Ladybugs (1992)

PG-13 | 91 mins | Comedy | 27 March 1992

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HISTORY

End credits include: “The producers wish to thank the following people for their assistance in the making of this film: Del, Rubel, Shaw, Mason & Derin; Direct Travel of California, Inc.; Great Northern Brokerage Corp.,” and, “S.C.O.R.E. American Soccer Company; Patrick USA Sport Shoes; Cellular One/McCaw Cellular Communications; Club Car, Inc., Augusta, Georgia; ACE Hardware; Robert Bosch Corporation; BIG O TIRES, INC.; Lennox Industries, Inc.; The Brown Palace Hotel; Sports and Entertainment Group; St. Mary’s Academy; Kent Denver School; George E. Noujaim – USSF/FIFA Referee; The City of Cherry Hills Village, Colorado.” End credits also state: “A special thanks to Colorado Film Commission & Lisa Gilford.”
       On 15 Apr 1991, HR announced Rodney Dangerfield’s casting in the $20 million project, which was scheduled to begin production 10 Jun 1991 in Dallas, TX. However, 23 Jul 1991 HR production charts reported that principal photography began 15 Jul 1991 in Denver, CO. Ten days later, a 25 Jul 1991 DV news item explained that filming had been switched from Dallas to Denver because the filmmakers were concerned about the child actors’ exposure to summertime heat in TX. According to production notes in AMPAS library files, Denver locations included a ballroom in the Brown Palace Hotel, McCormick’s Restaurant, and Cherry Hills Village, where the “Mullen” estate was filmed. Additionally, the production used various locations at the Denver Technological Center, including Harlequin Plaza, MCI, Metropoint, and Marina Square, which also provided facilities for sound stages. Soccer games were filmed at Kent Denver School, St. Mary’s Academy, and the Aurauria Higher Education ... More Less

