Star Time (1993)

84 mins | Drama, Fantasy | 2 April 1993

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HISTORY

The film, which marked Alexander Cassini’s writing and directing debut, premiered at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival, according to the 20 Jan 1992 HR. The picture would later screen at several film festivals including the 1992 Houston International Film Festival, the 1992 AFI Fest, and the 1993 Brussels Festival of Fantasy, Thriller & Science Fiction Films.
       The Fall 1992 Filmmaker reported that Northern Arts had acquired domestic rights, and planned to open the picture in Sep 1992 in ten U.S. markets. However, the film was not released until 2 Apr 1993. An advertisement in the 2 Apr 1993 LAWeekly noted a limited engagement beginning that day at the Landmark Nuart theater in Santa Monica, CA.
       End credits include the following acknowledgements: "'2nd Honeymoon' courtesy of Martindale-Giden Productions"; “'It’s A Wonderful Life' courtesy of Budget Films"; "War and political violence footage courtesy of White Production Archives, Inc."; "First crime news footage courtesy of Newsreel Video Service"; "Second crime news footage courtesy of Rick Spalla Video Productions"; "Cartoon: 'Fresh Vegetable Mystery' courtesy of Film Bank"; "Photos courtesy of Wide World Photos, Inc."; "Open heart surgical footage courtesy of Terry L. Brian.” Also acknowledged: “Special Thanks to: Buzz Harris, Michael Lally, Robert Resnick, Reid Shane, The Residents of Pilgrim Tower, and Parks ... More Less

The film, which marked Alexander Cassini’s writing and directing debut, premiered at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival, according to the 20 Jan 1992 HR. The picture would later screen at several film festivals including the 1992 Houston International Film Festival, the 1992 AFI Fest, and the 1993 Brussels Festival of Fantasy, Thriller & Science Fiction Films.
       The Fall 1992 Filmmaker reported that Northern Arts had acquired domestic rights, and planned to open the picture in Sep 1992 in ten U.S. markets. However, the film was not released until 2 Apr 1993. An advertisement in the 2 Apr 1993 LAWeekly noted a limited engagement beginning that day at the Landmark Nuart theater in Santa Monica, CA.
       End credits include the following acknowledgements: "'2nd Honeymoon' courtesy of Martindale-Giden Productions"; “'It’s A Wonderful Life' courtesy of Budget Films"; "War and political violence footage courtesy of White Production Archives, Inc."; "First crime news footage courtesy of Newsreel Video Service"; "Second crime news footage courtesy of Rick Spalla Video Productions"; "Cartoon: 'Fresh Vegetable Mystery' courtesy of Film Bank"; "Photos courtesy of Wide World Photos, Inc."; "Open heart surgical footage courtesy of Terry L. Brian.” Also acknowledged: “Special Thanks to: Buzz Harris, Michael Lally, Robert Resnick, Reid Shane, The Residents of Pilgrim Tower, and Parks Whiteman.” More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
23 Jan 1992
pp. 23-24.
Filmmaker
Fall 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
20 Jan 1992.
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LA Weekly
2 Apr 1993.
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Los Angeles Times
2 Apr 1993
p. 8.
Variety
27 Jan 1992
p. 52.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A film by Alexander Cassini
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
1st asst dir, Addl crew
1st asst dir, Addl crew
2d asst dir, Addl crew
1st asst dir, Video crew
PRODUCERS
Line prod
Co-prod
Assoc prod
Line prod, Addl crew
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Addl cine
Addl cine
Addl cine
Commercials cine
1st asst cam
Steady cam op
Best boy elec
Key grip
Best boy grip
Video playback
Still photog
1st asst cam, Addl crew
2d asst cam, Addl crew
2d asst cam, Addl crew
Gaffer, Addl crew
Gaffer, Addl crew
Key grip, Addl crew
Best boy grip, Addl crew
Grip/Elec, Addl crew
Grip/Elec, Addl crew
Grip/Elec, Addl crew
Video cam photog, Video crew
Dollies supplied by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Prod des
Story board artist
Graphic des for Sam's TV show
Art works
Art PA/Swing gang, Addl crew
FILM EDITORS
Post prod supv
Apprentice film ed
Ed intern
Video ed/Consultant, Video crew
Asst video ed, Video crew
Negative cutting
Video ed facility
Video monitors supplied by
Post prod equip supplied by
Post prod equip supplied by
SET DECORATORS
Set des
Set des
Set dec
Leadman
Prop master
Dresser
Dresser
Const coord
Const crew
Const crew
Const crew
Const crew
Const crew
Const crew
Const crew
Const crew
Const crew
Const crew
Const crew
Set prod asst
Video monitors supplied by
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward, Video crew
MUSIC
Saxophones, electric bass, percussion and keyboard
Upright bass, Musicians
Saxophone solo on Star Time, Musicians
Voice, Musicians
Voice and asst to Blake Leyh, Musicians
SOUND
Sd des
Prod sd mixer
Boom op
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec asst
Asst dial ed
Foley mixer
Sd apprentice
Sd apprentice
Addl dial
Addl news dial
Sd mixer, Addl crew
Boom op, Addl crew
Video sd mixer, Video crew
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff makeup
Front title des
Opticals
MAKEUP
Make-up
Make-up, Addl crew
Make-up, Addl crew
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Scr supv
Prod coord
Prod secy
Loc scout
Loc scout
Transportation capt
Transportation
Teamster
Video playback
Stock film research coord
Casting asst
Extras casting
Newscaster casting
Extras casting
Nude photog consultant
Post prod supv
Asst to Alexander Cassini
Asst to Alexander Cassini
Asst to Alexander Cassini
Prod legal
Pub consultant
Psychiatric research consultant
Accounting staff
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Craft services
Caterer
Scr supv, Addl crew
Prod asst, Addl crew
Prod asst, Addl crew
Prod asst, Addl crew
Video prod coord, Video crew
Video scr supv, Video crew
Film supplied by
Post prod equip supplied by
Post prod equip supplied by
STAND INS
Stunt double John P. Ryan
Stunt double Michael St. Gerard
Seductive television voice over
Voice over
Voice over
Stunt coord
COLOR PERSONNEL
DETAILS
Release Date:
2 April 1993
Premiere Information:
Sundance Film Festival premiere: January 1992
Los Angeles opening: 2 April 1993
Physical Properties:
Sound
Recorded in Ultra-Stereo®
Color
Lenses
Camera and lenses by Panavision ®
Prints
Film supplied by Eastman Kodak
Duration(in mins):
84
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

