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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:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Alyssa Milano and Edie McClurg also starred in another 80's teen frenzy movie, Crash Course (1988). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Wally: I feel sorry for you, my man. I mean, I don't know what I'd do if I had a woman who wouldn't give me any.
Kevin: Wouldn't give you any what, Wallace? Gum?
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References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

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The Groove Line
Written by Rod Temperton
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80s Teen Frenzy
17 August 1999 | by Pat McCurrySee all my reviews

Motion picture companies weren't the only one's cashing in on the success of teen films. NBC tried it's hand at it as well. Some of the films included High School USA with Michael J. Fox, Poison Ivy once again with Fox, Combat High with Keith Gordon, Class Cruise with Billy Warlock, Crash Course with a host of many teen stars, and this little teen gem called Dance 'til Dawn.

This film is not bad at all. It has many of the teen stars from the 80s and early 90s. Many notable adult stars make appearances as well, such as Alan Thicke and Kelsey Grammar. So that makes the film a watchable and enjoyable experience. Unlike many failed made for TV movie comedies, this one has lots of charm and heart. The writing is well done for a teen flick. I must've laughed lots during the film. I remember seeing this back in high school and 11 years later I still love it.

By the way, here is a little bit of fascinating trivia. Some of the music for the film was written and performed by 80s one hit wonder Michael Sembello ("Maniac"). I didn't know that until the movie was on again this past weekend. Billy Morrisette makes a small appearance as a kid who works in the video store.

NBC of course doesn't make TV movie teen comedies like this anymore. Still, if you can find this one in the video store by all means, give it a try. You can see what the Hollywood version of a high school prom is like.


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