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Pick-up Summer (1980)

Pinball Summer (original title)
R | | Comedy | March 1981 (USA)
It's a summer of fun for two teenaged boys who spend their time chasing two sisters, annoying a biker gang, and basically getting into typical sophomoric hijinks whenever they can.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Stephen ...
Bert (as Tom Kovacs)
Joy Boushel ...
Sally (as Joy Boushell)
J. Robert Maze ...
Matthew Stevens ...
Sue Ronne ...
Bob King ...
Biker #1
Rob Stein ...
Biker #2
Rob Ferguson ...
Biker #3
Roland Nincheri ...
Counsellor Frank Jelnick
Lyn Jackson ...
Mrs. Jelnick


Do kids today think of anything but cruising around, playing games and "making out"? Not the kids from this suburban town who decide to live it up when school lets out. Chief cruisers are Greg and his buddy, Steve. Their targets? Two bouncy, fun-loving sisters, Donna and Suzy. Their hang-outs? "O.J.'s Drive-In," where the gang meets to eat, and "Pete's Arcade." A cast of colorful characters includes: Bert and his gang of punk bikers; Whimpy-"Pete's" inept fix-it man; Sally-an appetizing waitress...how far she goes nobody knows; the town flasher, who risks catching pneumonia every chance he gets, and two cops who spend all their time keeping up with the local "loonies." Anything and everything goes! Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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CAD 900,000 (estimated)

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Holy Poo Town! Pinball Summer (Alternate/better title) is fun for everyone! And You!
28 November 2003 | by (New America) – See all my reviews

This movie is a golden feast bursting with the delicious flavours of a grade A hamburger cooked to perfection and shoved into an exhaust pipe during some well executed tomfoolery. Few directors have burst on the scene with as much promise as a young George Mihalka in 1979, truly a time which we all remember as the Pinball Summer. With the ballsy grit of a Canadian Martin Scorcese who was half circus clown and half inbred madman, Mihalka was the name on the tip of many film industry tongues that year. This homo-erotic masterpiece - scored to perfection by songwriting team Jay Boivin & Germaine Gauthier A.K.A. The Rock'n'Roll Genius Twin Set - had people expecting great things from the young maverick. Stars Michael Zelniker and Tom Kovacs became overnight sensation heartthrob superstars in the gay sections of Montreal ghettos. The plot, following the exploits of two fun loving idiots who constantly screw over other people for no reason, was of immeasurable influence to some of the biggest comedy hits of the next decade. Films such as Police Academy and Snowboard Academy took the patented Pinball Summer formula of mixing a wacky, mischievous protagonist with the occasional naked boobies and added their own elements like 'funny black guy' or 'short nerd who is also dumb' or in some cases 'poop snowman.'

This influence can not be accurately gauged by the film's commercial success, as it failed to ignite at the box office during a year which the a short lived 'Pinball Craze of 79/80' was sucking the disposable income from an estimated 90% of America's illiterate youth. (The original tagline of "Pinball Was their Vietnam" didn't seem to help much either) Fortunately, several discarded prints of the film found their way into the right hands and began making the rounds at some of Hollywood's most lavish coke parties. Before long Pinball Summer was not only the hippest movie to feature at coke parties across America, it became an in-joke which served as a passkey into the cocaine culture that ruled the 80's. Those who didn't know the right references from Pinball Summer simply weren't allowed access to the back rooms of the presidential suites or anywhere on Roberts Evans' property, and in some cases were badly beaten out of paranoid suspicion.

While most of the cast shunned the poison apple of Hollywood and went back to working as happy garbagemen in various townships across Quebec, a hungry George Mihalka kept at it. And while his career never reached the heights that his mother had predicted after such an astonishing debut, there are many critics who feel that 14 projects and 16 years later Mihalka finally bested himself with the straight to video favorite 'Deceptions 2: Edge of Deception.' D2 transplanted many of the dominant themes of his early work into the thriving genre of the erotic thriller, and opened the doors for the radical visionary to bring the his message to a new generation with a new set of problems. In 1995 D2 was unleashed on VHS to a world far more complex and less fun loving than that of 1979. A world where Pinball is sadly no longer the answer. Thank God naked boobies can still make a difference.

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