18 Again! (1988)

PG | 99-100 or 120 mins | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy | 8 April 1988

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HISTORY

The 23 Mar 1987 DV announced that the film, referred to by its working title, Eighteen Again, would begin production in summer 1987, with entertainer and actor George Burns set to star. The picture was noted as being “inspired” by Burns’s popular recording of the song “I Wish I Was Eighteen Again,” in 1980.
       Although the 21 Oct 1987 Var production chart stated that principal photography began on 1 Aug 1987, production notes in AMPAS library files state that production started on 14 Sep 1987 in Los Angeles, CA. Locations included downtown Los Angeles; the Los Angeles neighborhood of Hancock Park; the Wilshire Ebell Theatre; the University of Southern California; Club Lingerie, located on Sunset Boulevard; Malibou Lake; the Friendly Valley Lawn Bowl Club in Newhall, CA; and the College of the Canyons located in Valencia, CA.
       A 17 Mar 1988 HR item and the 8 Apr 1988 NYT review both noted that the picture’s plot was similar to the recent films Like Father, Like Son (1987, see entry) and Vice Versa (1988, see entry).
       The film marked the feature directorial debut of Paul Flaherty.
       Character names for the starring cast were not listed during opening or end credits on the print viewed for this record. Character names were obtained from the 14 Mar 1988 DV review and film dialogue.
       Reviews in the 14 Mar 1988 DV and 8 Apr 1988 LAT listed the film’s duration as one hundred minutes. However, the 4 Apr 1988 HR review noted the ... More Less

The 23 Mar 1987 DV announced that the film, referred to by its working title, Eighteen Again, would begin production in summer 1987, with entertainer and actor George Burns set to star. The picture was noted as being “inspired” by Burns’s popular recording of the song “I Wish I Was Eighteen Again,” in 1980.
       Although the 21 Oct 1987 Var production chart stated that principal photography began on 1 Aug 1987, production notes in AMPAS library files state that production started on 14 Sep 1987 in Los Angeles, CA. Locations included downtown Los Angeles; the Los Angeles neighborhood of Hancock Park; the Wilshire Ebell Theatre; the University of Southern California; Club Lingerie, located on Sunset Boulevard; Malibou Lake; the Friendly Valley Lawn Bowl Club in Newhall, CA; and the College of the Canyons located in Valencia, CA.
       A 17 Mar 1988 HR item and the 8 Apr 1988 NYT review both noted that the picture’s plot was similar to the recent films Like Father, Like Son (1987, see entry) and Vice Versa (1988, see entry).
       The film marked the feature directorial debut of Paul Flaherty.
       Character names for the starring cast were not listed during opening or end credits on the print viewed for this record. Character names were obtained from the 14 Mar 1988 DV review and film dialogue.
       Reviews in the 14 Mar 1988 DV and 8 Apr 1988 LAT listed the film’s duration as one hundred minutes. However, the 4 Apr 1988 HR review noted the film was one hundred and twenty minutes, and the review in the 8 Apr 1988 NYT listed the running time as ninety-nine minutes. The print viewed for this record was approximately one hundred minutes. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
23 Mar 1987
p. 1.
Daily Variety
14 Mar 1988
p. 3, 27.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Mar 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
4 Apr 1988
p. 3, 10.
Los Angeles Times
8 Apr 1988
Calendar, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
8 Jul 1988
Business, p. 2.
New York Times
8 Apr 1988
Section C, p. 12.
New York Times
15 Sep 1988
Section D, p. 26.
Variety
21 Oct 1987
p. 230.
Variety
16 Mar 1988
p. 14, 107.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
New World Pictures Presents
A Walter Coblenz Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Co-prod
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst/2d cam
Cam loader
Steadicam op
Gaffer
Best boy
Lamp op
Key grip
Best boy
Grip
Still photog
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Asst to prod des
Storyboard artist
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
SET DECORATORS
Const coord
Const foreman
Set dec
Set dresser
Lead person
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Prop master
Asst prop master
Mural des and executed by
Mural des and executed by
Paintings at Rock Club by
COSTUMES
Cost supv
Costumer
Costumer
SOUND
Sd mixer
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Polyphonic fx ed
Polyphonic fx ed
Foley artist
Foley artist
Sd asst
A.D.R. group
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Scr supv
Prod coord
Prod secy
Unit pub
Transportation coord
Auditor
Asst auditor
Loc mgr
Craft service
Tech adv - Track
Tech adv - Medical
Asst to Mr. Burns
Casting asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Extras casting
Extras casting
STAND INS
Stunt coord
COLOR PERSONNEL
Timer
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“I Wish I Was 18 Again,” written by Sonny Throckmorton, Tree Publishing Co., Inc.
“By The Light Of The Silvery Moon,” written by Gus Edwards/Edward Madden
“Your Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla),” performed by The Dickies, written by Stan Lee/Chuck Wagon, courtesy of Enigma Records/El Porto Music
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SONGS
“I Wish I Was 18 Again,” written by Sonny Throckmorton, Tree Publishing Co., Inc.
“By The Light Of The Silvery Moon,” written by Gus Edwards/Edward Madden
“Your Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla),” performed by The Dickies, written by Stan Lee/Chuck Wagon, courtesy of Enigma Records/El Porto Music
“She’s A Hunchback,” performed by The Dickies, written by Leonard Phillips/Stan Lee, courtesy of Enigma Records/El Porto Music.
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PERFORMER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Eighteen Again
18 Again
Release Date:
8 April 1988
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 8 April 1988
Production Date:
began 14 September 1987
Copyright Claimant:
New World Entertainment, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
14 June 1988
Copyright Number:
PA371952
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Prints
Prints by Technicolor®
Duration(in mins):
99-100 or 120
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29048
SYNOPSIS

