Boxoffice (1982)

93 mins | Drama | 18 August 1982

Director:

Josef Bogdanovich

Cinematographer:

Eric Saarinen

Production Designer:

Michael Erler

Production Company:

Bee Movies
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HISTORY

The film opens with the following statement: “If you ask for something solid like power, money, or a long life you are taking a sight unseen...Now, if you ask for ability...the ability to produce better human beings you are taking on the challenge of the times...”
       End credits include “grateful appreciation to” Carol Little for Saint Tropez West, C’est Chick, Maxfield Bleu, Harry Horwitz, and Henry Lichtenstein.
       In the 11 Jun 1979 and 27 Dec 1979 DV, producer Bruce Chastain and debut producer-director-writer Josef Bogdanovich printed casting calls for the lead roles in the film under its working title, A Rose in Hell. The character of “Peter Malloy” was listed as “Pete Malloy” in both items.
       According to 21 Mar 1980 HR production charts, principal photography began 3 Mar 1980. A poster published in the 13 May 1980 HR announced that filming was completed 2 May 1980, while a second advertisement in the 15 Oct 1980 Var stated that the filmmakers had entered into post poduction.
       As stated in a 12 Dec 1980 DV news item, Bogdanovich anticipated a 15 Apr 1981 release date, however, the 14 Aug 1982 LAT reported that the film would screen at the Nuart Theater in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA, on 18 Aug 1982.
       Boxoffice marked the motion picture debut of Carol Cortne. ...

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The film opens with the following statement: “If you ask for something solid like power, money, or a long life you are taking a sight unseen...Now, if you ask for ability...the ability to produce better human beings you are taking on the challenge of the times...”
       End credits include “grateful appreciation to” Carol Little for Saint Tropez West, C’est Chick, Maxfield Bleu, Harry Horwitz, and Henry Lichtenstein.
       In the 11 Jun 1979 and 27 Dec 1979 DV, producer Bruce Chastain and debut producer-director-writer Josef Bogdanovich printed casting calls for the lead roles in the film under its working title, A Rose in Hell. The character of “Peter Malloy” was listed as “Pete Malloy” in both items.
       According to 21 Mar 1980 HR production charts, principal photography began 3 Mar 1980. A poster published in the 13 May 1980 HR announced that filming was completed 2 May 1980, while a second advertisement in the 15 Oct 1980 Var stated that the filmmakers had entered into post poduction.
       As stated in a 12 Dec 1980 DV news item, Bogdanovich anticipated a 15 Apr 1981 release date, however, the 14 Aug 1982 LAT reported that the film would screen at the Nuart Theater in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA, on 18 Aug 1982.
       Boxoffice marked the motion picture debut of Carol Cortne.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 Jun 1979
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Daily Variety
12 Dec 1980
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Daily Variety
27 Dec 1979
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Hollywood Reporter
21 Mar 1980
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Hollywood Reporter
13 May 1980
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Los Angeles Times
14 Aug 1982
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Variety
15 Oct 1980
p. 174
Variety
25 Aug 1982
p. 18
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Bee Movies presents
A Josef Bogdanovich Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
Asst dir
2d asst dir
Prod mgr, Spiral seq
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Gaffer
Best boy
Key grip
Still photog
Addl cine
2d asst cam, 2d unit
Best boy, 2d unit
Elec, 2d unit
Elec, 2d unit
Elec, 2d unit
Elec, 2d unit
Key grip, 2d unit
Grip, 2d unit
Grip, 2d unit
Grip, 2d unit
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Asst art dir
Art prod asst
Art dir, 2d unit
Asst art dir, 2d unit
Art prod asst, 2d unit
Art prod asst, 2d unit
Art dir, Spiral seq
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
COSTUMES
Ward
Asst ward
MUSIC
Mus comp and arr
Conductor, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Musician, The Big Band
Drums, The Quartet
Piano, The Quartet
Saxophone, The Quartet
Bass, The Quartet
The Tumba Drum musician
Mus coord, Spiral seq
Mus ed, Spiral seq
SOUND
Arthur Names
Mixer
Boom op
Mixer, 2d unit
Boom op, 2d unit
Bill Nelson
Mixer, Spiral seq
Creative sd, Spiral seq
Post prod sd, Spiral seq
Re-rec, Spiral seq
Re-rec, Spiral seq
Re-rec, Spiral seq
Re-rec, Spiral seq
Sd eff, Spiral seq
VISUAL EFFECTS
Holograms, Spiral seq
Opt eff, Spiral seq
Title designs, Spiral seq
DANCE
Choreog
Choreog
Dancer for Begelman seq
Dancer for Begelman seq
Dancer for Begelman seq
Dancer for Begelman seq
Dancer for Begelman seq
Dancer for Begelman seq
Dancer for Spiral seq
Dancer for Spiral seq
Dancer for Spiral seq
Dancer for Spiral seq
Dancer for Spiral seq
Dancer for Spiral seq
Dancer for Spiral seq
Dancer for Spiral seq
Dancer for Spiral seq
Dancer for Spiral seq
Dancer for Spiral seq
Dancer for Spiral seq
MAKEUP
Miss Cortne's hair
of Maurice Jose
Make-up/Hair
Asst make-up
Make-up/Hair, 2d unit
Make-up, Spiral seq
PRODUCTION MISC
Staff comic
Casting dir
Scr supv
Asst prod mgr
Prod coord
Prod secy
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Transportation capt
Loc mgr
Extras casting
Scr supv, 2d unit
Public relations, Spiral seq
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Make Lemonade," lyrics by Fran Landesman, music by Freddie Redd and Kirby Johnson; "Ode To David Begelman," lyrics by Fran Landesman, music by Carol Cortne, Freddie Redd and Kirby Johnson; "Scream Baby Scream," music and lyrics by Ornette Coleman, vocals by Libra; "I Did It And I'm Glad," lyrics by Josef Bogdanovich, Kirby Johnson and Freddie Redd, music by Freddie Red and Kirby Johnson; "Someday," music and lyrics by Ornette Coleman, vocals by Mari Okubo.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
+
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
A Rose in Hell
Release Date:
18 August 1982
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 18 Aug 1982
Production Date:
3 Mar--2 May 1980
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
93
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

