Touch and Go (1986)

R | 101 mins | Drama | 22 August 1986

Director:

Robert Mandel

Producer:

Stephen Friedman

Cinematographer:

Richard Kline

Editor:

Walt Mulconery

Production Designer:

Charles Rosen

Production Company:

Kings Road Productions
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HISTORY

A 28 Mar 1984 Var article stated that writer-executive producer Harry Columby had originally written the screenplay with writer Bob Sand, but it was rewritten by Alan Ormsby. According to a 20 Aug 1984 HR brief, the picture, scheduled to be directed by Hal Ashby, was removed from Orion Pictures Corp.’s production slate.
       The 28 Mar 1984 Var stated that principal photography on the $8-$10 million film would get underway 1 May 1984. A 4 Apr 1984 Var brief reported that the movie would be shot mostly in and around the Chicago, IL, area.
       The following acknowledgments appear in end credits: “The Producers wish to express their special thanks to: Governor James Thompson of Illinois and the State of Illinois Film Office as well as the Mayor’s Film Office, Chicago, Illinois; Jaguar Cars, Inc., Leonia, New Jersey; San Jose International Airport, San Jose, California; United Airlines; Jofa.” End credits state: “Portions of Michael Keaton’s wardrobe where provided by ... More Less

A 28 Mar 1984 Var article stated that writer-executive producer Harry Columby had originally written the screenplay with writer Bob Sand, but it was rewritten by Alan Ormsby. According to a 20 Aug 1984 HR brief, the picture, scheduled to be directed by Hal Ashby, was removed from Orion Pictures Corp.’s production slate.
       The 28 Mar 1984 Var stated that principal photography on the $8-$10 million film would get underway 1 May 1984. A 4 Apr 1984 Var brief reported that the movie would be shot mostly in and around the Chicago, IL, area.
       The following acknowledgments appear in end credits: “The Producers wish to express their special thanks to: Governor James Thompson of Illinois and the State of Illinois Film Office as well as the Mayor’s Film Office, Chicago, Illinois; Jaguar Cars, Inc., Leonia, New Jersey; San Jose International Airport, San Jose, California; United Airlines; Jofa.” End credits state: “Portions of Michael Keaton’s wardrobe where provided by Cerruti.”
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
5 Mar 1984
p. 1, 18.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Aug 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Aug 1986
p. 11.
LAHExam
6 Sep 1985.
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Los Angeles Times
22 Aug 1986
p. 20.
New York Times
14 Jan 1987
p. 20.
Variety
28 Mar 1984.
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Variety
4 Apr 1984.
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Variety
20 Aug 1986
p. 14.
Variety
3 Sep 1986.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Kings Road Productions Presents
A Stephen Friedman Production
A Robert Mandel Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr/2d unit dir
1st asst dir
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Cam op
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
Panaglide photog
2d unit dir of photog
Video tech
Video tech
Gaffer
Best boy
Best boy
Elec
Key grip
Key grip
2d grip
Dolly grip
Dolly grip
Still photog
Still photog
Video prod and playback services by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Prod illustrator
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Addl film ed
Addl film ed
1st asst film ed
Asst film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
Lead person
Lead person
Prop master
Asst prop master
Asst prop master
Const coord
Const coord
Const painter
Const painter
Standby painter
COSTUMES
Cost des
Costumer
Costumer
Costumer
Costumer
MUSIC
Mus comp and performed by
Supv mus ed
Supv mus ed
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom man
Boom man
Cableman
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Asst sd ed
Post-prod dial
ADR asst
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Opticals
Titles by
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Exec in charge of prod
Scr supv
Scr supv
Craft services
Craft services
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation capt
Transportation co-capt
Transportation co-capt
Prod controller
Asst prod accountant
Prod coord
Prod coord
Prod coord
Prod secy
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Prod intern
Prod office asst
Prod office asst
Prod office asst
Prod office asst
Prod office asst
Asst to Mr. Mandel
Asst to Mr. Mandel
Asst to Mr. Grossberg
Hockey adv
Hockey coord
Skating coach
First-aid
First-aid
First-aid
Pub, Los Angeles
Pub, Chicago
Casting asst
Casting asst
Casting asst
Background casting, Los Angeles
Background casting, Chicago
Background casting, Chicago, Geddes Agency
Caterer, Los Angeles
Caterer, Chicago
STAND INS
Stunt coord
SOURCES
SONGS
"Tangent Tears," by Richard Page, Steve George, John Lang ©1985 Warner-Tamerlane Pub. Corp. & Entente Music, performed by Mr. Mister, courtesy of RCA Records
"Signals," by Greg Phillinganes, Richard Page, John Lang, Nathan East, ©1985 Warner Bros. Music Corp. & Poppy's Music, Warner-Tamerlane Pub. & Entente Music, New East Music, performed by Greg Phillinganes, courtesy of RCA Records and Planet Records
"Playing With Fire," by Jackie Jackson, Pamela Phillips Oland and Jack Wargo, ©1985 Siggy Music, Incandescent Music and Neapolitan Music, performed by Greg Phillinganes, courtesy of RCA Records and Planet Records
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SONGS
"Tangent Tears," by Richard Page, Steve George, John Lang ©1985 Warner-Tamerlane Pub. Corp. & Entente Music, performed by Mr. Mister, courtesy of RCA Records
"Signals," by Greg Phillinganes, Richard Page, John Lang, Nathan East, ©1985 Warner Bros. Music Corp. & Poppy's Music, Warner-Tamerlane Pub. & Entente Music, New East Music, performed by Greg Phillinganes, courtesy of RCA Records and Planet Records
"Playing With Fire," by Jackie Jackson, Pamela Phillips Oland and Jack Wargo, ©1985 Siggy Music, Incandescent Music and Neapolitan Music, performed by Greg Phillinganes, courtesy of RCA Records and Planet Records
"Happy Birthday To You," by Mildred and Patty Hill ©1935 Birchtree Group Limited.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
22 August 1986
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 22 August 1986
New York opening: 14 January 1987
Production Date:
began 1 May 1984
Copyright Claimant:
Kings Road Entertainment, Inc.
Copyright Date:
16 July 1987
Copyright Number:
PA336833
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Lenses by Panaflex® Cameras by Panavision®
Prints
Prints by Technicolor®
Duration(in mins):
101
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
27811
SYNOPSIS

