Mac and Me (1988)

PG | 91, 93 or 99 mins | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy | 12 August 1988

Director:

Stewart Raffill

Producer:

R. J. Louis

Cinematographer:

Nick McLean

Editor:

Tom Walls

Production Designer:

W. Stewart Campbell
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HISTORY

The 10 Jun 1987 Var production chart announced that principal photography began on 8 Jun 1987 in Los Angeles, CA. Actress Elizabeth Berkley was listed as a cast member, but is not credited onscreen. The 18 May 1987 HR and the 14 Jun 1987 LAT noted that New Star Entertainment was associated with the production. However, New Star is not credited onscreen. According to the 8 Jun 1987 HR, filming was scheduled for forty days in Los Angeles, followed by one week at the Haleakala Crater on the Hawaiian island of Maui. As noted in the 15 Aug 1988 LAT article, filming also took place at the McDonald Production Store, a McDonald’s restaurant built specifically for filming purposes in City of Industry, CA.
       Before filming began, the 18 May 1987 HR reported that the film’s budget was $10.5 million. However, two months before release, the 9 Jun 1988 HR listed the budget as approximately $13 million. The picture had “major tie-ins” with different corporations and brands, such as Mars, Incorporated, McDonald’s, and Volkswagen. In addition, a percentage of the film’s proceeds were to be donated to Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities.
       Actor Jade Calegory was a victim of spina bifida who had competed in wheelchair marathons prior to starring in Mac and Me, according to the 23 Aug 1988 LAT.
       A news item in the 17 Aug 1988 Var reported that the film’s world premiere took place on 5 Aug 1988 in Hong Kong, China. After the film’s 12 Aug ... More Less

