Like Father Like Son (1987)

PG-13 | 97 mins | Comedy, Fantasy | 2 October 1987

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HISTORY

Like Father Like Son was the first big-screen starring role for actor Kirk Cameron, who had previously appeared in various television movies and situation comedies. It is also the first screenplay by writer Lorne Cameron, who does not appear to be related to actor Kirk Cameron. Lorne Cameron co-wrote the script with Steven L. Bloom, who had previously written the screenplay for The Sure Thing (1985, see entry).
       Principal photography began on 16 Mar 1987 in Los Angeles, CA, according to the 17 Mar 1987 HR production chart. The production also shot in San Diego, CA. The 28 Jan 1987 DV reported the film had a $10.5 million budget.
       Like Father Like Son opened on 1,167 screens on 2 Oct 1987, earning $7.2 million in its first three days of release, according to the Box Office Mojo website. After a month in theatres, the film had grossed $26.3 million, the 3 Nov 1987 DV reported.
       End credits state: “Special Thanks to: The Department of the Navy and the Southwest Regional Medical Command for use of the New Naval Hospital in San Diego, California; Sony Equipment courtesy of Sony Corporation of America; MTV Footage courtesy of MTV Networks ®; All copyrights and trademarks of American Express Company are used with ... More Less

Like Father Like Son was the first big-screen starring role for actor Kirk Cameron, who had previously appeared in various television movies and situation comedies. It is also the first screenplay by writer Lorne Cameron, who does not appear to be related to actor Kirk Cameron. Lorne Cameron co-wrote the script with Steven L. Bloom, who had previously written the screenplay for The Sure Thing (1985, see entry).
       Principal photography began on 16 Mar 1987 in Los Angeles, CA, according to the 17 Mar 1987 HR production chart. The production also shot in San Diego, CA. The 28 Jan 1987 DV reported the film had a $10.5 million budget.
       Like Father Like Son opened on 1,167 screens on 2 Oct 1987, earning $7.2 million in its first three days of release, according to the Box Office Mojo website. After a month in theatres, the film had grossed $26.3 million, the 3 Nov 1987 DV reported.
       End credits state: “Special Thanks to: The Department of the Navy and the Southwest Regional Medical Command for use of the New Naval Hospital in San Diego, California; Sony Equipment courtesy of Sony Corporation of America; MTV Footage courtesy of MTV Networks ®; All copyrights and trademarks of American Express Company are used with permission.”

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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
28 Jan 1987.
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Daily Variety
21 Sep 1987
p. 3, 10.
Daily Variety
3 Nov 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
17 Mar 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
1 Oct 1987
p. 3, 21.
Los Angeles Times
2 Oct 1987
p. 8.
New York Times
2 Oct 1987
p. 8.
Variety
23 Sep 1987
p. 12.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Skeeter Vaughan
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Tri-Star Pictures Presents
An Imagine Entertainment Production
A Rod Daniel Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
1st asst dir
DGA trainee
PRODUCERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Loader
Still photog
Gaffer
Elec best boy
Key grip
Grip best boy
Dolly grip
Lighting des for Autograph concert
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
Assoc ed
1st asst film ed
Apprentice film ed
Apprentice film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dresser
Set dresser
Prop master
Asst prop master
Standyby painter
Const supv
Const foreman
Const foreman
COSTUMES
Cost des
Men's cost supv
Women's cost supv
Costumer
MUSIC
Mus coord
Mus coord
Mus ed
Mus ed
Scoring mixer
Scoring mixer
Cableman
SOUND
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Asst sd ed
Foley ed
ADR ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Sd mixer
Boom op
Cableman
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Titles and opticals
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Helicopter pilot
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Loc mgr
Prod office coord
Scr supv
First aid
Unit pub
Studio teacher
Animal handler
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Asst to Mr. Valdes
Office asst
Office asst
Physical trainer for Kirk Cameron
STAND INS
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“Dance All Night,” “She Never Looked That Good For Me,” performed by Autograph, courtesy of RCA Records
“I Ching,” performed by Mark Jordan, courtesy of RCA Records
“It Comes To Me Naturally,” performed by The Fabulous Thunderbirds,” courtesy of CBS Records
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SONGS
“Dance All Night,” “She Never Looked That Good For Me,” performed by Autograph, courtesy of RCA Records
“I Ching,” performed by Mark Jordan, courtesy of RCA Records
“It Comes To Me Naturally,” performed by The Fabulous Thunderbirds,” courtesy of CBS Records
“Hard Times In The Land Of Plenty,” performed by Omar & The Howlers, courtesy of CBS Records
“Everybody Have Fun Tonight,” performed by Wang Chung, courtesy of Geffen Records, by arrangement with Warner Special Products
“Dude (Looks Like A Lady),” performed by Aerosmith, courtesy of Geffen Records, by arrangement with Warner Special Products
“Somebody Put Something In My Drink,” performed by The Ramones, courtesy of Sire Records, by arrangement with Warner Special Products
“All In The Name,” “Wild Side,” performed by Motley Crue, courtesy of Elektra/Asylum Records, by arrangement with Warner Special Products.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
2 October 1987
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 2 October 1987
Production Date:
began 16 March 1987
Copyright Claimant:
Tri-Star Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
25 November 1987
Copyright Number:
PA351141
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
97
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28658
SYNOPSIS

