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The In Crowd (1988)

A young man of the rock and roll generation is in his senior year of high school. When one day he successfully gets on a popular teen dance television show he becomes a star. The plot ... See full summary »






Cast overview, first billed only:
Del (as Donovan Leitch)
Perry Parker
Wendy Gazelle ...
Popeye (as Sean Gregory Sullivan)
Charlotte d'Amboise ...
Station Manager
Richard Schave ...
Matthew Nasatir ...
John R. Russell ...
Elliott Alexander ...
Jack Goron


A young man of the rock and roll generation is in his senior year of high school. When one day he successfully gets on a popular teen dance television show he becomes a star. The plot follows him as he lives his new life in his new world. What he finds are adoring fans, jealous rivals, bitter friends left behind, and the girl of his dreams...his dance partner. Written by P. Wong <pwong@nt.net>

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They had all the moves!


Comedy | Drama | History | Music


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Release Date:

February 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dance Party  »

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Box Office


$124,880 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


There was a lawsuit involving this movie. The Perry Parker character was based on a Phildelphia Disc Jockey named Jerry Blavat, who sued to keep the movie from being released. The producers of the movie settled with Blavat out of court. See more »


A highway sign indicates I-476 (the famed Philly "Blue Route") which didn't exist at the time of film. See more »


Perry Parker: You know I... I talk to my teens about love, and I always say "This crazy thing called love, it makes you laugh, it makes you cry...but hey, man, it's what makes the world go 'round." Now, dying for love? Whoa! That's too momentous! I mean it's good for the books, but not for teens. Now, on the other hand, there's nothing wrong with a teen king or a teen queen FEELING like you could die for love. That way, you'd cherish every dance and you'd never waste a kiss.
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References New American Bandstand 1965 (1952) See more »


Shake a Tail Feather
Written by Verlie Rice (as V. Rice), Otis Hayes (as O. Hayes) & Andre Williams (as A. Williams)
Performed by The Five Du-Tones
Courtesy of Vapac Music Publishing Company & Ernie Leaner
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Hairspray, but seriously.
30 July 1999 | by (McDonough, GA) – See all my reviews

A previous commenter made mention of this film being akin to "Dirty Dancing". I think it is closer to "Hairspray", the plot lines are similar (getting on a dance show, how the crowd you are with can affect you) and the soundtracks to both are indeed quite wonderful. Apparently, Ricki Lake is in both pictures, to boot!

While "Hairspray" deserves praise for many things, including, as one critic put it, being so very much entwined in the 1962 Baltimore era it is almost like science fiction, I rather like to root for "In" Crowd, as it has quite a few nice small touches; Del's little brother runs up to him in the middle of the night for fear of monsters and Del lets him crawl into bed with him, Vicky's father's rather inappropriate affection gives us a sad, short insight into her bad home life, the montage of old music shows at the beginning of the film, the silent, paralyzing rage that Parker goes into when he sees Dick Clark (Clark left Philadelphia to go national and Parker never got his national break) to name a few.

It is certainly contrived in spots (some of the dance showcases are pleasant enough, but almost unnecessary), clichéd in some (Vicky's boyfriend is seen near the end of the film during a spooooooky thunderstorm), but it is well...earnest in its intent. The dialog is very good and the performances are at worst, very good, almost to a person. The ending is not a perfectly happy one, nor is it a dour one. It fits well with the movie. Rent it or see it. While not a classic, it is certainly better than it should be.

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