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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?

Director Greg Beeman wanted to use a song by The Beatles for the opening credits.See more »
Revealing mistakes: After Les jumps through the back window of the bus, the bus does a 180 in the middle of the road and it's obvious the bus is empty.See more »
Les:Les jams the breaks in order to prevent an accident and looks over at the instructor whose coffee cup lands in his crotch...
Les' DMV Examiner:You're in luck son... the cup... was empty...!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006)See more »
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19 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Fasten your seat belts, this is one awesome ride!, 26 April 2005
Author: ilovethegame05 from United States

When most people think of the seminal 80's teenage actors and films, the first thing that comes to mind are the 'brat pack' films. Sure, those were excellent films and very talented actors, but with all the focus on those actors sometimes the gems get overlooked. License to Drive is surely on of those gems.

License To Drive, one of only a few films that stars both Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, is a perfect 80's teen comedy. Shot at the height of both of the Coreys careers, while they were both still in high school, the film captures their youthful spirit perfectly. License to Drive is hilarious and outrageous while still remaining simple and easy to follow.

Haim plays Les Anderson who like every high school kid has nothing but girls and cars on his mind. But this isn't just any girl. Les has his eye on the most beautiful girl in school. The bombshell is played by a very young and beautiful, Heather Graham. When Les is lucky enough to score a date with the bombshell, the only obstacle he must overcome is his pending drivers license test so that he can take his fathers car to pick her up in.

Like most high school students, Les slept through drivers education class and when the time comes, he fails his drivers test. But the fun has just begun. Les isn't going to let this stop him. He takes the car anyways. Uh oh... this never turns out right. The night takes a turn for the worse when Les's best friend (Corey Feldman) shows up with 'a plan.' Another bad sign. Well the night just gets wilder and wilder and ends up with Heather Graham drunk as a skunk locked in the trunk of a car, police roadblocks, crazed militants running the streets and some really mean and angry drag racers to boot.

License To Drive really has it all. It's a perfect 80's teenage comedy. The DVD has loads of extra goodies including interviews with the stars and tons of deleted footage.

Fasten your seat belts, you're in for one totally awesome ride!!!

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