Captain Ron (1992)

PG-13 | 100 mins | Adventure, Comedy | 18 September 1992

Cinematographer:

Daryn Okada

Editor:

Tina Hirsch

Production Designer:

William F. Matthews

Production Company:

Touchstone Pictures
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HISTORY

A 3 Mar 1992 HR production brief announced that director Thom Eberhardt’s untitled project began principal photography in Puerto Rico on 16 Feb 1992. A revised HR production brief on 19 May 1992 noted the project was titled The Wanderer. An item in the 30 Jul 1992 DV reported the film’s title was changed to Don’t Rock The Boat before its release as Captain Ron.
       Captain Ron marked the feature film debut of actors Meadow Sisto, Benjamin Salisbury, and Roselyn Sanchez.
       End credits include the following statement: “The Producers wish to thank the crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Vashon, Ceiba, Puerto Rico; the people of Puerto Rico; The Illinois Film Office.”
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A 3 Mar 1992 HR production brief announced that director Thom Eberhardt’s untitled project began principal photography in Puerto Rico on 16 Feb 1992. A revised HR production brief on 19 May 1992 noted the project was titled The Wanderer. An item in the 30 Jul 1992 DV reported the film’s title was changed to Don’t Rock The Boat before its release as Captain Ron.
       Captain Ron marked the feature film debut of actors Meadow Sisto, Benjamin Salisbury, and Roselyn Sanchez.
       End credits include the following statement: “The Producers wish to thank the crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Vashon, Ceiba, Puerto Rico; the people of Puerto Rico; The Illinois Film Office.”

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
30 Jul 1992
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Mar 1992
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Hollywood Reporter
19 May 1992
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Sep 1992
p. 6, 39
Los Angeles Times
18 Sep 1992
Calendar, p. 8
New York Times
18 Sep 1992
p. 23
Variety
21 Sep 1992
p. 87
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Touchstone Pictures presents
In Association With Touchwood Pacific Partners I
a David Permut Production
aThom Eberhardt Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
Addl 2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
Dir, 2d unit
1st asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir, 2d unit
Dir, 2d unit
Unit prod mgr, Chicago unit
2d asst dir, Chicago unit
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Rigging gaffer
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Still photog
Still photog
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Cam, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
2d asst cam, 2d unit
Dir of photog, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
2d asst cam, 2d unit
Key grip, 2d unit
Grip, 2d unit
Gaffer, 2d unit
1st asst cam, Chicago unit
2d asst cam, Chicago unit
ART DIRECTORS
FILM EDITORS
1st asst film ed
2d asst film ed
2d asst film ed
2d asst film ed
Apprentice film ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Leadperson
Prop master
Asst prop master
Const coord
Const foreman
Set des
Chief scenic painter
COSTUMES
Asst cost des
Ward supv
MUSIC
Supv mus ed
Mus scoring mixer
Mus scoring mixer
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Supv sd ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Supv ADR ed
ADR ed
Foley ed
Foley ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
ADR mixer
Foley mixer
Foley artist
Edward Steidele
Foley artist
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Spec eff foreman
Spec eff asst
Spec visual eff
Spec visual eff
Spec visual eff
Spec miniature eff
Spec miniature eff
Spec miniature eff
Spec miniature eff
Title des by
Titles & opticals
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Hairstylist
Key hairstylist, 2d unit
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Marine coord
Boat capt
Supv copyist
Voice casting
Prod supv
Loc mgr
Transportation coord
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Prod accountant
1st asst accountant
Payroll accountant
Prod assoc
Asst to Mr. Winter
Asst to Mr. Winter
Asst to Mr. Permut
Asst to Mr. Eberhardt
Unit pub
Extras casting
Studio teacher
Craft services
Catering
Scr supv, 2d unit
Transportation coord, 2d unit
Helicopter pilot, 2d unit
Prod coord, Chicago unit
Transportation coord, Chicago unit
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Bob Kaiser
Col timer
Prod and distributed on
SOURCES
SONGS
“Zombies From Hell,” written by Daniel Arlie, performed by T-Ride, courtesy of Hollywood Records; “Stir It Up,” written by Bob Marley, performed by Bob Marley & The Wailers, courtesy of Island Records, Inc.; “Can’t Get Back,” written by Dennis Hill and Andre Bonter, performed by The Poorboys, courtesy of Hollywood Records; “Papacito,” written by Sylvester McIntosh, performed by Blinky & The Roadmasters, courtesy of Rounder Records; “Caroline,” written by Sylvester McIntosh, performed by Blinky & The Roadmasters, courtesy of Rounder Records; “Besito En La Boquita,” written by Oswaldo Ramos and Julia Cesar Munoz, performed by WAO; “Jammin’,” written by Bob Marley, performed by Bob Marley & The Wailers, courtesy of Island Records, Inc.; “¿Quien Puso El Bomp?,” written by Barry Mann and Gerry Goffin, performed by Enrique Guzman Y Los Teen Tops, courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Meico, S.A. DE C.V., by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing; "Las Noches Calientes," written and performed by Steve Carter.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Don't Rock The Boat
The Wanderer
Release Date:
18 September 1992
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 18 Sep 1992
Production Date:
began 16 Feb 1992
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Touchstone Pictures, an accepted alternative of the Walt Disney Company
30 September 1992
PA582956
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Prints
Prints by Technicolor®
Duration(in mins):
100
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
32041
SYNOPSIS