End credits include: “The producers wish to thank the following people for their assistance in the making of this film: Del, Rubel, Shaw, Mason & Derin; Direct Travel of California, Inc.; Great Northern Brokerage Corp.,” and, “S.C.O.R.E. American Soccer Company; Patrick USA Sport Shoes; Cellular One/McCaw Cellular Communications; Club Car, Inc., Augusta, Georgia; ACE Hardware; Robert Bosch Corporation; BIG O TIRES, INC.; Lennox Industries, Inc.; The Brown Palace Hotel; Sports and Entertainment Group; St. Mary’s Academy; Kent Denver School; George E. Noujaim – USSF/FIFA Referee; The City of Cherry Hills Village, Colorado.” End credits also state: “A special thanks to Colorado Film Commission & Lisa Gilford.”
       On 15 Apr 1991, HR announced Rodney Dangerfield’s casting in the $20 million project, which was scheduled to begin production 10 Jun 1991 in Dallas, TX. However, 23 Jul 1991 HR production charts reported that principal photography began 15 Jul 1991 in Denver, CO. Ten days later, a 25 Jul 1991 DV news item explained that filming had been switched from Dallas to Denver because the filmmakers were concerned about the child actors’ exposure to summertime heat in TX. According to production notes in AMPAS library files, Denver locations included a ballroom in the Brown Palace Hotel, McCormick’s Restaurant, and Cherry Hills Village, where the “Mullen” estate was filmed. Additionally, the production used various locations at the Denver Technological Center, including Harlequin Plaza, MCI, Metropoint, and Marina Square, which also provided facilities for sound stages. Soccer games were filmed at Kent Denver School, St. Mary’s Academy, and the Aurauria Higher Education Center.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
25 Jul 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
15 Apr 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
23 Jul 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
30 Mar 1992
p. 8, 24.
Los Angeles Times
28 Mar 1992
p. 9.
New York Times
28 Mar 1992
p. 17.
Variety
6 Apr 1992
p. 167.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Paramount Pictures Presents
A Ruddy & Morgan Production
A Sidney J. Furie Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Co-exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst photog
1st asst photog
1st asst photog
2d asst photog
2d asst photog
Chief lighting tech
Asst chief lighting tech
1st company grip
2d company grip
Dolly grip
Elec
Still photog
Cam systems by
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Asst prop master
Asst prop master
Leadperson
Set dresser
Prop person
Prop person
Prop person
Prop person
Scenic artist
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv
Cost
Seamstress
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus supv
Asst mus ed
Orch contractor
Mus scoring mixer
Mus score rec at
Mus coord
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Cable person
Supv dial ed
Supv eff ed
Foley ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
ADR ed
Sd eff asst
Sd eff apprentice
Sd eff apprentice
ADR mixer
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley mixer
ADR & foley rec at
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Titles & opticals by
MAKEUP
Make-up artist
Make-up artist
Hair stylist
Hair stylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting asst
Loc casting & extras
Loc casting asst
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Asst prod coord
Prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Post prod supv
Asst to Mr. Frederickson & Mr. Furie
Promotional coord
Unit pub
Teacher/Welfare worker
Craft service
Caterer
First aid
Soccer tech adv
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation capt
Driver to Mr. Dangerfield
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
SOURCES
SONGS
"Psych Em' Out," written and performed by D. A. Young, published by Shelley/Young Publishing and Rud Mor Music Publishing
"Moment of Truth," written by Kristen Vigard & D. A. Young, published by 23rd Street Publishing, Inc./Five Piece Set Music (administered worldwide by 23rd Street Publishing, Inc.) and Shelley/Young Publishing, performed by Kristen Vigard & D. A. Young, Kristen Vigard performs courtesy of Private Music
"Girls," written by Dwight Twilley, published by Dionio Music/Bughouse Music, performed by Dwight Twilley, courtesy of EMI Records USA, A division of Capitol Records, Inc., by arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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SONGS
"Psych Em' Out," written and performed by D. A. Young, published by Shelley/Young Publishing and Rud Mor Music Publishing
"Moment of Truth," written by Kristen Vigard & D. A. Young, published by 23rd Street Publishing, Inc./Five Piece Set Music (administered worldwide by 23rd Street Publishing, Inc.) and Shelley/Young Publishing, performed by Kristen Vigard & D. A. Young, Kristen Vigard performs courtesy of Private Music
"Girls," written by Dwight Twilley, published by Dionio Music/Bughouse Music, performed by Dwight Twilley, courtesy of EMI Records USA, A division of Capitol Records, Inc., by arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
"If I Can't Sell It, I'm Gonna Sit Right Down on It," written by Andy Razaf and Alexander Hill, published by Joe Davis Music
"Elevate My Mind," written by Rob Birch and Nick Hallam, published by Fiction Songs, Inc., performed by Stereo MC'S, courtesy of Island Records, Ltd.
"Let's Go Undercover," written by Michael Jay and Mark Leggett, published by Ensign Music Corporation, Captain Hook Music, and Legativity Music, performed by Brenda K. Starr, courtesy of Epic Records, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
"Kiss My Love Goodbye," written by Mick Cripps, Tracii Gunns, Phillip Lewis, Kelly Nickels, Steve Riley and Steve Diamond, published by PRI Songs, Inc., Al Snug Music, and Diamond Mine Music, performed by L.A. Guns, courtesy of PLG Records, by arrangement with PolyGram Special Products
"I've Heard It Before," written by Greg Ginn and Chuck Dukowski, published by Cesstone Music, performed by Black Flag, courtesy of SST Records
"All I Have to Do Is Dream," written by Boudleaux Bryant, published by Acuff-Rose Music Inc./House of Bryant, performed by The Everly Brothers, courtesy of Barnaby Records, Inc., by arrangement with Celebrity Licensing, Inc.
"Summergirls," written by Dino Esposito, published by Onid Music/Island Music, Inc., performed by Dino Esposito, courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
"My Special Angel," written by Jimmy Duncan, published by Warner-Tammerlane Publishing Corp., performed by Bobby Helms, courtesy of MCA Records
"Fashion Plaza," written by Richard Sterling, courtesy of Capitol Production Music/Ole Georg
"Tango for Two," written by Ole Georg, courtesy of Capitol Production Music
"A Groove Relation," written by Luther Jordan, courtesy of Capitol Production Music/Ole Georg
"Jammin' the Pump," written by Luther Jordan, courtesy of Capitol Production Music/Ole Georg.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
27 March 1992
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 27 March 1992
New York opening: week of 28 March 1992
Production Date:
began 15 July 1991 in Denver, CO
Copyright Claimant:
Ladybugs Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
21 April 1992
Copyright Number:
PA564325
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Color by Deluxe®
Duration(in mins):
91
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
31524
SYNOPSIS

In Denver, Colorado, a shifty, middle-aged salesman named Chester Lee attends a self-help seminar to improve his work status at Mullen Industries, then returns home with roses for his fiancée, Bess, whom he plans to marry when he receives the promotion. Although Bess is delighted by the promise of their new life together, she is concerned about Chester’s relationship with her antagonistic teenage son, Matthew. The following day at Mullen Industries, Chief Executive Officer Dave Mullen is needled by his buxom wife, Glynnis, to hire a new coach for the company-sponsored girls’ soccer team, the “Ladybugs.” Although their daughter, Kimberly, is a team member, she botches games by kicking the ball too high, and Glynnis is intent on transforming the girl into a star player. Just then, Chester arrives for a meeting with Mullen to secure his promotion. When the executive is dismissive, Chester notices an immense case of soccer trophies and claims to be a player, himself. Mistaking Chester for a real athlete, Glynnis orders her husband to hire Chester as the Ladybugs’ new coach. With his promotion hanging in the balance, as well as his plans to marry Bess, Chester partners with his strident secretary, Julie Benson, to coach the Ladybugs. At the first team meeting, however, they are horrified to discover that Kimberly Mullen and one other girl from the previous year’s championship team remain. The new girls are hapless and awkward, and know as little about soccer as their coaches. The Ladybugs perform disastrously in their first game, and Glynnis is intolerant of the girls’ failure. Appeasing his wife, Mullen promises to promote Chester ... +


