Folks! (1992)

PG-13 | 108 mins | Comedy | 1 May 1992

Director:

Ted Kotcheff

Writer:

Robert Klane

Cinematographer:

Larry Pizer

Editor:

Joan E. Chapman

Production Designer:

William J. Creber

Production Company:

Penta Pictures
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HISTORY

A 7 May 1991 HR production chart reported principal photography began 6 May 1991, with locations in Florida and Chicago, IL. The 15 May 1991 DV noted the nine-week shoot began in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The 28 Jun 1991 HR noted that during the four weeks in Florida, filmmakers used locations in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Filming was completed in Chicago. According to the 23 Jul 1991 HR, the film’s budget was $15 million.
       An item in the 6 Dec 1991 DV reported that actor Tom Selleck and the film’s producers Victor Drai and Gianni Nunnari were meeting to decide on which of the film’s two endings to use.
       According to the 22 May 1992 HR, The Alzheimer’s Association attacked the film for taking a comedic approach to the disease. Association president Edward Truschke was upset that the filmmakers chose to “portray the tragedy of dementia as a comedic story element.” He noted that the situations satirized in the film, including “wandering, murder-suicide, caregiver stress and exorbitant costs of health care,” end tragically in real life.
       Folks! marked the theatrical acting debut of Jon Favreau.
       End credits include the following statements: “The producers wish to thank: Boca Raton Hotel and Club; Williams Island Condominium; Magnum Marine; Clow International Airport/O. Boyd Clow; Amtrak Public Affairs; Hill-Rom Hospital Equipment; 'City Slave' sculpture by Robert Longo; Royal Doulton USA, Inc.; Paintings by John Himmelfarb; Bang and Olufsen/DYM Communications, Inc.; Norm Marshall and Associates; American Airlines; Briny Breezes, Inc.; Unique Product Placement; Coors Beer; Elema Schonander; Sheraton Hotels; U-Haul; ... More Less

