Trouble in Mind (1985)

R | 111 mins | Drama | 13 December 1985

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HISTORY

The summary and note for this entry were completed with participation from the AFI Academic Network. Summary and note were written by participant Austin Hodaie, a student at Oregon State University, with Jon Lewis as academic advisor.

DV production charts printed 29 Mar 1985 stated that principal photography began 14 Feb 1985 in Seattle, WA. Although DV listed Island Alive as the film’s distributor, the picture was the first theatrical release by Alive Films, which had separated from Island Alive, according to various contemporary sources, including an 18 Feb 1986 HR news item and an 11 Dec 1985 DV review. Island Alive remained the film's production company.
       A 13 Mar 1985 DV news item reported that actors Kris Kristofferson and Keith Carradine were injured while filming a fight scene on 5 Mar 1985. Although the wounds were considered “minor,” both men were admitted to the hospital and Carradine required eight stitches in his cheek. Kristofferson, who went back to work the next day, was later readmitted to the hospital for precautionary measures, according to DV .
       The film’s 11 Dec 1985 Los Angeles, CA, release at the Plaza Theater in Westwood was the start of a week-long screening for Academy Award consideration, as noted in an 11 Dec 1985 DV news item.
       Despite mixed reviews, the film was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards in the categories of Best Actress for Lori Singer in the role of "Georgia" and Best Cinematography for Toyomichi Kurita, who received that award.
       The end credits conclude with the following acknowledgements: “The producers wish to thank: ... More Less

The summary and note for this entry were completed with participation from the AFI Academic Network. Summary and note were written by participant Austin Hodaie, a student at Oregon State University, with Jon Lewis as academic advisor.

