Overboard (1987)

PG | 112 mins | Comedy, Romance | 16 December 1987

Director:

Garry Marshall

Writer:

Leslie Dixon

Cinematographer:

John Alonzo

Production Designers:

James Shanahan, Jim Dultz

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
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HISTORY


       Additionally, end credits note: “Filmed on location in Fort Bragg and Mendocino, CA, and at Raleigh Studios, Hollywood, CA.”
       Overboard was a vehicle for real-life couple Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. Principal photography began on 9 Apr 1987, according to the 22 Apr 1987 DV production chart. Promotional materials in AMPAS files show that the production shot on soundstages at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA, in Apr 1987 before moving to Fort Bragg and Mendocino in Northern California in May. In Jun 1987, the luxury yacht S. S. Immaculata sailed to Alamitos Bay in Long Beach, CA, for scenes involving jumping/falling from the yacht into the bay.
       However, the 1 May 1987 HR listed a different production schedule. That article said Overboard would shoot first in the Fort Bragg/Mendocino area for five weeks and then move to Los Angeles, CA, for ten additional weeks of shooting. That article also noted that the California Film Office helped the producers obtain permission in just two weeks time to build the miniature golf course used in the film in the California coastal zone.
       The 14 Aug 1987 LAHExam reported a rumor that MGM was refusing to let screenwriter Leslie Dixon see the film or the final draft of her script because she would not recognize it. A spokesperson for MGM replied that the changes to Dixon’s screenplay were minimal. Dixon replied through her agent that she had no problems with anyone connected to the film and was looking forward to seeing it in a few weeks.
       Overboard had its world premiere at a charitable ... More Less


       Additionally, end credits note: “Filmed on location in Fort Bragg and Mendocino, CA, and at Raleigh Studios, Hollywood, CA.”
       Overboard was a vehicle for real-life couple Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. Principal photography began on 9 Apr 1987, according to the 22 Apr 1987 DV production chart. Promotional materials in AMPAS files show that the production shot on soundstages at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA, in Apr 1987 before moving to Fort Bragg and Mendocino in Northern California in May. In Jun 1987, the luxury yacht S. S. Immaculata sailed to Alamitos Bay in Long Beach, CA, for scenes involving jumping/falling from the yacht into the bay.
       However, the 1 May 1987 HR listed a different production schedule. That article said Overboard would shoot first in the Fort Bragg/Mendocino area for five weeks and then move to Los Angeles, CA, for ten additional weeks of shooting. That article also noted that the California Film Office helped the producers obtain permission in just two weeks time to build the miniature golf course used in the film in the California coastal zone.
       The 14 Aug 1987 LAHExam reported a rumor that MGM was refusing to let screenwriter Leslie Dixon see the film or the final draft of her script because she would not recognize it. A spokesperson for MGM replied that the changes to Dixon’s screenplay were minimal. Dixon replied through her agent that she had no problems with anyone connected to the film and was looking forward to seeing it in a few weeks.
       Overboard had its world premiere at a charitable screening for the Women’s Guild of Cedars-Sinai at the Cineplex Odeon theater in Century City, CA, raising $450,000 for the hospital, the 17 Dec 1987 DV reported.
       Overboard opened on 16 Dec 1987 on 1,126 screens, taking in $2.3 million in its first five days of release, according to 22 Dec 1987 DV box-office report. After six weeks, the film had grossed $20.8 million, according to the 26 Jan 1988 DV box office report.

      End credits include the following statement: “The Producers wish to thank the United States Coast Guard and its personnel from the following units: USCG Point Evans, Long Beach, CA; LTJG Andrew N. Czapowskyj, Commanding Officer; USCG Station, Fort Bragg, CA – USCG Group, Humboldt Bay, CA; USCG Point Bridge, Marina del Rey, CA; USCG Group, Los Angeles/Long Beach, CA; Liaison Officer: CWO Joseph D. Amato, USCG; and Dennis R. Washington, owner of the motor yacht ATTESA; Captain Reed Jopling; Judy Rooney; Blue Dolphin Studios – Morgan Cavett; Marv Dennis, Marty Kurzfeld and Barbara Sue Wells.”