In Southern California, twelfth-grader Chris Hammond is a mediocre student who excels at running track, but still gets nervous asking girls out on dates. Chris’s father, the widowed Dr. Jack Hammond, is a respected physician who is in line for a hospital chief-of-staff position. Jack hopes his son will become a doctor as well and has arranged an admissions interview with Northwestern University for Chris, at the end of the week. Chris’s best friend is Clarence, nicknamed “Trigger,” whose Uncle Earl is an archeologist who has just returned from a trip to Arizona, where he sustained a serious leg injury in the desert. Uncle Earl claims that Navajo Indians tended his leg by giving him a serum that transferred his brain into the body of another man for the duration of his treatment. When he recovered, they gave them another serum to transfer the brains back to the correct bodies. Trigger steals some of the brain transference serum and brings it to Chris’s house where, for laughs, they successfully transfer the brains of the family dog and cat. Trigger has the serum in an empty bottle of Tabasco sauce, but the housekeeper accidentally puts that bottle in the kitchen cabinet. When Jack Hammond comes home, he fixes a Bloody Mary, and unknowingly puts the serum into his cocktail. After taking a sip, Jack looks Chris in the eye and their brains exchange. Neither can believe they are in the other’s body. When Trigger tries to explain what happened, Jack, in his son’s body, becomes upset. Uncle Earl is out of town, but Trigger promises to contact him about reversing the process. Chris, in his father’s body, discovers Jack’s credit ... +