DV production charts printed 29 Mar 1985 stated that principal photography began 14 Feb 1985 in Seattle, WA. Although DV listed Island Alive as the film’s distributor, the picture was the first theatrical release by Alive Films, which had separated from Island Alive, according to various contemporary sources, including an 18 Feb 1986 HR news item and an 11 Dec 1985 DV review. Island Alive remained the film's production company.
       A 13 Mar 1985 DV news item reported that actors Kris Kristofferson and Keith Carradine were injured while filming a fight scene on 5 Mar 1985. Although the wounds were considered “minor,” both men were admitted to the hospital and Carradine required eight stitches in his cheek. Kristofferson, who went back to work the next day, was later readmitted to the hospital for precautionary measures, according to DV .
       The film’s 11 Dec 1985 Los Angeles, CA, release at the Plaza Theater in Westwood was the start of a week-long screening for Academy Award consideration, as noted in an 11 Dec 1985 DV news item.
       Despite mixed reviews, the film was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards in the categories of Best Actress for Lori Singer in the role of "Georgia" and Best Cinematography for Toyomichi Kurita, who received that award.
       The end credits conclude with the following acknowledgements: “The producers wish to thank: The City of Seattle, Mike Kaplan, Andre Blay, Seattle Art Museum, Sheila Smith, Seattle Police Department, University of Washington Hospital, Seattle Fire Department, Art Kulman, City of Seattle Pipe Band, Camlin Hotel, Doug Howard, 1904 Restaurant, Seattle Parks Department, Jon Bradshaw, King County Police & Fire Dept., Gary Martinelli, Metro Transit, Anne Marie Patterson, The Seattle Center, Ted Knapp, Washington State Ferries, A Better Telephone Store, Port of Seattle, Lakeside Sand & Gravel, The Kingdome, Northgate Mall, Olympic National Park, The Bon, Space Needle Corporation, Children’s Corner, Pike Place Market, Entourage Clothing, Becker-Davison Corporation, Bard Jewelers, Gerald Philips & Associates, Dick Foster of Salvage Two, Nippon Kan Theater, Captain John Manlove, Peter Parcher, Divers Institute of Technology, North Seattle Community College, Doug Repman, Tradewinds, Mark Arisohn, The Mason Clinic, China Gate Restaurant, Watertown Tavern, Popcorn Plus, Elizabeth Moseley, Filofax, Lindsley Parsons, Ernie Scanlon, Maria Luisa Cresci, Denise Dimin, Upland Industries, Deborah Edwards, Financial Film Services, Film Production Services, Bruce Caplan Parking, Perry & Karen Jones, Brian Berner, Scott James, Gary Bocz Hair Salon, William Anscheutz, Tom Kuhlmeier, Doug Wickstrom, Lee MacGregor, Margaret Guinee, Beth Dicken, Paula Rondeau, Seattle Sheraton Hotel, Dale Chihuly, and the citizens of RainCity.” The final statement listed in the end credits states the following: “Filmed in the State of Washington.”
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
13 Mar 1985.
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Daily Variety
29 Mar 1985.
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Daily Variety
11 Dec 1985.
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Daily Variety
11 Dec 1985
p. 3, 6.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Dec 1985
p. 3, 39.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Feb 1986.
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Los Angeles Times
13 Dec 1985
p. 1, 6.
New York Times
28 Mar 1986
p. 23.
Variety
18 Dec 1985
p. 16, 18.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Les Filles De La Nuit
Stunt Players
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Film by Alan Rudolph
A Pfeiffer/Blocker Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
1st asst dir
Key 2d asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
2d cam op
2d cam asst
Still photog
Key/Dolly grip
2d grip
3d grip
Addl grip
Gaffer
Best boy
Elec
Generator op
Grip & electrical equipment provided by
Film developing & processing
Film developing & processing, Timer
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Asst to prod des
Art dept lead
Art dept asst
Art dept asst
Art dept asst
Art dept asst
Art dept asst
Art dept asst
Art coord
FILM EDITORS
Edited by
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set des
Set dresser
Set dresser
Propmaster
Asst propmaster
Const coord
Const crew
Const crew
Const crew
Const crew
Const crew
Const crew
Const crew
Const crew
Const crew
Scenic artist
Flowers
Car painter
Upholstery
Sign painter
Glass art works
Glass art works
Paintings
Paintings
Paintings
Paintings
Paintings
Paintings
Paintings
Paintings
Paintings
Paintings
Paintings
Paintings
Paintings
Paintings
Paintings
Paintings
Paintings
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Lamps
Furniture
Furniture
PRF Posters
Art moving crew
Glass moving crew
Glass moving crew