Chicago, Illinois, businessman, Martin “Marty” Harvey inherits a boat from his Uncle William that once belonged to Clark Gable and is reportedly worth more than $250,000. It is docked at a small island in the Caribbean and must be brought to Miami, Florida, in order to be sold. Marty wants to take his wife, Catherine, and their two children, eleven-year-old Benjamin and sixteen-year-old Caroline, on an adventure, and suggests hiring a captain who can teach them to sail. Catherine refuses, arguing that they cannot leave work and school for forty-five days. However, when Caroline announces she is engaged to her boyfriend, Catherine finally agrees to the vacation. The Wanderer is not in good condition, and the Miami yacht broker, Donaldson, decides to sell it for scrap, and saves money by hiring a local captain to sail it from the island. Captain Ron Rico, a one-eyed sailor wearing an eye patch, drives up in a “borrowed” automobile that rolls off the pier as he inspects the Harvey’s boat. Benjamin Harvey is impressed by Captain Ron’s claim that he lost his eye in a shark attack and now sports a glass eye. The owner of the “borrowed” car arrives and shoots at Captain Ron, who distracts the Harvey family by rushing them to set sail. Once at sea, Captain Ron takes a nap and leaves Marty at the wheel. Later, they dock at St. Haag to pick up supplies. As Captain Ron bonds with Benjamin while playing card games, Caroline sneaks off to a party at ...

