Frozen Assets (1992)

PG-13 | 93 mins | Romantic comedy | 23 October 1992

Director:

George Miller

Producer:

Don Klein

Cinematographers:

Ron Latoure, Geza Sinkovics

Editor:

Larry Bock

Production Designers:

Deborah Raymond, Dorian Vernaccio

Production Company:

Frozen Assets Productions
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HISTORY

A production report in the 3 Sep 1991 HR noted principal photography began 23 Jul 1991 in Portland, OR. The 12 Aug 1992 DV reported the film’s budget was approximately $5 million. As noted in an article in the 16 Sep 1991 People, lead actor Corbin Bernsen’s mother, Jeanne Cooper, and brother, Collin Bernsen, were also cast in the film.
       According to an article in the 12 Aug 1992 HR, Skouras Pictures had been negotiating to obtain domestic distribution rights in May 1992, with Paramount Pictures obtaining home video rights as part of Skouras’s deal with the studio. However, producer Don Klein stated the companies could not come to terms on the home video deal. RKO Pictures Distribution acquired domestic theatrical rights and Frozen Asset Productions “retained all other domestic rights, including home video and television.”
       The 2 Mar 1992 DV reported that a promotional stunt at the American Film Market (AFM) created an unusual situation when copies of Motion Pictures International (MPI) were distributed to attendees, and condoms advertising Frozen Assets, which had been loosely inserted, began dropping to the lobby floor. AFMA vice president Maggie Christie was furious and contacted MPI to have one of their employees pick up the condoms “littering the entryway.” Several attendees mistook the condoms for chocolate and “blithely tore them open.” By noon, the AFMA ordered the promotional condoms to be removed from all copies of the trade paper, citing market guidelines that companies cannot hand out promotional items outside their own market offices. Frozen Assets Productions bought a tie-in advertisement in ... More Less