A 7 May 1991 HR production chart reported principal photography began 6 May 1991, with locations in Florida and Chicago, IL. The 15 May 1991 DV noted the nine-week shoot began in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The 28 Jun 1991 HR noted that during the four weeks in Florida, filmmakers used locations in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Filming was completed in Chicago. According to the 23 Jul 1991 HR, the film’s budget was $15 million.
       An item in the 6 Dec 1991 DV reported that actor Tom Selleck and the film’s producers Victor Drai and Gianni Nunnari were meeting to decide on which of the film’s two endings to use.
       According to the 22 May 1992 HR, The Alzheimer’s Association attacked the film for taking a comedic approach to the disease. Association president Edward Truschke was upset that the filmmakers chose to “portray the tragedy of dementia as a comedic story element.” He noted that the situations satirized in the film, including “wandering, murder-suicide, caregiver stress and exorbitant costs of health care,” end tragically in real life.
       Folks! marked the theatrical acting debut of Jon Favreau.
       End credits include the following statements: “The producers wish to thank: Boca Raton Hotel and Club; Williams Island Condominium; Magnum Marine; Clow International Airport/O. Boyd Clow; Amtrak Public Affairs; Hill-Rom Hospital Equipment; 'City Slave' sculpture by Robert Longo; Royal Doulton USA, Inc.; Paintings by John Himmelfarb; Bang and Olufsen/DYM Communications, Inc.; Norm Marshall and Associates; American Airlines; Briny Breezes, Inc.; Unique Product Placement; Coors Beer; Elema Schonander; Sheraton Hotels; U-Haul; McDonalds; Nissan; Florida Motion Picture & Television Bureau, Ben Harris; Broward, Dade and Palm Beach County Film Offices; North Broward Hospital District, Broward General Hospital; Broward County Aviation Department; Palm Beach County Fire Rescue; State of Illinois Film Office, Suzy Kellet, Jim Leonis, Ron Verkuilen; City of Chicago, Richard M. Daley, Mayor; Chicago Film Office, Charles Geocaris; Fox Television Stations, Inc. – WFLD”; and, “Filmed on location in South Florida and Chicago, Illinois.” End credits also state: “The Major League Baseball Trademarks depicted in this motion picture were licensed by Major League Baseball Properties, Inc.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
15 May 1991.
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Daily Variety
6 Dec 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
7 May 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
28 Jun 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
23 Jul 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
22 May 1992.
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Los Angeles Times
4 May 1992
p. 7.
New York Times
4 May 1992
p. 15.
Variety
11 May 1992
p. 123.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Mario & Vittorio Cecchi Gori and Silvio Berlusconi Present
A Penta Pictures Production
A Victor Drai Production
A film by Ted Kotcheff
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d unit dir
2d 2d asst dir
Addl 2d asst dir
1st asst dir, 2d unit staff and crew
1st asst dir, 2d unit staff and crew
1st asst dir, 2d unit staff and crew
2d asst dir, 2d unit staff and crew
2d 2d asst dir, Florida staff and crew
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Co-exec prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Steadicam op
Chief lighting tech
Best boy
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Company grip
Company grip
Company grip
Still photog
Dir of photog, 2d unit staff and crew
Dir of photog/Aerial unit, 2d unit staff and crew
1st asst cam, Florida staff and crew
2d asst cam, Florida staff and crew
Loader, Florida staff and crew
Best boy elec, Florida staff and crew
Elec, Florida staff and crew
Elec, Florida staff and crew
Elec, Florida staff and crew
Key grip, Florida staff and crew
Best boy grip, Florida staff and crew
Dolly grip, Florida staff and crew
Company grip, Florida staff and crew
Company grip, Florida staff and crew
Swing gang, Florida staff and crew
Still photog, Florida staff and crew
ART DIRECTORS
Asst art dir
Art dept coord
FILM EDITORS
Post prod supv
Post prod supv
Post prod accountant
Post prod coord
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Apprentice ed
Ed prod asst
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
Leadman
