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In the Mood (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 16 September 1987 (USA)
Based upon the true story of "Sonny" Wisecarver. In 1944, Sonny made headlines nationwide due to his affairs with 2 older adult women. (ie. He was so irresistible, that he was a danger to ... See full summary »

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Robert Kosberg (story) (as Bob Kosberg), Phil Alden Robinson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Dempsey ... Ellsworth 'Sonny' Wisecarver
Talia Balsam ... Judy Cusimano
Beverly D'Angelo ... Francine Glatt
Michael Constantine ... Mr. Wisecarver
Betty Jinnette Betty Jinnette ... Mrs. Wisecarver
Kathleen Freeman ... Mrs. Marver, The Landlady
Peter Hobbs ... The Judge
Tony Longo ... Carlo, Judy's Husband
Douglas Rowe ... Uncle Clete
Ernie Lively ... Chief Kelsey (Papa Bear) (as Ernie Brown)
Kim Myers ... Wendy, The Usherette
Brian McNamara ... George
Dana Short Dana Short ... Alberta
Joshua Cadman ... Tony (as Josh Cadman)
Nan Woods ... Madeline
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Based upon the true story of "Sonny" Wisecarver. In 1944, Sonny made headlines nationwide due to his affairs with 2 older adult women. (ie. He was so irresistible, that he was a danger to women everywhere) Eventually being taken to court by the local authorities. He was only 15. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Woo Woo Kid See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,118, 20 September 1987

Gross USA:

$999,382

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$999,382
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Comedian Douglas Benson worked as the stand-in for Patrick Dempsey. See more »

Quotes

Sonny: What kind of champagne do you have?
Waitress: Schlitz.
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Referenced in Dallas: Farlow's Follies (1988) See more »

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Memories of You
Written by Eubie Blake & Andy Razaf
© 1930 Shapiro Bernstein & Co., Inc.
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Funny, exaggerated Love Story.
6 April 2004 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

In the Mood is like a 1940s version of Loverboy, which also starred Dempsey in the role of a young kid who manages to 'woo' older women while desperately trying to make things work with a girl his own age.

For those rent the video version, you'll get the mini-documentary of Sonny Elsworth Wisecarver, the man who's life 'In the Mood' is supposed to be based on. I'm not sure if this is shown during television broadcasts of the movie. But, even with the documentary of real-life Elsworth, it still seems hard to believe that the Woo Woo Kid shared the headlines with Hitler (the movie takes place during the second world war) unless of course, they were just small town headlines.

It is a nice romantic comedy. Wisecarver (Dempsey) narrates his days as a love struck 15 year-old who's wild romances become exaggeratingly probed by the press and law enforcement, making him the idol of young teenagers, the grievance of adults, and earns him the nickname, the 'Woo Woo Kid.' All he wanted was to meet a nice girl his own age. But that seems like one tough task for Wisecarver to accomplish. It all begins with a marriage to a 21 year-old married woman who Dempsey tries to help save from a rotten, abusive husband. After making the headlines, Wisecarver is the target of all the older ladies looking to get their hand on the romantic, but naive young man.

It is a funny little film and one you'll likely enjoy if you've like Dempsey's and Brian MacNamara's (he plays Wisecarver's friend) early 80s movies. Especially good in this movie are Michael Constantine (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) as Wisecarver's clueless dad, and Beverly D'Angelo as one of Wisecarvers girlfriends (sort of). It is a funny idea that a young boy's love life is so ridiculously probed by everyone as he's just trying to get along.


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