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Troop Beverly Hills (1989)

A soon to be divorced Beverly Hills socialite is determined to prove to her husband and herself that she can finish what she starts out to do, by becoming a den mother to a troop of Beverly Hills Girl Scouts.

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As Phyllis, a Beverly Hills housewife, is in the middle of a divorce, she tries to find focus in her life by taking over her daughter Hannah's Wilderness Girl troop. Among the girls are Tiffany, (who her father has to bribe to attend meetings, Emily (the daughter of an out of work actor, whose financial difficulties hinders her wanting to participate in certain activities), the neurotic Tessa (whose parents divorce has forced her into therapy twice a week), the hostile Chica (whose parents are too busy with their own lives to even remember her birthday), and Claire (the child star who see the wilderness girls as her chance to lead a "normal" life). Phyllis then begins to take the girls camping at a Beverly Hills hotel and earn patches relating to material things. The district leader, Velda, feels the troop should be disbanded. However, the head of the Wilderness girls organization believes that as long as Phyllis has taken an active interest in the girls, that is the only thing that's... Written by Theresa

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She's hilarious! She's captivating! She's wonderful! She's a Beverly Hills babe in the woods. And the woods are wild with laughter. See more »

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Adventure | Comedy

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24 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les scouts de Beverly Hills  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,283,443, 26 March 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,508,843
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1.37 : 1
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The studios that produced the film were actually producing another project while filming the low budget comedy. As the camera rolled for Shelley Long on the set of the film, a second camera crew was filming the zero-budget corporate video for the 2nd Asst. Directors Program that is offered in Hollywood. The tape included interviews of a number of 2nd AD's in the industry alongside clips of the crew working on the set of Troop Beverly Hills. In one scene during the end of the movie, one of the Wilderness Girls falls and hurts her leg. It was up to one of the Asst. 2nd Directors to pick up the girl and bring her to a medic. This footage was filmed on video for the corporate tape. In the end, the studios saw this as an opportunity to save money to promote the AD program by shooting footage of the production of Troop Beverly Hills. Shot over 15 years ago, the corporate tape is still used today for students wanting to enter the program in 2004. See more »

Goofs

During the 'Do the Freddie' dance at the senior citizens home, when the lady's wheelchair started rolling down the hill, you could see a string attached to the front of the wheelchair. See more »

Quotes

Phyllis: It was a cold and rainy day in March. I went to Kristoff's where I usually get my hair done but Kristoff wasn't there. He had mysteriously disappeared. In his place was a stranger named Rinaldo. I'll never forget him. His eyes were steely gray. His hands were like ice. He said, "I'll streak your hair and I'll give you a body wave." He worked very fast and then, as he turned my chair around to face the mirror, I saw it. He permed me!
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, actor Edd Byrnes name appears on a comb. This is a reference to a character Byrnes played named Kooky in the TV show 77 Sunset Strip. Kooky often combed his hair. A song was written about it called, "Kooky, Lend Me Your Comb". See more »

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References The Love Boat (1977) See more »

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Tall Paul
Written by Richard M. Sherman (as R. Sherman), Robert B. Sherman (as R. Sherman) and Bob Roberts (as B. Roberts)
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forget the critics; this is a fine family film
16 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

For those who have forgotten their childhood (and if you want some examples, the film critics serve nicely), this movie is inane and not worth the price of a video rental. For those who *do* remember their childhood -- with its mishmash of heartbreak and joy but never-failing optimism -- then this film is for you and your kids. Its *target* audience (are you listening, critics?) is well served by this comedy, which along with its many laughs gives young people serious lessons in the meaning of loyalty and friendship, the sacrifices we're sometimes called upon to make for those we love, and the need for redemption. Sounds a little too heavy for a comedy? Well, not really. It's all packaged into a frothy romp that makes the lessons go down like a spoonful of sugar, to paraphrase a famous lyric. So what if it's not Noel Coward? It's a light-hearted adventure through the roller-coaster ride of childhood which will delight any youngster, including those of us who still remember those days.


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