Spring Break (1983)

R | 101 mins | Comedy | 25 March 1983

Director:

Sean S. Cunningham

Writer:

David Smilow

Producer:

Sean S. Cunningham

Cinematographer:

Steven Poster

Production Designer:

Virginia Field
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HISTORY

       The 15 Nov 1982 HR contained a notice that Columbia Pictures had acquired distribution rights to the film, with release planned for March 1983 to coincide with school spring breaks across the country.
       An inset in the Jun 1983 Box review for the film stated that the box-office gross was an “Impressive $18 million in 17 days at approx. 1,500 theatres.” A brief review in the 23 Jun 1983 Rolling Stone stated that the film had grossed “over $20 million” to date.
       Production notes in AMPAS library files stated that principal photography began 6 Jul 1982 and was completed by the end of Aug 1982. The film was shot entirely on location in and around Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Locations included the Marlin Beach Hotel, which stood in for the film’s “Breeze n’ Seas Motel,” the Button-on-the-Beach, the Candy Store, “Images” at the Ft. Lauderdale Sheraton Hotel, John U. Lloyd State Park, the lobby of the Ft. Lauderdale Holiday Inn and a yacht moored at the Bahia Mar Hotel.
      End credits contain the following: "The Producers would like to thank the State of Florida and the City of Fort Lauderdale for their valuable assistance in the making of this ... More Less

       The 15 Nov 1982 HR contained a notice that Columbia Pictures had acquired distribution rights to the film, with release planned for March 1983 to coincide with school spring breaks across the country.
       An inset in the Jun 1983 Box review for the film stated that the box-office gross was an “Impressive $18 million in 17 days at approx. 1,500 theatres.” A brief review in the 23 Jun 1983 Rolling Stone stated that the film had grossed “over $20 million” to date.
       Production notes in AMPAS library files stated that principal photography began 6 Jul 1982 and was completed by the end of Aug 1982. The film was shot entirely on location in and around Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Locations included the Marlin Beach Hotel, which stood in for the film’s “Breeze n’ Seas Motel,” the Button-on-the-Beach, the Candy Store, “Images” at the Ft. Lauderdale Sheraton Hotel, John U. Lloyd State Park, the lobby of the Ft. Lauderdale Holiday Inn and a yacht moored at the Bahia Mar Hotel.
      End credits contain the following: "The Producers would like to thank the State of Florida and the City of Fort Lauderdale for their valuable assistance in the making of this film."
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
Jun 1983
P. 56
Hollywood Reporter
15 Nov 1982
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Hollywood Reporter
29 Mar 1983
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
29 Mar 1983
p. 6.
New York Times
27 Mar 1983
p. 54.
Rolling Stone
23 Jun 1983
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Variety
30 Mar 1983
p. 14.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT

PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Sean S. Cunningham Film
A Sean S. Cunningham Films, Ltd. Production in association with Fogbound, Inc.
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
Unit prod mgr
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Key grip
Still photog
Still photog
Elec best boy
Grip best boy
Dolly grip
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
Addl ed
1st asst ed
Asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost des
MUSIC
Mus ed
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom man
Sd re-rec
VISUAL EFFECTS
Title des
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
and
Casting
Los Angeles casting
Scr supv
Loc auditor
Local coord
Prod office coord
Unit pub
Casting assoc
Extras coord
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
STAND INS
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunt coord
COLOR PERSONNEL
Processing by
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Spring Break," written by Rick Nielsen, performed by Cheap Trick, courtesy of Epic Records
"Caught Up In You," performed by 38 Special, courtesy of A&M Records
"Hooray For The City" [and] "True Lovin' Woman," performed by Jack Mack & the Heart Attack, courtesy of Full Moon Records/Warner Bros. Records
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SONGS
"Spring Break," written by Rick Nielsen, performed by Cheap Trick, courtesy of Epic Records
"Caught Up In You," performed by 38 Special, courtesy of A&M Records
"Hooray For The City" [and] "True Lovin' Woman," performed by Jack Mack & the Heart Attack, courtesy of Full Moon Records/Warner Bros. Records
"Me And The Boys," performed by NRBQ, courtesy of Rounder Records and Bearsville Records
"One Of These Days," performed by Gerard McMahon, courtesy of Full Moon Records/Warner Bros. Records
"Kids These Days," performed by The Dreamers, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
"Lauderdale Ladies," music and lyrics by Harry Manfredini
"Have Some Fun Tonight" [and] "Do It To You," performed by Hot Date, music and lyrics by Harry Manfredini
"Friends," performed by Hot Date, music and lyrics by Marilyn Max
"Here Comes Trouble" [and] "Hit The Beach," performed by Big Spender, music and lyrics by Stephen Sasloe & Tommy McCulloh.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
25 March 1983
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 25 March 1983
New York opening: 26 March 1983
Production Date:
6 July--late August 1982 in Fort Lauderdale
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Industries
Copyright Date:
22 April 1983
Copyright Number:
PA171802
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Metrocolor®
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
101
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
26939
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Nelson and Adam arrive at the Breeze n’ Seas Motel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, but when they are shown to their room by motel bellman Eesh, there are signs their room has already been occupied by others. Nelson is uncomfortable that he left for spring break without his stepfather’s permission, but Adam convinces him that college students are not supposed to work during spring break, and are expected to go crazy, because after they graduate they will never have the opportunity to do so again. Eddie arrives at the motel to pressure the owner, Geri, his former sister-in-law, to sell the place, but she rejects the idea. In turn, Eddie suggests she might just lose ownership without selling because she is behind on her mortgage payments. Geri retorts that she is always behind before spring break, but always caught up by the time it is over, and Eddie cautions that something might happen to close her down before she can benefit from the influx of cash generated during the break. He introduces Geri to his friend, Mr. Ames, of the unsafe buildings committee, who has come to inspect the premises. Stu and his friend, O.T., arrive at the Breeze n’ Seas with motel reservations, only to be conducted to the room occupied by Nelson and Adam. When Stu calls the front desk to complain, he receives an apology and the promise of extra towels for the room. In Miami, Florida, U. S. Senatorial candidate Ernest Dalby is moored on his yacht, Cutthroat II, ... +


