Bachelor Party (1984)

R | 106 mins | Comedy | 29 June 1984

Director:

Neal Israel

Producers:

Ron Moler, Bob Israel

Cinematographer:

Hal Trussell

Editor:

Tom Walls

Production Designers:

Kevin Conlin, Martin Price

Production Company:

Bachelor Party Productions
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HISTORY

       A May 1984 Esquire article stated that producer Bob Israel initially sold the idea for the film, inspired by his own bachelor party, to Indian producers Raju Patel and Sharad Patel based on the title and a poster. The production faced no conflict with the similarly titled The Bachelor Party, (1957, see entry) written by Paddy Chayevsky, because MGM/United Artists never renewed the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) registration of the title.
       The production originally had a $600,000 budget that rose to more than $5 million dollars when distributor Twentieth Century-Fox became involved under a deal in which the film was produced independently and then acquired by the studio for release upon completion. According to a 15 Nov 1983 DV article, Paul Reiser and Kelly McGillis were originally cast as the leads, “Rick Gassko” and “Debbie Thompson.” However, after two days of filming, the pair was dropped, and replaced a month later by Tom Hanks and Tawny Kitaen.
       HR production charts on 23 Aug 1983 announced that principal photography began 15 Aug 1983 in Los Angeles, CA, while the 15 Nov 1983 DV article noted shooting completed 11 Nov 1983. A 20 Sep 1983 HR news item stated that the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) picketed the non-union film outside its Laird International Studios base in Culver City, CA, halting production for three days. The production’s crew included both union and non-union workers, but according to producer Ron Moler, it would have cost an additional $1 million to be fully unionized. IATSE suspected Twentieth Century-Fox was controlling the decisions of the ... More Less

