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License to Drive -- Despite the fact that he failed his driver's test, a teenager "borrows" his grandfather's mint-condition Cadillac for a late night dream date.  Of course, calamity and hilarity ensue.
License to Drive -- A teen decides to go for a night on the town with his friends despite flunking his driver's test.


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Writer (WGA):
Neil Tolkin (written by)
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Release Date:
6 July 1988 (USA) See more »
Some guys get all the brakes!
A teen decides to go for a night on the town with his friends despite flunking his driver's test. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Corey Haim ... Les Anderson

Corey Feldman ... Dean

Carol Kane ... Mrs. Anderson

Richard Masur ... Mr. Anderson

Heather Graham ... Mercedes Lane

Michael Manasseri ... Charles
Harvey Miller ... The Professor

Michael A. Nickles ... Paolo (as M.A. Nickles)

Nina Siemaszko ... Natalie Anderson

Grant Goodeve ... Natalie's DMV Examiner

James Avery ... Les' DMV Examiner

Grant Heslov ... Karl

Michael Ensign ... School Teacher / Bus Driver
Helen Hanft ... Miss Hellberg
Christopher Burton ... Rudy

Jill Jaress ... Dean's Mom
Kimberly Hope ... Dean's Sister

Parley Baer ... Grandpa Anderson
Bernie Pock ... Dropout #1 (as Bernie Polk)
Jon Conrad Pochron ... Dropout #2 (as Jon Pochron)

Daniel W. Barringer ... Dropout #3
Christina Cocek ... Anchorwoman
Jerry Tullos ... DMV Clerk
Kelly Ames ... Very Cute Girl

R.A. Mihailoff ... Tow Truck Driver

Al Pugliese ... Huge Cop

Carlos Lacamara ... Second Cop
Eric Rosse ... Club Doorman
Mary Ruth Breschard ... Charles' Mom

Nancy Kusley ... Pizza Parlor Waitress (as Nanci Kusley)
Heidi Jardine ... Roller Skating Waitress
Ira S. Rosenstein ... Protest Leader (as Ira Rosenstein)
Fred Inman ... Police Officer at Protest Rally (as Fred H. Inman)
Sandy Berumen ... Girl at DMV
Chanin Brooks ... Girl at DMV Test
John Grissom ... Valet (as C. Jon Grisson)

Jon H. Epstein ... Waiter
Lila Finn ... Old Blind Lady
Jack Tice ... Priest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lorenzo Gaspar ... Student (uncredited)
Henry Alan Miller ... Drunk Driver (uncredited)

Paul Savage ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Greg Beeman 
Writing credits
Neil Tolkin (written by)