Glass moving crew
Glass moving crew
COSTUMES
Cost des
Key cost
Ward supv
Ward asst
Ward asst
Seamstress
Divine's ward by
Kris Kristofferson's tailoring by
Addl clothing provided by
Addl clothing provided by
Addl clothing provided by
Addl clothing provided by
Addl clothing provided by
MUSIC
Songs performed by
Trumpet/Saxophone/Electronics, The Raincity Indust
Saxophone, The Raincity Industrial Art Ensemble
Percussion, The Raincity Industrial Art Ensemble
Guitar, The Raincity Industrial Art Ensemble
Mus mixed & rec by
Addl rec by
Further rec by
SOUND
Prod sd
Prod sd
Re-rec mixer
Supv sd ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Dial ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Re-rec sd rec
Projectionist
Machine room op
Foley ed
Foley walker
Foley walker
Re-rec facilities
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec aff asst
Spec aff asst
Title des
Opticals
MAKEUP
Makeup des
Hairdresser
Addl hairdresser
Addl hairdresser
Addl hairdresser
Addl hairdresser
Addl hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Exec in charge of prod
Prod asst
Scr supv
Prod coord
Prod coord, Seattle
Casting dir
Casting, Seattle
Asst casting, Seattle
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Transportation coord
Unit pub
Prod secy
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Honeywagon driver
Craft service
Craft service
Catering & banquets by
Prod mechanic
"Ten Trees" excerpt by
Insurance
Completion bond
Legal services
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stand-in
Stand-in
COLOR PERSONNEL
Timer, color and prints
SOURCES
SONGS
"El Gavilan," performed by Marianne Faithfull, courtesy of Island Records, Inc., written by Kris Kristofferson, published by Resaca Music Publishing Company, produced by Mark Isham
"Trouble in Mind," performed by Marianne Faithfull, courtesy of Island Records, Inc., written by Richard M. Jones, courtesy of MCA Music, a division of MCA, Inc., produced by Mark Isham
"Trouble in Mind," performed by Jimmy Witherspoon, written by Richard M. Jones, courtesy of Fantasy, Inc., produced by Peter Paul
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SONGS
"El Gavilan," performed by Marianne Faithfull, courtesy of Island Records, Inc., written by Kris Kristofferson, published by Resaca Music Publishing Company, produced by Mark Isham
"Trouble in Mind," performed by Marianne Faithfull, courtesy of Island Records, Inc., written by Richard M. Jones, courtesy of MCA Music, a division of MCA, Inc., produced by Mark Isham
"Trouble in Mind," performed by Jimmy Witherspoon, written by Richard M. Jones, courtesy of Fantasy, Inc., produced by Peter Paul
"Rusty Dusty Blues," performed by Louis Jordan, written by Louis Jordan, courtesy of MCA Music, a division of MCA, Inc.
"True Love," performed by Joanne Klein, written by Phil Shallat & John Engerman, from the musical The Ballad of Mary Reade
"Knock Me a Kiss," performed by Louis Jordan, written by Louis Jordan, courtesy of MCA Music, a division of MCA, Inc.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
13 December 1985
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 11 December 1985
New York opening: 28 March 1986
Production Date:
began 14 February 1985 in Seattle, WA
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Duration(in mins):
111
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Hawk, a former police officer, is released from prison and takes a bus to RainCity. Elsewhere, at a trailer park, new parents Coop and Georgia admire their infant son, Spike, and Georgia suggests they move to RainCity to find employment. Claiming that big cities are “trouble,” Coop goes to a construction site, but he is turned down for work. Discouraged, Coop steals money from the company’s cash box and returns home to tell Georgia they are going to RainCity, after all. Meanwhile, Hawk arrives in the city and visits his past lover, Wanda, at her café. When Wanda shows Hawk an apartment for rent, he unsuccessfully attempts to rekindle their affair. At the RainCity police station, Lieutenant Gunther refuses Hawk’s request for a job, but Hawk suggests that he can be an asset to the force because of his association with “the other side.” Handing over his badge, Hawk warns that he can also cause trouble for the police. Some time later, at Wanda’s Café, Hawk meets a local thug named Rambo who reports that his boss, Hilly Blue, wants to hire Hawk. Coop and Georgia hitch their camper in the café parking lot, and as Wanda befriends Georgia, Coop joins forces with a poet named Solo, who offers $50 for assistance with a robbery that evening. Later, Wanda thanks Hawk for killing a criminal named Fat Adolph to protect her and for going to prison as a consequence. Despite her protests, they make love. The next morning, Wanda tells Hawk he can stay in the apartment for free under the condition that he does not force ... +


