Skin Deep (1989)

R | 102 mins | Comedy | 3 March 1989

Director:

Blake Edwards

Writer:

Blake Edwards

Producer:

Tony Adams

Cinematographer:

Isidore Mankofsky

Production Designer:

Rodger Maus

Production Company:

Morgan Creek Productions
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HISTORY

A 1 Mar 1988 DV news brief announced that director-screenwriter Blake Edwards had completed the script with the working title, Change. A 24 Jun 1988 HR news item stated the film was untitled when it began principal photography on 31 May 1988. Production notes in AMPAS library note that filming was completed on 27 Jul 1988. According to a 3 Aug 1988 Var news item, this was three days ahead of schedule. Skin Deep was shot entirely in the Los Angeles, CA, area, with locations in Brentwood, Malibu, Hancock Park, Bel Air Club in Pacific Palisades, and Santa Monica. A 20 Jul 1988 HR news brief reported that a facsimile of the Beverly Hills Hotel Polo Lounge was constructed in the recently shuttered Ambassador Hotel. According to a 5 Jul 1988 DV piece, actress Julianne Philips filmed Skin Deep while simultaneously filming Fletch II (1989, see entry). A 5 Jul 1988 DV article stated that the film’s budget was $8.5 million.
       A multimillion dollar advertising campaign was rejected by all three major television networks as being too risqué.
       Skin Deep initially opened on 3 Mar 1988 on 500 screens, with 500 additional screens added on 10 Mar 1988 before further expanding to more venues over the Easter weekend of 25-26 Mar 1988.
       A 31 Oct 1990 HR news item reported that Morgan Creek Prods., and DPR Entertainment filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging that J & M Films Ltd. improperly accounted for money it collected for three ... More Less

