Too Much Sun (1991)

R | 97 mins | Comedy | 25 January 1991

Director:

Robert Downey

Producer:

Lisa M. Hansen

Cinematographer:

Robert Yeoman

Editor:

Joe D'Augustine

Production Designer:

Shawn Hausman

Production Company:

Too Much Sun Productions
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HISTORY

The 20 Apr 1990 DV announced the completion of principal photography.
       The film was screened in Oct 1990 at the Mill Valley and the Chicago International Film Festivals, and opened in Jan 1991. Critics lamented the waste of an excellent cast on a poorly conceived screenplay.
       End credits include the following statements: “Yacht courtesy of Michael and Barbara King”; and, “Special thanks to: Diana Cohen, Denise Dimin, Physico, Peck Polymers, Wanda Hammerbeck, August Paul Hausman, Llana Lloyd, Kathy Dicker, Doug Dubick, Lee Buschel; And extra special thanks to: Richard ... More Less

The 20 Apr 1990 DV announced the completion of principal photography.
       The film was screened in Oct 1990 at the Mill Valley and the Chicago International Film Festivals, and opened in Jan 1991. Critics lamented the waste of an excellent cast on a poorly conceived screenplay.
       End credits include the following statements: “Yacht courtesy of Michael and Barbara King”; and, “Special thanks to: Diana Cohen, Denise Dimin, Physico, Peck Polymers, Wanda Hammerbeck, August Paul Hausman, Llana Lloyd, Kathy Dicker, Doug Dubick, Lee Buschel; And extra special thanks to: Richard Dorso.” More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Chicago Tribune
19 Oct 1990.
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Daily Variety
20 Apr 1990.
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Hollywood Reporter
17 Jan 1991
p. 9, 51.
Los Angeles Times
25 Jan 1991
p. 11.
New York Times
25 Jan 1991
p. 8.
Variety
22 Oct 1990
pp. 62-63.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
DGA trainee
2d unit dir
1st asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
And yet another prod
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Addl cam op
Addl cam asst
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Elec
Elec
Elec
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Still photog
Generator op
Cam op, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
Projectionist/Loader, Post prod
Cranes and dollies by
Insert vehicles
Grip/Elec equip
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir, 2d unit
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed, Post prod
2d asst ed, Post prod
Apprentice ed, Post prod
Video ed services
Ed facilities
Negative cutter
Negative cutter
Negative cutter
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set lead
Set dresser
Prop master
Asst prop master
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost asst
Cost asst
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus supv by Gaylon J. Horton & Suzan Kapner Mann f
Mus rec studio
Mus rec eng
SOUND
Sd mixer
Sd mixer
Boom op
Post prod supv
Post prod sd
Supv sd ed, Post prod
Sd ed, Post prod
Sd ed, Post prod
Asst sd ed, Post prod
Asst sd ed, Post prod
ADR, Post prod
ADR mixer, Post prod
Foley mixer, Post prod
Foley walker, Post prod
Foley walker, Post prod
Re-rec mixer, Post prod
Re-rec mixer, Post prod
Re-rec, Post prod
Re-rec by, Post prod
Optical sd transfer, Post prod
Ultra Stereo consultant
VISUAL EFFECTS
Titles and opticals
MAKEUP
Key make-up artist
Key hair stylist
Make-up utility
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Loc mgr
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation co-capt
Shotmaker driver
Shotmaker driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Honeywagon driver
Honeywagon driver
Asst to Paul Hertzberg
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Poodles provided by
Yacht capt
Craft services
On-set nurse
Unit pub
Prod asst, 2d unit
Prod asst, 2d unit
Craft services, 2d unit
Post prod accountant
Legal services
Legal clearances
Completion guarantor
Completion guarantor
Insurance
Banking services
Banking services
COLOR PERSONNEL
Still photo processing
Col timer
SOURCES
SONGS
“Blues Five Spot,” written by Thelonious Monk, published by Thelonious Music Corporation (BMI), courtesy of Don Sickler, Thelonious Music Corporation
“Little Rootie Tootie,” written by Thelonious Monk, published by Thelonious Music Corporation (BMI), courtesy of Don Sickler, Thelonious Music Corporation
[“Blues Five Spot” and Little Rootie Tootie”] performed by: keyboards, guitars, mandolin: David Robbins
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SONGS
“Blues Five Spot,” written by Thelonious Monk, published by Thelonious Music Corporation (BMI), courtesy of Don Sickler, Thelonious Music Corporation
“Little Rootie Tootie,” written by Thelonious Monk, published by Thelonious Music Corporation (BMI), courtesy of Don Sickler, Thelonious Music Corporation
[“Blues Five Spot” and Little Rootie Tootie”] performed by: keyboards, guitars, mandolin: David Robbins
piano: Don Preston
drums: John Densmore
bass: Daryll Tewes
sax, woodwinds, percussion: Ernie Salcedo
“Reed’s Banjo,” written and performed by Daryll Tewes
“Too Much Sun,” written and performed by Robert Downey, Jr.
“Madam Butterfly,” by Puccini, performed by Bruna Rizzoli, courtesy of Southern Library of Recorded Music
“Spring,” from “The Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi, Bruton Music/APM Music (ASCAP) (Arr.), courtesy of Associated Production Music
“I Will,” written by Steve McClintock & Garm Beall, performed by “19,” courtesy of McJames Music (BMI).
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DETAILS
Release Date:
25 January 1991
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 25 January 1991
Production Date:
ended April 1990
Copyright Claimant:
Too Much Sun Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
18 January 1991
Copyright Number:
PA499485
Physical Properties:
Sound
Recorded in Ultra-Stereo®
Color
Lenses
Lenses & Panaflex camera provided by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
97
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
30331
SYNOPSIS

