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Mischief (1985)

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1956. Obsessed with the hottest girl in class, a gawky high school student takes a crash course in teenage coolness from his motorcycle rebel neighbour, under the watchful eye of the eternal symbol of teenage rebellion: James Dean.

Director:

Mel Damski

Writer:

Noel Black

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Doug McKeon ... Jonathan Bellah
Catherine Mary Stewart ... Bunny Miller
Kelly Preston ... Marilyn McCauley
Chris Nash ... Gene Harbrough
D.W. Brown ... Kenny
Jami Gertz ... Rosalie
Margaret Blye ... Claire Miller
Graham Jarvis ... Mr. Miller
Terry O'Quinn ... Claude Harbrough
Darren Ewing Darren Ewing ... Ted
Dennis L. O'Connell Dennis L. O'Connell ... T.J.
Bob McGuire Bob McGuire ... Mr. Hewitt
Bryce Kasson Bryce Kasson ... Robbie
Andrew Ream Andrew Ream ... Harry Horner
Julie Noble Julie Noble ... Mrs. McCauley
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Storyline

In 1956, the shy Jonathan's luck with girls changes when he wins the rebellious Gene as a friend in his last year of high school. Gene is adored by many girls and manages to teach Jonathan a few lessons. Gene himself would rather just be with one girl: his girlfriend Bunny. However, since his father is poor, her parents don't accept him. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The first time seems like the worst time, but it's the one time you'll never forget!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heart & Soul See more »

Filming Locations:

Canal Winchester, Ohio, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jonathan Bellah was born in 1939. See more »

Goofs

In the interior shots of the Studebaker just before Jonathan runs over the fire hydrant, the left rear window is partially open, but when we see the wreck, the window is closed. Just after the wreck, the front bumper is undamaged. When he is driving home in the next scene, the bumper is badly bent. See more »

Quotes

Gene Harbrough: [Referring to Kenny] Who's he, the town asshole?
Jonathan Bellah: Yeah. And he's really good at it, too.
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox logo fades to reveal the iconic phrase from Star Wars, "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." This appears for several seconds before "Nelsonville, Ohio 1956" is added to the the still. See more »

Alternate Versions

The US Home Video version on VHS shows more nudity than the theatrical and DVD releases. This is due to a framing issue, and not alternate or extended footage. The VHS version must be open matte. It shows more image above and below the 1.85:1 framing, but some of the image on the left and right is cropped. This results in quite a bit more female nudity during the sex scene. See more »

Connections

References Love Me Tender (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't That a Shame
Written by David Bartholomew (as Dave Bartholomew), Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino)
Performed by Fats Domino
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A very enjoyable coming of age film
12 January 2002 | by dwbrittSee all my reviews

I think Leonard Maltin missed some of the finer points in this often overlooked movie. Watch the film and listen to the music. The music sets the mood and matches the action. The recreation of the time and characterizations is very well done. If you liked American Graffiti then you will like this movie. One of my all-time favorites.


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