A 1 Mar 1988 DV news brief announced that director-screenwriter Blake Edwards had completed the script with the working title, Change. A 24 Jun 1988 HR news item stated the film was untitled when it began principal photography on 31 May 1988. Production notes in AMPAS library note that filming was completed on 27 Jul 1988. According to a 3 Aug 1988 Var news item, this was three days ahead of schedule. Skin Deep was shot entirely in the Los Angeles, CA, area, with locations in Brentwood, Malibu, Hancock Park, Bel Air Club in Pacific Palisades, and Santa Monica. A 20 Jul 1988 HR news brief reported that a facsimile of the Beverly Hills Hotel Polo Lounge was constructed in the recently shuttered Ambassador Hotel. According to a 5 Jul 1988 DV piece, actress Julianne Philips filmed Skin Deep while simultaneously filming Fletch II (1989, see entry). A 5 Jul 1988 DV article stated that the film’s budget was $8.5 million.
       A multimillion dollar advertising campaign was rejected by all three major television networks as being too risqué.
       Skin Deep initially opened on 3 Mar 1988 on 500 screens, with 500 additional screens added on 10 Mar 1988 before further expanding to more venues over the Easter weekend of 25-26 Mar 1988.
       A 31 Oct 1990 HR news item reported that Morgan Creek Prods., and DPR Entertainment filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging that J & M Films Ltd. improperly accounted for money it collected for three films: Skin Deep, Major League (1989, see entry), and Nightbreed (1990, see entry). The suit claimed J & M wrongfully deducted twenty-five percent of the gross from subdistributors and failed to include all gross revenues in the computation of receipts. Furthermore, it was alleged that J & M overcharged on its distribution fees and exceeded a $200,000 cap on expenses. As of 5 Jan 2016, the outcome of the lawsuit could not be determined.
       According to the 10 Jun 1988 DV, ctress Nina Foch was John Ritter’s acting teacher when he attended the University of Southern California in 1967. Although not listed in the cast credits, composer Bob Florence made his acting debut in Skin Deep playing a jazz band leader in a nightclub scene.
       End credits include "Special Thanks" to The City of Los Angeles Film Permit Office. A statement reads: "Filmed at Culver Studiosdios." More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
1 Mar 1988.
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Daily Variety
10 Jun 1988.
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Daily Variety
5 Jul 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
24 Jun 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Mar 1989
p. 4, 22.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jul 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
31 Oct 1990.
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Los Angeles Times
3 Mar 1989
Calendar, p. 6.
New York Times
3 Mar 1989
p. 10.
Variety
3 Aug 1988.
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Variety
8 Mar 1989
p. 21.
Variety
5 Nov 1990.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Morgan Creek Productions presents
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d unit dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
Addl photog
Chief lighting tech
Asst lighting tech
Rigging gaffer
Key grip
Grip best boy
Dolly grip
Still photog
Video op
Video services
Filmed in
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
Addl ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set des
Prop master
Const foreman
Propmaker foreman
Paint foreman
COSTUMES
Cost des
Men's cost supv
Women's cost supv
Costumer
MUSIC
Mus supv
Asst mus ed
Addl mus adapted by
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec Visual eff
Spec visual eff, Industrial Light & Magic
Spec visual eff, Industrial Light & Magic
Spec visual eff, Industrial Light & Magic
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Colorist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Exec in charge of prod
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Unit pub
Asst prop master
Casting asst
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Labor foreman
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Prod coord
Asst coord
Asst to Mr. Edwards
Asst to Mr. Adams
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Morgan Creek admin
Craft service
First aid
Completion guaranty provided by
STAND INS
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
2d unit stunt coord
COLOR PERSONNEL
Colorist
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Falling Out Of Love," theme of "Skin Deep," written and performed by Ivan Neville, produced by Danny Kortchmar, available on Polygram Records, Cassettes and Compact Discs
"Just To Keep You Satisfied," performed by Marvin Gaye, written by Marvin Gaye, Anna Gaye and Elgie Stover, courtesy of Motown Recording Corp.
"I Can't Go Home," performed by The Robert Cray Band, written by Robert Cray, produced by Bruce Bromberg and Dennis Walker, courtesy of Polygram Special Products, a Division of Polygram Records, Inc.
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SONGS
"Falling Out Of Love," theme of "Skin Deep," written and performed by Ivan Neville, produced by Danny Kortchmar, available on Polygram Records, Cassettes and Compact Discs
"Just To Keep You Satisfied," performed by Marvin Gaye, written by Marvin Gaye, Anna Gaye and Elgie Stover, courtesy of Motown Recording Corp.
"I Can't Go Home," performed by The Robert Cray Band, written by Robert Cray, produced by Bruce Bromberg and Dennis Walker, courtesy of Polygram Special Products, a Division of Polygram Records, Inc.
"It's Just A Matter Of Time," performed by Brook Benton, written by B. Benton, B. Hendricks, C. Otis, courtesy of Polygram Special Products, a Division of Polygram Records, Inc.
"Skin Deep," written by Debra Holland and Ted Jacobs, performed by Debra Holland, produced by Debra Holland, Ted Jacobs, and Tom Bocci
"Songbird," performed by Kenny G., written by Kenny G., courtesy of Arista Records, Inc
"Dreamin'," performed by Vanessa Williams, written by L. Montgomery/G. Paschal, produced and arranged by Donald Robinson for Sheik Productions, Inc., executive producer Ed Eckstine, courtesy of Polygram Special Products, a division of Polygram Records, Inc.
"Eine Kleine Nachtmusick," written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by The Falla Trio, courtesy of Concord Concerto Records.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Blake Edwards' Skin Deep
Change
Release Date:
3 March 1989
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 3 March 1989
Production Date:
31 May--27 July 1988
Copyright Claimant:
Morgan Creek Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
19 April 1989
Copyright Number:
PA408005
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in selected theatres
Color
Lenses
Filmed in Panavision®
Prints
Prints by de luxe®
Duration(in mins):
102
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29481
SYNOPSIS

Writer Zachary "Zach" Hutton is caught by his girlfriend, Angie, having sex with her attractive hairdresser. Furious, Angie takes a pistol from Zach’s nightstand and pulls the trigger. He leaps up and grabs the gun, explaining that he always leaves the first chamber empty to avoid accidents. As the hairdresser runs for her life, the scuffle is interrupted by Zach's wife, Alex. Later, Zach tells his bartender, Barney, that Alex kicked him out and he confesses that he wants to have a warm, loving, faithful wife, but have other women on the side. He visits his lawyer, Jake, who relays Alex’s divorce demands, including the house, their cars, and a large alimony payment. Alex wins it all, which convinces Zach to visit a therapist named Dr. Westford. Although Zach promises to stop chasing young women, he leaves the office and immediately crashes his car while ogling a real estate broker named Molly. The next day, Zach confesses that he sometimes suffers from impotency. He bursts into tears when Dr. Westford suggests he start writing again. Zach eventually buys a house from Molly and has her move in, believing she will help him settle down. After six months of continued infidelities, a frustrated Molly sets Zach’s piano on fire while he is playing, causing the new home to go up in flames. At the bar, he meets Lonnie Jones, a bodybuilder, and she takes him home. Although Zach is intimidated by her muscles, he manages to overcome his impotency. Later, Zach returns to the bar and learns that Sparky has committed suicide. Spying an attractive woman, Zach ... +


