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Dance 'Til Dawn (1988)

Unrated | | Comedy | TV Movie 23 October 1988
It's prom night and the kids of Hoover High will be having a night they will never forget. Popular girl Shelley ditches her prom and ends up spending the night with unpopular Dan; Popular ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Schneider

Writers:

Andrew Guerdat, Steve Kreinberg (as Steven Kreinberg)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christina Applegate ... Patrice Johnson
Tempestt Bledsoe ... Margaret
Brian Bloom ... Kevin McCrea
Cliff De Young ... Larry Johnson
Mary Frann Mary Frann ... Nancy Johnson
Tracey Gold ... Angela Strull
Kelsey Grammer ... Ed Strull
Edie McClurg ... Ruth Strull
Alyssa Milano ... Shelley Sheridan
Matthew Perry ... Roger
Alan Thicke ... Jack Lefcourt
Chris Young ... Dan Lefcourt
Molly Cheek
Graham Jarvis ... Fred
Candice Azzara ... Florist
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Storyline

It's prom night and the kids of Hoover High will be having a night they will never forget. Popular girl Shelley ditches her prom and ends up spending the night with unpopular Dan; Popular guy Kevin goes out with nerdy Angela because he heard she was easy; Patrice continues to blame her boyfriend Roger for everything that doesn't go the way she wants it to. The adults also have there problems to contend with: Nancy and Larry must find out a way to patch up their marriage or get a divorce; Jack spends the night tracking down his son Dan to find out why he didn't go to the prom; and overprotective Ed and Ruth keep tabs on their daughter Angela throughout the night. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dancing 'Til Dawn See more »

Filming Locations:

Simi Valley, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Most of the actors were from sitcoms that were popular during that time. See more »

Goofs

When Dan and Shelley are driving around town, it looks like two different people inside of the car. See more »

Quotes

"Red Hot" Ruth Strull: Hey, I remember you! Look, Ed, it's the weenie!
Ed "Wild Man" Strull: Hey, Weenie, how's it going?
Dr. Lefcourt: I'm a doctor now. It's *Dr.* Weenie - I mean, Dr. Lefcourt.
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Connections

References Top Gun (1986) See more »

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You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
Written by Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil
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More than just a teen comedy
8 April 2002 | by TVholicSee all my reviews

When I first saw this one late night on a local station, I was already much too old for its target audience. Yet I couldn't help but be drawn into this world. Yes, the kids were somewhat stereotyped and unrealistic. But my own prom was never this much fun. Not to mention a cast that was a Who's Who of late '80s sitcoms from all four networks of the time.

Cut to today, fourteen years after the movie premiered. Hens Tooth Video's new DVD is spartan, with no special features whatsoever, but with a nicely sharp picture. And I'm pulled right back into it. Something has changed now. I'm even older, but it still speaks to me. Then it hits me. I'm not only wishing I was young again, I'm also thinking like the parents in this film, whose age I have, alas, reached. I sympathize with them and all their troubles. They no longer seem simply the addled adults. In the final scene at Huds, we see how the experiences of their own youth shaped and misshaped their adult lives. And in truth, not many of us weren't badly messed up as kids. The movie feels more balanced, now that I've seen it from both sides.

So don't just dismiss this as a lightweight teen flick. It has something for everyone - the young, the old and the young at heart.


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