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In the Mood (1987)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ellsworth 'Sonny' Wisecarver
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Judy Cusimano
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Francine Glatt
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Mr. Wisecarver
Betty Jinnette ...
Mrs. Wisecarver
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Beulah Marver
Peter Hobbs ...
The Judge
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Carlo Cusimano
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Uncle Clete
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Chief Kelsey, 'Papa Bear' (as Ernie Brown)
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Wendy the Usherette
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George
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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16 September 1987 (USA)  »

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$999,382 (USA)
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According to a 28th July 2006 article in Entertainment Weekly by Chris Nashawaty about Hollywood producer Bob Kosberg entitled "They Call Him Mr. Pitch", "Sixty years ago, [Ellsworth' Wisecarver was a teenage Casanova who was written up as 'America's Greatest Lover.' When Kosberg read this, his light went on. That's a movie! He and Simon flew to Wisecarver's home in Las Vegas and optioned the rights to his life story for $500. Then they turned around and sold the pitch for $50,000. Looking back, Kosberg laughs at how easy the whole process was. 'All you needed to sell it was one line: He was America's Greatest Lover...and he was 14 years old!' That pitch later became 1987's In the Mood, starring a young 'Patrick Dempsey'". See more »

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Ellsworth 'Sonny' Wisecarver: [to Judy] Listen, every time I hear you say you hate me, I'll know that means you love me.
Ellsworth 'Sonny' Wisecarver: [voice over] It was the goofiest thing I'd ever said.
Judy Cusimano: That's the goofiest thing I've ever heard.
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SOLITUDE
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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The Good & Bad Of 'In The Mood'
9 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's a different story: funny and appealing for awhile. I say "awhile" because on the third viewing of this, I must have gotten "righteous" because I did not appreciate adultery, pre-marital sex and sex with minors as something to be glamorized. It was in this film, sad to say.

Apparently based on a true-life story of a kid called Ellsworth ""Sonny" Wisecarver, Patrick Dempsey plays the 15-year-old kid who married two adult women in the 1940s, causing scandals. In this movie, Wisecarveer is made out to be a lovable, naive, romantic and sympathetic figure despite the fact he is an immoral idiot!

The first woman he's involved with, "Judy Cusimano," is played by a pretty actress with whom I am not familiar: Talia Balsam. She reminded me of Lea Thompson. According to her filmography, she's done mostly TV work since this movie. Anyway, "Judy" and "Sonny" certainly make a strange pair. There are some funny lines between them, but she's as morally bankrupt as him.

After those two are quickly discovered and the marriage dissolved, Sonny is now the attraction of older women everywhere. It doesn't take long for Beverly D'Angelo enters the picture as "Francine Glatt" being second important adult woman in Sonny''s odd life.

Although the movie glorifies all this sleazy nonsense, it is a fun movie to watch if you've never seen it before. The bright colors in here, the 1940s mood and atmosphere, a great '40s soundtrack and some genuinely funny moment and scenes all are pluses.


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