It Takes Two (1988)

PG-13 | 79 mins | Romantic comedy | 13 July 1988

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HISTORY

Although production notes in AMPAS library files state that principal photography began on 23 Nov 1987 in Waxahachie, TX, a 24 Feb 1988 Var production chart announced that filming got underway on 4 Jan 1988 in Dallas, TX. At that time, the film was referred to by its working title, My New Car. A 22 Jun 1988 Var news item reported that the picture was later retitled For Better Or Worse. Principal photography was completed on 20 Jan 1988.
       Production notes state that the picture’s wedding sequence was filmed at the Central Presbyterian Church in Waxahachie, a little town located thirty miles south of Dallas. On the outskirts of town, filmmakers chose a two-story residence to represent the Lawrences’ home. The house received a preservation designation from the Texas Historical Commission. In contrast, a modest ranch was chosen to represent Travis’s family home.
       In Dallas, the Emerald City Autoplex, the home of the Trovare car dealership was filmed in a distinct “domed, one-story rotunda structure” reminiscent of the Federalist era. In a late-night sequence, a fake wall and steel walkway were blown up. A nightclub, located in the trendy West End Marketplace’s Dallas Alley, was the location used to film Jonni’s dance to the music of the Buckwheat Zydeco band.
       The car known as “Trovare” was “a fiber glass cast” provided by Great Britain’s Prova Designs. The crew equipped the car with a more visually appealing dashboard and other customized interior details. A powerful sound system was also installed. Five extra Trovare kits were ordered as backups during filming, but were lost en route from London, England. The ... More Less

Although production notes in AMPAS library files state that principal photography began on 23 Nov 1987 in Waxahachie, TX, a 24 Feb 1988 Var production chart announced that filming got underway on 4 Jan 1988 in Dallas, TX. At that time, the film was referred to by its working title, My New Car. A 22 Jun 1988 Var news item reported that the picture was later retitled For Better Or Worse. Principal photography was completed on 20 Jan 1988.
       Production notes state that the picture’s wedding sequence was filmed at the Central Presbyterian Church in Waxahachie, a little town located thirty miles south of Dallas. On the outskirts of town, filmmakers chose a two-story residence to represent the Lawrences’ home. The house received a preservation designation from the Texas Historical Commission. In contrast, a modest ranch was chosen to represent Travis’s family home.
       In Dallas, the Emerald City Autoplex, the home of the Trovare car dealership was filmed in a distinct “domed, one-story rotunda structure” reminiscent of the Federalist era. In a late-night sequence, a fake wall and steel walkway were blown up. A nightclub, located in the trendy West End Marketplace’s Dallas Alley, was the location used to film Jonni’s dance to the music of the Buckwheat Zydeco band.
       The car known as “Trovare” was “a fiber glass cast” provided by Great Britain’s Prova Designs. The crew equipped the car with a more visually appealing dashboard and other customized interior details. A powerful sound system was also installed. Five extra Trovare kits were ordered as backups during filming, but were lost en route from London, England. The shipment was found in Atlanta, GA, and rerouted to Dallas, and Amarillo, TX, warehouses.
       For Stephi’s wedding dress, costume designer, Reve Richards, used satin fabric for the bulk of the outfit, and embellished the front and bottom of the bodice with sequins, iridescent beaded flowers, and pearls. The dress’s cathedral train “weighed more than 35 pounds.”
       The following acknowledgments appear in end credits: “Special thanks to Dancers Unlimited Repertory Company of Dallas and Patricia Dickinson, Lori Darley Hughes, Cynthia Jackson,” and, “The Producers wish to thank the following for their contributions: Foreign Trash by Jenny Jazz, TD4 by Electra Cassade 1, Shiner Beer, Prior Company, After Six Formals, Amp Bridals.” More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Los Angeles Times
15 Jul 1988
p. 14.
Variety
24 Feb 1988
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Variety
22 Jun 1988
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Variety
20 Jul 1988
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
United Artists Presents
A Robert Lawrence Production
A David Beaird Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
Addl 2d asst dir
Addl 2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Chief lighting tech
Best boy
Best boy
Best boy
Best boy
Key grip
Key grip
Cam asst
Cam asst
2d unit cam
Spec photog
Still photog
Still photog
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Assoc ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Lead person
Prop master
Prop master
Asst props
Asst props
Asst props
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
Mus comp
Mus supv
Supv mus ed
Mus ed
SOUND
Boom man
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
ADR ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Rec
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
Computer anim and displays
Computer anim and displays
Computer anim and displays
Computer anim and displays
Computer anim and displays
Titles and opticals by
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Makeup artist/Hairstylist
Makeup artist/Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Prod exec
Prod assoc
Prod coord
Asst to Mr. Beaird
Asst to Mr. Beaird
Scr supv
Loc mgr
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Prod accountant
Prod accountant
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Texas casting by
Extras casting by
Catering by
Animal trainer
Animal trainer, Los Angeles
Ferraris supplied by
Porsches supplied by
Porsches supplied by
Prod equip by
Custom cars built by
Custom cars built by
STAND INS
Stunt double
Stunt double
COLOR PERSONNEL
Film processing by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Zydeco Down Dallas Alley," produced by Ted Fox, performed by Buckwheat Zydeco, written by Stanley Dural, Jr., and Ted Fox, courtesy of Island Records
"Some Like It Hot," performed by The Power Station, courtesy of EMI-Manhattan Records, a division of Capitol Records, Inc., under license from Capitol Special Markets
"Weapons Of Love," performed by The Truth, courtesy of I.R.S. Records
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SONGS
"Zydeco Down Dallas Alley," produced by Ted Fox, performed by Buckwheat Zydeco, written by Stanley Dural, Jr., and Ted Fox, courtesy of Island Records
"Some Like It Hot," performed by The Power Station, courtesy of EMI-Manhattan Records, a division of Capitol Records, Inc., under license from Capitol Special Markets
"Weapons Of Love," performed by The Truth, courtesy of I.R.S. Records
"Crushing Day," performed by Joe Satriani, courtesy of Relativity Records, Inc.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
For Better Or Worse
My New Car
Release Date:
13 July 1988
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 13 July 1988
Production Date:
4--20 January 1988
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Duration(in mins):
79
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29292
SYNOPSIS