Produced by
Mack Bing .... associate producer
John Davis .... producer (as John A. Davis)
Andrew Licht .... producer
Jeffrey A. Mueller .... producer
Original Music by
Jay Ferguson 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees 
Film Editing by
Wendy Greene Bricmont 
Stephen Semel 
Casting by
Penny Perry 
Production Design by
Lawrence G. Paull 
Set Decoration by
Jeff Haley 
Costume Design by
Hilary Wright 
Makeup Department
Del Acevedo .... makeup artist: supplemental unit
Judy Crown .... hair stylist
Francisco X. Pérez .... makeup artist (as Frank Carrisosa)
Susan Zietlow-Maust .... hair stylist: supplemental unit (as Sue Maust)
Production Management
Mack Bing .... production manager
Mack Bing .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard W. Abramitis .... second assistant director (as Richard Abramitis)
Joe Dunne .... second unit director
David Kelley .... first assistant director: second unit
Michael Kusley .... first assistant director (as Mike Kusley)
Janet Levine .... DGA trainee: second unit
Larry Lipton .... second assistant director: supplemental unit
David Newman .... second assistant director: second unit
Conrad E. Palmisano .... second unit director
Tomaz Remec .... second second assistant director
Robert M. Rolsky .... first assistant director: supplemental unit (as Bob Rolsky)
Art Department
Ken Adachi .... assistant property master
James Allen .... art director: second unit
Peter Bankins .... property master: supplemental unit
Timothy Braniff .... production illustrator (as Tim Braniff)
Mary Ann Good .... set decorator: supplemental unit
James Hegedus .... production illustrator
Bill Hrnjak .... construction foreman
Larry Johnson .... lead man
David L. McGuire .... assistant property master: supplemental unit (as David McGuire)
Michael Milgrom .... property master
Greg Papalia .... set designer
David Shauger .... construction foreman: supplemental unit
Michael Walsh .... lead man: supplemental unit
Sound Department
Nicholas R. Allen .... cable person (as Nicholas Allen)
George Baetz .... boom operator: supplemental unit
Tom Bellfort .... supervising sound editor
Neal Burger .... sound editor (as Neal Berger)
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
John Duvall .... sound editor
Cameron Frankley .... sound editor
George Geren .... cable person: supplemental unit
Joe Gilbert .... assistant sound editor
Stan Gilbert .... adr supervisor
Victor Grodecki .... sound editor
Doug Hemphill .... sound re-recording mixer (as D.M. Hemphill)
Richard Hymns .... sound editor
Larry Kemp .... sound editor
Joseph A. Mayer .... sound editor (as Joseph Mayer)
Art Rochester .... sound mixer
Douglas J. Schulman .... boom person (as Douglas Schulman)
Paul A. Sharpe .... sound re-recording mixer
Wylie Stateman .... supervising sound editor
Edward F. Suski .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Van Dyke .... sound mixer: supplemental unit (as Richard van Dyke)
Scott Warner .... assistant sound editor
Asher Yates .... sound editor
Cathie Speakman .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Stan Parks .... special effects coordinator
Kevin Quibell .... special effects coordinator
Paul Stewart .... special effects coordinator: supplemental unit
Linda Arvidson .... stunts (as Linda Lee Arvidson)
Ken Blazer .... stunts
Jerry Brutsche .... stunts
Steve Buckingham .... stunts
Bobby Burns .... stunts (as Bobby Andrew Burns)
Harold Burns .... stunts
Kerrie Cullen .... stunts
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunts (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Scott Dockstader .... stunts
Joe Dunne .... stunt coordinator
Dick Durock .... stunts
David Efron .... stunts
Greg Wayne Elam .... stunts (as Greg W. Elam)
Bob Elmore .... stunts (as Robert Elmore)
Charles Edward Fortson .... stunts
Linda Lee Franklin .... stunts
Allan Graf .... stunts (as Alan Graf)
Stefan Gudju .... stunts
James M. Halty .... stunts
Dick Hancock .... stunts
Bob Herron .... stunts (as Robert Herron)
Jeff Jensen .... stunts
Henry Kingi .... stunts
James C. Lewis .... stunts (as C. James Lewis)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (as Carey Lofton)
Dwayne McGee .... stunts
Faith Minton .... stunts
John Moio .... stunts
Paula Marie Moody .... stunts
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator: supplemental unit (as Conrad Palmisano)
Victor Paul .... stunts
Manny Perry .... stunts (as Manuel Perry)
William R. Perry .... stunts
Norman Rockwell .... stunts
J.P. Romano .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts (as Patrick Romano)
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunts
Bobby Sargent .... stunts
Anthony G. Schmidt .... stunts (as Anthony Schmitt)
Rick Seaman .... stunts
Jan Michael Shultz .... stunts
Jerry Spicer .... stunts
Jerry Summers .... stunts
Neil Summers .... stunts
Cris Thomas-Palomino .... stunts
Mike Tillman .... stunts
Mike Washlake .... stunts
Paula Wayton .... stunts (as Paula Moore-Wayton)
Jack West .... stunts
Randell Dennis Widner .... stunts (as Radell Widner)
Brian J. Williams .... stunts
Harry Wowchuk .... stunts
Christopher Bowman .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Burch .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gale M. Adler .... still photographer (as Gale Adler)
Michael J. Bailey .... best boy electric (as Michael Bailey)
Arthur R. Botham .... director of photography: second unit (as Bud Botham)
Gary R. Dodd .... key grip (as Gary Dodd)
Candy Edwards .... assistant camera: "b" camera, supplemental unit (as Candace Edwards)
David Fay .... key grip: supplemental unit
Jimmy Godber .... best boy electric
Tom Hayes .... gaffer
James Keys .... electrician (as James Keyes)
Jan Koshay .... dolly grip
Julio Macat .... camera operator: "a" camera supplemental unit
Keith Pallant .... electrician
Paul M. Pollard .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Paul Pollard)
Joyce Rudolph .... still photographer
Dennis Smith .... camera operator: "a" camera
Gregory W. Smith .... assistant camera: "b" camera, supplemental unit (as Gregory Smith)
Eric Stoner .... best boy grip
Tama Takahashi .... assistant camera
David Terpin .... company grip (as David Turpin)
Mike Thomas .... assistant camera
Richard Tim Vanik .... camera operator: "b" camera supplemental unit (as Tim Vanik)
Lynda Vincent .... assistant camera: "a" camera, supplemental unit
Susan Walsh .... assistant camera: "a" camera, supplemental unit
Lorna Wiley .... assistant camera
Mark Simon .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Durk Tyndall .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Donna B. Anderson .... casting associate (as Donna Anderson)
Connie Zimmer .... casting coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ingrid Ferrin .... additional set wardrobe
Marla Denise Schlom .... costume supervisor: women
Chuck Velasco .... costume supervisor: men
Editorial Department
Rod Dean .... assistant editor
Mark Helfrich .... additional film editor
Chris Jackson .... assistant editor
John Spence .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jim Cahill .... music coordinator
Thomas A. Carlson .... music editor (as Tom Carlson)
Kathy Nelson .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Glenn Carter .... picture car coordinator
John Hood .... transportation captain
Dean E. Mason .... transportation coordinator: supplemental unit (as Dean Mason)
Stanley R. Webber .... transportation captain: supplemental unit (as Stanley Webber)
Randy White .... transportation coordinator
Steve Bonner .... driver (uncredited)
Tim Sisson .... picture car mechanic (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert Anderson .... production assistant
Patrick Andriani .... assistant: Mr. Licht and Mr. Mueller
Julianna Arenson .... production accountant
Kathy Barnett .... assistant: Mr. Davis
Lisa Blok-Linson .... assistant location manager
Brooke Brooks .... assistant: Mr. Davis
Laura Brown .... assistant location manager: supplemental unit
Hilbert Hakim .... production assistant
Fred Inman .... location police coordinator (as Fred H. Inman)
Lindsey Jones .... unit publicist
Joel Marx .... location manager: supplemental unit
George McDowell Agnew .... assistant location manager (as George McDowell)
Wanda Mull .... production coordinator
Ira S. Rosenstein .... location manager (as Ira Rosenstein)
David Russell .... production coordinator
Gayle Sandler .... assistant production accountant
Mark Suveg .... craft service
Jack Tice .... studio teacher
Suzanne Todd .... assistant: Mr. Beeman (as Susy Todd)
Hope Williams .... script supervisor
Deirdre Kelly .... special thanks (as Deirdre Kelly Sullivan)
Crew believed to be complete