In Chicago, Illinois, reporters surround Chicago Eagles hockey player Bobby “The Hornet” Barbato in the locker room. It is his first game back from a leg injury, and he is confident that his team will make the championship playoffs. While walking to his car in the empty parking lot, Bobby is approached by young Louis DeLeon, who needs bus fare. Members of Louis’s gang attempt to steal Bobby’s car, but he scares them off, and threatens to takes Louis to the police station. When the boy refuses to go quietly, Bobby returns him to his apartment. Louis’s mother, Denise DeLeon, is out to dinner with a boyfriend, Jerry Pepper, and hired a caretaker to look after Louis, according to a note that the boy tries to swallow. Bobby demands Jerry’s telephone number, but when Louis shows him marketing materials for Jerry’s travel agency plastered with his contact information, Bobby changes his mind. He leaves his name and telephone number with Louis, and orders the boy to have his mother call or he will contact police. Louis complains that he is hungry, and Bobby takes him to a restaurant, where he is appalled by the boy’s rudeness and bad table manners. When they return to Louis’s apartment, Denise demands to know where her son has been, and why Bobby is with him. Denise sends her son to his room, and apologizes to Bobby for his behavior. Bobby returns to his car to find it vandalized. Later, the gang from the stadium sneaks into Louis’s bedroom, demanding to know if he revealed their identities to Bobby. They beat Louis even though he did not betray them. Denise tries to intervene, and ... +


