Moving (1988)

R | 89 mins | Comedy | 4 March 1988

Director:

Alan Metter

Writer:

Andy Breckman

Producer:

Stuart Cornfeld

Cinematographer:

Donald McAlpine

Editor:

Alan Balsam

Production Designer:

David L. Snyder

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures
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HISTORY

The 17 Mar 1987 HR production chart stated that principal photography began on 16 Mar 1987 in Los Angeles, CA. According to production notes in AMPAS library files, filming took place at Burbank Studiosdios in Burbank, CA, where the “Pear” house was created on “Blondie Street,” originally built on the backlot in 1941 for the Blondie film series. The Pear family dream house in Boise, ID, was a custom home on a cul-de-sac in what is known as “Canyon Country,” in Santa Clarita, CA, north of Los Angeles. A 31 Dec 1987 Exhibitor Relations Co., Inc. press release also reported that much of the filming took place in Boise, ID. The HR production chart mentioned that Al Overton, Jr. was associated with the production’s sound department, but he is not credited onscreen.
       Actor Rodney Dangerfield appears onscreen as the character “Mr. Hanks,” but is uncredited.
       The film was not screened in advance for the press, the 7 Mar 1988 DV noted, and reviewers uniformly felt uncomfortable with the irrepressible Richard Pryor portraying a “mild-mannered" suburban husband and father in what the 7 Mar 1988 LAT critic called “a pretty flat comedy.” After the picture’s 4 Mar 1988 release on 1,404 screens, the 8 Mar 1988 LAT reported that Moving brought in a weekend box-office gross of $4 million.
       The screenplay marks writer Andy Breckman’s feature film ... More Less

The 17 Mar 1987 HR production chart stated that principal photography began on 16 Mar 1987 in Los Angeles, CA. According to production notes in AMPAS library files, filming took place at Burbank Studiosdios in Burbank, CA, where the “Pear” house was created on “Blondie Street,” originally built on the backlot in 1941 for the Blondie film series. The Pear family dream house in Boise, ID, was a custom home on a cul-de-sac in what is known as “Canyon Country,” in Santa Clarita, CA, north of Los Angeles. A 31 Dec 1987 Exhibitor Relations Co., Inc. press release also reported that much of the filming took place in Boise, ID. The HR production chart mentioned that Al Overton, Jr. was associated with the production’s sound department, but he is not credited onscreen.
       Actor Rodney Dangerfield appears onscreen as the character “Mr. Hanks,” but is uncredited.
       The film was not screened in advance for the press, the 7 Mar 1988 DV noted, and reviewers uniformly felt uncomfortable with the irrepressible Richard Pryor portraying a “mild-mannered" suburban husband and father in what the 7 Mar 1988 LAT critic called “a pretty flat comedy.” After the picture’s 4 Mar 1988 release on 1,404 screens, the 8 Mar 1988 LAT reported that Moving brought in a weekend box-office gross of $4 million.
       The screenplay marks writer Andy Breckman’s feature film debut. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
7 Mar 1988
p. 3, 25.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Mar 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
7 Mar 1988
p. 8.
Los Angeles Times
7 Mar 1988
Calendar, p. 8.
Los Angeles Times
8 Mar 1988
Calendar, p. 2.
New York Times
5 Mar 1988
Section 1, p. 16.
Variety
9 Mar 1988
p. 10.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Co-starring
+
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Warner Bros. Presents
An Alan Metter Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
2d unit dir
2d unit 1st asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Chief lighting tech
Asst chief lighting tech
Key grip
2d grip
Dolly grip
Still photog
2d unit dir of photog
2d unit dir of photog
Cam op, 2d unit
Cam op, 2d unit
Cam op, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
Key grip, 2d unit
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Prod illustrator
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
Asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Asst prop master
Set des
Set des
Leadman
Stand-by painter
Lawnmower des
Lawnmower des
Prop master, 2d unit
COSTUMES
Cost des
Men`s ward
Women's ward
MUSIC
Mus ed
Orchestrator
Mus supv
SOUND
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Prod mixer
Boom op
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Foley
Foley
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff supv
Spec eff
Opticals by
Titles by
Title des
MAKEUP
Mr. Pryor's make-up
Mr. Pryor's hair stylist
Hair stylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
Prod secy
Prod accountant
Asst to Alan Metter
Asst to Stuart Cornfeld
Asst to Mr. Pryor
Asst to Mr. Pryor
Asst to Mr. Pryor
Loc mgr
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Craft service
Animal handler
Unit pub
2d unit scr supv
Transportation captain, 2d unit
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Mr. Pryor's stunt double
Stunt coord, 2d unit
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“Moving,” written, performed, and produced by Ollie E. Brown
“Salty Dog,” performed by The George Lewis Band of New Orleans, courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp., by arrangement with Warner Special Products.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 March 1988
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 4 March 1988
Production Date:
began 16 March 1987
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Brothers, Inc.
Copyright Date:
11 March 1988
Copyright Number:
PA360067
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo in selected theatres
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
89
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In New Jersey, mass transportation engineer Arlo Pear loses his job. When he interviews for a position with the engineering firm, G.T.I. Transits, personnel officer Gary Marcus offers him the opportunity to become the head of Research and Development for a new monorail project in Boise, Idaho. Arlo announces the good news to his wife Monica, teenage daughter Casey, and twin sons Marshall and Randy, but none of them want to move to Boise. However, Arlo convinces Monica that if they move, they will no longer live next-door to their terrifying neighbor, Frank Crawford, and his extreme lawnmower tractor. Arlo and Monica put their house on the market, but Casey tries to sabotage the sale because she does not want to leave her new boyfriend, Kevin. After the house is sold, Arlo and Monica travel to Boise to find a house. Arriving at the home of the Cadills, Arlo and Monica think the place is perfect, but as they comment on the various features, Mr. Cadill informs them he will be taking the windows, doors, and swimming pool with him. Assuming Cadill is joking, Arlo and Monica purchase the property and return to New Jersey. In search of a moving company, Arlo interviews Edwards and Perry, but they appear to be such suspicious characters that he hires another moving company instead. Arlo also hires a man named Brad Williams to drive his prized Saab sports car to Boise. Later, Arlo receives a telephone call from neighborhood friends, Arnold and Crystal Butterworth, that Casey is getting married to avoid moving. Thinking she is marrying Kevin, Arlo and Monica are shocked to find Casey at the chapel with Rudy, a ... +


