The Temp (1993)

R | 99 mins | Drama, Mystery | 12 February 1993

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HISTORY

The 21 Feb 1992 DV announced that the estimated $14 million budget was financed independently. Production was set to begin on 4 Apr 1992, although the cast had not yet been chosen. One month later, a 25 Feb 1992 HR production chart noted filming would take place in Portland, OR, and the 20 Mar 1992 LAT reported that Timothy Hutton had been hired to star.
       According to production notes in AMPAS library files, principal photography began on 9 Apr 1992. Portland locations included the historic Princeton Building, and a former beer distribution warehouse that served as production headquarters and as a stage for interior shooting. Additional locations included Cannon Beach, OR, and Battleground Lake in Washington state. The 10 Jul 1992 HR announced that production had completed.
       End credits include the following acknowledgements: “The Producers would like to give special thanks to: The Residents and Businesses of Portland, Oregon and the Residents and Businesses of Cannon Beach, Oregon; The Oregon Film & Video Office; Oregon State Parks; U.S. Fish & Wildlife; The Governor Hotel.” Also noted: “NBA footage and merchandise furnished by NBA Entertainment, Inc. and the Portland Trail Blazers,” and, “Additional footage courtesy of The Arsenio Hall ... More Less

The 21 Feb 1992 DV announced that the estimated $14 million budget was financed independently. Production was set to begin on 4 Apr 1992, although the cast had not yet been chosen. One month later, a 25 Feb 1992 HR production chart noted filming would take place in Portland, OR, and the 20 Mar 1992 LAT reported that Timothy Hutton had been hired to star.
       According to production notes in AMPAS library files, principal photography began on 9 Apr 1992. Portland locations included the historic Princeton Building, and a former beer distribution warehouse that served as production headquarters and as a stage for interior shooting. Additional locations included Cannon Beach, OR, and Battleground Lake in Washington state. The 10 Jul 1992 HR announced that production had completed.
       End credits include the following acknowledgements: “The Producers would like to give special thanks to: The Residents and Businesses of Portland, Oregon and the Residents and Businesses of Cannon Beach, Oregon; The Oregon Film & Video Office; Oregon State Parks; U.S. Fish & Wildlife; The Governor Hotel.” Also noted: “NBA footage and merchandise furnished by NBA Entertainment, Inc. and the Portland Trail Blazers,” and, “Additional footage courtesy of The Arsenio Hall Show.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
21 Feb 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
25 Feb 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
10 Jul 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
16 Feb 1993
p. 8, 54.
Los Angeles Times
20 Mar 1992.
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Los Angeles Times
13 Feb 1993
Calendar, p. 9.
New York Times
13 Feb 1993
Section I, p. 17.
Variety
15 Feb 1993
p. 84.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Paramount Pictures presents
A David Permut production
A film by Tom Holland
From Columbus Circle Films
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
DGA trainee
Dir, 2d unit
1st asst dir, 2d unit
1st asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
Story
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op/Steadicam
1st asst photog
1st asst photog
2d asst photog
2d asst photog
Film loader
Aerial cam op
Louma crane tech
Video playback
Chief lighting tech
Asst chief lighting tech
Chief rigging lighting tech
1st company grip
2d company grip
Dolly grip
Still photog
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Dir of photog, 2d unit
1st asst photog, 2d unit
1st asst photog, 2d unit
1st asst photog, 2d unit
Chief lighting tech, 2d unit
Chief lighting tech, 2d unit
Asst chief lighting tech, 2d unit
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Prod illustrator
Prod illustrator
FILM EDITORS
Addl ed
1st asst ed
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Asst set dec
Lead person
Prop master
Asst prop master
Asst prop master
Set des
Draftsperson
Const coord
Asst const coord
Const foreperson
1st carpenter
1st carpenter