After performing at a Hollywood nightclub, Eve Chandler falls asleep and has a nightmare that her baby is killed when she and her boyfriend, Dr. Peter Malloy, arrive at the Los Angeles, California airport. The next night, on the beach, Peter gives Eve jewelry and promises that he will never hurt her. The two lovers then remove their clothes to swim in the ocean. Following another club performance, Eve’s publicist, Francesca, introduces Eve to a wealthy man named Hugh Barren. When Eve announces that she is leaving to see Peter, Francesca states that there are already arrangements for Eve to meet with an agent called “the Boss.” Later, while driving, Eve learns that Peter wants her to get pregnant, but she refuses, as she is maintaining her body for her career. When Eve crashes her car into a tree, Peter becomes angry that she is unwilling to commit to their relationship by having a child. The next day, Peter leaves his office as a genetics counselor to attend a yacht party with a group of fellow doctors, who discuss how a contaminated contraceptive gel caused sterility in nearly 50,000 female patients. Peter proposes performing in vitro fertilization on the remaining women, but his colleagues are hesitant to agree to the scheme. After the meeting, one of the doctors gives Peter airplane tickets for a fight to Caracas, Venezuela, leaving that night. Before leaving, Peter visits Eve at the club and tells her that he will be gone on business for two or three weeks. Eve then meets with Hugh Barren, who promises to help her schedule high-profile performances. Upon returning home, Eve reads the side effects listed on her ...

