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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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The film's opening prologue states: "This is the story of how one young man finally met a nice girl his own age. The story is true. Weird, but true". 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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CALDONIA
Written by Fleecie Moore
Performed by Woody Herman & His First Herd
Courtesy of CBS Records
© 1945, 1946 Cherio Corp. (BMI)
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Funny, exaggerated Love Story.
6 April 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the Mood is like a 1940s version of Loverboy, which also starred Dempsey in the role of a young kid who manages to 'woo' older women while desperately trying to make things work with a girl his own age.

For those rent the video version, you'll get the mini-documentary of Sonny Elsworth Wisecarver, the man who's life 'In the Mood' is supposed to be based on. I'm not sure if this is shown during television broadcasts of the movie. But, even with the documentary of real-life Elsworth, it still seems hard to believe that the Woo Woo Kid shared the headlines with Hitler (the movie takes place during the second world war) unless of course, they were just small town headlines.

It is a nice romantic comedy. Wisecarver (Dempsey) narrates his days as a love struck 15 year-old who's wild romances become exaggeratingly probed by the press and law enforcement, making him the idol of young teenagers, the grievance of adults, and earns him the nickname, the 'Woo Woo Kid.' All he wanted was to meet a nice girl his own age. But that seems like one tough task for Wisecarver to accomplish. It all begins with a marriage to a 21 year-old married woman who Dempsey tries to help save from a rotten, abusive husband. After making the headlines, Wisecarver is the target of all the older ladies looking to get their hand on the romantic, but naive young man.

It is a funny little film and one you'll likely enjoy if you've like Dempsey's and Brian MacNamara's (he plays Wisecarver's friend) early 80s movies. Especially good in this movie are Michael Constantine (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) as Wisecarver's clueless dad, and Beverly D'Angelo as one of Wisecarvers girlfriends (sort of). It is a funny idea that a young boy's love life is so ridiculously probed by everyone as he's just trying to get along.


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