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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.

Director:

Jeff Kanew

Writers:

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

Gross USA:

$8,508,843

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,508,843
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The studios that produced the film were actually producing another project while filming this comedy. As the camera rolled for Shelley Long on the set of the film, a second camera crew was filming the zero-budget corporate video for the 2nd Asst. Directors Program that is offered in Hollywood. The tape included interviews of a number of 2nd AD's in the industry alongside clips of the crew working on the set of Troop Beverly Hills. In one scene during the end of the movie, one of the Wilderness Girls falls and hurts her leg. It was up to one of the Asst. 2nd Directors to pick up the girl and bring her to a medic. This footage was filmed on video for the corporate tape. In the end, the studios saw this as an opportunity to save money to promote the AD program by shooting footage of the production of Troop Beverly Hills. Shot over 15 years ago, the corporate tape is still used today for students wanting to enter the program in 2004. See more »

Goofs

At the patch ceremony Chica walks up to Phylis wearing patches; the patches were not handed out until the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Rosa: Patches? We don't need no stinkin patches.
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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

References Blazing Saddles (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Twist and Shout
Written by Phil Medley (as P. Medley) and Bert Berns (as B. Russell)
Performed by The Isley Brothers (as Isley Brothers)
Courtesy of Original Sound Entertainment
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The Girl Scouts...Beverly Hills style.
14 April 2004 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

Troop Beverly Hills is a funny movie for pre-teen girls. Goofy Shelly Long plays eccentric Beverly Hills mom, Phyllis Nefler, who decides to get involved with her daughter's life and prove that she can do things for herself (sort of), so she becomes troop leader of her daughter's Wilderness Girl's squad.

This proves to be an embarrassing experience for the young girls, seeking some much needed leadership from their mother who can't seem to gain independence from the luxuries of her Beverly Hills lifestyle. But, once the pack is forced to compete with an aggressive, survival squad of hard core rival troopers, Phyllis and her team, tired of being a laughing stock (and also because Phyllis wants to gain her daughter's confidence and respect) are going to prove that they're not just a bunch of whiny rich girls from Beverly Hills.

80s fans will probably recognize many of the young troopers (from Jenny Lewis to Kelli Martin to Tori Spelling), and I'm sure pre-teen girls are sure to like the movie for it's silly story, young female cast, and the goofy antics of Shelly Long. It's a hilarious little movie with a good message for kids about the importance of female independence (Phyllis doesn't want her husband to think she can't fend for herself without a man's guidance) as well as individual confidence. It's bona fide family fun.


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