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Screwballs (1983)

R | | Comedy | 1 April 1983 (USA)
Frolicking youth comedy about zany high school students set in the 1960s.

Director:

Rafal Zielinski

Writers:

Linda Shayne (screenplay), Jim Wynorski (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Keleghan ... Rick McKay
Kent Deuters Kent Deuters ... Brent Van Dusen III
Linda Speciale Linda Speciale ... Purity Busch
Alan Deveau Alan Deveau ... Howie Bates
Linda Shayne ... Bootsie Goodhead
Jason Warren Jason Warren ... Melvin Jerkovski
James Coburn James Coburn ... Tim Stevenson (as Jim Coburn)
Terrea Smith Terrea Smith ... Rhonda Rockett (as Terrea Foster)
Donnie Bowes Donnie Bowes ... Principal Stuckoff
Kimberly Brooks Kimberly Brooks ... Miss Boudoir
Nicky Fylan Nicky Fylan ... Vince the Prince
Paula Farmer Paula Farmer ... Miss Shivers
Joe Crozier Joe Crozier ... Ward Busch
Heather Smith Heather Smith ... June Busch
Nola Wale Nola Wale ... Mrs. Roach
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Storyline

Starting a new tradition of sex comedy, T & A High School, five boys meet in the detention room thanks to the evil virgin princess Purity Busch. RICK - dressed as a doctor and gave breast exams to the high school new comers. BRENT - sexually teased Purity in French class. MELVIN - caught masturbating in the meat locker. HOWIE - rearranged the mirrors in order to see up the skirts of cheerleaders after practice. And TIM - tricked into entering the girls washroom. Each one fooled by Purity, they want revenge. Each one makes a pact to deflower the virgin, but all have failed. Their only chance is to work together with others of the school to get her at the homecoming game. Written by Wallace Entertainment

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crazy Times See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$210,000, 3 April 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,082,215
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The picture's closing credits state: "Special Thanks to Asterix, Athletic Knit, Avon Sportswear Ltd., Burger King, Coca-Cola, Frank Soda, Frank Vetere's Hollywood Canteen of Toronto, Hostess Potato Chips, Kangaroo Athletic Footwear, Pop Shoppe, Sea Queen, Toronto Film Liaison Office". See more »

Goofs

In the bowling alley scene when trying to remove the bowling ball from Howie Bates appendage, in the background there is a KISS pinball machine. The film is set in 1965, KISS was formed In 1973 and the KISS pinball machine was released in 1979. A sign has been placed over the back glass to try and disguise it. See more »

Quotes

Principal Stuckoff: Do you gentlemen know the meaning of the word vermin? Heathens? Scum? Trash? Degenerates?
Melvin Jerkovski: [raising hand] I think I know what trash means...
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Alternate Versions

The 14th July 1983 edition of show-business trade paper 'The Hollywood Reporter' indicated that there were two different versions of the movie made to accommodate USA and Canadian audiences for the film's closing song scene. The Canadians heard actress Linda Speciale singing "Oh, Canada" whilst the Americans heard Speciale' instead sing "The Star-Spangled Banner". See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Can't Stop The Bop
Written, Performed and Produced by Johnny Dee Fury
© Occidental Records
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The misadventures of five pathetic reprobates
26 September 2002 | by MonkasiSee all my reviews

In my review for the similarly themed ZAPPED AGAIN!, I noted that it came across as a whitewashed T&A offering that was much better received as a puerile comedy than anything voyeuristic in nature. SCREWBALLS, which was apparently made on a much lower budget and with much less renowned performers, is the exact opposite - a chaotic carnival of soft-core porn in which the humor is at best unremarkable and at worst painful.

Some have compared this movie to NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE, but that comparison is extremely unjust. You see, ANIMAL HOUSE was not just an excuse to show drunken frat boys and girls in their underwear. It also tackled such trenchant topics as class conflict, race relations, and the lure of irresponsibility in a hopelessly puritanical and joyless world. I view it more as a poignant examination of the trials and tribulations of adolescence than as the purely tawdry slice of camp which it's usually tagged. The makers of SCREWBALLS do not deserve to lick the boots of John Landis and company.

SCREWBALLS was put together by a gaggle of confirmed slackers with absolutely no regard for taste and decency. The movie is unabashedly politically incorrect (granted, the idea of "political correctness" did not exist as such in the early 1980s; but these guys violated most of its tenets just the same) and is based on the erroneous belief that high school boys do not care about anything other than sex. While the members of Delta Tau Chi may not have been above reproach, at least they didn't spend most of their time trying to separate the prom queen from her clothes.

If you are a diehard fan of this genre, I don't want to spoil the ending for you. Let's just say that it involves sartorial decay and magnets, and leave it at that.

Female moviegoers will probably not enjoy SCREWBALLS because of its sexist nature, so I recommend that they skip it. Their male counterparts, on the other hand, might have a good time. But remember this, fellows: a movie about female stripping becomes less and less entertaining every time you see it - so limit your viewing of SCREWBALLS to one night.


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