My Science Project (1985)

PG | 95 mins | Comedy | 9 August 1985

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HISTORY

End credits include the following acknowledgments: “Special thanks to the Biomedical Studies Class ’84—’85 at Alhambra High School; The Science Class 1984 of Portola Highly Gifted Magnet School.”
       According to the 23 May 1984 DV, principal photography was set to begin on 8 Aug 1984. However, the 3 Aug 1984 DV announced production would begin on 20 Aug 1984. The film marked writer Jonathan R. Betuel’s directing debut.
       The $10 million picture was the third release from the five-month-old Touchstone Films. The picture shot in Southern California for eight weeks before relocating to Tucson, AZ, for the final two weeks. Production notes in AMPAS library files report filming was completed on 4 Nov 1984.
       When the film’s “science project” was finally revealed to cast and crew on 27 Sep 1984, security measures were in place to keep the plot a secret, and according to the 28 Sep 1984 HR, four security guards were present, and a $1 million insurance policy was secured through Lloyds of London. A summer 1985 release was announced.
       The Oct 1985 Box reported $1.5 million in box-office receipts after three days in 1,003 ... More Less

End credits include the following acknowledgments: “Special thanks to the Biomedical Studies Class ’84—’85 at Alhambra High School; The Science Class 1984 of Portola Highly Gifted Magnet School.”
       According to the 23 May 1984 DV, principal photography was set to begin on 8 Aug 1984. However, the 3 Aug 1984 DV announced production would begin on 20 Aug 1984. The film marked writer Jonathan R. Betuel’s directing debut.
       The $10 million picture was the third release from the five-month-old Touchstone Films. The picture shot in Southern California for eight weeks before relocating to Tucson, AZ, for the final two weeks. Production notes in AMPAS library files report filming was completed on 4 Nov 1984.
       When the film’s “science project” was finally revealed to cast and crew on 27 Sep 1984, security measures were in place to keep the plot a secret, and according to the 28 Sep 1984 HR, four security guards were present, and a $1 million insurance policy was secured through Lloyds of London. A summer 1985 release was announced.
       The Oct 1985 Box reported $1.5 million in box-office receipts after three days in 1,003 theaters. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
Oct 1985.
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Daily Variety
23 May 1984.
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Daily Variety
3 Aug 1984.
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Daily Variety
26 Oct 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
28 Aug 1984
p. 1, 29.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Sep 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 Aug 1985
p. 4.
Los Angeles Times
12 Aug 1985
Section F, p. 3.
New York Times
10 Aug 1985
p. 10.
Variety
14 Aug 1985
p. 16, 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
In Association With Silver Screen Partners II
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Lighting gaffer
Best boy
Lamp op
Lamp op
Lamp op
Key grip
Dolly grip
Still photog
DGA trainee
2d grip
Generator op
Best boy
Lamp op
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Asst art dir
Prod illustrator
Prod illustrator
Storyboard artist
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Const coord
Spec props
Set painter
Asst prop
Set des
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost dept supv
Costumer
MUSIC
Mus ed
Mus scoring mixer
Mus supv
Orch
SOUND
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Spec sd eff by
Asst sd ed
Prod sd
Prod sd
Foley artist
ADR ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Visual eff supv
Gizmo des
Eff des
Tesla globe eff
Supv, Spec mechanical eff
Spec mechanical eff
Spec mechanical eff
Spec mechanical eff
Spec mechanical eff
Supv, Miniature prop eff
Miniature prop eff
Miniature prop eff
Miniature prop eff
Miniature prop eff
Miniature prop eff
Miniature prop eff
Miniature prop eff
Miniature prop eff
Miniature prop eff
Miniature prop eff
Photog eff supv
Opt eff supv
Opt eff supv
Photog eff
Photog eff
Photog eff
Photog eff
Photog eff
Photog eff
Photog eff
Photog eff
Photog eff
Photog eff
Photog eff
Photog eff
Photog eff
Photog eff
Photog eff
Photog eff
Photog eff
Photog eff
Photog eff
Photog eff
Photog eff
Photog eff
Photog eff
Supv matte artist
Matte artist
Matte unit
Matte unit
Matte unit
Matte unit
Spec lighting eff consultant
Miniature photog
Miniature photog
Miniature photog
Tyrannosaurus rex built and anim by
Tyrannosaurus rex seq consultant
Tyrannosaurus unit
Tyrannosaurus unit
Tyrannosaurus unit
Tyrannosaurus unit
Tyrannosaurus unit
Tyrannosaurus unit
Tyrannosaurus unit
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Makeup eff
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Asst to the prod
Asst to Mr. Betuel
Scr supv
Loc mgr
Unit pub
Prod coord
Prod estimator
Prod estimator
Loc auditor
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Casting
First aid
STAND INS
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
ANIMATION
Anim des and supv
Anim photog supv
Anim cam coord
Eff anim
Eff anim
Eff anim
Eff anim
Eff anim
Eff anim
Eff anim
Eff anim
Eff anim
Eff anim
Eff anim
Eff anim
Addl anim, Available Light Ltd.
Addl anim, Available Light Ltd.
Addl anim, Available Light Ltd.
Addl anim, Available Light Ltd.
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"My Science Project," words and music by Bob Held/Michael Colina/Bill Heller, performed by The Tubes
"Hard To Believe," words and music by Bob Held/Bill Heller/Matthew Hill, performed by The Tubes
"Hit And Run," words and music by Jeff Gordon/Bob Held/Bill Heller, performed by David Johansen
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SONGS
"My Science Project," words and music by Bob Held/Michael Colina/Bill Heller, performed by The Tubes
"Hard To Believe," words and music by Bob Held/Bill Heller/Matthew Hill, performed by The Tubes
"Hit And Run," words and music by Jeff Gordon/Bob Held/Bill Heller, performed by David Johansen
"My Mind's Made Up," words and music by Bob Held/Bill Heller, performed by Steve Johnstad
"Fish Cheer And I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag," written by Joe McDonald, performed by Country Joe & The Fish, © 1965 Alkatraz Korner Music BMI, courtesy of Vanguard Recording Soc., Inc.
"The Warrior," written by H. Knight and N. Gilder, © 1984 Makiki Publishing Co., Ltd., ASCAP and Red Admiral Music, Inc.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
9 August 1985
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 9 August 1985
Production Date:
20 August--4 November 1984
Copyright Claimant:
Touchstone Films, a.a.d.o. Walt Disney Productions
Copyright Date:
26 August 1985
Copyright Number:
PA256503
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Filmed in Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
95
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
27857
SYNOPSIS