A young man named Henry Pinkle stands on the ledge of a building, preparing to jump to his death. A stranger named Sam Bones arrives and commiserates with Henry, then agrees to jump with him. However, Sam changes his mind, and tells Henry he should also reconsider. After Sam leaves, Henry steps down from the ledge. He remembers a visit to his social worker, Wendy, where he told her that the only thing he cares about is a television show called The Robertson Family. Sometime later, Sam Bones reappears in his living room, and tells Henry he will never be alone again. Sam invites Henry to live with him in his modern home, telling him that all he asks is for the young man’s commitment. Elsewhere, Wendy watches a videotape sent to her by Henry, in which he confesses that he killed himself after learning that The Robertson Family was cancelled. Meanwhile, Sam promises to make Henry a television star, and takes him to a television studio where he has contacts. Henry’s mind plays tricks on him as he watches videos in which a faceless woman instructs him to follow his violent destiny. Sam Bones gives Henry a plastic baby mask and a hatchet, and sends him to make his “debut” at a suburban home. Henry enters the dark house and watches television in the living room, but flees before murdering the homeowner. He apologizes to Sam for disappointing him. When Sam ... +


A young man named Henry Pinkle stands on the ledge of a building, preparing to jump to his death. A stranger named Sam Bones arrives and commiserates with Henry, then agrees to jump with him. However, Sam changes his mind, and tells Henry he should also reconsider. After Sam leaves, Henry steps down from the ledge. He remembers a visit to his social worker, Wendy, where he told her that the only thing he cares about is a television show called The Robertson Family. Sometime later, Sam Bones reappears in his living room, and tells Henry he will never be alone again. Sam invites Henry to live with him in his modern home, telling him that all he asks is for the young man’s commitment. Elsewhere, Wendy watches a videotape sent to her by Henry, in which he confesses that he killed himself after learning that The Robertson Family was cancelled. Meanwhile, Sam promises to make Henry a television star, and takes him to a television studio where he has contacts. Henry’s mind plays tricks on him as he watches videos in which a faceless woman instructs him to follow his violent destiny. Sam Bones gives Henry a plastic baby mask and a hatchet, and sends him to make his “debut” at a suburban home. Henry enters the dark house and watches television in the living room, but flees before murdering the homeowner. He apologizes to Sam for disappointing him. When Sam tells him the “heroic deed” will lead to his sainthood, Henry returns to the home and chops the homeowner to death. News of the serial killings is flashed all over the television, with fifteen murders occurring over the course of a month. Wendy is stunned when Henry appears at her door. She chastises him for considering suicide and for not notifying her sooner that he is still alive. Henry tells her he is doing fine and has a new manager named Sam Bones. Wendy asks to meet Sam, and Henry gives her his address. However, Sam tells Henry that Wendy would not understand their mission, and implores him to kill her. Henry sneaks into Wendy’s bedroom while she sleeps, and lies on the floor wearing his mask, but he cannot bring himself to kill her. Ignoring Henry’s pleas, Sam insists he will have to do the job himself. When Henry warns Wendy about Sam, she tells him that the address he gave her does not exist, and that Sam is imaginary, which upsets Henry. Wendy enters her apartment and finds that her sister Julie has been murdered. She flees to the hallway where Henry intercepts her and blames Sam for Julie’s death. Henry locks Wendy in her apartment to keep her safe while he goes to appeal to Sam. While he searches the apartment building for his mentor, Wendy breaks through the wall into the apartment next door, and discovers that her neighbors have also been murdered. After she slips on the bloody floor and is knocked unconscious, Henry arrives and prevents Sam from strangling her. Henry takes Wendy to the rooftop to hide from Sam, but when Henry fights the “imaginary” killer, Wendy calls out that Sam does not exist. Henry puts on his mask and pleads that he does not want to kill her, and Wendy tries to talk sense into the delusional man. He raises his hatchet but instead of striking, he lets Wendy go, and jumps off the ledge. Paramedics arrive as Henry clings to life on the ground below. Meanwhile, Wendy goes to Henry’s apartment and sees evidence of his delusions in pictures posted on his walls. She watches the television set he left on, and sees Henry on the news. With cameras in his face, he sputters out his dying words, “I’m on T.V.!” +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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