       A May 1984 Esquire article stated that producer Bob Israel initially sold the idea for the film, inspired by his own bachelor party, to Indian producers Raju Patel and Sharad Patel based on the title and a poster. The production faced no conflict with the similarly titled The Bachelor Party, (1957, see entry) written by Paddy Chayevsky, because MGM/United Artists never renewed the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) registration of the title.
       The production originally had a $600,000 budget that rose to more than $5 million dollars when distributor Twentieth Century-Fox became involved under a deal in which the film was produced independently and then acquired by the studio for release upon completion. According to a 15 Nov 1983 DV article, Paul Reiser and Kelly McGillis were originally cast as the leads, “Rick Gassko” and “Debbie Thompson.” However, after two days of filming, the pair was dropped, and replaced a month later by Tom Hanks and Tawny Kitaen.
       HR production charts on 23 Aug 1983 announced that principal photography began 15 Aug 1983 in Los Angeles, CA, while the 15 Nov 1983 DV article noted shooting completed 11 Nov 1983. A 20 Sep 1983 HR news item stated that the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) picketed the non-union film outside its Laird International Studios base in Culver City, CA, halting production for three days. The production’s crew included both union and non-union workers, but according to producer Ron Moler, it would have cost an additional $1 million to be fully unionized. IATSE suspected Twentieth Century-Fox was controlling the decisions of the production, such as recasting, a charge that a Fox source denied. The film resumed production 22 Sep 1983.
       The 29 Jun 1984 LAHExam review called Bachelor Party “such a sloppy film that it makes Ghostbusters (1984, see entry) seem like the work of Robert Bresson.”
       In a 28 Jun 1984 HR story, Moler suggested an idea for a sequel that would be “a combination of The Long, Long Trailer (1954, see entry) and National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983, see entry)." However, a 2008 direct-to-video sequel, Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation, produced by Moler, and written by Neal Israel, Pat Proft, and Jay Longino, from a story by executive producer Bob Israel, follows a similar plot to the first film. None of the actors from Bachelor Party reprise their roles in the sequel.
      End credits including the following statements: “Filmed at Laird International Studios,” and “The producers wish to thank: Film Finances, Inc.; Lindsley Parsons; Chippendales; Ticket Time of Los Angeles; Continental Productions; UPP (Unique Product Placement); Douglas Draizin; James Lapidus; Peter Benedek; Gloria Pinza; Creative Artists Agency; Rosalie Swedlin; Steven Skoblow; Jon Levin; Jack Kindberg; Safety Sister League (Gail & Anne); and the Biltmore Hotel.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
15 Nov 1983.
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Esquire
May 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
23 Aug 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
20 Sep 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
27 Jun 1984
p. 4, 20.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jun 1984.
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LAHExam
29 Jun 1984.
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Los Angeles Times
29 Jun 1984
p. 12.
Motion Picture Production Digestion Picture Production Digestt
18 Jul 1984.
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New York Times
30 Jun 1984
p. 11.
Variety
27 Jun 1984
p. 19.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Japanese businessmen:
Angel and the Reruns:
as
[and]
as
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Raju and Sharad Patel present
An Aspect Ratio/Twin Continental production
Distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d unit dir
DGA trainee
PRODUCERS
Prod
Prod
Assoc prod
Pres
Exec prod
WRITERS
Scr
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d unit cam
Addl photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Still photog
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Elec
Key grip
Key grip
Dolly grip
Best boy grip
Video op
Lighting equip furnished by
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
Asst film ed
Apprentice film ed
Apprentice film ed
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Set des
Prop master
Asst prop man
Leadman
Swing gang
Swing gang
Labor foreman
Metal sculptures
Metal sculptures
Hotel suite furnishings by
COSTUMES
Ward supv
Costumer
Costumer
Tuxedos provided by
Bridal gown and wedding fashions by
for Alfred Angelo, Inc.
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
Mus supv
Mus supv
Mus ed
Main title theme & addl mus
Main title theme & addl mus
Score mixer
SOUND
Sd mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
ADR/Foley rec at
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Title logo des
/B. D. Fox
Opticals
DANCE
Choreog
Assist choreog
MAKEUP
Makeup and hair supv
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Visual consultant
Casting
Filmic consultant
Scr supv
Loc mgr
Craft service
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Asst accountant
Prod coord
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Asst to the prods
Asst to Neal Israel
Consultant to Neal Israel
New York casting
Extra casting by
Extra casting
Casting assoc
Extra casting asst
Animal trainer
Animal trainer
Catering by
Catering by
Catering by
Police coord
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Crossbow furnished by
STAND INS
Stand-in
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
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Amercian Beat," composed by Peter Zaremba, produced by Richard Gottehrer, performed by the Fleshtones, courtesy of I.R.S. Records
"Rehumanize Yourself," composed by Sting, Stewart Copeland, produced by the Police, Hugh Padgham, performed by the Police, courtesy of A&M Recirds
"Alley-Oop," composed by Dallas Frazier, produced by Bob Gaudio, performed by Darlene Love
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SONGS
"Amercian Beat," composed by Peter Zaremba, produced by Richard Gottehrer, performed by the Fleshtones, courtesy of I.R.S. Records
"Rehumanize Yourself," composed by Sting, Stewart Copeland, produced by the Police, Hugh Padgham, performed by the Police, courtesy of A&M Recirds
"Alley-Oop," composed by Dallas Frazier, produced by Bob Gaudio, performed by Darlene Love
"Dream Of The West," composed by Carl Evans, produced by Jesse James, performed by Yip Yip Coyote, courtesy of I.R.S. Records
"Why Do Good Girls Like Bad Boys," composed by Miriam Cutler, produced by Rick Derringer, performed by Angel and the Reruns
"Little Demon," composed by Tommy Dunbar, Alex Carlin, John Seabury, produced by Rick Derringer, performed by Adrian Zmed, courtesy of Bay High Music
"Nature Took Over," composed by Miriam Cutler, produced by Rick Derringer, performed by Angel and the Reruns
"Gotta Give A Little Love," composed by Timmy Thomas, produced by Lou Pace for Freedom Sound Productions, performed by Timmy Thomas, courtesy of Gold Mountain Ltd.
"Crazy Over You," composed, produced, and performed by Jools Holland, courtesy of I.R.S. Records
"Hall Of Fame," composed by Peter Zaremba, Keith Streng, produced by Richard Gottehrer, performed by the Fleshtones, courtesy of I.R.S. Records
"Wind Out," composed by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe, produced by Mitch Easter and Don Dixon, performed by R.E.M., courtesy of I.R.S. Records
"What Kind Of Hell," composed by Eddie McDonald, Mike Peters, produced and performed by the Alarm, courtesy of I.R.S. Records
"Prepare To Energize," composed by William Orbit, Laurie Mayer, produced and performed by Torch Song, courtesy of I.R.S. Records
"Who Do You Want To Be Today," composed by Danny Elfman, produced by Oingo Boingo, Bob Margouleff, performed by Oingo Boingo, courtesy of A&M Records
"Something Isn't Right," composed by Danny Elfman, produced by Oingo Boingo, Paul Ratajczak, performed by Oingo Boingo, courtesy of A&M Records
"Dance Hall Days," composed by Jack Hues, produced by Chris Hughes, Ross Cullum, performed by Wang Chung, by arrangement with Warner Special Products
"Bachelor Party Theme," composed by Danny Elfman, produced by Oingo Boingo, Paul Ratajzak, performed by Oingo Boingo, courtesy of A&M Records.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
29 June 1984
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 29 June 1984
Production Date:
15 August--11 November 1983 in Los Angeles and Culver City, CA.
Copyright Claimant:
Bachelor Party Productions
Copyright Date:
17 July 1984
Copyright Number:
PA223219
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
106
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
27402
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

