Weird Science (1985)

PG-13 | 94 mins | Comedy, Science fiction | 2 August 1985

Director:

John Hughes

Writer:

John Hughes

Producer:

Joel Silver

Cinematographer:

Matthew F. Leonetti

Production Designer:

John W. Corso

Production Company:

Universal Pictures
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HISTORY

End credits include the following acknowledgements: "Weird Science title by permission of William M. Gaines,” and “Special Thanks to: Northbrook Court Mall and the City of Highland Park, Illinois.”
       Actor Robert Downey, Jr. is credited onscreen as "Robert Downey."
       According to a 7 Sep 1984 DV production chart, principal photography was set to begin on 24 Sep 1984. However, a 2 Oct 1984 starting date was announced by the 10 Oct 1984 Var, which listed Skokie, IL, as a location.
       Production notes in AMPAS library files report that filming began at the Northbrook Court Shopping Mall on 2 Oct 1984, and production was completed on 21 Dec 1984. Three weeks were spent shooting in neighborhoods outside Chicago, IL, with the rest of production being completed on sound stages and the backlot at Universal City Studios in Los Angeles, CA.
       According to the 17 Oct 1984 LAHExam, Kelly Enberg was originally cast as “Lisa,” but left after two days of filming citing “creative differences,” and was replaced by Kelly LeBrock. Filmmakers insisted on “closed sets” in an attempt to keep the plot a secret, as reported in the LAHExam. ... More Less

End credits include the following acknowledgements: "Weird Science title by permission of William M. Gaines,” and “Special Thanks to: Northbrook Court Mall and the City of Highland Park, Illinois.”
       Actor Robert Downey, Jr. is credited onscreen as "Robert Downey."
       According to a 7 Sep 1984 DV production chart, principal photography was set to begin on 24 Sep 1984. However, a 2 Oct 1984 starting date was announced by the 10 Oct 1984 Var, which listed Skokie, IL, as a location.
       Production notes in AMPAS library files report that filming began at the Northbrook Court Shopping Mall on 2 Oct 1984, and production was completed on 21 Dec 1984. Three weeks were spent shooting in neighborhoods outside Chicago, IL, with the rest of production being completed on sound stages and the backlot at Universal City Studios in Los Angeles, CA.
       According to the 17 Oct 1984 LAHExam, Kelly Enberg was originally cast as “Lisa,” but left after two days of filming citing “creative differences,” and was replaced by Kelly LeBrock. Filmmakers insisted on “closed sets” in an attempt to keep the plot a secret, as reported in the LAHExam. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
7 Sep 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
2 Aug 1985
p. 3, 20.
Los Angeles Herald Examiner
17 Oct 1984
Section A, p. 2.
Los Angeles Times
2 Aug 1985
p. 1, 12.
New York Times
2 Aug 1985
p. 8.
Variety
10 Oct 1984.
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Variety
7 Aug 1985
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Hughes/Silver Production
A John Hughes Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
2d unit dir
2d asst dir, Chicago crew
2d asst dir, Chicago crew
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Addl photog by
Addl photog by
Cam op
1st asst cam op
1st asst cam op
2d asst cam op
Video eng
Still photog
Key grip
2d grip
Dolly grip
Asst chief lighting tech
Asst chief lighting tech
Lamp op
Lamp op
Lamp op
Dir of photog, Chicago crew
Ultracam 35 cam and lenses provided by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
1st asst film ed
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Apprentice film ed
Negative cutter
Asst ed, Chicago crew
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Asst prop master
Const foreman
Standby painter
Leadman
Set des
COSTUMES
Cost des
Men's cost sup
Women's cost supv
Men's costumer
Women's costumer
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus ed
Asst mus ed
Orch & addl mus
Synthesizer realization
Mus scoring mixer
Spec mus material by
SOUND
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Foley ed
Foley ed
Foley by
Foley by
Foley by
Foley rec
Spec sd eff by
Synthesizer sd eff
Synthesizer sd eff
Prod sd mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
ADR mixer
ADR rec
Vocal eff adv
Boom op
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Visual eff supv
Spec anim eff
Opt layout
Opt cam
Main & end titles des & prod by
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Spec makeup created by
Makeup artist
Body makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Prod assoc
Pub coord
Casting assoc
Casting coord
Extras casting
Extras casting
Extras casting
Scr supv
Prod coord
Cost estimator
Studio teacher
Asst to Joel Silver
Secy to Joel Silver
Secy to John Hughes
Prod asst
Prod asst
DGA trainee
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Creature crew
Creature crew
Creature crew
Craft service
Prod coord, Chicago crew
Loc mgr, Chicago crew
Transportation coord, Chicago crew
Loc auditor, Chicago crew
STAND INS
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunt coord
ANIMATION
Mechanical anim by
Computer anim and displays by
Computer anim and displays by
Computer anim and displays by
Computer anim and displays by
Computer anim and displays by
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“Weird Science,” performed by Oingo Boingo, produced by Danny Elfman and Steve Bartek
“Turn It On,” performed by Kim Wilde, produced by Jimmy Iovine
“Deep In The Jungle,” performed by Wall of Voodoo, produced by Richard Mazda, courtesy of I.R.S. Records
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SONGS
“Weird Science,” performed by Oingo Boingo, produced by Danny Elfman and Steve Bartek
“Turn It On,” performed by Kim Wilde, produced by Jimmy Iovine
“Deep In The Jungle,” performed by Wall of Voodoo, produced by Richard Mazda, courtesy of I.R.S. Records
“Tubular Bells,” performed by Mike Oldfield, courtesy of Virgin Records, Ltd.
“Tesla Girls,” performed by OMD, courtesy of Virgin Records, Ltd./A&M Records
“Private Joy,” performed by Cheyne, produced by Greg Phillinganes and Jimmy Iovine, vocals produced by Louil Silas, Jr.
“Wanted Man,” performed by Ratt, courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp., by arrangement with Warner Special Products
“Don’t Worry Baby,” performed by Los Lobos, courtesy of Slash Records/Warner Bros Records Inc., by arrangement with Warner Special Products
“Forever,” performed by Taxi, courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
“Method To My Madness,” performed by Lords of the New Church, courtesy of I.R.S. Records
“Eighties,” performed by Killing Joke, courtesy of E.G. Records Ltd.
“Why Don’t Pretty Girls Look At Me,” performed by Wild Man From Wonga, courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
“Nervous And Shakey,” performed by The Del Fuegos, courtesy of Slash Records
“The Circle,” performed by Max Carl, courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
“Tenderness,” performed by General Public, courtesy of I.R.S. Records/Virgin Records, Ltd.
“Do Not Disturb (Knock Knock),” performed by The Broken Homes, produced by Michael Frondelli with The Broken Homes.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
2 August 1985
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 2 August 1985
Production Date:
2 October--21 December 1984
Copyright Claimant:
Universal City Studios, Inc.
Copyright Date:
25 October 1985
Copyright Number:
PA266709
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Duration(in mins):
94
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
27832
SYNOPSIS