              End credits also state: "LIFE STYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS – footage courtesy of Television Program Enterprises; SPIDER-MAN and the likeness thereof are trademarks of Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc. and are used by permission.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
22 Apr 1987.
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Daily Variety
14 Dec 1987
p. 3, 62.
Daily Variety
17 Dec 1987.
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Daily Variety
22 Dec 1987.
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Daily Variety
26 Jan 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
1 May 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
16 Dec 1987
p. 3, 32.
LAHExam
14 Aug 1987.
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Los Angeles Times
18 Dec 1987
p. 14.
New York Times
16 Dec 1987
p. 22.
Variety
16 Dec 1987
p. 11.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents
A Garry Marshall Film
In Association with Star Partners, Ltd.
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d unit dir
2d 2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Video playback op
Chief lighting tech
Asst chief lighting tech
Lighting tech
Lighting tech
Lighting tech
Key grip
2d company grip
Dolly grip
Grip
Still photog
ART DIRECTORS
Visual consultant
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Asst prop master
Set dec
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Set des
Set des
Const coord
Const foreman
Const foreman
Stand-by painter
Greensman
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv
Costumer to Ms. Hawn
Men's costumer
Set costumer
MUSIC
Mus ed
Asst music ed
Mus scoring mixer
Mus consultant
SOUND
Sd mixer
Utility sd tech
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Audio programmer
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
ADR ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Spec eff
Title des
Titles and opt
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Post prod asst
Scr supv
Dial coach
Loc mgr
Helicopter pilot
Prod coord
Prod secy
Prod secy
Prod accountant
Loc casting
Loc casting
Head animal trainer
Craft services
Craft services
Medic
Exec asst to Mr. Marshall
Secy to Mr. Marshall
Asst to Ms. Sylbert
Asst to Ms. Rose
Asst to Mr. McDowall
Asst to Mr. McDowall
Personal asst to Ms. Hawn
Prod asst to Ms. Hawn
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Transportation coord
STAND INS
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt coord
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
SOURCES
SONGS
“Something Special,” written and performed by Randy Newman, produced by James Newton Howard
“I Love You Madly,” written and performed by Harvey Miller
“Tequila,” performed by The Champs, courtesy of Tree Int’l. Co., Inc. (BMI)
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SONGS
“Something Special,” written and performed by Randy Newman, produced by James Newton Howard
“I Love You Madly,” written and performed by Harvey Miller
“Tequila,” performed by The Champs, courtesy of Tree Int’l. Co., Inc. (BMI)
“Semper Paratus,” performed by the U.S. Coast Guard Band, conducted by LCDR Lewis J. Buckley
“Shot Down In Hot Blood,” performed by The Wright Brothers, courtesy of Cross Key Publishing Co., Inc. (ASCAP)/Tree Int’l. Co., Inc. (BMI)/O’Lyric Music (BMI).
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DETAILS
Release Date:
16 December 1987
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 16 December 1987
Production Date:
began 9 April 1987
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Processing by Metrocolor®
Lenses
Panaflex® Camera and Lenses by Panavision®
Prints
Prints by Technicolor®
Duration(in mins):
112
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28911
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When the 130-foot luxury yacht S. S. Immaculata anchors for repairs in the small fishing village of Elk Cove, Oregon, the yacht’s owner, Joanna Stayton, hires carpenter Dean Proffitt to remodel the large closet of the master sleeping cabin. While Dean is easy-going and friendly, Joanna is demanding, dismissive and superior to those around her. Two days later when Dean completes the job, Joanna is angry because he built the shoe rack and drawers out of oak rather than cedar, even though she never specified what type of wood she wanted. When Joanna refuses to pay Dean’s $600 fee, he calls her a “rich bitch" and refuses to leave. Joanna pushes him over the side and throws his tools into the harbor, then has the crew speed away. While Dean promises to get revenge, his best friend, Billy Pratt, tells him to let it go and offers to lend him some tools until he can afford to buy new ones. Dean, who moved to Elk Cove only a few weeks before, returns home to find the school principal visiting, concerned that Dean’s four young sons lack parental supervision. Dean, whose wife died three years earlier, says he plans to hire a housekeeper once he can afford one. That night while Joanna and her husband, Grant Stayton III, lie in bed watching television, she realizes she left her wedding ring on deck after taking it off to sunbathe. She goes on deck to retrieve it, but accidentally falls into the water, unbeknownst to any of the crew. She is picked up by a garbage scow and taken ... +