On an early morning in Los Angeles, California, members of the wealthy Rivers family send their pet poodles to a doggie day spa called “Poodle-Loo.” Later, family patriarch O. M. Rivers visits Our Lady of Figueroa Catholic Church, where Father Seamus Kelly presents him with incriminating photographs of his daughter, Bitsy Rivers, and her lesbian lover, Susan Collins. Father Kelly demands $50,000 to keep Bitsy’s secret, and hints that her brother, Sonny, also demonstrates homosexual tendencies. O. M. denies the accusation, but later suffers a heart attack when Sonny reveals his love affair with George Bianco. As Father Kelly performs last rites, he steps on O. M.’s oxygen hose and forces the dying man to sign a revised will, which requires at least one of the Rivers heirs to produce a child through heterosexual intercourse within one year. If they fail, the entire fortune will go to Our Lady of Figueroa Church, in care of Father Kelly. Once he secures O. M.’s signature, Father Kelly steps on the oxygen hose again, hastening the old man’s demise. Bitsy and Sonny threaten the priest with legal action, but he assures them that no court will convict a “man of God.” Meanwhile, at a mobile home park in Calabasas, California, sleazy real estate entrepreneur Frank Della Rocca, Jr., and aspiring actor Reed Richmond make random telephone calls offering tracts of land near the site of a nuclear accident in Kiev, Ukraine. On the Rivers yacht, Bitsy spreads her father’s ashes over the ocean, and declares in the presence of Father Kelly and Sonny that she has an illegitimate son named Frank Della Rocca, ... +