In Chicago, Illinois, reporters surround Chicago Eagles hockey player Bobby “The Hornet” Barbato in the locker room. It is his first game back from a leg injury, and he is confident that his team will make the championship playoffs. While walking to his car in the empty parking lot, Bobby is approached by young Louis DeLeon, who needs bus fare. Members of Louis’s gang attempt to steal Bobby’s car, but he scares them off, and threatens to takes Louis to the police station. When the boy refuses to go quietly, Bobby returns him to his apartment. Louis’s mother, Denise DeLeon, is out to dinner with a boyfriend, Jerry Pepper, and hired a caretaker to look after Louis, according to a note that the boy tries to swallow. Bobby demands Jerry’s telephone number, but when Louis shows him marketing materials for Jerry’s travel agency plastered with his contact information, Bobby changes his mind. He leaves his name and telephone number with Louis, and orders the boy to have his mother call or he will contact police. Louis complains that he is hungry, and Bobby takes him to a restaurant, where he is appalled by the boy’s rudeness and bad table manners. When they return to Louis’s apartment, Denise demands to know where her son has been, and why Bobby is with him. Denise sends her son to his room, and apologizes to Bobby for his behavior. Bobby returns to his car to find it vandalized. Later, the gang from the stadium sneaks into Louis’s bedroom, demanding to know if he revealed their identities to Bobby. They beat Louis even though he did not betray them. Denise tries to intervene, and Lupo, the leader, pushes her onto the bed and kisses her hard before exiting. Traumatized by the event, Denise sends Louis to live in the suburbs with her cousins Dee Dee and Lester, whom he dislikes. She also visits Bobby to warn him that Lupo wants revenge. Denise offers to take him to dinner, and they set a date for Friday night. Denise picks an elegant restaurant, where the salad is the most reasonable item on the menu. Bobby suggests a modest Chinese restaurant, and after dinner, they make love in his apartment. In the morning, however, Bobby explains that he is not ready for a committed relationship. Denise’s feelings are hurt and she leaves. Louis runs away from his cousins’ home and takes a commuter train back to Bobby’s apartment. The hockey player makes him breakfast, but soon becomes impatient with the boy’s rudeness. Louis apologizes and is allowed to sleep on the couch. Denise arrives to collect her son, and Bobby drives them to Dee Dee and Lester’s home. Their teenaged daughter, Courtney, recognizes Bobby and insists that he stay for her birthday party. Bobby watches Louis having fun, dancing with Courtney and her friends. Louis gets sick on party food and vomits on an expensive sofa. Cousin Lester loses his composure and complains that Louis is a delinquent in dire need of discipline. Bobby tells Lester there is no need to be harsh, and offers to pay for the sofa. Bobby drives Denise and Louis home, but leaves without kissing her. Later, Bobby visits Denise at work and offers her a loan to open the personnel agency she has dreamed of starting, but she will not accept his money. Bobby explains that this is all he is able to give. He feels Denise is not ready for a meaningful relationship because she struggles with her career, her finances, her social life, and her emotions. Also, she is unorganized, unreliable, has lost control of her son, and is not a hockey fan. She responds by telling Bobby that when his career is over, he will have neither the experience nor the maturity to continue with the rest of his life. While Bobby and his teammates travel to a game in Minnesota, Louis stows away on the team bus. Bobby notifies Denise, promising to send the boy home with an escort. Louis hints that he would like to see the game, and asks about Bobby’s relationship with Denise. Bobby admonishes the boy on delving into Denise’s personal life, but Louis is simply trying to protect her. During the game, Bobby is sent to the penalty box, and observes Louis in a fistfight with fans of the opposing team. Afterward, Bobby tells Louis that he has a lot of heart. Denise decides to fly to Minnesota to be with her son and Bobby. Before she can leave town, however, Lupo attacks her. Bobby gets the news from cousin Dee Dee, who flies to Minnesota to take Louis home. Louis learns about his mother’s “accident,” and is angry when Bobby does not return to Chicago immediately. However, Bobby decides not to travel with the team for a game in Los Angeles, California. His coach threatens to fine him, and Bobby promises to take a later flight. At the hospital, Louis is horrified by his mother’s condition and vows to kill Lupo. Cousin Courtney encounters Bobby at the reception desk and informs him of Louis’s intentions. Bobby catches up with Louis and they chase Lupo to the waterfront. Bobby tackles Lupo by the water’s edge, and allows Louis a few minutes to pummel his enemy. Louis hugs Bobby as patrol cars arrive. After Denise recovers, Louis tells his mother he has a surprise. They take a taxicab to a storefront with signage that reads “DeLeon Personnel Agency.” Bobby offers her a fifty-fifty partnership. When Denise repeats that she cannot accept his generosity, he says she is afraid to take chances, and reminds her that he will not always be a hockey player. He gathers her in his arms and they kiss. Meanwhile, Louis is impressed with the pens, rulers, saltshakers and calendars imprinted with the DeLeon name and address. Bobby hints that Louis should leave. Louis retorts that he is the good luck charm that enabled Bobby’s team to make the playoffs. Bobby urges Louis to get him to the playoffs again next year. +

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