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Chief carpenter
Const grip
Set dresser
Scenic artist
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward supv
Ward supv
Ward
MUSIC
Mus comp
Asst mus ed
Mus scoring mixer
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Supv sd ed
Sd ed staff
Sd ed staff
Sd ed staff
Sd ed staff
Sd ed staff
Sd ed staff
Post prod dial
ADR ed
ADR asst
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Title des
DANCE
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Scr supv
Asst to Mr. Dinner
Prod office coord
Prod accountant
Loc mgr
Addl casting
Voice casting
Unit pub
Tech adv
Post prod auditor
Transportation capt
Prod asst
Prod asst
Trainer
STAND INS
Stunt coord
SOURCES
SONGS
“Embraceable You,” words by Ira Gershwin, music by George Gershwin, WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
“Copacabana (At The Copa),” music by Barry Manilow, lyric by Bruce Sussman & Jack Feldman, Kamakazi Music, Appaggiatura Music and Camp Songs Music (BMI)
“Moon River,” Johnny Mercer & Henry Mancini, Famous Music Corporation (ASCAP)
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SONGS
“Embraceable You,” words by Ira Gershwin, music by George Gershwin, WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
“Copacabana (At The Copa),” music by Barry Manilow, lyric by Bruce Sussman & Jack Feldman, Kamakazi Music, Appaggiatura Music and Camp Songs Music (BMI)
“Moon River,” Johnny Mercer & Henry Mancini, Famous Music Corporation (ASCAP)
“Ain’t She Sweet,” Milton Ager & Jack Yellen, Warner Bros., Inc. (ASCAP)
“Georgia On My Mind,” Stuart Gorrell & Hoagy Carmichael, Peer International Corporation (BMI), performed by Ray Charles, courtesy of Ray Charles Enterprises, Inc.
“Put On A Happy Face,” Lee Adams and Charles Strouse, Edwin H. Morris & Co. (ASCAP)
“The Ballad Of Davy Crockett,” words by Tom Blackburn, music by George Bruns, Wonderland Music Company (BMI)
“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Blue Seas Music, Inc., Jac Music Company, Inc., and Twentieth Century Music Corp. (ASCAP)
“Verdi’s Rigoletto,” courtesy of Everest Records, Century City, CA
“Down On The Corner,” John Fogerty, Jondora Music (BMI), performed by Creedence Cleerwater Revival, courtesy of Fantasy Records
“Take Me Out To The Ballgame,” music by Albert Von Tilzer, words by Jack Norworth, Broadway Music Corporation (ASCAP)
“Pleasure & Pain,” Holly Knight and Mike Chapman, Makiki Publishing Co., Ltd./Arista Music, Inc. (ASCAP), performed by Divinyls, courtesy of Chysalis Records, Inc.
“Yankee Doodle Boy,” words and music by George M. Cohan, George M. Cohan Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP)
“Sonata In F Major,” for violin and piano, Felix Mendelssohn, newly discovered and edited by Yehudi Menuhin, C. F. Peters Corporation (BMI)
“Give My Regards To Broadway,” words and music by George M. Cohan, George M. Cohan Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP).
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DETAILS
Release Date:
11 April 1986
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 11 April 1986
Production Date:
began 5 June 1985
Copyright Claimant:
Touchstone Films a.a.d.o. the Walt Disney Company
Copyright Date:
15 April 1986
Copyright Number:
PA282402
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
92
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

A librarian at the New York City Public Library named Joe Gower owes a favor to Abe Washington, his police officer friend, and agrees to take his place at an annual police benefit amateur dance contest. At the event dressed in a borrowed patrolman’s uniform, Joe falls for Sgt. Rachel Wareham, who specializes in hostage negotiation, and has sworn off romance with fellow officers. However, Joe finds himself vying for Rachel’s attention along with real police officer Pete Peterson, her hotheaded ex-boyfriend. Aware that if his charade becomes known he would be disqualified from the competition, and potentially forfeit the possibility of a relationship with Rachel, Joe soldiers on until he and Rachel are chosen as contest winners. Meanwhile, in New York City Police uniform, Joe becomes involved in a car chase, a purse snatching, the pursuit of a stolen car, and a bank robbery. ... +


A librarian at the New York City Public Library named Joe Gower owes a favor to Abe Washington, his police officer friend, and agrees to take his place at an annual police benefit amateur dance contest. At the event dressed in a borrowed patrolman’s uniform, Joe falls for Sgt. Rachel Wareham, who specializes in hostage negotiation, and has sworn off romance with fellow officers. However, Joe finds himself vying for Rachel’s attention along with real police officer Pete Peterson, her hotheaded ex-boyfriend. Aware that if his charade becomes known he would be disqualified from the competition, and potentially forfeit the possibility of a relationship with Rachel, Joe soldiers on until he and Rachel are chosen as contest winners. Meanwhile, in New York City Police uniform, Joe becomes involved in a car chase, a purse snatching, the pursuit of a stolen car, and a bank robbery. +

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

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