On an early morning in Los Angeles, California, members of the wealthy Rivers family send their pet poodles to a doggie day spa called “Poodle-Loo.” Later, family patriarch O. M. Rivers visits Our Lady of Figueroa Catholic Church, where Father Seamus Kelly presents him with incriminating photographs of his daughter, Bitsy Rivers, and her lesbian lover, Susan Collins. Father Kelly demands $50,000 to keep Bitsy’s secret, and hints that her brother, Sonny, also demonstrates homosexual tendencies. O. M. denies the accusation, but later suffers a heart attack when Sonny reveals his love affair with George Bianco. As Father Kelly performs last rites, he steps on O. M.’s oxygen hose and forces the dying man to sign a revised will, which requires at least one of the Rivers heirs to produce a child through heterosexual intercourse within one year. If they fail, the entire fortune will go to Our Lady of Figueroa Church, in care of Father Kelly. Once he secures O. M.’s signature, Father Kelly steps on the oxygen hose again, hastening the old man’s demise. Bitsy and Sonny threaten the priest with legal action, but he assures them that no court will convict a “man of God.” Meanwhile, at a mobile home park in Calabasas, California, sleazy real estate entrepreneur Frank Della Rocca, Jr., and aspiring actor Reed Richmond make random telephone calls offering tracts of land near the site of a nuclear accident in Kiev, Ukraine. On the Rivers yacht, Bitsy spreads her father’s ashes over the ocean, and declares in the presence of Father Kelly and Sonny that she has an illegitimate son named Frank Della Rocca, Jr. She accidentally throws the urn into the ocean and dives in after it, awakening hours later in a mental hospital. Father Kelly convinces Sonny to conceive a child with Susan Collins, hoping to sabotage both couples. Susan accepts Sonny’s proposition, but their tryst is unproductive. At the church rectory, Father Kelly expresses his desire to be a cardinal, and believes the Rivers fortune will facilitate his promotion by proving his exceptional fundraising ability. After determining Frank Della Rocca’s whereabouts, the priest orders Sister Agnes to pose as a customer and gather information. However, when Sister Agnes arrives, Frank is preoccupied with a prostitute named Gracia, and assigns the nun to Reed Richmond. Reed ignores Sister Agnes’s questions, preferring to discuss his theatrical ambitions, while Frank argues with Gracia over her fee. The following day, Bitsy is released from the hospital, unaware that her caretaker, “Nurse Nealy,” is Father Kelly’s minion, Sister Ursula. Shortly after returning home, Bitsy receives a telephone call from Frank, offering real estate in Albania. She drives to Calabasas, accompanied by Susan, Sonny, and George. Meanwhile, Sister Agnes returns to the trailer park with Father Kelly, intent on collecting a sample of Frank’s blood. When Bitsy and her entourage arrive, Father Kelly identifies them as the Real Estate Commission, and instructs Frank to hide. Bitsy encounters Reed, whom she assumes is her son, and offers him $7,000 per week as the family chauffeur. After Sister Agnes obtains a blood sample, she and Father Kelly take Frank into custody. When a blood test determines that he and Bitsy are not related, Frank is bound to a chair and placed on the street. In the morning, Bitsy announces her plan to marry Frank’s father, Frank Della Rocca, Sr., a parking valet at her sixteenth birthday party. Aware of Sonny’s desperation to sire a child, Reed recommends Gracia, the prostitute, claiming she is his virginal sister. Sonny invites Gracia aboard his yacht, offering her $2 million if they conceive. As George Bianco waits on the dock, overcome with jealousy, Frank appears and asks to be untied. George laments Sonny’s tryst with Gracia, who Frank reveals to be a prostitute. Intent on rescuing his lover, George swims to the yacht and listens through the porthole as Sonny declares his inability to make love to a woman. George, Sonny, Gracia, and Reed drive back to the mansion, while Frank follows, still tied to the chair. Sister Ursula notifies Father Kelly of the impending wedding, prompting the priest to locate Frank Sr., and offers $50.00 for refusing to marry Bitsy. Regardless, Frank Sr. attends the wedding, and after Bitsy explains that they have a son she gave up for adoption twenty-two years earlier, he agrees to marry her for $75.00. Upon returning home, Sonny discovers an audio cassette he received in the mail, and is shocked by its contents. Father Kelly arrives moments later, and learns that a second blood test proves Frank, Jr. is indeed Bitsy’s son. Undaunted, the priest attempts to stop the wedding, but is thwarted by Sonny, who plays the audio cassette for the crowd, proving that twenty-five years earlier, he impregnated a young woman named Consuelo Richmond, who gave birth to Reed. Gracia recognizes Father Kelly as one of her customers, and the priest is stricken with a heart attack. In heaven, O. M. Rivers hastens Father Kelly’s death by sticking pins in a voodoo doll resembling the priest. After the body is removed, the crowd celebrates Bitsy and Sonny’s good fortune. Frank is still tied to the chair. +

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