A flurry of wedding activity prevents a groom, Travis Rogers, from speaking with his bride-to-be, Stephi Lawrence. The bride’s father, George “Bull” Lawrence, teases Travis to ease his nerves, and suggests that things will fall into place when they become partners of an alternative energy business that produces manure. Back at the Rogers’ ranch, Travis’s mother, Joyce, insists that he is a natural at breaking in horses, and should work for his own father, Judd, but Travis is not interested in the family business. He plans to buy an extravagant sports car with the money he earned doing construction work, but his parents try to dissuade him from going to Dallas, Texas, days before his wedding to purchase the car. Later, Travis wakes Stephi in the middle of the night. From her balcony, Stephi calms his anxiety and gives her blessing for his Dallas road trip. In the morning, he boards a bus for Dallas, and arrives at an upscale automobile dealership called Emerald Motors. He sees the sports car of his dreams, the “Trovare,” but then declares he cannot afford it. Nevertheless, a glamorous saleswoman named Jonni Tigersmith takes him on a test drive. After speeding on city streets, Jonni suggests they drive on the freeway, and Travis falls in love with the car. Although Stephi has warned him not to purchase additional options, he loads the vehicle with extras. Meanwhile, Jonni’s corrupt boss, Dave Chapman, orders her to schedule Travis with steep monthly car payments. When Travis calls Stephi to tell her about the purchase, she reminds him that he is due back home in three hours for their rehearsal dinner. On the road home, Travis flirts ... +


