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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

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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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:

$124,880
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Production Co:

Force 10 Productions (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Boyle's character "Uncle Pete" is based on a real children's show host in Philadelphia in the time of the film. The host was Uncle Pete Boyle; Peter Boyle's father. See more »

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

Quotes

Del: Okay, we're solving for "n".
Vicky: But that's a letter. I thought this was math.
Del: It's algebra. That is math.
Vicky: Oh...
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Connections

References Bambi (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Cast Your Fate to the Wind
Written by Carel Werber & Vince Guaraldi
By permission of Chappell and Co., Inc.
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Hairspray, but seriously.
30 July 1999 | by MicheauxSee all my reviews

A previous commenter made mention of this film being akin to "Dirty Dancing". I think it is closer to "Hairspray", the plot lines are similar (getting on a dance show, how the crowd you are with can affect you) and the soundtracks to both are indeed quite wonderful. Apparently, Ricki Lake is in both pictures, to boot!

While "Hairspray" deserves praise for many things, including, as one critic put it, being so very much entwined in the 1962 Baltimore era it is almost like science fiction, I rather like to root for "In" Crowd, as it has quite a few nice small touches; Del's little brother runs up to him in the middle of the night for fear of monsters and Del lets him crawl into bed with him, Vicky's father's rather inappropriate affection gives us a sad, short insight into her bad home life, the montage of old music shows at the beginning of the film, the silent, paralyzing rage that Parker goes into when he sees Dick Clark (Clark left Philadelphia to go national and Parker never got his national break) to name a few.

It is certainly contrived in spots (some of the dance showcases are pleasant enough, but almost unnecessary), clichéd in some (Vicky's boyfriend is seen near the end of the film during a spooooooky thunderstorm), but it is well...earnest in its intent. The dialog is very good and the performances are at worst, very good, almost to a person. The ending is not a perfectly happy one, nor is it a dour one. It fits well with the movie. Rent it or see it. While not a classic, it is certainly better than it should be.


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