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Troop Beverly Hills (1989)

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

She's hilarious! She's captivating! She's wonderful! She's a Beverly Hills babe in the woods. And the woods are wild with laughter. 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

Tori Spelling's film debut. See more »

Goofs

Annie tells Phyllis that rattlesnakes hate water, but this is incorrect. Rattlesnakes are excellent swimmers, although they are not known to hunt for prey in the water. See more »

Quotes

Hannah Nefler: [whispers and wave] Hi Daddy.
Claire: [upon seeing her own father, she follows Hannah's example] Hi Daddy.
Freddy: [to Hannah] Hi sweetie.
Jack Sprantz: [to Claire] Hi sweetie.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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forget the critics; this is a fine family film
16 February 2001 | by michael_lionelSee all my reviews

For those who have forgotten their childhood (and if you want some examples, the film critics serve nicely), this movie is inane and not worth the price of a video rental. For those who *do* remember their childhood -- with its mishmash of heartbreak and joy but never-failing optimism -- then this film is for you and your kids. Its *target* audience (are you listening, critics?) is well served by this comedy, which along with its many laughs gives young people serious lessons in the meaning of loyalty and friendship, the sacrifices we're sometimes called upon to make for those we love, and the need for redemption. Sounds a little too heavy for a comedy? Well, not really. It's all packaged into a frothy romp that makes the lessons go down like a spoonful of sugar, to paraphrase a famous lyric. So what if it's not Noel Coward? It's a light-hearted adventure through the roller-coaster ride of childhood which will delight any youngster, including those of us who still remember those days.


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