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O.C. and Stiggs (1985)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 1985 (USA)
O.C. and Stiggs aren't your average unhappy teenagers. They not only despise their suburban surroundings, they plot against it. They seek revenge against the middle class Schwab family, who embody all they detest: middle class.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

Tod Carroll (stories), Ted Mann (stories) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Jenkins ... O.C. (as Daniel H. Jenkins)
Neill Barry ... Stiggs
Jane Curtin ... Elinore Schwab
Paul Dooley ... Randall Schwab
Jon Cryer ... Randall Schwab Jr.
Laura Lanoil ... Lenore Schwab (as Laura Urstein)
Victor Ho Victor Ho ... Frankie Tang
Ray Walston ... Gramps
Donald May ... Jack Stiggs
Carla Borelli ... Stella Stiggs
Stephanie Elfrink Stephanie Elfrink ... Missie Stiggs
Amanda Hull Amanda Hull ... Debbie Stiggs
James Gilsenan James Gilsenan ... Barney Beaugereaux
Tina Louise ... Florence Beaugereaux
Cynthia Nixon ... Michelle
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O.C. and Stiggs aren't your average unhappy teenagers. They not only despise their suburban surroundings, they plot against it. They seek revenge against the middle class Schwab family, who embody all they detest: middle class.

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Taglines:

Adventures in upper middle class suburbia.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Utterly Monstrous Mind - Roasting Summer of O.C. & Stiggs See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,273, 12 July 1987

Gross USA:

$29,815

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,815
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

British Film Institute stated that this film was "probably [director Robert] Altman's least successful film". See more »

Goofs

Wino Bob has a very strong pulse visible at the side of his neck as O.C. and Stiggs cross his hands after discovering he is dead. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Gramps: [meeting his new nurse] Hey, if you're gonna be hanging around the house, I need to know two things.
Nurse: What are those?
Gramps: Can you make huevos rancheros?
Nurse: Oh, I can manage that.
Gramps: Good. Now, what's your story on menopause, huh?
Nurse: I always pause for men, Harry.
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Connections

References Brewster McCloud (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Mo Ti Mo
(song title uncredited)
Written by King Sunny Ade
Performed by King Sunny Ade and his African Beats
Special music and appearance by King Sunny Ade and his AFRICAN BEATS
Courtesy of Island Records, Ltd.
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30 November 1998 | by hesbySee all my reviews

I really wanted to like this movie, mainly because I laughed my ass off reading the 36-page odessey of O.C. & Stiggs in National Lampoon. Naively, I thought that an otherwise great director like Robert Altman could show us the wickedly funny side of hard-core juvenile delinquency. Instead, he lets us down by stripping away almost all of the mean-spiritedness that made the story so hilarious. All that's left are some wishy-washy hijinks from a couple of kids trying to look cute. Perhaps Danny Boyle, the director of "Trainspotting", could have done more justice to the story.

The movie is not entirely worthless, though. Occasional gems from the story survive in Altman's adaptation, and Altman's trademarked style is as evident as ever. Each scene is almost littered with celebrities, and there are plenty of layers of dialogue that no other contemporary director pulls off as well as Altman.

Phoenicians can entertain themselves during lulls in the movie by spotting local landmarks. Overall, you could do worse on a dollar rental, but you really should read the story to appreciate the little bits that survived in the film.


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