Can't Buy Me Love
Patrick Dempsey................Ronald Miller Amanda Peterson...............Cindy Mancini Seth Green..........................Chuckie Miller Courtney Gains...................Kenneth Wurman Darcey Demoss...................Patty Ami Dolenz.........................Fran Devin DeVasquez................Iris
"Money can buy popularity but it..........." Director: Steve Rash
Peter Lyons Collister........Dir. of Photography Jerram Swartz..................Assistant Director Randal Feemster..............Camera Operator Anne McCaffrey...............Location Manager Caro Jones........................Casting Director Donald Light Harris.........Production Designer Christian W. Russhon.......Set Decorator Gregory Poe.....................Costume DesignerB Paula Abdul......................Choreographer
Released: August 14, 1987 94 minutes PG13
Estimated between $2.7 $2.9 Million Shot Entirely within Tucson, Arizona
Synopsis Eighties high school film "Can't Buy Me Love" (1987) is the classic tale of the geek winning the heart of the head cheerleader. Ronald Miller (Patrick Dempsey) is plagued by the selfrealization that his geek status has alienated him from both popularity and the girl of his dreams. Head cheerleader, Cindy Mancini (Amanda Peterson), finds herself desperately needing one thousand dollars to bail herself out of trouble. Ronald negotiates to rent Cindy for one month. A pretend relationship that's 5 suppose to elevate Ronald's high school status while getting to spend time with Cindy. The truth comes out and the backlash annihilates Ronald leaving him without any status in the world of high school. Ronald makes a heartfelt speech about friendship. Cindy gives in to her emotions to give Ronald a second chance. The two ride off together into the Arizona sunset for a happily ever after.
Run time 94 Minutes
“It is a strong, taut drama Locations • In 1986 during filming the B which builds to AWARDS a climax LOCATIONS Christmas scenes it actually almost painfully tense” Winterhaven neighborhood, Pima Air Museum snowed in Tucson. The producers (6000 E. Valencia Road) Scoops (2910 E. • Patrick Dempsey Won for -Paul V. Beckley, New YorkBest Speedway Boulevard), Hill Farm House, didn't think anyone would believe Young Actor in a Motion Picture Critical Reception and Reviews Herald Tribune, Tucson High School (400 N. 2nd. Avenue also snow on a cactus so the Art Comedy Euclid & 6th Street), Tucson Mall (4500 N. Department had to scrape off the 6 August 1957 Oracle Road), Speedway Blvd. snow everywhere. • Amanda Peterson Nominated for Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy
Based on the Original Screenplay by Issued: 4282010
Michael Swerdlick 1
Who wrote the Remake Screenplay for
Love Don't Cost a Thing (2003) D
The ending "into the sunset shot" was on the daily call sheet everyday for a couple of weeks Original working title was "Boy till the perfect sunset was Rents Girl" Adaptation captured. 4 A house in Winterhaven doubled
settings: first as Kenneth's house and second as the interior set for the New Year's Eve Party. The road used for cruising is Speedway Blvd. LIFE magazine in 1972 called it E the "Ugliest main street in America"
Tucson High School received $5,000 for letting the school be used as a movie set. Rash shot the 8 film NonUnion. SAG Reps went to the school to discourage C student participation.
Interview with Location Manager Anne McCaffrey "The film's success as a summer blockbuster hit was a total surprise, making about 30 million in the first summer.....I love Tucson, It is a very special place and offers so much to filmmakers. There are so many "looks" to the city and surrounding areas, making it a very optimal place to shoot. I have worked on so many films there, and jump at the chance every time to return." Special Thanks to:
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Anne McCaffrey Peter Catalanotte Dr. Jenkins Tucson Film Office University of Arizona Media Arts Department Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau Pima Air and Space Museum Independent Film association of Southern Arizona (IFASA) Winterhaven Neighborhood Association Hill Farm Homeowners Association (HFHOA) Touchstone Pictures Tucson Mall Tucson High School The Film Index International Internet Movie Database
October > 1986
F < The Loft Cinema on Speedway Boulevard. In 1987 the theater was called the Twin Theaters
F < KFC in 2010
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F < Cindy Mancini's house. Farm Hill House Clubhouse to this suburb neighborhood on Ft.Lowell The community was brand new. The yard didn't have any grass. The Art Department had to lay out the entire lawn. The House remains the same.
Film format 35mm Original aspect ratio 1.37:1 Adjusted to 1.85:1 • • •
Patrick Dempsey currently appears on "Grey's Anatomy" as 'McDreamy' Dempsey has a men's fragrance called "Unscripted" sold through AVON. Dempsey auditioned for the role of Duckie in "Pretty in Pink" and for Dr. Gregory House on "House M.D." Dempsey opened the Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in
Cinematographic process used Spherical Laboratory Deluxe Production Companies: Twisted Pictures/ Evolution Entertainment, Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners III
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Amanda Peterson left acting in 1995 Peterson did over thirtyfive commercials before the age of fourteen. Peterson lives in Colorado with her husband and children. Peterson attended Colorado State University and is known to be involved with their theater program.
Distributor: Buena Vista F
The helicopter for the final pretend date was on a real HH43F Huskie [registration #591583]. The helicopter was donated by USAF to Tucson's Pima Air & Space Museum in 1977. After filming, the helicopter was converted into a civilian helicopter and sold [registration # N100PL]. Between 1991 and 1994 the helicopter was damaged four times and changed owners three times. On September 25, 1999, the helicopter crashed outside of Phoenix killing the pilot and crew. It was declared an "In flight breakup for reasons yet undetermined."
MOVIE REVIEWS "Has you laughing out loud!" "The obvious, to thine own selfbetrue San Francisco Chronicle (August 1987). moral is evident long before it's needlessly spelled out. At the heart of this film though is a desire to teach a "Has originality, wit and most more subtle lesson about rising above important style!" expectations. At that this move San Antonio ExpressNews (1987). inspiringly succeeds in more ways than one." "Dempsey has a charm about him not Cunneff, Tom. People Weekly. (September 1987) :14. unlike John Cusack and even in certain "Sensitive, warm and funny... a super moments, Woody Allen." Variety 328 (1987):13. film!" KARETV, Minneapolis/St. Paul (1987).
Tucson Mall < 2010
Tucson Mall enterance 1980's 2010>
The Tucson Mall's second floor, facing the JC Penny department store, is the mall's establishing shot. The film crew had permission to be inside to film Cindy's attempted dress exchange. However the mall stores did not give their consent. So, the Art Department placed plastic trees and plants to obscure store names. The camera crew pulled focus to keep only the foreground in focus.
< 2010 1st floor, area is now a Cinnabon
Tucson High School
A D < 2010 Site of T.H.S.'s original athletic field 1986 >
B Locations Offshoots: Tremors 2: Aftershocks Tremors 3: Back to Perfection Tremors 4: The Legend Begins The school has made dramatic changes Tremors: The Series over time; but behind the concrete
assistive ramp is still the same perfectly preserved spot where Cindy and Ronald had an impromptu wardrobe adjustment before entering as the happy fake couple.
A total of five 1966 Thunderbird convertibles were used during filming.
Curated By Reyna Burruel 4