In Southern California, twelfth-grader Chris Hammond is a mediocre student who excels at running track, but still gets nervous asking girls out on dates. Chris’s father, the widowed Dr. Jack Hammond, is a respected physician who is in line for a hospital chief-of-staff position. Jack hopes his son will become a doctor as well and has arranged an admissions interview with Northwestern University for Chris, at the end of the week. Chris’s best friend is Clarence, nicknamed “Trigger,” whose Uncle Earl is an archeologist who has just returned from a trip to Arizona, where he sustained a serious leg injury in the desert. Uncle Earl claims that Navajo Indians tended his leg by giving him a serum that transferred his brain into the body of another man for the duration of his treatment. When he recovered, they gave them another serum to transfer the brains back to the correct bodies. Trigger steals some of the brain transference serum and brings it to Chris’s house where, for laughs, they successfully transfer the brains of the family dog and cat. Trigger has the serum in an empty bottle of Tabasco sauce, but the housekeeper accidentally puts that bottle in the kitchen cabinet. When Jack Hammond comes home, he fixes a Bloody Mary, and unknowingly puts the serum into his cocktail. After taking a sip, Jack looks Chris in the eye and their brains exchange. Neither can believe they are in the other’s body. When Trigger tries to explain what happened, Jack, in his son’s body, becomes upset. Uncle Earl is out of town, but Trigger promises to contact him about reversing the process. Chris, in his father’s body, discovers Jack’s credit cards. He goes out for a night on the town with Trigger, buying fashionable clothes and taking in a high-end bar where Chris, in Jack’s body, is stunned by the many beautiful women. One of those women is Ginnie Armbruster, wife of hospital chief-of-staff Larry Armbruster. Ginnie has been gently flirting with Jack for years and is delighted to finally have a chance with him. However, Trigger appears and interrupts her seduction. Chris, in his father’s body, returns home just as the sun comes up and his father grounds him. As Chris calls in sick to his father’s office, Jack goes to high school and shows up the other students with his newfound academic abilities, causing them to alienate him at lunchtime. Since Dr. Jack Hammond rarely calls in sick, Dr. Larry Armbruster stops by to check on his friend. He finds Chris, in Jack’s body, dancing around the house to heavy metal music and insists Jack must be well enough to get back to work. At the hospital, Chris tries to hide in Jack’s office, but he is forced to perform hospital rounds with his interns. Chris refers to the interns for patient diagnosis. During a staff meeting, Chris supports Dr. Amy Larkin’s idea that they should open the private hospital to patients without medical insurance, something Jack Hammond has staunchly opposed. After school, Jack attends a track meet where Chris is scheduled to run the last leg of a relay race. Despite dropping the baton, Jack does well in the race, but dives too early for the finish line and never crosses it, losing the meet for the school. Meanwhile, Chris goes out for beer and pizza with the medical school interns, inciting his father’s anger when Jack learns of his inappropriate socializing. Later, Lori Beaumont telephones to confirm her date with Chris for a rock concert that evening, and Chris pleads with his father to go in his place. Jack agrees to take Lori to the concert, but he is bored by the loud music and insists they leave early. When he takes Lori home, her boyfriend Rick Anderson awaits, and punches Jack in the face. Elsewhere, Ginnie Armbruster stops by Jack’s house and kisses him passionately when he opens the door. Chris, in his father’s body, excitedly kisses her back, and puts on heavy metal music when she asks to hear something romantic. As Chris lights a candle, he accidentally sets the sofa on fire, and Ginnie leaves in frustration. When father and son reunite, they each blame the other for causing problems. Trigger arrives, announcing that his Uncle Earl has instructed them to go to Death Valley and find arrowroot to make the antidote. Driving through the night, they retrieve the medicinal herb, and later, Earl brews up the concoction. Father and son drink it and stare into each other’s eyes, but nothing happens. Earl explains that it may take time for the transfer to occur. Stopping at a diner afterward, Jack, in Chris’s body, helps deliver a baby. Later, Jack sits in as Chris for his admissions interview with Northwestern University, as Chris attends a hospital board meeting. Dr. Larry Armbruster, tells Chris that he has decided to support someone else for the chief-of-staff position, due to his changed stance on treating uninsured patients, and accuses him of kissing his wife. Meanwhile, Jack, accidentally knocks the woman conducting his admissions interview out a window. As he helps her up, the antidote kicks in, and father and son revert back to their proper bodies. Chris races from school to meet his father, but is stopped by Rick Anderson who wants to fight him. Chris punches the bully in the face, then arrives at the hospital. He addresses the board of directors with a passionate plea about why his father is the right man for the promotion. Nonetheless, Jack does not receive their vote. Jack declares that he no longer wants to be chief-of-staff anyhow, after having a change of heart, and vows to be a better father to Chris. Father and son embrace. When Trigger informs them that he still has some of the brain transference serum left, both Chris and Jack swear off using it again. Seeing Rick Anderson laying half conscious on a gurney, Trigger pours the serum into the young man’s mouth. As Dr. Larry Armbruster approaches, Rick looks him in the eye and they exchange bodies. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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