Out on a Limb (1992)

PG | 83 mins | Comedy | 4 September 1992

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HISTORY

Referring to the film as Welcome to Buzzsaw, the 12 Feb 1989 LAT announced that actors Val Kilmer and Julia Roberts were set to co-star in the production, to be directed by Todd Holland. However, none of the three were involved in the final release.
       Accodring to an unsourced news item from 11 Aug 1990 in AMPAS library files, French director Francis Veber had taken over the project, and Matthew Broderick would star. Filming was set to begin in Dec 1990 in CA. Production notes state identical twin screenwriters, Daniel and Joshua Goldin, took inspiration for their story from the Yiddish folk tale series, The Wise Men of Chelm.
       Although a 23 Oct 1990 HR production chart announced a 10 Dec 1990 start date, the 16 Dec 1990 LAT reported that principal photography would commence on 2 Jan 1991 in Santa Cruz, CA. Karen Murphy was credited as one of the producers in both sources, but she did not receive an onscreen credit. Production began in Los Angeles, CA, where the Bear Stearns and Company, Inc. offices stood in for “Simon Brothers,” and the Hollywood Hills estate, “Artemesia,” doubled for the “Van der Haven” mansion. After several weeks of filming, cast and crew relocated to Northern CA, where the small town of Boulder Creek was used to depict “Buzzsaw.” The lumberyard sequences were shot at Big Creek Lumber in Davenport, CA, and production concluded at Big Basin Redwood State Park in Boulder Creek.
       On 25 Aug 1992, DV reported a $31 million budget, and announced that after “dismal” test screenings, Universal Pictures was allotting $1 ... More Less

Referring to the film as Welcome to Buzzsaw, the 12 Feb 1989 LAT announced that actors Val Kilmer and Julia Roberts were set to co-star in the production, to be directed by Todd Holland. However, none of the three were involved in the final release.
       Accodring to an unsourced news item from 11 Aug 1990 in AMPAS library files, French director Francis Veber had taken over the project, and Matthew Broderick would star. Filming was set to begin in Dec 1990 in CA. Production notes state identical twin screenwriters, Daniel and Joshua Goldin, took inspiration for their story from the Yiddish folk tale series, The Wise Men of Chelm.
       Although a 23 Oct 1990 HR production chart announced a 10 Dec 1990 start date, the 16 Dec 1990 LAT reported that principal photography would commence on 2 Jan 1991 in Santa Cruz, CA. Karen Murphy was credited as one of the producers in both sources, but she did not receive an onscreen credit. Production began in Los Angeles, CA, where the Bear Stearns and Company, Inc. offices stood in for “Simon Brothers,” and the Hollywood Hills estate, “Artemesia,” doubled for the “Van der Haven” mansion. After several weeks of filming, cast and crew relocated to Northern CA, where the small town of Boulder Creek was used to depict “Buzzsaw.” The lumberyard sequences were shot at Big Creek Lumber in Davenport, CA, and production concluded at Big Basin Redwood State Park in Boulder Creek.
       On 25 Aug 1992, DV reported a $31 million budget, and announced that after “dismal” test screenings, Universal Pictures was allotting $1 million for the picture’s advertising budget. A 1991 release had reportedly been planned, but delays occurred when several reshoots were required.
       End credits include the following acknowledgements: “Special Thanks: Lockheed - Santa Cruz Facility; Prime Network - Sports; Carol Kelly and Santa Cruz County; Big Basin State Park; Hugh Cooper and the California Film Commission; Dawn Keezer and the Santa Cruz Film Commission; Dirk Bevin and the L.A. Film Permit Office.” Also noted, “Filmed at Universal City Studios and on location in Santa Cruz, California and Los Angeles, California.” More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
25 Aug 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
23 Oct 1990.
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Hollywood Reporter
2 Jan 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
8 Sep 1992.
p. 14, 18.
Los Angeles Times
12 Feb 1989
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Los Angeles Times
16 Dec 1990.
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Los Angeles Times
7 Sep 1992
p. 2.
New York Times
5 Sep 1992
Section I, p. 15.
Variety
7 Sep 1992
p. 49.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Universal Pictures Presents
An Interscope Communications Production
A Francis Veber Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
Dir, 2d unit
1st asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Line prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Still photog
Video assist
Chief lighting tech
Best boy
Key grip
2d company grip
Dolly grip
Cranes and dollies by
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Cam op, 2d unit
1st cam asst, 2d unit
2d cam asst, 2d unit
Key grip, 2d unit
Best boy grip, 2d unit
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Asst art dir
Art dept coord
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
Film ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Senior set des
Set des
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Prop master
Asst prop master
Const coord
Const foreman
Const foreman
Paint supv
Paint supv
Standby painter
Greensman
Prop master, 2d unit
COSTUMES
Asst cost des
Set costumer
Set costumer
Textile artist
Ward, 2d unit
MUSIC
Mus ed
Mus rec at
Mus contractor
Mus rec eng
SOUND
Prod mixer
Boom op
Cableman
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Supv re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Foley supv
Foley mixer
Foley performer
Foley performer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Blue screen supv
Matte artist
Spec eff coord
Spec eff eng
Spec eff foreman
Spec eff foreman
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Opticals by
Spec visual eff by
Supv, Introvision International Inc.
Assoc prod, Introvision International Inc.
Line prod, Introvision International Inc.
Prod, Introvision International Inc.
Cam, Introvision International Inc.
Cam, Introvision International Inc.
Cam tech, Introvision International Inc.
Cam asst, Introvision International Inc.
Cam asst, Introvision International Inc.
Ed, Introvision International Inc.
Prod coord, Introvision International Inc.
MAKEUP
Key makeup artist
Makeup artist
Key hairstylist
Hairstylist
Makeup, 2d unit
Hairstylist, 2d unit
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Asst prod coord
Asst prod coord
Asst to Michael Hertzberg
Asst to Michael Hertzberg
Asst to Francis Veber
Scr supv
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Loc consultant
Asst loc mgr
Prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Accounting asst
Casting assoc
Addl casting
Casting asst
Loc casting
Loc casting
Voice casting
Craft service
Craft service
Loc projectionist
Medic
Studio teacher
Studio teacher
Animal trainer
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Prod office asst
Prod office asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation capt
Supv, 2d unit
Scr supv, 2d unit
Prod asst, 2d unit
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"(Hey Baby) Que Paso," written by Augie Meyers, Bill Sheffield, performed by Texas Tornados, courtesy of Reprise Records, by arrangement with Warner Special Products.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Welcome to Buzzsaw
Release Date:
4 September 1992
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 4 September 1992
Production Date:
began 2 January 1991
Copyright Claimant:
Universal City Studios, Inc.
Copyright Date:
17 February 1993
Copyright Number:
PA606463
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Filmed with Panavision® cameras & lenses
Duration(in mins):
83
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
31715
SYNOPSIS