1st carpenter
Scenic charge person
Prod painter
Greensperson
COSTUMES
Cost des
Asst cost des
Cost supv
Costumer
Costumer
Dresser
MUSIC
Mus prod supv
Mus coord
Mus cond by
Orch
Orch mgr
Orch asst
Mus copyist
Audiofile ed, Sound Design
Audiofile ed
Audiofile asst
Mus remixed at
Mus rec and mixed by
Mus rec and mixed by
Mus rec and mixed by
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Cable person
Sd utility
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Supv ADR ed
Supv foley ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
ADR mixer
Foley mixer
Foley artist
Foley artist
Sd, 2d unit
VISUAL EFFECTS
Prod coord, Steve Johnson's XFX
Key tech
Key tech
Key tech
Key tech
Tech
Spec eff coord
Spec eff coord
Asst spec eff
Asst spec eff
Asst spec eff
Asst spec eff
Asst spec eff
Asst spec eff
Asst spec eff
Asst spec eff
Asst spec eff
Titles and optical by
Main title des by
MAKEUP
Makeup eff created by
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Addl makeup artist
Addl hairstylist
Ms. Dunaway's makeup artist
Ms. Dunaway's hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Helicopter pilot
Scr supv
Voice casting
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Prod office coord
Asst prod office coord
Prod secy
Asst to Mr. Koch, Jr.
Asst to Mr. Holland
Asst to Mr. Permut
Asst to Mr. Engelman
Prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Accounting asst
Accounting asst
Post prod accountant
Unit pub
Casting assoc
Casting assoc
Loc casting
Extras casting
Extras casting, Central Xtras Casting
Transportation coord
Craft service
Caterer
Computer consultant
Wasp wrangler
Safety coord
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Loc coord, 2d unit
Scr supv, 2d unit
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Wicked, Nasty & Mean," by James Kalamasz and Alain J. Leroux
"Basketball Glitter," written and performed by D. Brent Nelson
"And Your Music," written and performed by David Hartley
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SONGS
"Wicked, Nasty & Mean," by James Kalamasz and Alain J. Leroux
"Basketball Glitter," written and performed by D. Brent Nelson
"And Your Music," written and performed by David Hartley
"Falling In Love," composed by Alec Gould
"It Ain't Country,"by Charles Martin Inouye.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
12 February 1993
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 12 February 1993
Production Date:
9 April--early July 1992
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures Corporation
Copyright Date:
21 April 1993
Copyright Number:
PA610766
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Filmed with Panavision® cameras & lenses
Duration(in mins):
99
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
32264
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Portland, Oregon, Peter Derns meets with his psychiatrist, Dr. Ron Feldman, and learns that his paranoia has improved, and that Feldman believes they should end their sessions. Peter returns to his job as a marketing manager for a food company named “Mrs. Appleby’s,” and makes a presentation to the board suggesting they launch an oatmeal cookie to their product line. President Charlene Towne is impressed, and asks Peter to submit a report the following day. Peter is surprised to learn that a New York company named Bart Foods has taken over their company, and worries that his promised promotion to vice president is now on hold. When his assistant, Lance, goes on paternity leave, Peter arrives to find that a beautiful temp named Kris Bolin has been sent to fill in as his assistant. He is impressed when Kris quickly takes over and helps him complete his important report due that afternoon, and he invites her to celebrate at a “secretaries day” lunch. When his colleague, Jack Hartsell panics at the sight of a wasp, Kris smashes the insect with her hand. Jack thanks her and explains his life-threatening allergy to wasp stings. Later, Peter asks Kris about the people in a photo on her desk, and she tells him they are her husband, Mark, and daughter, Lizzy. Kris organizes Peter’s computer files and asks for his expense account password to put his accounts in order. In time, Peter tells his friend, Brad Montroe, he is interested in having an affair with Kris. However, he dismisses the idea, believing it would be better if he worked on ... +


