Hot Pursuit (1987)

PG-13 | 93 mins | Comedy, Adventure | 8 May 1987

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HISTORY

Principal photography began on either 15 Sep 1986 or 22 Sep 1986. Pre-production charts, including the 29 Aug 1986 DV, list the start date as 15 Sep 1986, as does the 22 Oct 1986 Var. However, other issues of DV, including the 10 Oct 1986 and 17 Oct 1986 editions list the start date as 22 Sep 1986. The film’s budget was $7 million, according to the 13 May 1986 DV.
       Promotional materials in AMPAS library files indicate the film shot the opening sequences at the St. Michael’s University School in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Then production moved to Mexico, filming in the fishing village of Zihuatenejo, about 130 miles north of Acapulco, and a nearby resort in Ixtapa. The script called for a hurricane sequence and nature cooperated with the filmmakers as Hurricane Paine came though while they were filming. Crews shot scenes of the sailboat Albatross and actors John Cusack and Robert Loggia being tossed by wind and wave as the hurricane passed through the area.
       The film opened on 800 screens nationwide on 8 May 1987, earning $1.5 million in its first three days of release, according to the 11 May 1987 DV box-office chart.
       Hot Pursuit marked the theatrical film debut of Ben Stiller, who played onscreen son to his real-life father, Jerry Stiller.
       End credits include the following statement: “The Producers with to thank Fonatur – Desarrollo Ixtapa, the Hotel El Presidente – Ixtapa and Saint Michael’s University School – Victoria, B.C. for making their locations available in the making of this ... More Less

Principal photography began on either 15 Sep 1986 or 22 Sep 1986. Pre-production charts, including the 29 Aug 1986 DV, list the start date as 15 Sep 1986, as does the 22 Oct 1986 Var. However, other issues of DV, including the 10 Oct 1986 and 17 Oct 1986 editions list the start date as 22 Sep 1986. The film’s budget was $7 million, according to the 13 May 1986 DV.
       Promotional materials in AMPAS library files indicate the film shot the opening sequences at the St. Michael’s University School in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Then production moved to Mexico, filming in the fishing village of Zihuatenejo, about 130 miles north of Acapulco, and a nearby resort in Ixtapa. The script called for a hurricane sequence and nature cooperated with the filmmakers as Hurricane Paine came though while they were filming. Crews shot scenes of the sailboat Albatross and actors John Cusack and Robert Loggia being tossed by wind and wave as the hurricane passed through the area.
       The film opened on 800 screens nationwide on 8 May 1987, earning $1.5 million in its first three days of release, according to the 11 May 1987 DV box-office chart.
       Hot Pursuit marked the theatrical film debut of Ben Stiller, who played onscreen son to his real-life father, Jerry Stiller.
       End credits include the following statement: “The Producers with to thank Fonatur – Desarrollo Ixtapa, the Hotel El Presidente – Ixtapa and Saint Michael’s University School – Victoria, B.C. for making their locations available in the making of this film.” More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
13 May 1986
p. 6, 8.
Daily Variety
29 Aug 1986.
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Daily Variety
10 Oct 1986.
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Daily Variety
17 Oct 1986.
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Daily Variety
11 May 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
11 May 1987
p, 3, 10.
Los Angeles Times
12 May 1987
Calendar, p. 2.
New York Times
11 May 1987
Section C, p. 14.
Variety
22 Oct 1986.
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Variety
13 May 1987
p. 136.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Paramount Pictures Presents
An RKO Picture
A Tom Mankiewicz/Pierre David Production of
A Steven Lisberger Film
In Association with Interaccess Film Distribution
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr/1st asst dir
Unit prod mgr
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
2d unit dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Cam op
Cam op
Cam asst
Cam asst
Cam asst
Chief elec
Key grip
Key grip
Dolly grip
Still photog
Still photog
ART DIRECTORS
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Supv set dresser
Set dresser
Prop master
Prop master
Supv greensman
Const coord
Const coord
Company buyer
MUSIC
Mus
Mus ed service
SOUND
Sd mixer
Sd mixer
Boom man
Boom man
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Dial ed
Rerec mixer
Rerec mixer
Rerec mixer
ADR/Foley mixer
ADR/Foley mixer
Scoring mixer
Sd facilities furnished by
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff supv
Spec eff man
Spec eff man
Spec eff man
Spec eff man
Spec eff man
Spec eff man
Spec eff man
Spec eff man
Spec eff man
Spec eff man
Spec eff man
Titles and opticals
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Hairdresser
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Exec in charge o prod
Unit prod chief
Loc mgr
2d unit coord
Unit pub
Scr supv
Scr supv
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Asst accountant
Prod coord
Prod coord
Asst to the prod
Asst to Mr. Lisberger
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation capt
Transportation capt
Radio communication
Unit doctor
Craft service
Loc catering
Extras casting
Post prod supv
Product placement by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight," performed by The Nylons, courtesy of Attic Records Limited
"Lessons In Love," performed by Level 42, written by M. King, W. Badarou, and R. Gould, produced between Wally Badarou and Level 42, assistant producer, engineer and mixer Julian Mendelsohn, ©1986 Copyright by Level 42 Music, Ltd., admin. by Chappell & Co., Inc (ASCAP) and by Island Visual Arts, USA (BMI), available on the Polydor album "Running in the family," courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects, a division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
PERFORMERS
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 May 1987
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 8 May 1987
New York opening: week of 12 May 1987
Production Date:
began 15 September 1986 or 22 September 1986
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
29 May 1987
Copyright Number:
PA333108
Physical Properties:
Sound
Recorded in Ultra-Stereo®
Color
Lenses/Prints
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Prints
Prints by Technicolor ®
Duration(in mins):
93
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28290
SYNOPSIS