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Chicago, Illinois, businessman, Martin “Marty” Harvey inherits a boat from his Uncle William that once belonged to Clark Gable and is reportedly worth more than $250,000. It is docked at a small island in the Caribbean and must be brought to Miami, Florida, in order to be sold. Marty wants to take his wife, Catherine, and their two children, eleven-year-old Benjamin and sixteen-year-old Caroline, on an adventure, and suggests hiring a captain who can teach them to sail. Catherine refuses, arguing that they cannot leave work and school for forty-five days. However, when Caroline announces she is engaged to her boyfriend, Catherine finally agrees to the vacation. The Wanderer is not in good condition, and the Miami yacht broker, Donaldson, decides to sell it for scrap, and saves money by hiring a local captain to sail it from the island. Captain Ron Rico, a one-eyed sailor wearing an eye patch, drives up in a “borrowed” automobile that rolls off the pier as he inspects the Harvey’s boat. Benjamin Harvey is impressed by Captain Ron’s claim that he lost his eye in a shark attack and now sports a glass eye. The owner of the “borrowed” car arrives and shoots at Captain Ron, who distracts the Harvey family by rushing them to set sail. Once at sea, Captain Ron takes a nap and leaves Marty at the wheel. Later, they dock at St. Haag to pick up supplies. As Captain Ron bonds with Benjamin while playing card games, Caroline sneaks off to a party at the Dutch consulate. In their cabin, Marty shows his wife the “spontaneous” adventure he has carefully mapped out. He and Catherine try to make love in the shower, but inadvertently lock themselves inside and clog the drain. The water quickly fills the shower, but Ron rescues them. Over the next five days, the family refurbishes the boat and Ron teaches them about sailing. When they stop at a small island, Marty is angry that Ron steered them to the wrong one. To make amends, Captain Ron takes them to lunch at a local shack. Upset, Marty heads back to the boat as the others eat. Ron warns him to avoid the local guerrillas, but Marty believes he meant "gorillas" and declares there are none on the island. When Marty is captured by the guerrillas, Ron convinces them to let him go. That evening, Marty is furious to find Ron and Benjamin cleaning guns that Ron obtained from the guerrillas. Ron declares they might need weapons to fight the pirates of the Caribbean, but Marty does not believe pirates still exist. He refuses to have weapons onboard and tosses them overboard. Moments later, he learns that Ron offered the guerrillas a ride to another island in exchange for the guns. Since they cannot return the weapons, they must honor the agreement. The next day, the guerilla soldiers board the ship and they set off for the Carnival in San Juan. En route, Ron has Marty shut off the engine, while he and the family hoist the sails. Marty returns to the deck and is jealous seeing his family working seamlessly with Ron. Marty becomes upset when the captain takes them to another wrong island. Ron claims he overshot San Jan by twenty miles and they can go back the next day. While Catherine goes into town to pick up supplies, an island girl named Clarice swims near their boat. Ron admits he has been to the island to see Clarice before and he swims off to join her for the evening. Furious, Marty wants to shoot Ron with the flare gun. However, he shoots it into the boat instead, causing a fire. He grabs the flare, tosses it overboard, and puts out the fire, but his eyesight is temporarily damaged by the flare’s glare. Marty wants to fire Captain Ron, but Catherine convinces him to wait until they arrive in San Juan. She admits that she was resentful of the trip at first, but now loves it. Marty and Catherine make love in their cabin, and the next day, he is further reenergized by the thought that Captain Ron will be soon gone. A severe storm arises as they sail to San Juan, but Captain Ron steers them through it. As Captain Ron and the family walk through the crowded streets at the Carnival, Catherine admits she does not want to fire Ron because he saved them during the storm. However, Marty is jealous of their children’s relationship with Ron. As the couple walks ahead of Ron and the kids, they do not notice when Caroline stops to flirt with a cute teenager. Ron loses his glass eyeball and Benjamin stops to help him find it. Soon, Marty and Catherine realize they have become separated from their kids, and cannot find them in the crowd. They go to the police station for help, but get arrested when Marty mentions that he brought guerrillas to the island. They are not charged with subversion, but are exiled from the island. When the police return them to their boat, they discover Ron and the kids are hosting a party. Ron insists he did not want the kids wandering the streets, so they brought the party to the boat. Marty is furious to discover that Caroline got a tattoo, and Benjamin is drinking beer while playing strip Monopoly with Ron and a local woman named Angeline. Marty fires Ron, and embarrasses his children as he orders them to return to the boat. Ron owes Angeline five hundred dollars, and asks for a loan, but Marty refuses. Ron notices Angeline complain to her boyfriend and realizes the family might be in trouble. The next day, the family sails for Miami. His family is upset, but Marty tells them not to worry, they will soon reach Florida, sell the boat and return home. Moments later, Angeline’s boyfriend and his group of pirates speed toward them, steal the boat. and leave the family floating in a life raft. That night, they reach a Cuban island and discover their boat is being dismantled by the pirates. Captain Ron arrives in a car, rams the pirates’ truck, and offers to rescue the family. They jump into his car and a chase ensues. Ron drops Marty at the boat and tells him to start it up, while they keep the pirates preoccupied. As Ron drives off, Catherine and the kids admit they are happy to see him. When they return to the boat, Marty still struggles to start the engine amidst the wreckage left by the pirates. Ron rushes ahead of the others to help Marty, and pretends to trip and break his leg. Marty gets the engine running, and they speed away. However, the engine soon dies, and Marty realizes he forgot to fill it with oil. Captain Ron tells Marty the pirates will pursue them, and Marty must take the lead because his leg is broken. As Marty rallies the family and they hoist the sails, Ron surreptitiously reassembles the radio and calls the Coast Guard for help. When Ron’s ruse is discovered, he laughs and claims to heal quickly. The pirates approach, but are deterred when Catherine fires a flare gun at them and the Coast Guard arrives. When a Coast Guard officer asks to speak to the person in charge, Ron acknowledges Marty as the captain. They leave Ron in Miami, where he quickly finds work on a young couple’s new boat. As The Wanderer approaches the dock, the family decides not to turn the boat over to the broker, and Marty steers them back out to sea.

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