School bus driver Rick Gassko gathers his friends, Jay O’Neill, Rudy, Gary, and Ryko, for a big announcement. Rick claims he is marrying his girl friend, Debbie Thompson, but the other men are skeptical. However, Jay rallies their support, and insists they throw Rick a bachelor party. Rick assures them that nothing will change their friendship. Meanwhile, Debbie shares the wedding news with her friends, but notes her parents are not pleased with her choice of mate. Later, Rick promises Debbie there will be no prostitutes at his bachelor party. The next day, Rick’s brother, Dr. Stan Gassko, advises Rick not to get married because he will lose his freedom. Afterward, Rick and Debbie play tennis with her parents, but Rick’s future father-in-law does not appreciate his antics. Debbie’s cousin, Ilene, scoffs at Rick’s ability to be faithful, and Mr. Thompson encourages Debbie’s ex-boyfriend, Cole Whittier, to dissuade Rick. Cole offers Rick $5,000 and an assortment of appliances to break up with Debbie. Later, at Rick’s apartment, Debbie expresses anxiety about the wedding and their future, and Rick attempts to calm her. On Saturday night, Rick and his friends assemble at the Parkview Hotel for his bachelor party, while Debbie’s friends throw a bridal shower at her parent’s home. Elsewhere, Gary hires a pair of prostitutes for the party, but Cole redirects them to Debbie’s shower. At the hotel, Jay introduces an old friend, Brad, who is estranged from his wife and intoxicated on drugs. The men watch a pornographic film, but the explicit sections have been removed. Meanwhile, the prostitutes arrive at the Thompson home and put on a sex show to the dismay of the guests. At ... +