Marci Campbell tells her elementary school classmates how she spent her summer vacation. Her stepfather, Mayor Peter Van der Haven, was murdered by his twin brother, Matt Skearns, in a town further north called Buzzsaw. Teacher Miss Clayton believes Marci is making the story up, but allows her to continue: On a summer night, Marci overhears a telephone conversation between her new stepfather, Peter, and his estranged twin brother, Matt, who demands $150,000. Later, Marci contacts her adult brother, Bill Campbell, and tells him that their stepfather is being blackmailed. Agreeing to drive home, Bill encounters a disturbance on the road. A woman named Sally speeds past him on a motorcycle, chased by her disgruntled police officer boyfriend, who shoots at her as she flees. When Bill’s automobile is struck by a stray bullet, he pulls over and watches as the officer crashes into a diner. Police clear the scene, and Bill continues driving, but Sally appears in his backseat. Holding him at gunpoint, she forces him to drive to a field, get out of his vehicle, and to remove his clothes before driving away. Left naked, Bill hitchhikes a ride with two eccentric brothers, Jim, and Jim, Jr., who steal clothes from a scarecrow for Bill to wear before dropping him off in Buzzsaw. Meanwhile, Bill’s stolen car beaks down as a result of damage from the stray bullet, and Sally hides from police in the woods. Arriving at the rundown shack owned by Jim and Jim, Jr., Sally searches Bill’s clothes and takes money from his wallet, then discards the billfold on the ground. When the brother’s return, Sally asks them for a ride to the ... +


