Saturday, July 16, 2011

80'S FOCUS .. HOMEWORK .. 1982

FINAL APPROVED POSTER
JENSEN FARLEY PRODUCTIONS
Present
A MAX J ROSENBERG PRESENTATION
HOMEWORK
Starring
JOAN COLLINS as Diana
CARRIE SNODGRESS as DR Delingua
BETTY THOMAS as Red Dogs Secretary
LEE PURCELL as Ms Jackson
MICHAEL MORGAN as Tommy
WINGS HAUSER as Red Dog
ERIN DONOVAN as Sheila
SHELL KEPLER as Lisa
LANNY HORN as Ralph
MEL WELLES as Doctor
BEVERLY TODD as Clinic Receptionist
HOWARD STORM as Swim Coach
NEWELL ALEXANDER as Mr Stern




Director of Photography - Paul Goldsmith
Music by Anthony R Jones / Jim Wetzel
Screenplay by Maurice Peterson / Don Safran
Edited by Allen Persselin
Executive Producer - Max J Rosenberg
Produced / Directed by James Beshears
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Every young man needs a teacher! For Tommy and his friend Ralph their lessons don't just stay in the classroom! They both form a rock band in the hope of becoming famous. When they come to the end of their senior year, they both look for lessons in love.. from older women! Tommy in the shape of his girlfriend's mother Diana.. while Ralph turns to his French tutor! When it's time for boys to become men.. it can be hard keeping up with their Homework!!
(c) 1979 . Released 1982 .. JENSEN FARLEY .. 90 MINS
Reg 1 DVD from VCI ENTERTAINMENT...
This forgettable film would certainly not be on Joan's list of favourite films as she had many problems with it .. The film began life as a coming of age drama 'Growing Pains', with Joan in a small role of the mother of the lead characters girlfriend. Joan only had a few days shooting on the film, when she had problems with the producers over nude scenes which she had not agreed to. The film however never got a release at the time of completion in 1979, as the distributors went under and the film lay in a vault somewhere or other. Jensen Farley aqquired the film in the early 80's and seeing the trend for the younger man / older women film popular at the box office, they decided to market it as that. They however also decided to insert nude scenes into the original film passing them off as Joan.. To make matters worse, they gave Joan top billing, also trying to cash in on her new 'Dynasty' fame, but made the mistake of releasing a poster with a nude models body with Joan's face superimposed on to it!
THE OFFENDING POSTER!
Joan was not too pleased at this and sued the production company, who issued another poster featuring a biking clad model, with Joan's head, this was still not acceptable, finally a suitably 'Dynasty' clad gowned model was attached to Joan's head! Joan however was not the only star to sue, co-star Carrie Snodgress also had her named removed from the film, she was only in the film very briefly..
Although it's always good to see Joan on screen, the film is typically juvenile and apart from Joan has little to recommend..It was released on video in the early 80's by Universal and a few years ago on DVD by VCI.. fans of Joan will want to check it out!..
(c) 2011  Mark McMororw ...

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