Hawk, a former police officer, is released from prison and takes a bus to RainCity. Elsewhere, at a trailer park, new parents Coop and Georgia admire their infant son, Spike, and Georgia suggests they move to RainCity to find employment. Claiming that big cities are “trouble,” Coop goes to a construction site, but he is turned down for work. Discouraged, Coop steals money from the company’s cash box and returns home to tell Georgia they are going to RainCity, after all. Meanwhile, Hawk arrives in the city and visits his past lover, Wanda, at her café. When Wanda shows Hawk an apartment for rent, he unsuccessfully attempts to rekindle their affair. At the RainCity police station, Lieutenant Gunther refuses Hawk’s request for a job, but Hawk suggests that he can be an asset to the force because of his association with “the other side.” Handing over his badge, Hawk warns that he can also cause trouble for the police. Some time later, at Wanda’s Café, Hawk meets a local thug named Rambo who reports that his boss, Hilly Blue, wants to hire Hawk. Coop and Georgia hitch their camper in the café parking lot, and as Wanda befriends Georgia, Coop joins forces with a poet named Solo, who offers $50 for assistance with a robbery that evening. Later, Wanda thanks Hawk for killing a criminal named Fat Adolph to protect her and for going to prison as a consequence. Despite her protests, they make love. The next morning, Wanda tells Hawk he can stay in the apartment for free under the condition that he does not force her into sex again and, later, she offers Georgia a job as a waitress. That night, Solo and Coop sell their stolen box of watches to a middleman named Leo, who is pleased they are undercutting Hilly Blue’s prices for black market jewelry. Afterwards, Solo and Coop rob a wealthy couple and use the cash to hire prostitutes. When Coop returns to the camper in the middle of the night, with new clothes and a haircut, Georgia throws him out. Watching the interaction from his apartment window, Hawk goes to the motor home and invites Georgia to dinner, but Coop returns and threatens him. As Hawk knocks Coop out, Georgia runs away with Spike and Hawk follows them through RainCity in Wanda’s car. Later, Solo and Coop meet with Leo to make another deal, but Leo has been intimidated by Hilly and is unwilling to conduct business. Sometime later, Georgia leaves Spike in a family’s convertible as they shop, and, when she regrets her decision, she finds the family has already disappeared with her son. Meanwhile, Solo and Coop meet Rambo at a Chinese restaurant. Although Rambo refuses to buy the stolen jewelry for their asking price, Hilly negotiates a deal with Solo and Coop for the proceeds of their next heist. Back at Wanda’s Café, Georgia returns and promises Hawk she will do anything to get her baby back. After waking Lieutenant Gunther and demanding his assistance, Hawk brings Spike back to the café. Dressed in a bathrobe, Georgia offers Hawk a cake, but he sends her away, explaining that he once killed a man. However, Hawk makes Georgia promise to have dinner with him the following evening. The next day, Coop’s camper is towed away and Wanda invites Georgia to stay with her. That night at dinner, Hawk gives Georgia a pin and although she enjoys their date, she is unwilling to kiss him goodnight. Meanwhile Solo and Coop rob jewelry from criminal kingpin Nate Nathanson and his young bride, Sonja, but as the robbers get away, Nathanson shoots at them and vows revenge. At Wanda’s Café the following morning, when Georgia asks Wanda about Hawk’s past, the café owner explains that he saved her life by killing Fat Adolph. Coop returns to the café and presents Georgia with a diamond necklace. Although Coop asks Georgia to go away with him, she refuses and Hawk comes to her aid, provoking a fight. As Georgia defends Coop, Hawk leaves the café, where he encounters Rambo and Hilly. Rambo invites Hawk to a party at Hilly’s mansion that evening because Hilly needs protection from Nate Nathanson. The gangster blames Hilly for the robbery of his wife’s jewels and wants revenge. Hawk refuses and is later discovered on the street by police officers, unconscious and intoxicated. Returning to Wanda’s Café, Hawk learns that Georgia has reunited with Coop, but when Georgia arrives at Coop’s hotel room, she discovers him partying with prostitutes. As Georgia runs into the street, Hawk saves her from oncoming traffic. Back at Hawk’s apartment, Georgia begs him to rescue Coop from a life of crime. Hawk agrees under the condition that Georgia devotes herself to him. Later, Hawk calls Coop, but the outlaw hangs up. When Coop’s phone rings again, Solo reports that Hilly wants to arrange a deal for Nathanson’s jewels. After the men agree to meet at Solo’s apartment, Solo prepares a trap. Meanwhile, Hawk follows Coop to Solo’s home. While Coop finds one of Hilly’s henchmen impaled on Solo’s trap, Hawk discovers Solo dead in a car filled with water. Back at his apartment, Hawk is met by Gunther, who demands to know Hawk’s involvement with Hilly and warns him to stay away from Coop. Gunther storms out of the apartment past Georgia, who has arrived home with groceries. Georgia explains to Hawk that Wanda is looking after Spike and the couple makes love. Later, Hawk goes to Hilly’s mansion for the party and Coop sneaks through the gates behind him. Hilly, who is cavorting with Nathanson despite their dispute, takes Hawk to his study. There, Hawk orders Hilly to spare Coop’s life, but Hilly retorts that Nathanson still suspects him of betrayal, even though he returned the jewels. Hilly claims that he must kill Coop to renew Nathanson’s trust. Just then, Coop breaks into the study with his gun drawn and demands money from Hilly. As Hilly takes out his wallet, Hawk grabs Coop’s gun and Hilly shoots at them. Returning fire, Hawk kills Hilly with a shot through the forehead and mayhem ensues at the party, leaving Rambo dead. When Hawk tells Coop to escape, the young criminal assumes that Hawk and Georgia are lovers. Coop walks through the party disheartened and unaffected by the gunshots surrounding him. Although Nathanson attempts to kill Coop, he is shot by one of Hilly’s henchmen. Wounded, Hawk returns home to find Georgia asleep, but leaves before waking her. Soon after, Coop arrives at Hawk’s apartment to beg Georgia for forgiveness. When she turns him away, Coop asks Georgia to thank Hawk for him and meets up with two soldiers to enlist in the military. Leaving RainCity, Hawk drives along a mountain pass and Georgia leans over to kiss him. +

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