School bus driver Rick Gassko gathers his friends, Jay O’Neill, Rudy, Gary, and Ryko, for a big announcement. Rick claims he is marrying his girl friend, Debbie Thompson, but the other men are skeptical. However, Jay rallies their support, and insists they throw Rick a bachelor party. Rick assures them that nothing will change their friendship. Meanwhile, Debbie shares the wedding news with her friends, but notes her parents are not pleased with her choice of mate. Later, Rick promises Debbie there will be no prostitutes at his bachelor party. The next day, Rick’s brother, Dr. Stan Gassko, advises Rick not to get married because he will lose his freedom. Afterward, Rick and Debbie play tennis with her parents, but Rick’s future father-in-law does not appreciate his antics. Debbie’s cousin, Ilene, scoffs at Rick’s ability to be faithful, and Mr. Thompson encourages Debbie’s ex-boyfriend, Cole Whittier, to dissuade Rick. Cole offers Rick $5,000 and an assortment of appliances to break up with Debbie. Later, at Rick’s apartment, Debbie expresses anxiety about the wedding and their future, and Rick attempts to calm her. On Saturday night, Rick and his friends assemble at the Parkview Hotel for his bachelor party, while Debbie’s friends throw a bridal shower at her parent’s home. Elsewhere, Gary hires a pair of prostitutes for the party, but Cole redirects them to Debbie’s shower. At the hotel, Jay introduces an old friend, Brad, who is estranged from his wife and intoxicated on drugs. The men watch a pornographic film, but the explicit sections have been removed. Meanwhile, the prostitutes arrive at the Thompson home and put on a sex show to the dismay of the guests. At the bachelor party, the men torment Gary because the prostitutes have not arrived. Cole offers Rick his new Porsche in exchange for Debbie, and Rick feigns interest to allow Rudy to “borrow” the car. To get even with the men for the prostitute mix-up, the bridal shower moves to a strip club featuring male dancers. Rick’s friend, Michael, a bartender at the club, telephones Rick. With the help of Michael, Rick’s friends play a prank on the ladies. Meanwhile, Gary hires more prostitutes from a pimp named Rajah. When Rick and his friends return to the hotel, they find Brad half-heartedly attempting to overdose in the bathroom, and Rudy returns Cole’s Porsche, now customized with racing flames, and gaudy accessories. Gary brings the prostitutes and the bachelor party begins in earnest, as other hotel guests arrive uninvited. Brad attempts to slit his wrist with an electric razor, and Gary unknowingly makes love with a transvestite. Jay is concerned because Rick has not had sex with anyone at the party, and sets him up in a bedroom with an attractive friend named Tracy. However, Rick declines because he loves Debbie. Using a crossbow, Cole fires two arrows at Rick from a nearby window, but misses. Rajah comes looking for his girls when they fail to return after the agreed upon forty-five minutes, and threatens to send his enforcer, Milt. Meanwhile, Debbie, her mother, and her friends arrive at the hotel dressed as prostitutes, planning to surprise Rick and company. However, they are mistaken by Milt as the real thing, and he delivers them to a room of Japanese businessmen. Rick, Jay, and Rudy use Tracy to trick Cole into removing his clothes, then dangle him naked out the window. Coincidentally, Mr. Thompson gives a keynote speech at the same hotel and sees Cole enter the lobby naked. Stan and Ryko steal a mule and sneak it into the hotel for use by an exotic dancer. The mule ingests Brad’s supply of Methaqualone, snorts cocaine, and drops dead. Elsewhere, Debbie’s cousin, Ilene, takes on a Japanese businessman, to allow the others to escape. Following his speech, Mr. Thompson checks on the bachelor party and is disgusted by what he sees. When he threatens to tell Debbie, Jay photographs him in a compromising position. Debbie, meanwhile, locates the bachelor party and discovers Rick has been faithful, but also sees her father in a bondage outfit surrounded by actual prostitutes. At the behest of the hotel manager, the police arrive and the guests disperse. During the bedlam, Cole kidnaps Debbie and steals a highway maintenance truck. Rick and his friends pursue them in a school bus to a multiplex movie theater. Rick fights Cole and wins Debbie’s freedom, while Brad, feeling remorse for the death of the mule, crashes the bus through the wall of the theater. Sometime later, Rick and Debbie marry, then leave on the bus, chauffeured by Brad. +

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