At Burnham Preparatory School for boys, senior Dan Bartlett fails his mid-term exam in chemistry and must take a make-up test, which means he cannot go to the Caribbean with his girl friend, Lori Cronenberg, and her family. Dan has Lori tell her family that he has the stomach flu, arousing much sympathy from her parents, Bill and Buffy. However, Dan’s roommate accidently lets slip that Dan must stay behind because he failed the exam, confirming Bill Cronenberg’s opinion that Dan is not worthy of his daughter. Dan’s chemistry teacher, Mr. Kowalski, stops by Dan’s room, to ask how he could do so poorly on the exam. Feeling sorry for Dan missing his trip, Kowalski gives Dan one more question to answer. When Dan is able to recite the chemical formula for caffeine, Kowalski passes him. Dan takes a taxi to the airport, but the Rosenberg’s flight has already taken off. He books another flight and soon is in Porta Rosa. He telephones the Marina Shores resort with a message for Lori that he will see her soon. Unable to get a taxi to the resort, Dan gets a ride with three locals, Cleon, Alphonso, and Roxanne. When they see a police roadblock ahead, they take a detour through the woods because they have marijuana in the car. However, they accidently run the car off the path into a river and cannot get it unstuck. The others are content to smoke marijuana and camp out until morning, but Dan tries his best to get the car out of the water, to no avail. When the sun comes up, Dan starts walking through the woods, but the others get ... +