A production report in the 3 Sep 1991 HR noted principal photography began 23 Jul 1991 in Portland, OR. The 12 Aug 1992 DV reported the film’s budget was approximately $5 million. As noted in an article in the 16 Sep 1991 People, lead actor Corbin Bernsen’s mother, Jeanne Cooper, and brother, Collin Bernsen, were also cast in the film.
       According to an article in the 12 Aug 1992 HR, Skouras Pictures had been negotiating to obtain domestic distribution rights in May 1992, with Paramount Pictures obtaining home video rights as part of Skouras’s deal with the studio. However, producer Don Klein stated the companies could not come to terms on the home video deal. RKO Pictures Distribution acquired domestic theatrical rights and Frozen Asset Productions “retained all other domestic rights, including home video and television.”
       The 2 Mar 1992 DV reported that a promotional stunt at the American Film Market (AFM) created an unusual situation when copies of Motion Pictures International (MPI) were distributed to attendees, and condoms advertising Frozen Assets, which had been loosely inserted, began dropping to the lobby floor. AFMA vice president Maggie Christie was furious and contacted MPI to have one of their employees pick up the condoms “littering the entryway.” Several attendees mistook the condoms for chocolate and “blithely tore them open.” By noon, the AFMA ordered the promotional condoms to be removed from all copies of the trade paper, citing market guidelines that companies cannot hand out promotional items outside their own market offices. Frozen Assets Productions bought a tie-in advertisement in MPI and paid extra for the insert, but because the items were not glued to the pages, the rule was enforced. The 15 Oct 1992 DV announced that the filmmakers were hosting a “Stud of the Year” contest as a publicity stunt prior to the 23 Oct 1992 opening. Paralleling a contest featured in the film, the competition was in Los Angeles, CA, on 21 Oct 1992, and featured a tie-in with the Cryobank sperm bank in Westwood, CA. Actress Dody Goodman was one of the celebrity judges alongside actresses Audrey Landers and Judy Landers, and “billboard star” Angelyne. The finalists were required to make a “deposit” at the Cryobank sperm bank, and the man with the highest sperm count would be named “Stud of the Year” and receive an all-expense paid trip for two to Mexico.
       End credits include the following acknowledgments: “The producers wish to give special thanks to: Irv Schechter; Dave Lane; E. Carmack & Carolyn Holmes; Jep Epstein; Jonathan Fielding; Barry Fireman; Tracy Fowler; Fritz Friedman; Colleen French; Laurie Gelman; Joyce D. Green; Harrison & Anita Hurst; Debbee Klein; Anthony W. LaFetra; Myron Lappeman; Robert Lewis; Martin Massman; Marty Mickelson; Sandy Siegel; Mike Silk; Sy Wexler; Michael Zinner; Tass from Sovfoto; Time-Life Inc./Little Brown & Co.; The Bombay Company; VWR Scientific; Baxter Scientific Products; Round Table Pizza; Franz Bakery; Malley’s Potato Chips; Mary Jane’s Bakery; Cellular One; Eddie Bauer; Daisy Kingdom; Bugle Boy; Medical Hospital Services; Northwest Biomedical Services: ICM Medical Equipment; Olympus Camera; Delta Faucet Co.; Michelle Rosen, Jem Associates; Century Plaza Hotel and Towers; The Oregon Film Commission; Oregon Museum of Science and Industry; Percenterprises/Lin Ephraim; The Infertility Service, The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology – Oregon Health Sciences University”; and, “Filmed entirely on location in Oregon.” End credits also include the following dedication from writer-producer Don Klein: “Dedicated to the memory of my father Leonard Klein, 1916-1960.” More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
2 Mar 1992
p. 37.
Daily Variety
12 Aug 1992.
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Daily Variety
15 Oct 1992
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Sep 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 Aug 1992
p. 3, 18.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Oct 1992
p. 7, 16.
Los Angeles Times
24 Oct 1992
Calendar, p. 5.
New York Times
24 Oct 1992
p. 16.
People
16 Sep 1991.
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Variety
25 May 1992
p. 53.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Released through RKO Pictures Distribution
Don Klein Presents
a George Miller Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Line prod
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
"B" cam op
"C" cam op
1st asst cam
1st asst "B" cam
Clapper loader
Still photog
Chief lighting tech
Best boy elec
Elec
Key grip
Best boy/Dolly grip
Grip
Grip
Grip
2d unit photog
2d unit cam asst
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Prod des
Art dept intern
Art dept intern
Art dept intern
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Exec in charge of post prod
Post prod consultant
Assoc ed
Asst ed
Post prod asst
Post prod asst
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Leadman
On set dresser
Set dresser swing
Prop master
Asst props
Master carpenter
Prop intern
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward supv
Costumer
Ward asst
Men's tailored clothing by
MUSIC
Mus rec at
Mus rec at
Mus rec at
Scoring eng
Scoring eng
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Post prod sd provided by
Addl re-rec facilities
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
ADR mixer
Foley mixer
Addl re-rec mixer
Foley artist
Foley artist
Voice casting
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Main title sd des
Addl sd facility
Addl sd facility
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff asst
DANCE
MAKEUP
Makeup artist to Ms. Long
Key makeup artist
Hairstylist to Ms. Long
Key hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
Prod coord
Prod coord
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Asst script supv
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Casting assoc (L.A.)
Casting (Portland)
Casting (Portland), Talent Casting
Prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Post prod accounting
Post prod accounting
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Asst to Mr. Klein
Asst to Ms. Long
Asst to Mr. Lam
Asst to Mr. Imperial
Unit pub
Caterer
Craft service
Office prod asst
Office prod asst
Office prod asst
Office prod asst
Office prod asst
Office prod asst
Office prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Cam prod asst
Office intern
Office intern
Office intern
Office intern
Prod intern
Prod intern
Prod intern
Prod intern
Prod intern
Prod intern
Medical consultant
Public relations
Bus affiars consultant
Lab equip supplied by
ANIMATION
Main title anim
Anim seq prod by
Anim seq prod by
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“Feels So Good,” written by Michael Tavera & Jack McMorrow
“What’s Up With That Girl,” written by Michael Tavera & Billy Martin
“Nobody Knows,” written by Billy Martin
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SONGS
“Feels So Good,” written by Michael Tavera & Jack McMorrow
“What’s Up With That Girl,” written by Michael Tavera & Billy Martin
“Nobody Knows,” written by Billy Martin
“Shake You Up,” written by Michael Tavera & Billy Martin
“Sperm Count Song,” music traditional, lyrics by Don Klein & Tom Kartozian
“Give It All Up For Love,” music by Michael Tavera, lyrics by Don Klein & Michael Alden, performed by Phil Perry
“You’re My Love Child,” music by Michael Tavera, lyrics by Don Klein
“The Happiest Man,” written by Michael Tavera & Billy Martin
“Hold Me,” written by Michael Tavera, performed by Joe Pizzulo
“Hearts On Fire,” written by Michael Tavera & Gary Falcone
“Gift Of Life,” written by Michael Tavera & Billy Martin, performed by Joe Pizzulo.
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PERFORMERS
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 October 1992
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 23 October 1992
Production Date:
began 23 July 1991
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Filmed with Panavision® Cameras & Lenses
Duration(in mins):
93
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
31630
SYNOPSIS