Awkward high school students Gary Wallace and Wyatt Donnelly watch the girls in gym class and fantasize about dating them. Classmates Ian and Max come up behind them and pull their shorts down, leaving Gary and Wyatt standing in their underwear in front of the girls. Sometime later, Wyatt’s parents go out of town for the weekend, leaving his domineering older brother, Chet, in charge. After watching Frankenstein on television, Gary gets the idea to “make” a girl using Wyatt’s computer. The boys hack into a powerful government computer to input more data, and attach a doll to electrodes to create the girl of their dreams. The experiment creates an electrical storm, and after an explosion, their dream girl magically appears. Willing to comply with their every wish, she asks them what they would like to do first, and they take a shower with her, but are too frightened to remove their clothes. Afterward, they dress up and go out on the town, giving her the name “Lisa.” Lisa materializes a convertible, and drives the fifteen-year-old boys to a blues bar, where she presents them with fake identifications. When Gary becomes intoxicated, Lisa takes the boys home. Chet awaits, threatening to tell their parents that Wyatt missed his curfew, unless Wyatt pays him a large sum of money. Lisa kisses Wyatt, but he falls asleep before anything more happens, much to Lisa’s annoyance. In the morning, the boys assume the night was a dream. However, Lisa calls to them saying that breakfast is ready. She tells Wyatt he needs ... +