At Burnham Preparatory School for boys, senior Dan Bartlett fails his mid-term exam in chemistry and must take a make-up test, which means he cannot go to the Caribbean with his girl friend, Lori Cronenberg, and her family. Dan has Lori tell her family that he has the stomach flu, arousing much sympathy from her parents, Bill and Buffy. However, Dan’s roommate accidently lets slip that Dan must stay behind because he failed the exam, confirming Bill Cronenberg’s opinion that Dan is not worthy of his daughter. Dan’s chemistry teacher, Mr. Kowalski, stops by Dan’s room, to ask how he could do so poorly on the exam. Feeling sorry for Dan missing his trip, Kowalski gives Dan one more question to answer. When Dan is able to recite the chemical formula for caffeine, Kowalski passes him. Dan takes a taxi to the airport, but the Rosenberg’s flight has already taken off. He books another flight and soon is in Porta Rosa. He telephones the Marina Shores resort with a message for Lori that he will see her soon. Unable to get a taxi to the resort, Dan gets a ride with three locals, Cleon, Alphonso, and Roxanne. When they see a police roadblock ahead, they take a detour through the woods because they have marijuana in the car. However, they accidently run the car off the path into a river and cannot get it unstuck. The others are content to smoke marijuana and camp out until morning, but Dan tries his best to get the car out of the water, to no avail. When the sun comes up, Dan starts walking through the woods, but the others get the car towed out of the water. When he finally makes it to the Marina Shores resort, Dan finds the clerk did not deliver his message to Lori and learns the Cronenberg family has checked out, deciding to rent a yacht. By the time Dan gets to the marina, the yacht, the Crystal Slipper, has already set sail. On the yacht, Captain Andrew and his first mate, Chris Honeywell, show the family around. Chris, who just joined the crew, flirts with Lori, who rejects him. On shore, Dan goes to a bar to drink his sorrows away and meets “Mac” MacClaren, who is looking for the first mate of the Crystal Slipper. Dan drinks so much rum that he passes out and awakens the next morning on Mac’s sailboat, Albatross. Mac lies, saying that Dan insisted on coming aboard the ship so he could get to his girl. Mac reports that if the weather holds up, they should catch up to the Crystal Slipper in a day. The next morning, Dan spots the yacht in the distance, while Lori, on board the Crystal Slipper using binoculars, thinks she sees Dan on the sailboat behind them. However, storm clouds move in and soon both boats are in the middle of a hurricane. When Mac is thrown overboard, Dan jumps in to save him. With Mac in no condition to pilot the boat, Dan steers it through the pounding waves and torrential winds. The next morning when the storm has passed, the engine on the Albatross blows up. Convinced Mac is somehow trying to keep him on the boat, Dan jumps overboard and swims to shore, where he is immediately arrested and thrown in jail. Dan is unclear about the charges against him since he does not speak Spanish, but tries to bribe the police officer. The officer confiscates Dan’s wallet and leaves him in jail. The next day, Mac comes to the jail and throws a bomb inside. The wall collapses and all the prisoners escape. Mac drives Dan away in a jeep, but police give chase. Mac drives the jeep into a field to hide, then tells Dan to hike to the airport while the police chase Mac in the jeep. Dan makes it to the airport and gets the last seat on a small airplane. Once in the air, the stewardess has the passengers vote on their destination. The majority choose to go to Vista del Lago rather than Laguna del Mar, where Dan wants to go. However, when someone tries to hijack the plane, Dan stops him. Grateful, the passengers agree to fly to Laguna del Mar. Meanwhile, the Cronenbergs arrive safely in Laguna del Mar, leave the yacht and check into a hotel, where they meet Victor Honeywell, a businessman from Dallas, and his young girlfriend, Carmalina. However, when Lori takes a rowboat back to the Crystal Slipper, she finds Captain Andrew dead. When she returns to shore to tell her parents, she finds Victor Honeywell and his son, Chris, the first mate, holding her family hostage in their hotel room. After the plane lands, Dan rides a bicycle to the hotel and sees the yacht anchored in the lagoon. He takes a rowboat to the yacht, where he finds Chris and others searching the boat. Dan hides in a closet and discovers Captain Andrew’s dead body. He steals Chris’s gun, then locks Chris in the boat’s fish locker. He radios for help, then goes ashore. Dan rescues Lori, then throws a grenade onto the beach to distract Victor Honeywell and his men. He rescues the rest of the Cronenbergs, and they drive off in a jeep, with Victor’s men following close behind. Dan drives the jeep into a field to hide, then after Victor passes, comes up behind and rams into Victor’s truck, pushing it over a cliff into the ocean. Police arrive at the Crystal Slipper and arrest Victor’s men. The next day, Bill Cronenberg announces that Dan is now part of the family. He charters a sailboat for Dan and Lori, telling them to meet up with the family in Cabo San Lucas in a few days. Bill also hires Mac MacClaren to skipper the boat. But once underway, Mac jumps off and swims back to shore, saying Dan knows how to skipper a boat just fine. Dan and Lori kiss and sail into the sunset. +

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

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