In the Mood (1987)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  16 September 1987 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellsworth 'Sonny' Wisecarver
Judy Cusimano
Francine Glatt
Mr. Wisecarver
Betty Jinnette ...
Mrs. Wisecarver
Beulah Marver
Peter Hobbs ...
The Judge
Carlo Cusimano
Uncle Clete
Chief Kelsey, 'Papa Bear' (as Ernie Brown)
Wendy the Usherette
Dana Short ...
Joshua Cadman ...
Tony (as Josh Cadman)
Nan Woods ...


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 <>

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Comedy | Romance


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16 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Woo Woo Kid  »

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$999,382 (USA)

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Comedian Douglas Benson worked as the stand-in for Patrick Dempsey. See more »


Judy Cusimano: I want you to know I will wait for you unti you turn 21 or get out of jail, which ever comes first.
Sonny: That is the most romantic thing anyone has ever said to me.
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Written by Edgar De Lange (as Eddie DeLange), Duke Ellington & Irving Mills
Performed by Billie Holliday
Courtesy of CBS Records
© 1934 by Mills Music Inc. & Scarsdale Music Corp. (U.S. only)
© 1934 by Mills Music Inc. (Worldwide Excluding the U.S.)
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Life before adulthood is the focus of this okay satire.
5 May 1999 | by (Suffolk, Virginia) – See all my reviews

Patrick Dempsey, in his very early film vehicle before LOVERBOY and HAPPY TOGETHER, played a lovestruck teenager known as the "Woo Woo Kid", circa 1944. He's the all-American boy who is always IN THE MOOD for women much older than him. To revive the 40s is an understatement; it could have been much more livelier and funnier the same way. When you first get a glance of this overlooked movie, it will almost be very puny and be best forgettable. This is probably Dempsey's best one, showing that he's been capable of being a kid out of the ordinary, and always ends up taking the wrong paths toward trouble. The "true" story of Sonny Wisecarver (which this is based on) seemed mightily uncommon and not often remembered to this day, but this piece of interest may catch your eye for a split second or two. Worth a valuable 49-cent rental.

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