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Troop Beverly Hills (1989)

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A soon to be divorced Beverly Hills socialite is determined to prove to her husband and herself that she can finish what she starts out to do, by becoming a den mother to a troop of Beverly Hills Girl Scouts.

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Jeff Kanew

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Ava Ostern Fries (story), Pamela Norris (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shelley Long ... Phyllis Nefler
Craig T. Nelson ... Freddy Nefler
Betty Thomas ... Velda Plendor
Mary Gross ... Annie Herman
Stephanie Beacham ... Vicki Sprantz
Audra Lindley ... Frances Temple
Edd Byrnes ... Ross Coleman
Ami Foster ... Claire Sprantz
Carla Gugino ... Chica Barnfell
Heather Hopper ... Tessa DiBlasio
Kellie Martin ... Emily Coleman
Emily Schulman Emily Schulman ... Tiffany Honigman
Tasha Scott Tasha Scott ... Jasmine Shakar
Aquilina Soriano Aquilina Soriano ... Lily Marcigan
Jenny Lewis ... Hannah Nefler
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Storyline

As Phyllis, a Beverly Hills housewife, is in the middle of a divorce, she tries to find focus in her life by taking over her daughter Hannah's Wilderness Girl troop. Among the girls are Tiffany, (who her father has to bribe to attend meetings, Emily (the daughter of an out of work actor, whose financial difficulties hinders her wanting to participate in certain activities), the neurotic Tessa (whose parents divorce has forced her into therapy twice a week), the hostile Chica (whose parents are too busy with their own lives to even remember her birthday), and Claire (the child star who see the wilderness girls as her chance to lead a "normal" life). Phyllis then begins to take the girls camping at a Beverly Hills hotel and earn patches relating to material things. The district leader, Velda, feels the troop should be disbanded. However, the head of the Wilderness girls organization believes that as long as Phyllis has taken an active interest in the girls, that is the only thing that's... Written by Theresa

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When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Be Prepared See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,283,443, 26 March 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,508,843
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Karina Bong's (Lily's mother) character was modeled after Imelda Marcos, former First Lady of the Philippines. There are 'in-jokes' made about Karina's husband being a dictator and how Karina has thousands of pairs of shoes (as Imelda did). Also, the couple have a son, Ferdinand Jr., who is fondly called Bong Bong by the people. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the Wilderness Jamboree, the Beverly Hills troop crosses the finish line dragging an injured Velda on a makeshift stretcher. Velda is supposed to have a broken ankle, yet she gets up and walks quickly to her jeep with perfect ease, which would indicate her ankle is perfectly fine. See more »

Quotes

Phyllis: The parents here are so self involved. Shit, I broke a nail!
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, actor Edd Byrnes name appears on a comb. This is a reference to a character Byrnes played named Kooky in the TV show 77 Sunset Strip. Kooky often combed his hair. A song was written about it called, "Kooky, Lend Me Your Comb". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jeff Goldblum/Aerosmith (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Do the Freddie
Written by Dennis Lambert (as D. Lambert) and L. Pegues
Performed by Freddie & The Dreamers
Courtesy of Polygram Special Products, a Division of Polygram Records, Inc.
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Fun for children, pre-adolescents and adults (if they're willing).
9 June 2003 | by yeiSee all my reviews

In my opinion this is a sweet story about dysfunctional families that find a way of dealing with the fact that achieving "success" means a lot more than they expected.

Through out the movie the journey of the Troop becomes much more than just belonging: Parents face the choice of truly growing up and figuring out a way to stop wasting time and search for a bond with their neglected children; while children find a way to stop playing the parental role, learning the value of friendship, teamwork and how `un-cool' it is to procrastinate.

This movie has a heart and even if the story is simple minded and decorated with clichés about the rich and famous, it still rings true. It may seem shallow to many but for those who are part of this sector of the L.A. reality, it is not easy either, Rolls Royce and all, to be misunderstood.

After all no matter how low or how high your credit goes, there are no perfect families and we all do the best we can with what we've got.

Those who grew up in a high class family in the eighties will probably laugh lauder!


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