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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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Taglines:

The comedy that goes all the way! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Linda Shayne not only co-wrote the script and acts in the movie as Bootsie Goodhead, but also posed as the girl featured on the film's poster as well. See more »

Goofs

When Purity Busch lies face down on the beach towel, she unties the neck straps of her bikini and spreads them out on the towel, but when she jumps up after being startled, the straps are tied behind her neck. See more »

Quotes

Rick McKay: Hey, Jerkovski! Back again, eh? Where'd you beat off this time, study hall?
Melvin Jerkovski: No, meat locker.
Brent Van Dusen III: Smart thinking, Mel. No better place to beat the meat, huh?
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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

Edited into Munchie Strikes Back (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Shake That Thing
Written, Performed and Produced by Johnny Dee Fury
© Occidental Records
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Linda Shayne is more interesting than her movie
17 July 2004 | by SERVOMOORESee all my reviews

This film will definitely cause you to rewind a few times, and fast-forward a lot more, because huge sections of it are predictable and flat to the point of humorless. The four main male characters... I hated them, but they seem to be somewhat accurate. Rafal Zielinski is a competent director, and the editor has rendered some rather effective "speed up" gags.

Here and there, a good line is said, or a good piece of physical comedy is shown, but it's usually the script, not the way it's delivered, that's funny. And most of the nudity... To be frank, you get sick of it by sheer repetition (Wow, EVERY character is sort a deviant... boring) and want to see a character you can actually like.

Now, on to Linda Shayne,

She's hardly a prolific director these days, and some of her material is borderline vomitably kid-oriented(Flying Ryan, Purple People Eater), but she is still skilled at suiting the needs of the right target audience. Plus, she is more attractive than the rest of the female cast combined. It's a shame that she couldn't have gotten herself the female lead as Purity: her acting skills and physique are much better. Much more likely to draw a guy like me over to the cause of feminism than Ann Coulter or Oprah Winfrey

In short, she's the reason I am really mad that the local movie rental has lost its copy of this tape.


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