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Pick-up Summer (1980)

Pinball Summer (original title)
R | | Comedy | March 1981 (USA)
It's a summer of fun for two teenaged boys who spend their time chasing two sisters, annoying a biker gang, and basically getting into typical sophomoric hijinks whenever they can.

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George Mihalka
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Zelniker ... Greg
Carl Marotte ... Steve
Karen Stephen Karen Stephen ... Donna
Helene Udy ... Suzy
Thomas Kovacs ... Bert (as Tom Kovacs)
Joey McNamara ... Whimpy
Joy Boushel ... Sally (as Joy Boushell)
J. Robert Maze J. Robert Maze ... Pete
Matthew Stevens Matthew Stevens ... Rod
Sue Ronne Sue Ronne ... Pam
Bob King Bob King ... Biker #1
Rob Stein Rob Stein ... Biker #2
Rob Ferguson Rob Ferguson ... Biker #3
Roland Nincheri Roland Nincheri ... Counsellor Frank Jelnick
Lyn Jackson Lyn Jackson ... Mrs. Jelnick
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Storyline

Do kids today think of anything but cruising around, playing games and "making out"? Not the kids from this suburban town who decide to live it up when school lets out. Chief cruisers are Greg and his buddy, Steve. Their targets? Two bouncy, fun-loving sisters, Donna and Suzy. Their hang-outs? "O.J.'s Drive-In," where the gang meets to eat, and "Pete's Arcade." A cast of colorful characters includes: Bert and his gang of punk bikers; Whimpy-"Pete's" inept fix-it man; Sally-an appetizing waitress...how far she goes nobody knows; the town flasher, who risks catching pneumonia every chance he gets, and two cops who spend all their time keeping up with the local "loonies." Anything and everything goes! Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Comedy

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pick-up Summer See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Budget:

CAD900,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Summer I wish I had
13 September 2002 | by poopvilleSee all my reviews

This movie ended up making me feel like I'd been sucking helium or something. Fun, silly and kind of surreal. Similar feeling to watching Dazed & Confused... except in D&C at least there were somewhat realistic characters with somewhat believable lines. The characters in this movie are all cartoons with silly lines and over-the-top acting. Total drive-in movie fare. It's perfect for a bunch of friends to hang out and watch while drinking a bunch of beer. You don't have to follow the plot too closely to understand what's happening. It's got everything. Cool vans, pinball, bikers, hot chicks, disco dancing and a happy 70s soundtrack.

I actually had a kinda hard time placing the year when I first saw it. I thought for sure 80s but in the arcade scenes not one video game was visible and instead pinball machines seemed to be the big craze.

I have to say I liked this movie a lot and could see myself going back and watching it a few more times. I've tried to watch Meatballs again recently and found to my disappointment that I no longer enjoyed it but somehow this film has the perfect knucklehead teen comedy vibe. I only heard of this movie because the band Fu Manchu mentioned it as an inspiration... I was unable to find a copy anywhere until one showed up on e-bay.


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