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Tomboy -- A young female auto mechanic tries to earn the respect and love of a famous race car driver without giving up her decidedly unfeminine ways.


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Release Date:
14 November 1985 (West Germany) See more »
It's not just a man's world anymore.
Scrappy, willful, and fiercely self-reliant spitfire hoyden automobile mechanic Tomasina 'Tommy' Boyd... See more » | Add synopsis »
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How can you not love Betsy Russell? See more (15 total) »


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Betsy Russell ... Tomasina 'Tomboy' Boyd

Gerard Christopher ... Randy Starr
Kristi Somers ... Seville Ritz

Richard Erdman ... Chester

Philip Sterling ... Earl Delarue

Eric Douglas ... Ernie Leeds Jr

Paul Gunning ... Frankie
Toby Iland ... Harold
E. Danny Murphy ... Pimples
Rory Barish ... Jennifer
Cynthia Thompson ... Amanda (as Cynthia Ann Thompson)
Cory Hawkins ... Carlos
Shane McCabe ... Goodley
Aaron Butler ... Tod

Dennis Hayden ... Bartender
Danna Garen ... Girl in Hall
Alicia Hollinger ... Girl at Party
Carey Shearer ... Lanky Kid
Jacqueline Jacobs ... Wilde Abandon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michelle Bauer ... Woman in Corvette (uncredited)
Brian Jennings ... Pit Crew Chief (uncredited)

Directed by
Herb Freed 
Writing credits
Ben Zelig (written by)

Produced by
Michael D. Castle .... co-producer
Marilyn Jacobs Tenser .... producer
Mark Tenser .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Michael Lloyd 
Cinematography by
Daniel Yarussi (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard E. Westover 
Casting by
Tom Stockfisch 
Art Direction by
Randy Ser 
Costume Design by
Kristin Nelson 
Makeup Department
John Blake .... makeup assistant (as John Blake Dutro)
Christa Reusch .... makeup artist
Windy Tamkin .... makeup artist
Production Management
Steven J. Wolfe .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robin Jones .... second assistant director
Stephen Mann .... first assistant director
Art Department
Steve Budde .... construction coordinator
Doris Kwok .... graphic artist
Mark Luine .... property master
Escott O. Norton .... prop fabricator (as Escott Norton)
C.J. Strawn .... assistant art director
Mick Strawn .... construction coordinator
Brian E. West .... set dresser
Sound Department
Barry Bookin .... boom operator
Bayard Carey .... additional boom operator (as James Bayard Carey)
Dale Johnston .... supervising sound editor
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Ruff .... a.d.r. mixer
Allen L. Stone .... sound re-recording mixer
James Thornton .... sound mixer
John Alden .... stunt player (as John F. Alden)
Roydon Clark .... stunt player
Everett Creach .... stunt player (as Everett L. Creach)
Debbie Evans .... stunt player (as Debbie J. Evans)
Dana Dru Evenson .... stunt player (as Dana Evenson)
Eddie Hice .... stunt player (as Edward L. Hice)
Paul M. Lane .... stunt player
William T. Lane .... stunt player
James Winburn .... stunt coordinator (as Jim Winburn)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Allen .... additional assistant camera: second unit
Anthony J. Bledsoe .... first assistant camera: second unit
John Buckley .... additional gaffer
Mark Shane Davis .... best boy electrician
Mark Shane Davis .... key grip: second unit
John L. Demps Jr. .... electrician
John Doherty .... best boy electrician
John Doherty .... gaffer: second unit
Ed Dye .... additional grip
Brad Einhorn .... still photographer
Bryan England .... director of photography: second unit
Robert Fischer .... key grip
Dennis Grow .... gaffer
Joseph Gutt .... first assistant camera
Kyle T. MacDowell .... electrician
Paul McIlvaine .... second assistant camera: second unit
David G. Overby .... second assistant camera
Robie Price .... best boy grip
Jim Reese .... additional grip (as James M. Reese)
Thomas E. Slocum .... grip
Casting Department
Margaret Dillon .... extra casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elaine Levi .... costume supervisor
Bonnie Sinclair .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Bob Bowman .... assistant editor
Ed Fitzgerald .... apprentice editor
Jack Hooper .... negative cutter
Location Management
Thomas H. Kirk .... location manager
Music Department
Michael Lloyd .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Griff Ruggles .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Glenn Richard Côté .... production assistant (as Glenn R. Cote)
Marc S. Fischer .... production controller
Christopher Gaw .... production assistant
Bill Goodson .... choreographer
Chris Jason .... basketball coordinator
Geoffry Kieran .... production assistant (as Geoffrey Kieran)
Susan Malerstein .... script supervisor
Dino Parks .... production assistant
Krystoff Przykucki .... production assistant
Kaori Terri Takakuwa .... production coordinator
Mike Topoozian .... production assistant
Peter W. Frey .... special thanks

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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:R (Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (re-rating) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | UK:15 | USA:R | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Eric Douglas himself was no fan of this movie. In 1994, when asked whether the critics were right to pan it as they'd done, Douglas answered by bursting into exaggerated death-groans.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: The naked man Tommy encounters has tape visible on his lower abdomen, which is apparently being used to cover his genitals.See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
How can you not love Betsy Russell?, 21 August 2013
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

And how can you not love that cheesy, peppy, oh-so-80s pop theme song? This irresistible female-empowerment exploitation comedy stars the adorable, sexy as hell Ms. Russell as Tomasina "Tommy" Boyd, a young lady who'd much rather tinker with cars and play sports than do so-called "girly" things. She worships studly race car driver Randy Starr (Gerard Christopher), whom she is able to meet through Ernie Leeds, Jr. (Eric Douglas), a filthy rich auto racing entrepreneur. When the confident Randy isn't able to take her seriously, she sets out to prove that anything he can do, she can do just as well, if not better.

"Tomboy" creates some pretty good vibes for a pleasant 91 minutes. There's enough laughs and titillation to make it quite watchable. A big part of the appeal is Russell, one of the iconic 80s hotties who'd also made her mark in movies like "Private School", "Avenging Angel", and "Cheerleader Camp", and who's recently made a comeback in some of the "Saw" sequels. The movie itself is silly and clumsy at times, but ultimately upbeat entertainment. Voyeurs will be pleased with the amount of breast shots on display, and can take delight in a goofy, erotic commercial performed by Tommy's friend Seville (Kristi Somers, "Hell Comes to Frogtown"). The soundtrack provides tons of cheesy goodness.

The direction by Herb Freed, who'd previously done the horror pictures "Haunts", "Beyond Evil", and "Graduation Day", may not be inspired but it gets the job done, as do the performances by an engaging cast. Veteran Richard Erdman is likable as Chester, Tommy's boss and pal; Douglas, son of Kirk and brother to Michael, is effectively smarmy as the rich jerk. Fans of 80s movies will note the appearances by such people as Cynthia Thompson (the female lead in "Cavegirl", Dennis Hayden (one of the terrorists in "Die Hard"), and trash flick favourite Michelle Bauer, in an uncredited bit.

This kind of thing may not be Shakespeare, but it sure hits the spot for people just looking to have a good time.

Seven out of 10.

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