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In the Mood (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 16 September 1987 (USA)
Based upon the true story of "Sonny" Wisecarver. In 1944, Sonny made headlines nationwide due to his affairs with 2 older adult women. (ie. He was so irresistible, that he was a danger to ... See full summary »

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Robert Kosberg (story) (as Bob Kosberg), Phil Alden Robinson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Dempsey ... Ellsworth 'Sonny' Wisecarver
Talia Balsam ... Judy Cusimano
Beverly D'Angelo ... Francine Glatt
Michael Constantine ... Mr. Wisecarver
Betty Jinnette Betty Jinnette ... Mrs. Wisecarver
Kathleen Freeman ... Mrs. Marver, The Landlady
Peter Hobbs ... The Judge
Tony Longo ... Carlo, Judy's Husband
Douglas Rowe ... Uncle Clete
Ernie Lively ... Chief Kelsey (Papa Bear) (as Ernie Brown)
Kim Myers ... Wendy, The Usherette
Brian McNamara ... George
Dana Short Dana Short ... Alberta
Joshua Cadman ... Tony (as Josh Cadman)
Nan Woods ... Madeline
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Based upon the true story of "Sonny" Wisecarver. In 1944, Sonny made headlines nationwide due to his affairs with 2 older adult women. (ie. He was so irresistible, that he was a danger to women everywhere) Eventually being taken to court by the local authorities. He was only 15. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Lock Up Your Mothers, It's ... The Woo Woo Kid See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Woo Woo Kid See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,118, 20 September 1987

Gross USA:

$999,382

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$999,382
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Debut feature film as a director for screen-writer Phil Alden Robinson. See more »

Quotes

Sonny: What kind of champagne do you have?
Waitress: Schlitz.
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Memories of You
Written by Eubie Blake & Andy Razaf
© 1930 Shapiro Bernstein & Co., Inc.
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More interesting than funny
8 December 2009 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

The real life adventures of "Sonny" Wisecarver do seem like the stuff for a laugh-out-loud comedy, but that's not how it ends up in this retelling. To be sure, there are some humorous moments that did make me laugh, but most of the movie is not made out to be "ha ha" funny. Instead, it is lightly amusing. I think this was the right course for the movie to take, because it gives the events of the movie a sweetness that's somewhat charming. And while the movie is not hilarious, it's made up for in a large part by the story of the movie being so interesting, you'll wonder where it will end up.

Dempsey was a good choice for the lead role. He is very likable, and acts in a way that you understand why older women would fall for him. His character does do some stupid things in the movie... but he's a teenager, and we all did dumb stuff as a teenager. Another positive thing about the movie is that the period detail is very good.

Still, I could not help but wonder what people would think if the sexes of the movie had been switched. Just goes to show that when it comes to love and romance, there is a double standard.


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