A flurry of wedding activity prevents a groom, Travis Rogers, from speaking with his bride-to-be, Stephi Lawrence. The bride’s father, George “Bull” Lawrence, teases Travis to ease his nerves, and suggests that things will fall into place when they become partners of an alternative energy business that produces manure. Back at the Rogers’ ranch, Travis’s mother, Joyce, insists that he is a natural at breaking in horses, and should work for his own father, Judd, but Travis is not interested in the family business. He plans to buy an extravagant sports car with the money he earned doing construction work, but his parents try to dissuade him from going to Dallas, Texas, days before his wedding to purchase the car. Later, Travis wakes Stephi in the middle of the night. From her balcony, Stephi calms his anxiety and gives her blessing for his Dallas road trip. In the morning, he boards a bus for Dallas, and arrives at an upscale automobile dealership called Emerald Motors. He sees the sports car of his dreams, the “Trovare,” but then declares he cannot afford it. Nevertheless, a glamorous saleswoman named Jonni Tigersmith takes him on a test drive. After speeding on city streets, Jonni suggests they drive on the freeway, and Travis falls in love with the car. Although Stephi has warned him not to purchase additional options, he loads the vehicle with extras. Meanwhile, Jonni’s corrupt boss, Dave Chapman, orders her to schedule Travis with steep monthly car payments. When Travis calls Stephi to tell her about the purchase, she reminds him that he is due back home in three hours for their rehearsal dinner. On the road home, Travis flirts with a car filled with cheerleaders and listens to music on his cassette player. At a stop sign, his wrist becomes trapped in the retractable roof, and the cassette player destroys his tape. After he frees his wrist, the engine dies, and he telephones a tow truck. Meanwhile, Stephi promises Travis will be on time, but Dee Dee, the wedding planner, insists that he will ruin everything. Back on the road, the tow truck driver assures Travis his car will be safe until the morning, and directs him to a cheap hotel. There, Travis calls the dealership, but is connected to a fast food restaurant. He informs Stephi that he has run into minor car trouble, but will be back in time to meet her father’s associates at a business dinner the following evening. However, Travis fails to arrive, and Stephi gives a speech to petroleum executives on his behalf. Travis returns to the Trovare dealership to get his car repaired, and Chapman tells him that Jonni embezzled company funds and has disappeared. In the repair shop, a mechanic named “Wheel,” notes that the repairs will cost close to $4,000, and are not covered under warrantee. When Travis throws a temper tantrum, Chapman has him arrested. As he is escorted off the premises, Jonni overhears Wheel accuse Chapman of replacing the cars’ high-end components with inferior parts. Wheels threatens to turn him in to police, and the manager fires him. Police drop Travis at the bus station, where the next bus headed home leaves in five hours. He waits at a nearby bar, and meets up with Jonni, who claims that she sold him the car he wanted, but her manager stole its parts. From a pay phone, Travis apologizes for missing the business dinner and tells Stephi that he will be delayed again. She threatens to cancel the wedding if he does not return on time. Afterward, Travis goes home with Jonni, and they make love. Elsewhere, Stephi sits alone in the dark, surrounded by wedding presents. Jonni and Wheel devise a plan to steal Travis’s car from the dealership. Wheel subdues a team of Doberman Pinschers guarding the showroom, but as Travis leaves the premises, Chapman arrives and gives chase. However, Wheel sets off an explosion to deter Chapman. The manager calls police, and Wheel orders Travis and Jonni to flee before officers arrive. Meanwhile, guests gather for the wedding ceremony, but Travis is nowhere to be seen. As the Lawrences argue that they should have cancelled the event days ago, Stephi marches up to alter and apologizes to guests for a wedding that was not meant to be. Just as she finishes her speech, Travis arrives and announces that the ceremony will go on as planned. He tells “Bull” Lawrence that he has decided to work at his father’s horse ranch, and walks up the aisle with his dad. Travis takes Stephi’s hand as the preacher begins the ceremony. Outside the church, Travis finds an envelope that Jonni left on the steering wheel, containing paperwork stating that she paid for the car in full. Soon after, Travis parks at a motor inn and carries Stephi over the threshold. +

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