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Hardbodies (1984)

R | | Comedy | 4 May 1984 (USA)
Three middle-aged daddies visit California to have a marvelous time at the beach. When they learn that a nice apartment and an expensive cabriolet isn't enough for them to score with the ... See full summary »

Director:

Mark Griffiths

Writers:

Steve Greene (screenplay), Eric Alter (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Cramer ... Scotty
Teal Roberts ... Kristi
Gary Wood ... Hunter
Michael Rapport ... Rounder
Sorrells Pickard Sorrells Pickard ... Ashby
Roberta Collins ... Lana
Cindy Silver Cindy Silver ... Kimberly
Courtney Gains ... Rag (as Courtney Gaines)
Kristi Somers ... Michelle
Crystal Shaw Martell ... Candy (as Crystal Shaw)
Darcy DeMoss ... Dede
Antony Ponzini ... Rocco (as Anthony Ponzini)
Marvin Katzoff Marvin Katzoff ... Dorky Geek
Kip Waldo Kip Waldo ... Head Geek
Michael Miller Michael Miller ... Landlord
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Storyline

Three middle-aged daddies visit California to have a marvelous time at the beach. When they learn that a nice apartment and an expensive cabriolet isn't enough for them to score with the chicks, they employ a student to help them. At first he's as disgusted of them and his job as his girlfriend, but soon they find out how to use the situation to everyone's benefit. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

If you don't know what they are, you don't know what you're missing.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aventuras no Paraíso See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,684,599, 6 May 1984

Gross USA:

$7,121,719
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie has its origins in an article published in the November 1983 edition of Penthouse Magazine written by the film's screenwriters Eric Alter and Steve Greene. It told of the true story of some "older rich dudes" who rented a summer beach house and enlisted a popular young surfer to help them meet girls. See more »

Goofs

Kimberly's top gets torn by the dog (we hear it tear). Moments later, she is seen wearing same top, undamaged. See more »

Quotes

Scotty Palmer: Stick around, baby, surprise is my middle name.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Helen Hunt/Snoop Doggy Dogg (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Smile for the Camera
Written and Performed by Gerard McMahon
(Ruzam Music, BMI/Back Mac Music, BMI)
Courtesy of Amazin' Music Productions
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'No redeeming social value'!
24 January 2012 | by Scott LeBrunSee all my reviews

Yeah, just the way we like it!

Seriously, I don't understand how it's possible to truly HATE something like this; it's not even that raunchy by the standards set by other 1980's sex comedies. It's just good, upbeat, breezy fun, without any real mean-spiritedness, a lot of good vibes, a generous dose of catchy pop & rock tunes, a nice, warm look, lively performances, and, of course, the opportunity to appreciate the truly attractive ladies in all of their glory. Handsome Grant Cramer ("New Year's Evil", "Killer Klowns from Outer Space") is unambitious slob Scotty, who does have the ability to charm women that a trio of hopeless, middle aged schmucks envies. So they hire him to teach them how to score. Simple enough story there, allowing us to look at all of the pleasing visual attractions and have some good laughs along the way. Girl group Vixen adds to the entertainment value by playing "Diaper Rash" (!), the group in the movie. Cramer is engaging, and Gary Wood, Michael Rapport, and singer / songwriter Sorrells Pickard are amusing as the unlucky guys, especially Pickard, the most likable of the three, who even serenades us with the priceless "I Don't (ahem) Fossils for Free." Courtney Gains ("Children of the Corn"'s Malachai!) is a hoot as Scotty's friend Rag, and the assorted sexy female cast members include appealing Teal Roberts as Scotty's love interest Kristi, Cindy Silver as Kimberly, Kristi Somers as Michelle, Crystal Shaw as Candy, Darcy DeMoss as Dede, Kathleen Kinmont as the roller skater, Marcia Karr as the hardbody on the stairs, veteran actress Joyce Jameson ("Death Race 2000") in a cameo near the end, and 70's exploitation pro Roberta Collins as the older and wiser Lana. And that's the younger Kane Hodder, in his first credited acting role, as the "older geek". They all make "Hardbodies" a pleasure to watch, along with the ability to learn just what the word "hardbodies" and the phrase "Bigger and Better Deal" (B.B.D. for short) mean. In any event, no fan of this sort of thing can fail to notice the plentiful dose of female flesh, and delight in it. In general, this movie is energetic, irresistible stuff, and even got itself a sequel two years later. Eight out of 10.


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