When the 130-foot luxury yacht S. S. Immaculata anchors for repairs in the small fishing village of Elk Cove, Oregon, the yacht’s owner, Joanna Stayton, hires carpenter Dean Proffitt to remodel the large closet of the master sleeping cabin. While Dean is easy-going and friendly, Joanna is demanding, dismissive and superior to those around her. Two days later when Dean completes the job, Joanna is angry because he built the shoe rack and drawers out of oak rather than cedar, even though she never specified what type of wood she wanted. When Joanna refuses to pay Dean’s $600 fee, he calls her a “rich bitch" and refuses to leave. Joanna pushes him over the side and throws his tools into the harbor, then has the crew speed away. While Dean promises to get revenge, his best friend, Billy Pratt, tells him to let it go and offers to lend him some tools until he can afford to buy new ones. Dean, who moved to Elk Cove only a few weeks before, returns home to find the school principal visiting, concerned that Dean’s four young sons lack parental supervision. Dean, whose wife died three years earlier, says he plans to hire a housekeeper once he can afford one. That night while Joanna and her husband, Grant Stayton III, lie in bed watching television, she realizes she left her wedding ring on deck after taking it off to sunbathe. She goes on deck to retrieve it, but accidentally falls into the water, unbeknownst to any of the crew. She is picked up by a garbage scow and taken to the Elk Cove Hospital, where she suffers from temporary amnesia. KRAB television news reports show photos asking for help identifying the woman. Grant Stayton goes to the hospital, but through a two-way mirror, observes Joanna being as hoity and dismissive as ever. He tells a policeman he has no idea who the woman is and leaves. As Dean eats lunch at the bowling alley, he sees the news report and devises a plan. He goes to the hospital claiming Joanna is his missing wife, “Annie.” When Joanna does not recognize him, Dean makes up details about her life, saying she is from Goober, Iowa, and the two met at Hank’s Donut World in Seattle, Washington, while she was in the United States Navy. Doctors say they cannot release her to Dean without more proof, so he tells them she has a strawberry-shaped birthmark on her left butt cheek, something he observed while Joanna was sunbathing on the yacht. After she checks her body and confirms she has such a birthmark, doctors send her home with Dean. “Annie” is distressed upon seeing the ramshackle house Dean calls home and unhinged meeting “their” four sons: thirteen-year-old Travis, ten-year-old twins Greg and Charlie, and seven-year-old Joey. Despite having no idea how to cook, “Annie” somehow muddles through preparing dinner for the family. Afterward, Dean goes to the bowling alley for a few beers and tells his best friend, Billy, that he plans to keep up the charade for about a month, after which time Joanna will have worked off the $600 he owes her, figuring her housekeeping services are worth twenty-five dollars a day. When the boys question how long they can maintain the pretense, Dean tells them just to play along. Dean makes “Annie” sleep on the sofa, telling her that she has a bad back and the mattress on their bed is too soft. The next morning, Dean gives “Annie” a long list of chores to complete while he is at work, and she finishes each one, but is exhausted afterwards. When Dean helps “Annie” look for something in the bedroom closet, she has a memory flash of Dean building the closet on the yacht and demands photographic proof of their life together. Dean has Billy, who sells fake identification cards on the side, create some fake photographs. Upon seeing the photos, “Annie” asks why she looks so unhappy in all of them, but accepts that she, Dean and the boys are a family. While the boys play pranks on “Annie,” she gradually becomes a mother figure to them. When the school calls about a problem, she defends them. When the boys get poison oak, she nurses them. When she realizes Joey cannot read, she teaches him. Soon the boys’ grades improve and they come to rely on her. Dean is grateful and when “Annie” gets poison oak, he takes care of her. One night when