Mischief (1985)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  8 February 1985 (USA)
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1956: The shy Jonathan's luck with girls changes when he wins the rebellious Gene as a friend in his last year of highschool. Gene is adored by many girls and manages to teach Jonathan a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Nash ...
Gene Harbrough
Claire Miller
Graham Jarvis ...
Mr. Miller
Claude Harbrough
Darren Ewing ...
Dennis L. O'Connell ...
Bob McGuire ...
Mr. Hewitt
Bryce Kasson ...
Andrew Ream ...
Harry Horner
Julie Noble ...
Mrs. McCauley


1956: The shy Jonathan's luck with girls changes when he wins the rebellious Gene as a friend in his last year of highschool. Gene is adored by many girls and manages to teach Jonathan a few lessons. Gene himself would rather just be with one girl: his girlfriend Bunny. But since his father is poor, her parents don't accept him. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The first time seems like the worst time, but it's the one time you'll never forget!


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Release Date:

8 February 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Heart & Soul  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$8,700,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original title of the film was "Heart and Soul". It was then changed to "Getting Lucky". Finally, just prior to release they chose "Mischief". See more »


Before the final car chase, Jonathan is shown against a brick wall near the store front. Right behind his head is at least one blue plastic masonry wall anchor. These weren't available in the '50s. See more »


Gene Harbrough: [Referring to Kenny] Who's he, the town asshole?
Jonathan Bellah: Yeah. And he's really good at it, too.
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References Soldier of Fortune (1955) See more »


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I found out about Mischief in 1984, when I was in Ohio and heard that they'd made a movie in Nelsonville. (That is the town with the 'square' in the middle of downtown featured in the movie). Except then the working title of the movie was "heart and Soul" (thus the closing theme song). I saw the movie on 2/7/85 at a radio station (z100) sponsored preview. Those who don't remember it, well it was in the theatres for about three weeks.

Despite being made in '84, but set in the 50s or early 60s (i forget) they didn't have to change much about Nelsonville to get that look. Much of that town looks the same way today. I went back to Nelsonville in May 1985 and people told me that they just added a few store fronts, put different signs up, and routed traffic the wrong way around the square (when do you get to a 'circle' in the US and keep left...see the background in the closing scene). Actually some of the movie was shot in Canal Winchester...like they drive down the street in Canal Winchester (up near columbus) and come out at Public Square in nelsonville.

When I saw the movie I gave it an A+ for setting and an A- for content. I would say "Jonathan" is more like a typical boy than a nerd, just a shy one who likes girls but doesn't know what to do about them (until Gene comes along).

Well, I could probably write a lot more than imdb allows. I probably know more about the movie than most people that aren't in the film industry or don't live in Ohio, since I talked to people and drove around looking for places where certain scenes were shot. if you wanna talk about this movie email me

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