A vice president at Trans Global Conglomerate (TGC) has a nervous breakdown and is committed to the National Psychiatric Institute (NPI). TGC chairman J. F. Hughes meets with Zach Shepard, a mid-level manager who has worked at the company for twelve years. Hughes sends Zach to one of their subsidiaries, a failing bank in Hobart, Oregon, and declares that if Zach turns a profit in six months, he will be promoted to vice president. If Zach fails, he will be fired. As he drives to Hobart, Zach picks up hitchhiker Newton Patterson, a happy-go-lucky man who claims to be wealthy. Newton admits he “escaped” from NPI and asks Zach to keep his secret. Zach drops Newton off at his large home, then goes to First Family Bank, and is surprised to discover it is a sperm bank. He and the biogenetic counselor, Dr. Grace Murdock, get off to a difficult start. She manages everything at the bank, and when Zach examines the books, he declares she does not understand how to run a profitable business. She insists the sperm bank exists solely to help the community, but Zach is determined to make a profit. That evening, Grace complains to her brother, Bobby, and her penny-pinching boyfriend, Lewis Crandall, about her new supervisor. Zach checks into the only hotel in the small town and discovers it is a bordello. When Newton Patterson telephones and invites him to dinner, Zach quickly accepts and meets Newton’s mother. She talks of the world leaders Newton advises, but Zach believes she is joking. He accepts their invitation to stay with ... +