Dean says he is going bowling, “Annie” realizes he left his bowling ball at home. She goes to the bowling alley, but Dean is not there. As she drives around town looking for him, she spots him working at a fertilizer plant. However, rather than confront him, she drives away before he sees the car. Dean and Billy find investors for their World of Wonder miniature golf course, based on famous places around the globe like the Taj Mahal and Mount Rushmore and start construction. Dean’s conscience gets to him and he decides to tell “Annie” who she really is. However, as he begins his confession, he chickens out and instead says he forgot her birthday. Dean buys a bottle of champagne and takes her dancing at a bar. “Annie” has a wonderful time. The two kiss and return home to make love. The next morning, Dean and the boys give her a new washing machine as a birthday present. Meanwhile, Grant Stayton has taken the yacht to Los Angeles, California, where he parties with many young women. Joanna’s mother, Edith Mintz, has been telephoning every week for two months, but Grant always has an excuse why Joanna cannot come to the phone. Edith gives him one week to produce her daughter, so Grant orders the yacht to return to Elk Cove. On the morning of the miniature golf course grand opening, “Annie” cleans out Dean’s truck and discovers the panties she was wearing when she fell off the yacht. She confronts Dean, assuming he is having an affair. He denies it and she threatens him with divorce. Dean confesses they are not married and says the boys are not her children. Dean orders the boys to tell “Annie” the truth, but they claim she is their mother, privately telling Dean they intend to keep her. Finally, Dean’s friend Billy lies to “Annie,” claiming the underwear belongs to a girl he picked up one night when he borrowed Dean’s truck. That answer satisfies her. The miniature golf course opening is a success. Dean gives her a ring and tells “Annie” he loves her. When they return to the house, Grant Stayton is waiting in a limousine. As “Annie” gets out of the Dean’s truck, she casually says, “Hi, Grant,” and goes inside. A moment later, her memory returns and she is excited to recall that she is Joanna Stayton. She hugs Dean, thanking him for making her a wife and a mother. Then she becomes angry realizing Dean tricked her. She goes to get her things and leave with Grant, then realizes that nothing in the house is hers. Dean thanks her for what she did for them as she gets in the limousine, but she does not respond. The kids rush to the limo, but she does not say a word as the driver pulls away. When the yacht sets sail, Joanna looks back on Elk Cove with regret. Joanna’s mother brings a psychiatrist to the yacht, concerned that she is having difficulty readjusting to her life. Joanna now asks for beer rather than champagne and offers hors d’oeuvres to her guests rather than have the servants do it. Later, Joanna goes to the galley and does tequila shots with the crew. She apologizes to Andrew, the butler, for her arrogant behavior toward him, and orders the captain to return to Elk Cove. Meanwhile, the boys plot to rent a small boat to go after her. Dean warns they could never catch up to the yacht in the boat and instead gets a Coast Guard ship to take them to the yacht. Grant Stayton discovers they have returned to Elk Cove and takes the helm to turn the yacht back out to sea. Joanna tells Grant she does not love him, and he suggests they should have left her in the psychiatric ward at the hospital. Joanna realizes that Grant left her there two months ago, becomes angry and goes to the engine room to stop the yacht. As the Coast Guard ship nears, it is called away on an emergency. Dean jumps into the water and swims toward the yacht, while Joanna jumps in and swims to him. They meet in the water and kiss. Dean is surprised she gave up everything to be with him. Joanna says she gave up nothing because the boat and the money belong to her. On board the Coast Guard ship, Joanna has a warm reunion with the boys, as Dean asks what he could give her that she does not already have. Joanna replies, “a little girl,” and the two kiss.


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