Marci Campbell tells her elementary school classmates how she spent her summer vacation. Her stepfather, Mayor Peter Van der Haven, was murdered by his twin brother, Matt Skearns, in a town further north called Buzzsaw. Teacher Miss Clayton believes Marci is making the story up, but allows her to continue: On a summer night, Marci overhears a telephone conversation between her new stepfather, Peter, and his estranged twin brother, Matt, who demands $150,000. Later, Marci contacts her adult brother, Bill Campbell, and tells him that their stepfather is being blackmailed. Agreeing to drive home, Bill encounters a disturbance on the road. A woman named Sally speeds past him on a motorcycle, chased by her disgruntled police officer boyfriend, who shoots at her as she flees. When Bill’s automobile is struck by a stray bullet, he pulls over and watches as the officer crashes into a diner. Police clear the scene, and Bill continues driving, but Sally appears in his backseat. Holding him at gunpoint, she forces him to drive to a field, get out of his vehicle, and to remove his clothes before driving away. Left naked, Bill hitchhikes a ride with two eccentric brothers, Jim, and Jim, Jr., who steal clothes from a scarecrow for Bill to wear before dropping him off in Buzzsaw. Meanwhile, Bill’s stolen car beaks down as a result of damage from the stray bullet, and Sally hides from police in the woods. Arriving at the rundown shack owned by Jim and Jim, Jr., Sally searches Bill’s clothes and takes money from his wallet, then discards the billfold on the ground. When the brother’s return, Sally asks them for a ride to the bus station, but they drive erratically, and she demands to be let out to walk. Elsewhere, Marci Campbell embraces her brother Bill upon his arrival, and he suggests they talk to their stepfather. Bill later learns his car has been recovered. At the police station, Bill panics when his wallet is missing, as it contains the phone number of an important business contact that he needs to finalize a $140 million business deal for his employer. Meanwhile, stepfather Peter meets his twin brother in the woods. Matt is angry that he spent fifteen years in prison for a murder that Peter committed and demands his payoff. A gunfight ensues, and Sally, who is walking nearby, witnesses Matt strangle Peter to death. When Matt sees Sally, he chokes her, but she breaks free and runs away, and is knocked unconscious by a tree limb. Sometime later, Matt returns to his brother’s home to secretly assume Peter’s identity. Marci watches shadows on her bedroom wall as Matt strangles his accomplice, Virgil. She runs to tell Bill, but he does not believe her. In the morning, Marci is the only one who notices that her stepfather is an imposter. Bill humors Marci, and agrees to follow “Peter” when he leaves for the day. On his way, he is distracted by Sally at the bus station, and chases her to demand his wallet. She claims not to know where it is, and runs away into the woods. Meanwhile, Matt buries his brother’s body in the woods near Jim and Jim, Jr.’s cabin. Heavily intoxicated, Jim, Jr., sees Matt’s wrongdoings, but loses consciousness from the alcohol, and Matt buries him alive. As Matt sees Sally and gives chase, she runs to the road and flags down a vehicle, which happens to belong to Bill. He chases her, too, demanding his wallet, and they roll on the ground in a tussle. Jim, Jr., awakens in the dirt, pokes his head out of the grave, and shouts for his brother to dig him out. Seeing Peter on the ground nearby, the intoxicated brothers believe he is merely passed out, and take the corpse into their home. When they find Bill’s wallet on the ground, they assume it belongs to Peter, and return it to his pocket. Jim and Jim, Jr., drunkenly carry the corpse to a bar with them and order three whiskeys. However, the bartender telephones police to report the arrival of the dead mayor. Police arrive and arrest the brothers. Meanwhile, Bill restrains Sally and leads her to the brothers’ shack to retrieve his wallet. After having no luck finding it, Bill unties Sally and kisses her. They are interrupted when Matt fires a gunshot at Sally. While fleeing, they stop to kiss again, and encounter a bear. Back at Bill’s family home, Matt lies in wait and attacks Sally, but Marci and her mother, Ann, return, and Ann accuses “Peter” of having an affair with Sally. Matt holds them at gunpoint, and demands that Ann give him her checkbook. She is stunned to finally realize that he is actually her husband’s twin. Matt explains that Peter owes him for serving time for a murder committed by his brother. When Police arrive to tell Ann that the mayor is dead, Matt orders her and the hostages to keep quiet. Mistaking Matt for Peter, the officers leave confused. Bill negotiates their release by promising Matt $1 million. He telephones his company and feigns a deal in which the money will be wired to the local bank. Matt locks Sally in his car trunk, per Marci’s precocious suggestion, while going into the bank with Bill. The locals greet him warmly, believing he is their mayor. When Bill’s ruse is exposed, he jumps out a window as Matt opens fire. Matt holds up the bank while Bill attempts to open the trunk and free Sally. However, Matt returns and drives off with Sally inside. Bill follows in a stolen truck. During the pursuit, Matt crashes his vehicle, which breaks open the trunk, but continues driving. Bill rescues Sally from the moving vehicle, unbeknownst to Matt. As he crashes his truck to avoid a construction site, Bill and Sally emerge from the upended vehicle and kiss. When Bill’s mobile telephone rings, his boss congratulates him for his inadvertent “stalling tactics,” which prevented the company from signing a bad business deal. Meanwhile, Matt continues driving, unaware that Sally has escaped. After dropping his glasses, he drives through a street closure blockade and his vehicle plummets over the side of a cliff. Back in her classroom, Marci concludes the story by announcing the engagement of Bill and Sally, and her classmates applaud. In Buzzsaw, Bill considers running for mayor. +

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