In 1957, an unidentified flying object (UFO) crashes at Dawson Air Force Base. President Eisenhower arrives and orders it to be disposed of before the press learns about it. In 1985, at Kit Carson High School, science teacher, Bob Roberts, who is known to his students as “Bob,” asks the class about their upcoming science projects. Student Michael Harlan is falling behind, and Bob encourages him to finish his project. Michael’s girl friend, Crystal, breaks up with him because of his obsession with cars, and his lack of obsession with romance. Nerdy classmate Ellie Sawyer rigs her car to breakdown so Michael will come to her rescue. She asks him to take her on a date to help alleviate her anti-social reputation. When Michael sees Crystal kissing another boy, he agrees to a date with Ellie. He takes Ellie to the abandoned Dawson Air Force Base, which is now a military junkyard. Michael searches the grounds for something he can use for his science project, as he is good at restoring machines. He falls through a boarded-over hole, and discovers a deserted fall-out shelter. Exploring with a flashlight, he opens a glowing box, while Ellie screams from above after seeing a rat, and alerts a security guard to their presence. Michael takes the glowing object, and flees with Ellie. The object causes Michael’s vintage automobile to have an electrical short and break down. He borrows a CB radio from a passing trucker, and radios his friend, Vince “Vinne” Latello, to tow his car. Michael drops Ellie off at home, and she tells him she ... +