Eighteen-year-old David Watson returns to Rossmore University with his friend, Barrett, after secretly painting a mural of a forest in a nearby vacant lot throughout the night. Arriving at the Lambda Chi Delta fraternity house, Russ, the fraternity president, and his two friends, J. P. and Mikey, confront David about the term papers they ordered David to write for them. During his American History class, David stares at Robin, the girl he has crush on. Barrett reminds him that Robin is Russ’s girl friend. In the evening, David and his parents, Arnold and Betty Watson, arrive at the mansion of his grandfather, Jack Watson, for Jack’s eighty-first birthday celebration. During the party, Jack’s companion, Madelyn, flirts with David. After David gets away from her and joins his grandfather, Jack brags to his friends that his grandson is just like him. However, David says he could never be confident and suave like Jack. As his birthday cake is brought out, Jack wishes he were eighteen years old again. With David’s assistance, Jack and David blow out the candles. After the party, David and Jack go to a diner to spend some time together. Driving home, Jack loses control of the car. As Jack clasps David’s hand, the vehicle crashes into a storefront window and both men are knocked unconscious. At the hospital, Jack awakens, but discovers his soul is somehow inside David’s body. Seeing his own body in a coma, Jack realizes David’s soul is trapped. Excited to relive his youth, Jack goes back to campus. Attending art class, Jack comments on art being a ... +