Awkward high school students Gary Wallace and Wyatt Donnelly watch the girls in gym class and fantasize about dating them. Classmates Ian and Max come up behind them and pull their shorts down, leaving Gary and Wyatt standing in their underwear in front of the girls. Sometime later, Wyatt’s parents go out of town for the weekend, leaving his domineering older brother, Chet, in charge. After watching Frankenstein on television, Gary gets the idea to “make” a girl using Wyatt’s computer. The boys hack into a powerful government computer to input more data, and attach a doll to electrodes to create the girl of their dreams. The experiment creates an electrical storm, and after an explosion, their dream girl magically appears. Willing to comply with their every wish, she asks them what they would like to do first, and they take a shower with her, but are too frightened to remove their clothes. Afterward, they dress up and go out on the town, giving her the name “Lisa.” Lisa materializes a convertible, and drives the fifteen-year-old boys to a blues bar, where she presents them with fake identifications. When Gary becomes intoxicated, Lisa takes the boys home. Chet awaits, threatening to tell their parents that Wyatt missed his curfew, unless Wyatt pays him a large sum of money. Lisa kisses Wyatt, but he falls asleep before anything more happens, much to Lisa’s annoyance. In the morning, the boys assume the night was a dream. However, Lisa calls to them saying that breakfast is ready. She tells Wyatt he needs to stand up to his overbearing brother. The boys take Lisa shopping, and while they wait for her, their classmates, Max and Ian, pour frozen drinks on them from the floor above. Their girl friends, Hilly and Deb, tire of their antics and consider breaking up with them. Max and Ian see Lisa walk by and follow her to the parking lot, and are stunned when she gets in the car with Gary and Wyatt. After kissing Gary, Lisa invites Max and Ian to a party at Wyatt’s house. Wyatt worries he will get into trouble, but Lisa insists on showing the boys how to have fun. Later, Lisa meets Gary’s uptight parents, and they refuse to let Gary attend the party with her. When Lisa upbraids them for being overbearing, Gary’s father telephones police. However, Lisa points a gun at him, and leaves with Gary, who is hysterical until Lisa reveals that the gun is a toy, and that she has erased his parents’ memories. Wyatt makes Lisa promise to keep the party calm, but they open the door to find hundreds outside, and a wild party ensues. Gary and Wyatt hide in the bathroom, and are disappointed over their nervousness. Hilly and Deb knock on the bathroom door, and introduce themselves, surprised to learn that Lisa is the boys’ friend. Later, Lisa tells Hilly and Deb they should shower with the boys if they get the chance. Max and Ian apologize to Gary and Wyatt, and ask to trade Lisa for their girl friends, Hilly and Deb. Gary and Wyatt reveal they created Lisa, and get to work creating another girl. The experiment causes strange effects throughout the house, pulling partygoers into the television, and sucking the furniture up through the chimney. Lisa scolds the boys for showing off, and alerts them that they forgot to attach the doll to the electrodes. In its place is a picture of a rocket ship, and soon a life-size rocket appears, shooting up through the floor. Wyatt’s grandparents drop by for a surprise visit, and when they see the chaos, they threaten to call police. Lisa places the elderly couple into a comatose state, and places them in a closet. A motorcycle gang crashes through the window into the house. Lisa encourages Gary and Wyatt to show their bravery and force the gang members to leave. When the thugs grab Hilly and Deb, Gary and Wyatt come to their defense. Gary holds the bikers at gunpoint and forces them to release the girls and leave. After they go, Gary shoots the toy gun into the air, and real bullets come out. Lisa looks on, proud of “her boys.” Hilly gets Wyatt alone and asks him to kiss her. Meanwhile, Deb asks Gary about his relationship with Lisa, and he admits that Lisa is like a sister, and he prefers Deb. They share a kiss, and the girls spend the night with the boys. In the morning, Chet returns home from a hunting trip, and finds the house in shambles, with snow falling in his bedroom. He threatens Wyatt, choking him until he agrees to pay Chet off. Lisa steps in, and sends Gary and Wyatt to take Deb and Hilly home. Alone with Chet, Lisa insists he stop picking on Wyatt. Meanwhile, Wyatt kisses Hilly goodbye, and tells her he loves her. Gary wants Deb to like him for himself, and she kisses him. Back at the house, Lisa turns Chet into a slimy, gaseous blob, and he promises to stop bullying his brother. The boys return, and the troll-like Chet apologizes to Wyatt. Lisa assures them he will soon return to human form. The boys tell Lisa they have fallen for Deb and Hilly, and fear that she will be hurt. However, she is happy for them, and tells them she must leave. She hugs them goodbye, and disappears in a cloud of smoke. When Lisa disappears, the rocket also vanishes, as the house and brother Chet return to normal, just as Wyatt’s parents return. Sometime later, Lisa appears as a high school gym teacher, causing the male students to faint in her stunning presence. +

GENRE
Sub-genre:
Teenage


Subject

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

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