Nelson and Adam arrive at the Breeze n’ Seas Motel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, but when they are shown to their room by motel bellman Eesh, there are signs their room has already been occupied by others. Nelson is uncomfortable that he left for spring break without his stepfather’s permission, but Adam convinces him that college students are not supposed to work during spring break, and are expected to go crazy, because after they graduate they will never have the opportunity to do so again. Eddie arrives at the motel to pressure the owner, Geri, his former sister-in-law, to sell the place, but she rejects the idea. In turn, Eddie suggests she might just lose ownership without selling because she is behind on her mortgage payments. Geri retorts that she is always behind before spring break, but always caught up by the time it is over, and Eddie cautions that something might happen to close her down before she can benefit from the influx of cash generated during the break. He introduces Geri to his friend, Mr. Ames, of the unsafe buildings committee, who has come to inspect the premises. Stu and his friend, O.T., arrive at the Breeze n’ Seas with motel reservations, only to be conducted to the room occupied by Nelson and Adam. When Stu calls the front desk to complain, he receives an apology and the promise of extra towels for the room. In Miami, Florida, U. S. Senatorial candidate Ernest Dalby is moored on his yacht, Cutthroat II, with his wife and campaign workers, Thomas and Lloyd. At the Breeze n’ Seas, as Nelson and Adam attempt to sleep after a night of partying, Stu and O. T. bring a couple of drunk, and very uninhibited, girls to the room. Unnerved by the sexual shenanigans of their roommates, Nelson and Adam crawl to the bathroom for cold showers. When Nelson’s partying is pictured on the front page of the newspaper, candidate Dalby becomes apoplectic that his stepson’s actions will hurt his election chances, and he determines to sail the yacht to Ft. Lauderdale where he can take control of the situation. In a Ft. Lauderdale parking lot, Nelson, Adam, Stu and O.T. visit a dope dealer’s customized van for the purpose of acquiring some marijuana. The dealer sells Nelson $250 worth of overpriced “pot,” and an assortment of useless items that the boy feels compelled to buy under seeming threat of death. When Dalby’s yacht arrives at Ft. Lauderdale, he is greeted by Eddie. It turns out Dalby is the potential buyer for the Breeze n’ Seas, but Eddie tells the candidate that it will cost $5,000 to bribe Mr. Ames to come up with the “right” report. However, Dalby’s immediate interest has shifted to finding Nelson, and he enlists Eddie in the search for his stepson. After an evening of drinking at Penrod’s Volcano Club, the boys walk along a boat landing, and Nelson discovers Cutthroat II moored there. Nelson’s concerns bring the good times to a screeching halt until Stu says there is only one thing that will get them going again: “Drink!” The next morning the four friends are hung over, and Nelson separates from the group to return to their room and telephone his stepfather. However, when Dalby starts reading Nelson the riot act, the boy sets the telephone receiver on the bed and leaves. Later, at The Button Club, the four again go drinking. When a mean biker attempts to pick up Joan at the bar, O.T. intervenes and knocks the biker out in a fight. Meanwhile, Dalby’s employees, Thomas and Lloyd, search the Ft. Lauderdale clubs for Nelson. The four friends watch the wet T-shirt competition, and then, Nelson notices Suzie playing a video game. He talks with her, and after they play doubles on the game, they go to watch the open “He-Shirt” contest. Thomas and Lloyd enter The Button, still looking for Nelson. Meanwhile, Nelson and Suzie sneak off to her hotel room. The boy is nervous and asks for something to drink. Suzie sends him to get some soft drinks from the hotel lobby vending machine, but when he returns, Nelson forgets Suzie’s room number, and is chased down by the desk clerk and evicted from the hotel. Wandering around, Nelson spots Thomas and Lloyd, and runs away so they will not find him. At dawn, Nelson finds Adam on the beach, and tells his friend he cannot have fun with his stepfather in town and he plans to return home. However, he spots Suzie at a beach bathing suit contest. They get together and Nelson invites her to a party that evening at the Breeze n’ Seas, but in the process, Nelson is seen by Eddie, who goes to inform Dalby of his detective work. When Eddie and his henchmen arrive at the Breeze n’ Seas party, Nelson and Suzie attempt to escape in Eesh’s 1940s party car, but it will not start. Eesh tries to stop Nelson’s pursuers, but is beat up in the process. Nelson and Suzie get underway just as Eddie, Thomas and Lloyd hop into Eddie’s car to give chase. However, Nelson’s friends have loosened the tires and steering wheel, and the car remains dead in its tracks. Nelson and Suzie end up at the beach for an anticipated night of lovemaking, but when he excuses himself to urinate in nearby shrubbery, an alligator grabs his pants leg, and Nelson must wiggle out of his trousers to escape. When he rushes toward Suzie, she is delighted to see her new boyfriend “ready for action.” But in the morning, as they sleep on the beach, Nelson is found by Eddie and his cohorts. In an ensuing argument with his stepfather, Nelson learns that Dalby plans to buy the hotel, but he is locked up on the yacht before he can do anything about it. As Suzie alerts Nelson’s friends about his capture, Eddie returns to the Breeze n’ Seas with Mr. Ames, who has an order to shut down the hotel until further notice. All the motel guests are ordered to vacate by sundown. That night, Adam, Stu and O.T. go to the dock. O.T. boards the Cutthroat II to rescue Nelson. When Dalby’s men try to stop the escape, Nelson’s other friends join in to stop them. Nelson and the others get away, but are chased to the Breeze n’ Seas by Eddie and his thugs. A fight ensues, and the attackers are defeated and tied up by the motel crowd. When Edward Dalby arrives and demands that his men be released, Nelson refuses and gets Ames to admit that he received a $5,000 bribe from Dalby to close the hotel. Dalby relents, and the Breeze n’ Seas remains in Geri’s control. When Nelson’s mother realizes her husband’s actions, she leaves him. Dalby is doused with liquor as he leaves the Breeze n’ Seas, and is later picked up for drunk driving on his way to a campaign fundraising dinner, while the victors celebrate at the Breeze n’ Seas. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Teenage


Subject

Subject (Minor):
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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