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Prop master
Asst props
Const coord
Const foreman
Head painter
Leadperson, Florida staff and crew
Swing gang, Florida staff and crew
Swing gang, Florida staff and crew
Greensperson, Florida staff and crew
Asst props, Florida staff and crew
Const coord, Florida staff and crew
Key scenic painter, Florida staff and crew
Scenic painter, Florida staff and crew
Jon's apartment furnished by
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv
Ward, 2d unit staff and crew
Costumer, Florida staff and crew
MUSIC
Mus consultant to Penta Pictures
Mus consultant to Penta Pictures
Mus supv
Supv mus ed
Featured instrumentalist
Courtesy of Capital Records Inc.
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Boom op
Sd mixer, Florida staff and crew
Boom op, Florida staff and crew
Supv sd ed
Sd eff des
Sd eff rec
Asst eff ed
Asst eff ed
ADR supv
Asst ADR ed
Asst dial ed
Asst dial ed
Apprentice dial ed
Foley/ADR programmer
Foley walker
Foley walker
Foley mixer
Foley rec
Supv re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Spec eff coord
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Spec eff foreman, Florida staff and crew
Titles and opt eff
MAKEUP
Dept head makeup
Makeup artist
Key hairstylist
Asst hair/Makeup
Makeup/Hair, 2d unit staff and crew
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Chicago casting
Chicago casting
Prod accountant
Scr supv
Extras casting by
Caterer, Coast To Coast Catering
Craft service
Welfare worker
Transportation capt
Transportation co-capt
Transportation coord
Unit pub
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Asst prod accountant
2d asst accountant
Asst to Mr. Kotcheff
Asst to Mr. Harding
Asst to Mr. Drai
Asst to Mr. Drai
Asst to Mr. Selleck
Loc assoc
Key set prod asst
Scr supv, 2d unit staff and crew
Florida casting, Florida staff and crew
Prod coord, Florida staff and crew
Asst prod coord, Florida staff and crew
Craft service, Florida staff and crew
Transportation capt, Florida staff and crew
Insurance provided by
Completion bond by
Chicago facilities provided by
"Sara" owned and trained by
Dog handler
Dog handler
STAND INS
Stunt pilot
Stunt pilot
Stunt pilot
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stunt coord
Mr. Selleck's stand-in
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Gravel Road," performed by Magic Slim and The Teardrops.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Folks
Release Date:
1 May 1992
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 1 May 1992
Production Date:
6 May--early Jul 1991
Copyright Claimant:
PentAmerica Communications, Inc., Penta Entertainment, Ltd. A.V.V.
Copyright Date:
27 April 1992
Copyright Number:
PA562331
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Filmed with Panavision® Cameras & Lenses
Prints
Prints by Deluxe®
Duration(in mins):
108
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
31573
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jon Aldrich is a successful stockbroker in Chicago, Illinois, living with a beautiful wife, Audrey, and two children, while Jon’s parents, Harry and Mildred, and his divorced sister, Arlene, live in Florida. Jon has not seen them in several years and has neglected to tell his parents that he sold his father’s shoe store to become a stockbroker. When Jon receives an emergency telephone call that his mother is hospitalized, he immediately flies to Florida. Jon is unaware that his co-worker, Ed, is an undercover agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and conducting a raid at the office that morning. At the private hospital, the administrator asks for Jon’s credit card to cover Mildred’s expenses, but the card is declined and he writes a check. Mildred is sedated for surgery, but admits she is worried about her husband, Harry. While Mildred is in surgery, Jon goes to the mobile home park to see his father. Harry is slow to recognize his son, but seems happy. Jon wants to speak with his sister Arlene and asks Harry to drive him. Excited, Harry backs his prized Cadillac out of the driveway and speeds in reverse until he crashes in the water. As the car is towed out, a doctor places a patch over Jon’s wounded eye. Jon leaves his father at the mobile home and visits his sister. Arlene has little concern for her parents, declaring she is broke and attempting to move in with her new boyfriend before he discovers she has two rambunctious sons. When Jon returns to the trailer park, he discovers ... +