In 1957, an unidentified flying object (UFO) crashes at Dawson Air Force Base. President Eisenhower arrives and orders it to be disposed of before the press learns about it. In 1985, at Kit Carson High School, science teacher, Bob Roberts, who is known to his students as “Bob,” asks the class about their upcoming science projects. Student Michael Harlan is falling behind, and Bob encourages him to finish his project. Michael’s girl friend, Crystal, breaks up with him because of his obsession with cars, and his lack of obsession with romance. Nerdy classmate Ellie Sawyer rigs her car to breakdown so Michael will come to her rescue. She asks him to take her on a date to help alleviate her anti-social reputation. When Michael sees Crystal kissing another boy, he agrees to a date with Ellie. He takes Ellie to the abandoned Dawson Air Force Base, which is now a military junkyard. Michael searches the grounds for something he can use for his science project, as he is good at restoring machines. He falls through a boarded-over hole, and discovers a deserted fall-out shelter. Exploring with a flashlight, he opens a glowing box, while Ellie screams from above after seeing a rat, and alerts a security guard to their presence. Michael takes the glowing object, and flees with Ellie. The object causes Michael’s vintage automobile to have an electrical short and break down. He borrows a CB radio from a passing trucker, and radios his friend, Vince “Vinne” Latello, to tow his car. Michael drops Ellie off at home, and she tells him she enjoyed their date. Sometime later, Michael cleans the glowing object and inadvertently switches on the machine. He and Vinnie attach it to a car battery, and the battery is destroyed. They see a hologram image emerge from the machine, and quickly disconnect its power. The boys realize that two hours have instantly passed because of the machine, and go to the school library to ask classmate, Sherman, if he has any books on the phenomenon. Sherman describes it to them as being a time warp. The boys wonder how they can cash in on the discovery. Michael asks his teacher, Bob, to meet him later that night at the school, so he can share his discovery. Michael invites Ellie, and asks her to bring her camera. Bob examines the glowing machine, and determines it has an energy source not yet discovered on Earth. He recognizes that it will create a time-space warp, and increases the power, relishing in its emitting energy beams. Moments later, he is sucked into the machine. Michael, Vinnie, and Ellie are unable to turn it off, and race to cut the town’s power supply off in hope of bringing Bob back. Michael breaks into his father’s hardware store, triggering the alarms, and takes dynamite. He attaches the explosives to power lines outside town, and successfully cuts off the electricity. The teenagers try to return to the school, but police officers are on campus arresting classmates who were vandalizing school property. Ellie wonders if they should tell the police what happened to Bob, but Vinnie says no. Michael drives Ellie home, and kisses her goodnight. Detective Isadore Nulty is waiting for Michael when he returns home, and asks about the break-in at his father’s hardware store, and his missing teacher. Before going with Detective Nulty to the police station, Michael telephones Ellie and tells her to bring the machine to the station. At school, Ellie finds mysterious items that have traveled through the time warp. Sherman, secretly follows her, and wants to know what she is up to. Sherman tries to take the machine, but it sparks when he unplugs it, causing a power surge throughout the town. As Michael and Vinnie are being booked at the police station, they take advantage of the power outage to escape. They race to school to rescue Ellie, and discover the warp now encircles the entire high school. Sherman leads them to a tower, where Ellie lies unconscious, and along the way, they encounter historical figures and menacing creatures that have traveled through the warp. Michael fights an attacking warrior, and kills the man with his own sword. Next, the teenagers battle Vietnamese soldiers and take their rifles. They have a gun battle with laser-beam-shooting humans from the future, and confront a dinosaur. Michael shoots the prehistoric creature and saves his friends. He finds Ellie unconscious, but she soon revives. The force field continues to grow, and Michael tries to cut the machine’s energy. He disappears into a vortex, and the energy subsides. Moments later, he reappears, unharmed. Ellie embraces him, and the teenagers take a vow of silence. Outside, police and firemen surround the high school. Bob reappears, and regales them with stories of his trippy time warp through the 1960s. Sometime later, Michael and Ellie return the machine to where they found it. Driving home, his automobile malfunctions again, and Michael is relieved to discover that he is only out of gas. He and Ellie walk back to town. +

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

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