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The In Crowd (1988)

In the mid-60s, a teenage 4.0 high-school student is drawn out of his element on a dare by his peers, to become a dancer on popular TV music show.

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Mark Rosenthal
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donovan Leitch Jr. ... Del (as Donovan Leitch)
Joe Pantoliano ... Perry Parker
Jennifer Runyon ... Vicky
Bruce Kirby ... Morris
Scott Plank ... Dugan
Wendy Gazelle Wendy Gazelle ... Gail
Sean Sullivan ... Popeye (as Sean Gregory Sullivan)
Charlotte d'Amboise Charlotte d'Amboise ... Ina
Page Hannah ... Lydia
Mark Soper ... Station Manager
Freddie Ganno ... Orson
Richard Schave Richard Schave ... Tucker
Matthew Nasatir Matthew Nasatir ... Bernstein
John R. Russell John R. Russell ... Ming
Elliott Alexander Elliott Alexander ... Jack Goron
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Storyline

A young man of the rock and roll generation is in his senior year of high school. When one day he successfully gets on a popular teen dance television show he becomes a star. The plot follows him as he lives his new life in his new world. What he finds are adoring fans, jealous rivals, bitter friends left behind, and the girl of his dreams...his dance partner. Written by P. Wong <pwong@nt.net>

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They had all the moves!

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Comedy | Drama | History | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dance Party See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$136,567

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$136,567
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There was a lawsuit involving this movie. The Perry Parker character was based on a Phildelphia Disc Jockey named Jerry Blavat, who sued to keep the movie from being released. The producers of the movie settled with Blavat out of court. See more »

Goofs

A highway sign indicates I-476 (the famed Philly "Blue Route") which didn't exist at the time of film. See more »

Quotes

Perry Parker: You know I... I talk to my teens about love, and I always say "This crazy thing called love, it makes you laugh, it makes you cry...but hey, man, it's what makes the world go 'round." Now, dying for love? Whoa! That's too momentous! I mean it's good for the books, but not for teens. Now, on the other hand, there's nothing wrong with a teen king or a teen queen FEELING like you could die for love. That way, you'd cherish every dance and you'd never waste a kiss.
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Connections

References American Bandstand (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Land of a Thousand Dances
Written by Chris Kenner & Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino, Jr.)
Performed by Wilson Pickett
By permission from Thursday Music Corporation & Anatole Music, Inc.
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Special Products
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I absolutely love this movie!
21 March 2003 | by Ed in MOSee all my reviews

I guess when you are a kid of around six or seven, you start to notice the teenagers around you and what they're doing. And for the rest of your life you associate "cool" with the clothes, cars, music, and hair styles of the teenagers you see when you are a little kid. This movie really speaks to me, because I still get goose pimples when I see the fashions, cars, girls, hair, and everything else of the years 1965-67. And the wonderful music! Was there ever a better sound than the Philly sound of those years? I love all those doo-wop tunes--the O'Jays, Gene Chandler, "The Duke of Earl", Curtis Mayfield, Vee-Jay records, "The Real Thing", and on and on...

This film is excellent in so many ways, I can't list them all. First of all, the writer and director, Mark Rosenthal, got the look right. Philly in 1965 was a nice suburban city, with a core of hoods and blacks who brought spirit and life to the City of Brotherly Love. The acting is terrific from the young cast, and the extras put their heart and soul into the dancing and clothing of those years. Joe Pantoliano "becomes" Jerry Blavat and gives a wonderful and energetic performance. And I loved the ending, because the 60's only became the 60's when the kids discovered Dylan, San Francisco, and drugs. It was a step in the wrong direction, but this film serves as a time capsule. Maybe some future generation will rediscover that dancing, love and soul music make youth the best time of life.


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