In New Jersey, mass transportation engineer Arlo Pear loses his job. When he interviews for a position with the engineering firm, G.T.I. Transits, personnel officer Gary Marcus offers him the opportunity to become the head of Research and Development for a new monorail project in Boise, Idaho. Arlo announces the good news to his wife Monica, teenage daughter Casey, and twin sons Marshall and Randy, but none of them want to move to Boise. However, Arlo convinces Monica that if they move, they will no longer live next-door to their terrifying neighbor, Frank Crawford, and his extreme lawnmower tractor. Arlo and Monica put their house on the market, but Casey tries to sabotage the sale because she does not want to leave her new boyfriend, Kevin. After the house is sold, Arlo and Monica travel to Boise to find a house. Arriving at the home of the Cadills, Arlo and Monica think the place is perfect, but as they comment on the various features, Mr. Cadill informs them he will be taking the windows, doors, and swimming pool with him. Assuming Cadill is joking, Arlo and Monica purchase the property and return to New Jersey. In search of a moving company, Arlo interviews Edwards and Perry, but they appear to be such suspicious characters that he hires another moving company instead. Arlo also hires a man named Brad Williams to drive his prized Saab sports car to Boise. Later, Arlo receives a telephone call from neighborhood friends, Arnold and Crystal Butterworth, that Casey is getting married to avoid moving. Thinking she is marrying Kevin, Arlo and Monica are shocked to find Casey at the chapel with Rudy, a man she met at the mall. To stop the marriage, they agree to let Casey live with the Butterworths until she finishes her senior year of high school. On moving day, Arlo is surprised when the truck arrives with Edwards and Perry, newly hired by the moving company. As Edwards and Perry and their large associate, Gorgo, pack the truck, Brad Williams leaves with Arlo’s car. Saying goodbye to Casey and the Butterworths, the Pears and their dog, Flipper, leave for Boise. At a roadside restaurant, the twins show Arlo a psychology magazine with an article on the multiple personality disorder, featuring Brad Williams, who has eight separate personalities, on the cover. Arriving at the new house, Arlo finds the house stripped bare. After threatening Mr. Cadill to return everything, Arlo receives a telephone call from Edwards, stating the he and the movers took a detour to New Orleans, Louisiana, for Mari Gras. In the morning, the roar of a lawnmower tractor awakens Arlo. Looking outside, he realizes his new neighbor is Frank Crawford’s twin brother, Cornell Crawford. When Brad Williams arrives with Arlo’s car, it has been stripped and retrofitted for combat. On Arlo’s first day at work, Gary Marcus greets him with the news that the monorail project has been cancelled because of high costs. Arlo insists that he can make the project work, but Marcus disagrees and lets him go. Frustrated by misfortunes, Arlo buys firearms, locates the moving van, and commandeers it from Edwards, Perry and Gorgo. He drives the truck to Boise and orders the movers to unload the family’s belongings. Arlo is surprised to see that Casey, having missed her family, has joined them. Gary Marcus arrives at the house and rehires Arlo to rejuvenate the monorail project. Hearing the roar of Cornell Crawford’s lawnmower tractor, Arlo demands he use a regular lawn mower, and when Cornell refuses, Flipper growls menacingly until he agrees to Arlo’s request. With his family intact again, Arlo is content in his new home. +

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