The 10 Jun 1987 Var production chart announced that principal photography began on 8 Jun 1987 in Los Angeles, CA. Actress Elizabeth Berkley was listed as a cast member, but is not credited onscreen. The 18 May 1987 HR and the 14 Jun 1987 LAT noted that New Star Entertainment was associated with the production. However, New Star is not credited onscreen. According to the 8 Jun 1987 HR, filming was scheduled for forty days in Los Angeles, followed by one week at the Haleakala Crater on the Hawaiian island of Maui. As noted in the 15 Aug 1988 LAT article, filming also took place at the McDonald Production Store, a McDonald’s restaurant built specifically for filming purposes in City of Industry, CA.
       Before filming began, the 18 May 1987 HR reported that the film’s budget was $10.5 million. However, two months before release, the 9 Jun 1988 HR listed the budget as approximately $13 million. The picture had “major tie-ins” with different corporations and brands, such as Mars, Incorporated, McDonald’s, and Volkswagen. In addition, a percentage of the film’s proceeds were to be donated to Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities.
       Actor Jade Calegory was a victim of spina bifida who had competed in wheelchair marathons prior to starring in Mac and Me, according to the 23 Aug 1988 LAT.
       A news item in the 17 Aug 1988 Var reported that the film’s world premiere took place on 5 Aug 1988 in Hong Kong, China. After the film’s 12 Aug 1988 release on 1,314 screens, the 17 Aug 1988 LAT noted that the film brought in a weekend box-office gross of $2.1 million. A review in the 15 Aug 1988 LAT called the film “an amazingly bald-faced copy of E.T,” concurring with the 13 Aug 1988 NYT which called it “a shameless clone.”
       According to the 8 Jun 1987 HR and the 23 Aug 1988 LAT, producer R. J. Louis intended the film to “spin-off” into a franchise that was to included a sequel, a television series and an animated series. To date, no sequel or series have been produced.
       The film marked the motion picture debut of the character “Ronald McDonald,” mascot of McDonald’s restaurants.
       The following statement appears before end credits: “We’ll be back!” End credits acknowledge: “Snorks” clip courtesy of Sepp, S.A. and Sepp-Inter, Inc., ©1984 SEPP/Hanna-Barbera.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
15 Aug 1988
p. 3, 14.
Hollywood Reporter
18 May 1987
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jun 1987
p. 1, 14, 18.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jun 1988
p. 1, 13.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Aug 1988
p. 3, 18.
Los Angeles Times
14 Jun 1987
Calendar, p. 39.
Los Angeles Times
15 Aug 1988
Business, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
15 Aug 1988
Calendar, p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
17 Aug 1988
Calendar, p. 2.
Los Angeles Times
23 Aug 1988
Section IV, p. H3.
New York Times
13 Aug 1988
Section 1, p. 14.
Variety
10 Jun 1987
p. 6.
Variety
17 Aug 1988
p. 18.
Variety
17 Aug 1988
p. 22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
An Orion® Pictures Release
An R. J. Louis Production
An Orion® Pictures Release
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Steadicam op
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Still photog
Video op
Key grip
2d grip
Dolly grip
Gaffer
Best boy
Rigging gaffer
Cranes & dollys
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITORS
Assoc film ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Leadman
Prop master
Asst prop
Asst prop
Const coord
Const foreman
Greens foreman
Standby painter
COSTUMES
Men`s cost supv
Women`s cost supv
Men`s costumer
MUSIC
Mus ed
Mus scoring mixer
Audio programming
Mus supv
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom man
Cable man
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Supv sd ed
Supv ADR ed
Supv foley ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Alien puppeteer
Alien puppeteer
Alien puppeteer
Alien puppeteer
Alien puppeteer
Alien puppeteer
Alien puppeteer
Alien puppeteer
Alien EFX
Alien des
Alien des
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec visual eff
Spec visual eff, Apogee
Spec visual eff, Apogee
Spec visual eff, Apogee
Spec visual eff
Spec visual eff, Illusion Arts
Spec visual eff, Illusion Arts
Spec visual eff
Mechanical
Model maker
Model maker
Model maker
Titles
DANCE
Choreog
Asst to choreog
Asst to choreog
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Alien makeup
Alien makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Dial coach
Transportation
Transportation
Transportation
Asst to R. J. Louis
Asst to R. J. Louis
Exec in charge of bus affairs
Scr supv
Prod coord
Prod coord
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Loc mgr - L.A.
Loc mgr - Hawaii
First aid
First aid
First aid
Craft service
Casting asst
Casting asst
Extra casting
Extra casting
Animal trainer
Animal trainer
Animal trainer
Animal trainer
Animal trainer
Tutor
Catering
Promotional consultant
STAND INS
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts (Stunt pilot)
Stunts
Stunts (Helicopter pilot)
Stunt coord
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col
SOURCES
SONGS
“Down To Earth,” performed by Ashford & Simpson, written by Allee Willis and Danny Sembello, produced by Ashford & Simpson, Allee Willis and Danny Sembello, courtesy of Capitol Records, executive producer: Brooks Arthur
“Send Out A Signal,” performed by Larry Hart, written by Larry Hart, produced by Brooks Arthur and Larry Hart
“Wait And Break My Heart Tomorrow,” performed by The Flint River Band, written by Greg Allen, produced by Harley Hatcher
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SONGS
“Down To Earth,” performed by Ashford & Simpson, written by Allee Willis and Danny Sembello, produced by Ashford & Simpson, Allee Willis and Danny Sembello, courtesy of Capitol Records, executive producer: Brooks Arthur
“Send Out A Signal,” performed by Larry Hart, written by Larry Hart, produced by Brooks Arthur and Larry Hart
“Wait And Break My Heart Tomorrow,” performed by The Flint River Band, written by Greg Allen, produced by Harley Hatcher
“You Knew What You Were Doing (Every Inch Of The Way),” performed by Marcy Levy, written by Jeff Barry and Marcy Levy, produced by Jeff Barry and Brooks Arthur, associate producer Marcy Levy
“Waves,” performed by Debbie Lytton, written by Marti Sharron and Glen Ballard, produced by Marti Sharron and Michael Lloyd
“Take Me/I’ll Follow You,” preformed by Bobby Caldwell, music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Bobby Caldwell, produced by Alan Silvestri and Bobby Caldwell
“You’re Not A Stranger Anymore,” performed by Jara Lane, music by Alan Silvestri, lyrics by Bob Gaudio, Judy Parker and Mike Curb, produced and arranged by Bob Gaudio
“The Twilight Zone Theme,” written by Marius Constant.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
MAC and Me
Release Date:
12 August 1988
Premiere Information:
World premiere in Hong Kong, China: 5 August 1988
nationwide opening: 12 August 1988
Production Date:
began on 8 June 1987
Copyright Claimant:
The Mac and Me Joint Venture
Copyright Date:
4 October 1988
Copyright Number:
PA383812
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Lenses & Panaflex® Camera by Panavision®
Prints
Prints by de luxe®
Duration(in mins):
91, 93 or 99
Length(in feet):
8,898
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29165
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A module from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) lands on the planet Mars. While it collects soil samples, a family of four extraterrestrials is accidentally sucked inside through a vacuum hose. The module lifts off, returns to Earth, and is taken to a laboratory in the California desert. As federal agents Mitford and Wickett observe scientists opening the module, the aliens reappear. Discharging electrical power from their hands, they escape into the desert, but the youngest is separated and runs onto a street, causing a multiple-vehicle collision. As traffic stops, the alien hides inside a minivan belonging to a single mother, Janet, and her two sons, Michael and Eric, from Illinois. After agent Mitford waves them past the accident, Janet continues driving to their new home in a Los Angeles suburb. Arriving at the house on the top of a hill, Eric wants to ride around the neighborhood in his wheelchair, but Janet insists he unpack first. Unnoticed, the young alien leaves the vehicle and runs into the canyon behind the backyard. In the morning, Eric sees the alien and follows it. However, he loses control of his wheelchair and rolls off a cliff into a lake. The alien dives in and rescues him. Returning to the house, Eric tells his mother and brother that the Mysterious Alien Creature, “MAC,” saved him, but they do not believe him. To prove that Mac exists, Eric plans to capture him. With help from next-door neighbor Debbie, Eric lures Mac inside the house with cups of a soft drink and traps him inside a vacuum cleaner, but the little alien short-circuits it and creates a neighborhood blackout. As Michael arrives, ... +