Jon Aldrich is a successful stockbroker in Chicago, Illinois, living with a beautiful wife, Audrey, and two children, while Jon’s parents, Harry and Mildred, and his divorced sister, Arlene, live in Florida. Jon has not seen them in several years and has neglected to tell his parents that he sold his father’s shoe store to become a stockbroker. When Jon receives an emergency telephone call that his mother is hospitalized, he immediately flies to Florida. Jon is unaware that his co-worker, Ed, is an undercover agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and conducting a raid at the office that morning. At the private hospital, the administrator asks for Jon’s credit card to cover Mildred’s expenses, but the card is declined and he writes a check. Mildred is sedated for surgery, but admits she is worried about her husband, Harry. While Mildred is in surgery, Jon goes to the mobile home park to see his father. Harry is slow to recognize his son, but seems happy. Jon wants to speak with his sister Arlene and asks Harry to drive him. Excited, Harry backs his prized Cadillac out of the driveway and speeds in reverse until he crashes in the water. As the car is towed out, a doctor places a patch over Jon’s wounded eye. Jon leaves his father at the mobile home and visits his sister. Arlene has little concern for her parents, declaring she is broke and attempting to move in with her new boyfriend before he discovers she has two rambunctious sons. When Jon returns to the trailer park, he discovers that his father burned down his mobile home while making lunch. The doctor reveals that Harry is physically fine, but suffers from senile dementia. As they return to the smoldering home, Jon is surprised to see his co-worker, Ed, and FBI agents searching through the wreckage, and examining his charred briefcase. Jon is stunned to learn that his “friend” is an undercover agent who believes Jon came to Florida to destroy evidence and leave the country. Jon denies the accusations. However, Ed refuses to listen and Harry continually declares that Ed is tied to the Mafia. At the hospital, Jon’s check has bounced because the FBI has frozen his accounts. Mildred is transferred to a county facility for her kidney stone procedure, and is unsurprised to learn that Harry burned their home. She reveals that Harry’s disease began eight years ago and has recently worsened. He can clearly remember his exploits as an aviator during World War II, but cannot remember the recent past. Jon takes his parents to Arlene’s place, but she pretends not to be home. Driving the Cadillac, Jon takes his parents to Chicago, where they meet Audrey and his children. Audrey is surprised to learn that she is Jon’s second wife, as he never mentioned his first marriage. She is equally surprised to discover Mildred and Harry will be living with them. In the morning, Jon awakens and discovers that his father has left the apartment with the children. Jon sees Harry crossing the busy street with the toddlers, and he runs outside to save them. Jon takes his father to work, and they are surrounded by reporters as they arrive. Inside, several co-workers are arrested, as Ed and his agents close the office. Ed apologizes for believing Jon was involved. However, he insists Jon must have been aware of the illegal actions, and admits that the government is keeping Jon’s accounts frozen, and his credentials to trade stocks are suspended. While Ed and Jon argue, Harry leaves the office. Jon sees his father talking to reporters, and races outside as Harry gets on a bus. Harry travels to his former shoe store, and believing it is still his, goes to the basement storeroom and retrieves a McDonnell Douglas bond that he hid years earlier. Pocketing the bond, he heads upstairs. Jon arrives as his father angrily notes the shoes are “junk” and a fight breaks out with the new owners. Jon gets his father outside and reveals he sold the store eight years earlier because it was not worth much anymore. Harry is surprised and declares it is worth $500,000. He mentions McDonnell, but Jon mistakenly assumes his father wants to eat at a McDonald’s restaurant. Later, Harry has a rare moment of clarity and tells Jon that he knows he is losing his mind. He does not want to live like that and asks Jon to end his life. As Jon refuses, the moment of clarity passes and Harry is “happy” again. That evening, Harry finds a gun in Jon’s closet and pockets it. As the family watches television news, they see Harry’s interview outside Jon’s office. When questioned about the FBI’s investigation, Harry continually declared that the Mafia was responsible, and revealed his name and address. Two Mafia men arrive at the Aldrich apartment and attack Jon, breaking his hand. Harry pulls out the gun, randomly shoots, and the two lackeys run away. Mildred takes Jon to the hospital where his broken hand is treated. Upon their return, the building manager hands Jon a thirty-day eviction notice, and he discovers that Audrey is taking the children to her sister’s home. She is fearful for their safety and leaves while Jon works out the situation with his parents. As Audrey leaves, Jon’s sister Arlene arrives with her boys and declares that they are moving in. Jon refuses and while they argue, Harry sneaks off. Jon sees his father outside. He rushes onto the balcony, falls over the edge, lands on a flagpole, and falls to the ground. He awakens in the hospital to discover surgeons have removed one testicle and a toe from his broken leg. As Jon recuperates, Fred, the freeloading doorman, begins dating Arlene and moves into Jon’s apartment. However, when Jon’s car and furniture are repossessed, Fred dumps Arlene and moves out. Moments later, Ed arrives and announces he made a deal for Jon to get his possessions back if he will wear a wire and entrap other stockbrokers. Arlene and Ed are instantly attracted to each other, and go on a date. At his wit’s end, Jon smashes the wiretap. Mildred hates to see her son so upset, and reveals that she and Harry thought of jumping off the balcony, but realized that Jon and Arlene would not get any insurance money if they committed suicide. She asks Jon to stage an accident so he and Arlene can make a double indemnity insurance claim. Arlene is excited by the idea, but Jon is upset. Mildred insists that she and Harry do not want to be a burden and will be happy if they can die together. Reluctantly, Jon agrees. However, his attempts to kill the couple all fail. They survive a car crash, befriend a dangerous motorcycle gang, and accidentally escape an explosion. Jon realizes he does not want to kill his parents, and declares he will not try again. However, Arlene insists on taking over. Audrey unexpectedly returns home, apologizes for leaving, and declares her love for Jon. While Jon talks with Audrey, Arlene sneaks off with Mildred and Harry. Jon and his wife race to stop Arlene’s plan, and arrive at an airport run by one of Harry’s World War II friends. As Harry and Mildred taxi down the runway, Jon jumps on the plane and Mildred lets him inside. He declares his love for his parents and insists a family must take care of each other. Harry believes it is 1943 and he is flying in battle. Mildred and Jon play into Harry’s delusion and eventually he lands the plane safely. John and Audrey purchase a home in the country, with a yard large enough for Mildred and Harry to live in a mobile home. Ed arrives to pick up his fiancée, Arlene, and her boys, and Jon thanks him for reinstating his stockbroker credentials. Before leaving for his new job, Jon places an identification bracelet on his father’s wrist so he will not get lost. As they talk, Jon again assumes his father is referencing McDonald's, until he sees the McDonnell bond worth a fortune. +

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