Eighteen-year-old David Watson returns to Rossmore University with his friend, Barrett, after secretly painting a mural of a forest in a nearby vacant lot throughout the night. Arriving at the Lambda Chi Delta fraternity house, Russ, the fraternity president, and his two friends, J. P. and Mikey, confront David about the term papers they ordered David to write for them. During his American History class, David stares at Robin, the girl he has crush on. Barrett reminds him that Robin is Russ’s girl friend. In the evening, David and his parents, Arnold and Betty Watson, arrive at the mansion of his grandfather, Jack Watson, for Jack’s eighty-first birthday celebration. During the party, Jack’s companion, Madelyn, flirts with David. After David gets away from her and joins his grandfather, Jack brags to his friends that his grandson is just like him. However, David says he could never be confident and suave like Jack. As his birthday cake is brought out, Jack wishes he were eighteen years old again. With David’s assistance, Jack and David blow out the candles. After the party, David and Jack go to a diner to spend some time together. Driving home, Jack loses control of the car. As Jack clasps David’s hand, the vehicle crashes into a storefront window and both men are knocked unconscious. At the hospital, Jack awakens, but discovers his soul is somehow inside David’s body. Seeing his own body in a coma, Jack realizes David’s soul is trapped. Excited to relive his youth, Jack goes back to campus. Attending art class, Jack comments on art being a waste of time. Surprised, Barrett tells Jack this is his favorite class. During History class, Robin tells Professor Swivet she is unable to find information on former president Harry S. Truman’s middle name. Proclaiming he is an expert on Truman, Swivet states it is only an initial. Jack interrupts and says it stands for “Sergei,” the name of Truman’s uncle from Eastern Europe. When Swivet questions Jack’s source, Jack says Harry Truman himself told him. However, Jack remembers he in David’s body, and reiterates that his grandfather told him. Later, Jack and Russ compete in a race at the track meet. Seeing Robin watching him, Jack finishes second behind Russ, and qualifies for the following week’s Midwest Regional Conference. Afterward, Jack approaches Robin and offers to tell her about Truman if she will go to dinner with him. Robin accepts. In the middle of the night, Barrett and Jack go to finish the mural in the vacant lot. His grandson’s artistic talent impresses Jack. Later, Jack goes to the hospital and sees Charlie, his best friend. Trying to convince Charlie that his soul is inside David’s body, Jack recalls the time he and Charlie were snowed in for days with two women. Knowing Jack would never tell his grandson such a story, Charlie believes him. Jack goes to tell Madelyn as well, but believing Jack to be David, she begins flirting with him. Realizing Madelyn has been using him for his money, Jack leaves. Returning to the fraternity house, Jack sees Russ and the others playing poker. Joining them, Jack uses his card-playing skills and wins everyone’s money. For the final hand, Jack bets Russ $1,000 that he will win at the Midwest Regional Conference. Later, Jack meets Robin for dinner. Having a great time, Robin asks Jack out on another date. The following day, Jack goes to his company, Watson Dials, and finds Arnold in his office. Seeing his son efficiently running the family business, Jack regrets taking Arnold and his ideas for granted in the past. Robin takes Jack to a punk rock club, but Russ arrives and sees them. After Russ punches Jack, Robin tells him to leave her and Jack alone. Later, Jack’s fraternity throws a party. Finding the term papers David had been coerced into writing by Russ, J.P. and Mikey, Jack throws them into a bonfire. Russ attacks, but Jack fights back. Afterward, Charlie arrives and tells Jack that Arnold and Betty have taken David off life support. Driving to the hospital, Jack confesses to Charlie that he had recently updated his will and left one half of his business to Madelyn. Finding David on a gurney, Jack is relieved that he is still alive. Jack pushes the gurney through the hallways, yelling at David to wake up. As David’s hand touches Jack’s hand, they crash through the stained glass window into the hospital chapel. The impact switches their souls back into their own bodies. Jack tells Arnold he is sorry for not being the best father, and not to make the same mistakes with David. Afterward, Jack breaks up with Madelyn and tells his butler, Horton, to call his lawyer so he can remove Madelyn from his will. The next day, David prepares for the Midwest Regional Conference. Jack arrives with his old track shoes for David to wear for his race. When David asks how he even qualified, Jack promises to tell him later. During the race, David struggles to keep up with Russ. However, the crowd cheers his name and Robin blows him a kiss. Sprinting forward, David passes Russ and crosses the finish line first. Afterward, Russ grudgingly hands Jack $1,000 from their bet. While David looks confused, Robin kisses him and says she will see him later to talk more about Harry S. Truman. Afterward, David asks his grandfather to tell him everything he knows about Truman. Jack happily agrees. +

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