A module from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) lands on the planet Mars. While it collects soil samples, a family of four extraterrestrials is accidentally sucked inside through a vacuum hose. The module lifts off, returns to Earth, and is taken to a laboratory in the California desert. As federal agents Mitford and Wickett observe scientists opening the module, the aliens reappear. Discharging electrical power from their hands, they escape into the desert, but the youngest is separated and runs onto a street, causing a multiple-vehicle collision. As traffic stops, the alien hides inside a minivan belonging to a single mother, Janet, and her two sons, Michael and Eric, from Illinois. After agent Mitford waves them past the accident, Janet continues driving to their new home in a Los Angeles suburb. Arriving at the house on the top of a hill, Eric wants to ride around the neighborhood in his wheelchair, but Janet insists he unpack first. Unnoticed, the young alien leaves the vehicle and runs into the canyon behind the backyard. In the morning, Eric sees the alien and follows it. However, he loses control of his wheelchair and rolls off a cliff into a lake. The alien dives in and rescues him. Returning to the house, Eric tells his mother and brother that the Mysterious Alien Creature, “MAC,” saved him, but they do not believe him. To prove that Mac exists, Eric plans to capture him. With help from next-door neighbor Debbie, Eric lures Mac inside the house with cups of a soft drink and traps him inside a vacuum cleaner, but the little alien short-circuits it and creates a neighborhood blackout. As Michael arrives, Eric and Debbie free Mac. Believing his brother is telling the truth, Michael announces that Mac caused the automobile accident and the government is looking for him. In the morning, Eric and Michael find a stack of pictures of horses and a furniture store advertisement on the dining room table. Finding Mac in the living room, they see him pointing at a photograph of their own family. Meanwhile, agents Mitford and Wicket track Mac to Eric and Michael’s house. Worried for their new friend’s safety, Eric and Debbie take Mac to a birthday party at a McDonald’s restaurant dressed as a computerized teddy bear. During the party, Mitford and Wicket attempt to capture Mac, but he escapes with help from Eric, Debbie, Michael, and Debbie’s older sister, Courtney. As they drive into the desert, Mac sees horses grazing around a furniture store billboard. Recalling the advertisement and photographs on the dining room table, Eric believes Mac’s family is close by. Inside an abandoned mine, Michael finds Mac’s parents and sister passed out. Reviving them with soft drinks, the group drives the alien family to a nearby shopping plaza. While Michael and Courtney telephone Janet at a gasoline station, Mac and his family wander into a supermarket and startle the customers. The security guard aims his gun at the aliens, but Mac’s father, curious about the weapon, disarms him. When police and sheriff’s deputies arrive, Michael tries to explain that the aliens are not dangerous, but they ignore him. As Eric rolls in his wheelchair to help Mac, an officer accidently fires his gun and begins a shootout. Eric is caught in the crossfire and killed. Mitford and Wicket arrive as the aliens sit around Eric’s body. With their hands held over him, they use their powers to bring Eric back to life. Later, Mac and his family are sworn in as United States citizens at a ceremony. Afterward, the aliens drive to their new home. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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