Writer Zachary "Zach" Hutton is caught by his girlfriend, Angie, having sex with her attractive hairdresser. Furious, Angie takes a pistol from Zach’s nightstand and pulls the trigger. He leaps up and grabs the gun, explaining that he always leaves the first chamber empty to avoid accidents. As the hairdresser runs for her life, the scuffle is interrupted by Zach's wife, Alex. Later, Zach tells his bartender, Barney, that Alex kicked him out and he confesses that he wants to have a warm, loving, faithful wife, but have other women on the side. He visits his lawyer, Jake, who relays Alex’s divorce demands, including the house, their cars, and a large alimony payment. Alex wins it all, which convinces Zach to visit a therapist named Dr. Westford. Although Zach promises to stop chasing young women, he leaves the office and immediately crashes his car while ogling a real estate broker named Molly. The next day, Zach confesses that he sometimes suffers from impotency. He bursts into tears when Dr. Westford suggests he start writing again. Zach eventually buys a house from Molly and has her move in, believing she will help him settle down. After six months of continued infidelities, a frustrated Molly sets Zach’s piano on fire while he is playing, causing the new home to go up in flames. At the bar, he meets Lonnie Jones, a bodybuilder, and she takes him home. Although Zach is intimidated by her muscles, he manages to overcome his impotency. Later, Zach returns to the bar and learns that Sparky has committed suicide. Spying an attractive woman, Zach sends over a drink. It arrives just as her rock musician boyfriend appears, and Zach flees. Later, Zach hears a couple fighting in the hotel room above his. Seconds after complaining to the front desk, Zach hears a knock at his door and opens it to find Amy and Rick, the couple from the bar. Amy leaps to protect Zach, and Rick ends the relationship. Later, Amy invites Zach up to her room and they decide to have sex. Amy offers Zach some of Rick’s condoms, which they discover glow in the dark. As they are about to make love, they hear Rick returning and Zach hides in the closet. Rick pressures Amy into having “make-up sex,” putting on another luminescent condom. Zach attempts to sneak out, but Rick spots the glow of Zach's condom. The two fight, their glowing genitals bouncing in the darkness. Later, Jake gets a call from Zach, who claims to have been arrested for “cock-fighting.” Zach attends Sparky’s funeral and sees Alex, who initially rebuffs his attempts to talk. However, seeing how distraught he is, she invites him to dinner. He arrives at her house to find his mother-in-law, Marge, stepson Greg, and Greg’s girlfriend, Rebecca. After an awkward dinner, Zach asks Alex to take him back, but she explains that he is too frightened of life to be monogamous. After drinking heavily at Barney's, Zach calls Alex and she confirms that she is in a new relationship. Desperate to find himself, Zach goes to see Dr. Westford, who explains it is next to impossible to change one’s basic character. After a series of unfortunate encounters with women and drunken escapades, Zach again calls Alex and learns that she is away for the weekend. Intrigued, he goes to Marge’s house and finds her packing. Marge refuses to tell him Alex’s whereabouts, but Zach spies a nearby note with Alex’s location in Santa Barbara, California. While rushing to Santa Barbara, Zach is pulled over for speeding and spends another night in jail. He arrives at the hotel to find that Alex is getting married. The minister asks if there are any objections to the marriage. Zach opens his mouth, but Marge punches him in the stomach before he can speak. Halting the ceremony, Alex walks Zach to his car, and he confesses that he always counted on Alex to save him. Although she insists he must save himself, she tells her fiancé she cannot marry him. Zach begs Dr. Westford to give him advice on what to do. The therapist states that when an alcoholic tells him he wants to be cured, he tells him to stop drinking. Zach goes to his beach house, sits in the sand, and meditates on Dr. Westford's words. Later, Barney suggests all Zach’s problems stem from his fear of life. Months later, Zach writes a new book. At the launch party, he sees Alex and proclaims he has stopped drinking. When she tells him “two out of three” is not enough, he confesses to being celibate for six months. He kisses her and insists they were made for each other. As he plays the piano, Rebecca sits beside him, tells him his book aroused her, and places her hand between his legs. Zach refuses her advances, and instead takes Alex to a hotel room to make love. +

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