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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Ben Affleck tried out for the role of Les Anderson.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Even though Dean is shown towing Les on a two-wheel bike, the actors rode a three-wheel bike for balance. The two back wheels are visible when Les guards his face from some branches that he and Dean ride through.See more »
Les:I am so dead they're going to have to bury me twice.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "The Flintstones" (1960)See more »
Rush HourSee more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Get out of my Dreams, Get Into My Car! Oh yeah! 80's bliss..., 8 November 2006
Author: indescreetman from Australia

License To Drive was one of those 80's flicks that I had always wanted to see, and yet, never could find a copy. Till now! It was playing on TV recently and I have not only watched it, but am waiting to see if I am fortunate to find the DVD so I can buy it.

Quite simply, if you are a fan of the 80's and/or love your nostalgia then this film is for you! Typical 80's groove, lingo, starring leads (introducing a young and very attractive Heather Graham in her screen debut as the delicious Mercedes Lane) and, something that definitely deserves a mention is the soundtrack! Great tunes that suit the mood perfectly. Billy Ocean's "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car" was a highlight and with the title "License to Drive" was the ultimate song. There are others by Belinda Carlise and the Breakfast Club that will have you not only reminiscing, but toe tapping and humming as well.

Also, look out for James Avery as Les' DMV Instructor. What a champion! Anyway everyone, Get Outta Your Seats... Get it into your DVD player...

Have fun, Cheers!

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