A vice president at Trans Global Conglomerate (TGC) has a nervous breakdown and is committed to the National Psychiatric Institute (NPI). TGC chairman J. F. Hughes meets with Zach Shepard, a mid-level manager who has worked at the company for twelve years. Hughes sends Zach to one of their subsidiaries, a failing bank in Hobart, Oregon, and declares that if Zach turns a profit in six months, he will be promoted to vice president. If Zach fails, he will be fired. As he drives to Hobart, Zach picks up hitchhiker Newton Patterson, a happy-go-lucky man who claims to be wealthy. Newton admits he “escaped” from NPI and asks Zach to keep his secret. Zach drops Newton off at his large home, then goes to First Family Bank, and is surprised to discover it is a sperm bank. He and the biogenetic counselor, Dr. Grace Murdock, get off to a difficult start. She manages everything at the bank, and when Zach examines the books, he declares she does not understand how to run a profitable business. She insists the sperm bank exists solely to help the community, but Zach is determined to make a profit. That evening, Grace complains to her brother, Bobby, and her penny-pinching boyfriend, Lewis Crandall, about her new supervisor. Zach checks into the only hotel in the small town and discovers it is a bordello. When Newton Patterson telephones and invites him to dinner, Zach quickly accepts and meets Newton’s mother. She talks of the world leaders Newton advises, but Zach believes she is joking. He accepts their invitation to stay with them instead of the hotel, and discreetly attempts to give Mrs. Patterson money, but she insists that Newton is rich. Zach admits he knows Newton escaped from NPI, and she asks him to keep it secret. That night, Zach sleeps on a twin bed in Newton’s room, and Newton admits he has never had a girl friend and is afraid to ask for a date. To give Newton a sense of purpose, Zach offers him a job at the bank. Newton accepts, and Grace finds him vacuuming the floor in the morning. Newton happily reminisces about when he and Grace were school classmates, although she cannot remember him. Later, Sid Singer, a sperm broker, contacts Zach. All of Sid’s suppliers are in bankruptcy proceedings and he needs 5,000 vials of sperm in eight weeks. Zach negotiates a six-figure deal and rushes to tell Grace the good news. She explains that not every donation is usable, so they will need thousands of donors to fill the order, and the sperm bank does not have the money to pay donors. Zach comes up with an idea for a “Stud of the Year” contest in which men will freely donate sperm and the man with the highest sperm count will win $100,000. Grace believes the company’s assets are a gift from God to help people with infertility issues, and refuses to participate. Zach admits he needs her and notes that he will be transferred if the bank becomes a success, and she will again be in charge. She reluctantly signs on, and Zach hosts a show, complete with musical numbers, to announce the contest. He advises the men to abstain from sex and alcohol to improve their sperm count, and declares the deposits will start in four weeks. At the sperm bank, Newton accidentally locks Grace and Zach in the freezer. They hug to share body heat, and start to warm up to each other. When Newton opens the door, they awkwardly break apart and return to work. Lewis Crandall is upset about the contest and wants Grace to get a “normal job.” She is passionate about her work, and realizes that Lewis does not understand her. Later, Mrs. Patterson works at the reception desk as men line up around the block to make donations. Zach worries that the line is not moving fast enough to make the delivery schedule, and Newton suggests remodeling the building to maximize the space with more cubicles. The men’s wives picket out front, protesting that the men are abstaining from sex. When the bordello Madam protests that her “girls” will become homeless because no one is hiring them, Newton suggests using the prostitutes as “nurses.” The remodeled building and the attractive nurses effectively accelerate the donation process. Zach asks to meet Grace at her home to discuss paperwork. The prostitutes notice that Grace likes Zach and give her makeover advice. When Zach arrives at her house, Grace looks softer and more attractive. He brings champagne to celebrate their growing profits. They get drunk, and Grace admits she wants to make love to Zach. They go to her bedroom, but she passes out. In the morning, she thinks they made love and wishes she remembered the encounter. He lies and claims they had incredible sex. She is thrilled and they kiss. That morning, Lewis Crandall unexpectedly proposes to Grace, but she admits having second thoughts and breaks off their relationship. Zach and Grace go on a picnic and make love. She asks him to shut down the contest, insisting it is making the townspeople crazy. He refuses and she is disappointed to realize he only cares about his promotion. When she claims that he got her drunk to take advantage of her, he admits that nothing happened. She is upset, insisting she would not have made love to him that afternoon if he had not tricked her. When Zach arrives at work the next day, Grace has chained herself to the doors so no one can get inside. He calls police, who remove the doors with Grace attached. That evening, Newton goes to a local bar and learns business is slow because men are avoiding women and alcohol. The bar is filled with women, who go crazy for Newton. The following week, Zach drives the sperm bank’s refrigerated truck to Sid’s office and successfully makes the delivery. He is transferred back to corporate headquarters and asks Newton to join him at the company, noting there is probably an opening in the mailroom. Hughes congratulates Zach on his success and announces his plans to close the sperm bank in Oregon, and bring the concept to Los Angeles with Zach in charge. Hughes loves the idea of getting donations for nothing, but Zach reminds him that the company owes the winner $100,000. Hughes refuses to pay, and shuts down the sperm bank, citing bankruptcy. The Hobart townspeople are infuriated, and believe that Zach schemed to cheat them, and Grace knew about it. Upset at Hughes’s duplicity, Zach steals the sperm from Singer’s building and drives the refrigerated truck back to Hobart. Meanwhile, Newton sneaks into Hughes’s office and regales the executive with tales of his many business negotiations. Their meeting is interrupted when Sid Singer calls to complain about Zach’s theft. When Newton tells Hughes to pay the $100,000, Hughes calls him crazy. In Hobart, Grace addresses the townspeople at the town picnic, and tries to calm everyone. Zach drives up across the lake, but there is no ferry to transport the truck. As police arrive to arrest him, he releases the brakes and sends it into the water. Zach swims across the lake, and apologizes to everyone. Some people remain upset, while others defend him. As he walks away, Grace runs after him, and they kiss. Newton arrives and hands Grace a $1 million check for the town. The corporate check is from NPI, a different NPI which stands for Newton Patterson Industries, not the National Psychiatric Institute as Zach believed, and they realize Newton was not lying about being a billionaire. Zach is embarrassed that he made Newton his assistant at the sperm bank, but Newton declares that is how he knew he could trust Zach. He reveals that he bought TGC from Hughes and wants to promote Zach to president. Fifteen months later, Grace and Zach push a stroller carrying their four babies, and Grace informs Zach she is pregnant again. +

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