In Portland, Oregon, Peter Derns meets with his psychiatrist, Dr. Ron Feldman, and learns that his paranoia has improved, and that Feldman believes they should end their sessions. Peter returns to his job as a marketing manager for a food company named “Mrs. Appleby’s,” and makes a presentation to the board suggesting they launch an oatmeal cookie to their product line. President Charlene Towne is impressed, and asks Peter to submit a report the following day. Peter is surprised to learn that a New York company named Bart Foods has taken over their company, and worries that his promised promotion to vice president is now on hold. When his assistant, Lance, goes on paternity leave, Peter arrives to find that a beautiful temp named Kris Bolin has been sent to fill in as his assistant. He is impressed when Kris quickly takes over and helps him complete his important report due that afternoon, and he invites her to celebrate at a “secretaries day” lunch. When his colleague, Jack Hartsell panics at the sight of a wasp, Kris smashes the insect with her hand. Jack thanks her and explains his life-threatening allergy to wasp stings. Later, Peter asks Kris about the people in a photo on her desk, and she tells him they are her husband, Mark, and daughter, Lizzy. Kris organizes Peter’s computer files and asks for his expense account password to put his accounts in order. In time, Peter tells his friend, Brad Montroe, he is interested in having an affair with Kris. However, he dismisses the idea, believing it would be better if he worked on his strained relationship with his estranged wife, Sharon, and son, Nathan. Brad warns Peter that with the Bart Foods takeover, they will be rivals at competing food companies. Kris continues to prove herself a valuable assistant, and tirelessly helps Peter after hours with the oatmeal cookie campaign. When Kris accepts a lunch date with Jack Hartsell, Peter warns her of his intentions. However, Kris claims she is hoping Jack will offer her a permanent position as his assistant, knowing that Peter’s assistant, Lance, will soon return. Peter explains that Jack is competing against him for promotion to the vice presidency, and cautions that he will ask Kris for “dirt” on him. Kris accuses Peter of being paranoid. Soon after, Lance returns, and Peter wishes Kris good luck. While trying to fix a jam in the industrial paper shredder, Lance unplugs the machine before reaching inside. However, the machine springs to life and mangles his hand, and Kris is re-hired as Peter’s temp. In time, she tricks Peter into calling his psychiatrist, and listens in as he speaks to Dr. Feldman. She learns that he was seeking treatment for paranoia, and that he is ready to reunite with his wife. When Peter learns that Kris lied about her college education, he becomes suspicious of her motives. Later, he mentions to Kris that Jack is being favored for the promotion over him, and jokingly asks her to kill his competition. While driving to work, Peter passes Jack’s vehicle on the side of the street and sees him slumped over the steering wheel. Upon inspection, Peter discovers that Jack has died from a bee sting. Brad Montroe visits Peter at work, and spies at the top-secret cookie file on his desk. Kris becomes jealous when she sees that Peter has hung a picture of him and Sharon in his office. Over drinks, Peter tells Kris he ruined his marriage by constantly accusing his wife of having affairs, and admits he was seeing Dr. Feldman to address his paranoia. He confesses that his mother was unfaithful to his father, which damaged him. Kris admires his passionate nature, and tells him she fantasizes about being with another man. However, Peter insists that Kris’s husband is waiting for her at home. On the street, Peter is approached by his angry wife who insists they were supposed to have dinner. She asks about Kris, and accuses him of buying her jewelry for which Sharon received the bill. Peter confronts Kris the next day, and she makes excuses about buying herself a watch on his account, and promises to pay him back. However, Peter later fires Kris for her questionable actions, and is stunned when she tells him she was hired as a marketing manager at the firm. She credits Peter for her promotion, and gives him an antique letter opener as a thank-you. Peter again invites Sharon to dinner, much to Kris’s chagrin. Sometime later, Peter conducts a market research test at a supermarket, offering samples of their new oatmeal cookie to customers. Peter watches in horror as they bite into the cookies and their mouths fill with blood. Learning that their was glass inside the baked goods, the company suspects sabotage. When Peter tells his boss, Roger Jasser, that he suspects Kris of sabotaging the market test, Roger accuses Peter of being paranoid. At a company picnic, Peter witnesses Kris and Roger Jasser having a heated argument, and later, Peter is shocked to find that Roger has hanged himself. After the funeral, Peter learns that both he and Kris are in consideration for Roger’s position as vice president. Later, Peter tells Brad Montroe that Kris is playing games with him. In time, he investigates her former employer and learns that her previous boss has since died. When he tells Sharon of his distrust in Kris, she tells him he is paranoid and should return to Dr. Feldman. Peter is shocked when he sees Kris and Brad together at the gym. He invites Kris and her husband over for dinner, and accuses her of not actually having a family when she makes excuses for not being able to come. Kris makes a scene in the lobby and exclaims that her husband recently left her. In time, Peter is accused of leaking company information when confidential corporate information is found on his computer. Before being sent home, Peter publicly accuses Kris of killing Jack Hartsell and scheming against him. Peter gets drunk with Brad, and asks why he was at the gym with Kris. Brad explains that Kris was simply asking about job openings at his company, and accuses Peter of overreacting. The next day, president Charlene Towne apologizes to Peter after discovering that the research department accidentally sent him the incriminating information found on his computer. She credits Kris for pointing out the mistake, and offers him the position of vice president. Charlene sends Peter and Kris out of town to oversee production of the new cookies. Peter finally relaxes, and as he drives with Kris in her convertible, he apologizes to her. When the brakes give out along a winding cliff, Peter frantically drives onto the side of the road. Afterward, he discovers that Kris’s brakes have been tampered with. Later, Peter asks Kris why she lied about her background, and she explains that she had to do so to get ahead. Peter receives a message from Charlene saying that she is on her way to meet him at the cookie factory and receiving his message about an emergency there. Confused, Peter races to the factory and finds a murdered security guard, stabbed with Peter’s antique letter opener. He sees Kris lying on the ground, and telephones police, before being hit on the head from behind. As he recovers, he sees Charlene and Kris fighting. Peter knocks Charlene over the side of a walkway to rescue Kris from being strangled. Before falling to her death, Charlene warns Peter about “the pictures.” After he collapses from his head injury, Kris calls an ambulance. In time, Peter reconciles with Sharon, and she apologizes for accusing him of being paranoid. He returns to work and is promoted to president. Inside the boxes being removed from Charlene’s office, Peter sees several picture frames containing the same stock image of a man and child, and he recognizes the image as the one Kris claimed to be her family. When Kris enters, he shows her the insinuating frames, and accuses her of setting up Charlene. Kris makes endless excuses, but Peter ignores her. After telephoning police to have her arrested, he fires her. +

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

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