(out of 5)
Something of a shallow version of American Graffiti, this music-filled comedy takes place in the sixties on the last night that a local diner will be serving food before closing. The joint is popular with the teenagers, so they decide to pay tribute to a dying era by spending an entire evening trashing the city in an effort to create a night worth remembering. Goofy, mindless comedies like these were a dime a dozen in the early eighties, but two elements elevate this one high above its contemporaries: a soundtrack that never stops pounding out hit after Wolfman-Jacked hit, and a tender sense of nostalgia that affects every frame. The laughs are good and plentiful, and you even get to see Michelle Pfeiffer, Tony Danza and Fran Drescher in the earliest stages of their careers. Rent it, for a party or for yourself, it’s a terrific movie.
Directed by Floyd Mutrux
Cinematography by William A. Fraker
Produced by Richard Lederer
Production Design by Lee Fischer
Costume Design by Darryl Levine
Cast Tags: Al Chalk, Al White, Arnold McCuller, Art LaFleur, Ben Truluck,Bill Lytle, Butch Rose, Carl Weaver, Carol Ann Williams, Charles Stewart, Chris Somma, Chuck Cooper, Daniel Davies, Dave Sebastian Williams,Dawn Clark, Debi Hampton, Deborah Kelly, Debra Feuer, Debra Middleton, Demetre Phillips, Dennis W. Cothran, Denyse Diane, Doris Hargrave,Duane LaDage, Ed Morgan, Fran Drescher, Frederick Rule, Gailard Sartain, Garry Goodrow, Gary Graham, Gary Prendergast, Gene D. Jackson, Glenn Withrow, Gordon Kimball Johnson, Greg Green, Harold ‘Red’ Keller, Herbert Bress, Humble Harve Miller, Jack Haddock, Jack Kimoto, James Jeter, Jerry Brutsche, Joey Camen, JoMarie Payton, Joyce Hyser, Julius Averitt, Justine Visone, Ken Hixon, Kim Hopkins, Leigh French,Marc Jefferson, Michele Drake, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mike Binder, Mina Kolb, Moosie Drier, Norman Lee, Otis Young, P.R. Paul, Pat Hemingway, Penny Miller, Phil Berle, Randy Gornel, Ray O’Bryan, Rhonda Black, Richard Schaal, Robert Wuhl, Roberta Wallach, Sandy Helberg, Steve Ballard, Stuart Pankin, T.K. Carter, Teri Taylor, Tody Smith, Tony Danza, Tony Nancy, Val Zeller, Virginia Petto, Walter Janovitz, Wes Black, Will Thornbury