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After performing at a Hollywood nightclub, Eve Chandler falls asleep and has a nightmare that her baby is killed when she and her boyfriend, Dr. Peter Malloy, arrive at the Los Angeles, California airport. The next night, on the beach, Peter gives Eve jewelry and promises that he will never hurt her. The two lovers then remove their clothes to swim in the ocean. Following another club performance, Eve’s publicist, Francesca, introduces Eve to a wealthy man named Hugh Barren. When Eve announces that she is leaving to see Peter, Francesca states that there are already arrangements for Eve to meet with an agent called “the Boss.” Later, while driving, Eve learns that Peter wants her to get pregnant, but she refuses, as she is maintaining her body for her career. When Eve crashes her car into a tree, Peter becomes angry that she is unwilling to commit to their relationship by having a child. The next day, Peter leaves his office as a genetics counselor to attend a yacht party with a group of fellow doctors, who discuss how a contaminated contraceptive gel caused sterility in nearly 50,000 female patients. Peter proposes performing in vitro fertilization on the remaining women, but his colleagues are hesitant to agree to the scheme. After the meeting, one of the doctors gives Peter airplane tickets for a fight to Caracas, Venezuela, leaving that night. Before leaving, Peter visits Eve at the club and tells her that he will be gone on business for two or three weeks. Eve then meets with Hugh Barren, who promises to help her schedule high-profile performances. Upon returning home, Eve reads the side effects listed on her birth control prescription. The telephone rings, but when she answers, no one responds on the other end. Eve picks up Francesca and announces that she is pregnant. Francesca enthusiastically tells Eve to have an abortion, prompting Eve to fire her and kick her out of the car. Francesca catches a taxi to Fox Studios, where she decides to give the opportunity Barren arranged for Eve to another client. Meanwhile, Eve drinks in a bar, and when she walks into an outdoor plaza, she faints. In her unconscious state, she remembers being a young child in a suburban bedroom, where she had packed a suitcase, preparing to leave with her alcoholic father. Eve’s pregnant mother barges in and yells at her husband, accusing him of being undependable. The girl covers her ears and suddenly a large metal pendulum swings through the room and smashes the wall, which shatters like a mirror. Eve wakes up on a medical table with her legs spread apart just before doctors give her an intravenous fluid and she blacks out yet again. Following the procedure, Eve calls Peter and tells him that she had an abortion after all. During a performance in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Eve realizes that she is glad for the abortion. Backstage, she looks at a photograph of Peter and wishes that he would return. Hugh Barren offers to find Eve acting work in motion pictures, but she refuses, stating that she has already sacrificed too much by having an abortion and hurting Peter for the sake of her career. She attends a party at Hugh’s house, where she sees Francesca speaking to a pregnant client. When Eve broaches the subject, Francesca reveals that the woman is carrying the child as a surrogate. Hugh’s fourteen-year-old daughter, Tommy, arrives and tells her father that she is pregnant with her boyfriend’s baby. During dinner, a guest rants against the genetic manipulation of Peter’s fertility experiments, comparing them to Adolf Hitler’s “selective breeding.” He insults Hugh’s daughter, which sparks a fight among the guests. Francesca’s surrogate becomes hysterical and screams, and Francesca leads her away. After the guests leave, Eve drinks at a bar, where she tells a stranger about her relationship problems with Peter. When the man expresses romantic interest in Eve, she claims she is overwhelmed by her responsibilities and returns home. She plays piano and sings a song about a baby. That night, Eve dreams that she is riding in a car, reaching out for two babies that are being handed to her. She is awakened by a telephone call from Hugh, who then stops by her apartment looking for his daughter. While Eve changes clothes in her bedroom, Hugh observes her parakeet flying around the room. When Eve returns, Hugh tells her that she smells nice, and she likens the scent to “a rose in hell.” She attempts to seduce him, but as she speaks about her ambition to achieve fame and fortune, she adopts a mocking tone and insults Hugh. Hugh swears that he will make sure she never works again, strangles her, and slaps her to the floor. When Hugh’s daughter, Tommy, arrives, he drags her out of the apartment. In the car, Tommy asks her father if he has ever been in love, but he does not respond. Later that night, Hugh telephones a man name Juan and instructs him to find Peter before he returns to Los Angeles. As the hotel clerk in Caracas speaks to someone on the telephone about Peter’s whereabouts, Peter approaches the desk and asks if he has any messages. The clerk says no, and Peter sits down at a hotel restaurant table across from an elderly woman. A Venezuelan man distracts Peter while another man places a grenade at Peter’s table. Peter notices the bomb and attempts to run away, but does not escape the explosion. Sometime later, Eve receives a telephone call, informing her that Peter has died. She removes a plate of salmon from the refrigerator and cuts it with a large kitchen knife. Later, she goes to the beach, where she envisions a woman who speaks to her, causing her to question her decision to choose her career over a child. Eve attempts to climb the steep cliffs, but slips and nearly slides into the ocean. She reaches the top, however, and extends her arms toward the sky, proclaiming, “I promise you, I’ll never sin again.”

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Name Occurs Before Title
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