In Denver, Colorado, a shifty, middle-aged salesman named Chester Lee attends a self-help seminar to improve his work status at Mullen Industries, then returns home with roses for his fiancée, Bess, whom he plans to marry when he receives the promotion. Although Bess is delighted by the promise of their new life together, she is concerned about Chester’s relationship with her antagonistic teenage son, Matthew. The following day at Mullen Industries, Chief Executive Officer Dave Mullen is needled by his buxom wife, Glynnis, to hire a new coach for the company-sponsored girls’ soccer team, the “Ladybugs.” Although their daughter, Kimberly, is a team member, she botches games by kicking the ball too high, and Glynnis is intent on transforming the girl into a star player. Just then, Chester arrives for a meeting with Mullen to secure his promotion. When the executive is dismissive, Chester notices an immense case of soccer trophies and claims to be a player, himself. Mistaking Chester for a real athlete, Glynnis orders her husband to hire Chester as the Ladybugs’ new coach. With his promotion hanging in the balance, as well as his plans to marry Bess, Chester partners with his strident secretary, Julie Benson, to coach the Ladybugs. At the first team meeting, however, they are horrified to discover that Kimberly Mullen and one other girl from the previous year’s championship team remain. The new girls are hapless and awkward, and know as little about soccer as their coaches. The Ladybugs perform disastrously in their first game, and Glynnis is intolerant of the girls’ failure. Appeasing his wife, Mullen promises to promote Chester to head salesman if he can lead the Ladybugs to victory. Meanwhile, Bess mistakenly believes Chester has already secured the promotion and starts planning their wedding, though she remains concerned about her son, who prioritizes sports over academics. As punishment, Matthew is expelled from his school’s soccer team, even though he is the best player. Matthew is distracted by his infatuation with Kimberly Mullen, however, but is too shy to approach her. One day, Chester drives Matthew to the soccer field and asks him to help coach the Ladybugs. Observing the girls, Matthew sees Kimberly and grudgingly agrees to join the team, dressed as a girl named “Martha.” At the Ladybug’s next game, Matthew orders the girls around the field, hoping to win the match. When the team loses yet again, Chester tells Matthew that he is overbearing, and did not give the girls a chance. Outraged by the criticism, Matthew quits, but later overhears his mother express joy about her upcoming marriage. Just as Chester prepares to reveal the truth about his failed promotion, Matthew interrupts the conversation to announce his decision to join a “new” soccer team. With Bess ignorant of her son’s cross-dressing, Chester takes Matthew shopping for girls’ clothes as he and Julie instruct the boy in the ways of femininity. Sometime later, at the Ladybug’s first winning game, Chester’s boss, Mullen, compliments him on the team’s progress and promises to reward his efforts with an elevated position in the company. Just then, Bess arrives unexpectedly and Chester panics, turning her attention away from Matthew. After the day’s success, Glynnis Mullen invites the girls to her estate so they can swim naked in her pool. When Matthew telephones Chester in distress, he picks up the boy, dressed as “Martha’s” mother. At another game, Kimberly fails to kick a goal and Mullen orders Chester to take his daughter out of the game. However, the Ladybugs win the game and qualify for the championship. Later that day, Kimberly shows up at Matthew’s house and he quickly changes into a dress before opening the door. Kimberly regrets displeasing her father and calls “Martha” her best friend. Just then, Chester and Bess return home with groceries. Desperate to get Kimberly out of the house, Matthew quickly guides her outside, but Bess catches on to the ruse, feels betrayed, and orders Chester to leave. At the Ladybugs’ championship game, the girls contend against a militaristic competitor and Mullen declares that Kimberly must not play. When he learns “Martha” is not playing, either, he threatens to rescind Chester’s promotion. Just then, Matthew arrives and changes into his costume. However, Chester tells the boy he no longer needs to maintain the hoax, and Matthew feels true affection for his potential stepfather. Matthew races to Kimberly’s house and reveals he is a boy. He convinces her to play, despite her father’s orders, then dons his wig so he can be included in the game. In a huddle before kick off, Chester secretly divulges that Matthew is a boy, but insists the girls don’t need him to win. As the teams begin the game, Mullen threatens to fire Chester if he allows Kimberly to play, but Chester refuses to follow orders. With Matthew coaching from the sidelines, the girls battle to tie the score. In the last minutes of the game, Kimberly delivers a successful penalty kick, and the Ladybugs win the championship. Mullen is so pleased, he gives Clifford an even greater promotion. As Clifford and Bess make up, Kimberly and Matthew kiss. Sometime later, Clifford coaches a boys’ soccer team, but dresses them as girls to improve their sportsmanship. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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