Donovan Leitch did an excellent job, in his portrayal of the gawky, awkward, yet charismatic Del Green. The scene was put together from two different locations with the actress actually rushing inside a small storage shed, which was spliced with the underground maintenance area which was in a another location. The characters are such that you really care about what happens to them. Perry Parkeris a prime example of this. Brittany is furious that her best friend Kelly deceived her when she overhears her explaining the situation of her missing sister to Adrien. Case in point: Because I missed the opening, I had no idea what movie this was while I was watching it, but I could tell right away it had been made in the 80s even though it was obviously set in the 60s.
The locale's, mostly Cheltenham,Philadelphia and Wildwood touch a nerve of conciousness to all who livedthrough that turbulent time period. In 1960s Philadelphia, Perry Parker is a local dance-show host who aspires to rival. It is a heartfeltcoming of age movie for a young man growing up in the 50 - 60's. Adrien shows up at the country club dressed as Brittany's older sister. Del feels used by Vicky and refuses to be a party to her secret romance. Nevertheless, Del tells Gail, that he want to go and try out as one of the dancers, on the Perry Parker show.
An associate producer tells him the show isgetting low ratings and that the type of music he has on his show won'twork. At first I simply took a lookand then moved on but I found myself coming back and by about the thirdtripback I was hooked. But with a stroke of luck, and some clever thinking, Del get into the set of Perry's show. It was a step in the wrong direction, but this film serves as atime capsule. She wears a leather headband, mini-skirt and high top suede boots, and Del is stunned by her new appearance as they listen to. One of the main stars of a dance show, she has to be one of the least talented dancers in the movie and the most watched. Though Del is a scholar, he loves to dance to songs on the radio.
It wasn't even horrible in an odd funny way, like Hardbodies or Coneheads. Del's school, Cheltenham High, is the alma mater of hall of famer Reggie Jackson, who, according to the time period of the movie, had just graduated the year before. The glamor of the Perry Parker show, including the dancers, is palpable. Teen love, angst, peer pressure, and the desire to find out who we really are; this movie has it all. But Del is unaware that he's just being used by Vicki, as part of her convoluted plan, to run away to California with Dugan, without her father finding out. A topless scene where Brittany Susan Ward goes to Adrien's Lori Heuring room to change her shirt.
I also liked the spot-on 60s radio jingles and commercials, that Del was listening to on his portable transistor radio. It took me almost the whole movie to really get what was going on, and a lot of time it felt as if there were entire chunks of the movie missing. I'm notsayingthe acting is great in fact most of the actors are bad but thespiritof teen dance shows is alive and making you want to get up andboogie. He also digs the Perry Parker show, which is an after school teen dance show, much like American Bandstand. Hopefully people shall take a better liking to it when they see itagain in the future. While not a classic, itis certainly better than it should be.
Saying that i like all the teenage music films like hairspray, shag, footloose etc. Hearing the fight everyone gathers outside to witness that Brittany is insane and that she killed her sister. Overall it's a mediocre movie. Del takes the chance and his first appearance with Vicky is a big hit. It is unfortunate for this film that so many great films have been made about Rock and Roll of the early 60's.
Gail thinks that Del's infatuation with Vicki, is just Del's 'hood fantasy', and that he ought to wise-up, and forget about Viki. The biggest problem is perhaps the script that doesn't create much tension or deep involvement. And lots of kids snuck out of school early then, to try to get on the local dance programs. I even tried to find it 2nd-hand to buy. Adrien heads back to the country club, where everyone is attending an end-of-summer party. Yeah it's a little campy and it is a dance movie but I found myself wanting to watch and even dance a little. Philly in1965 was a nice suburban city, with a core of hoods and blacks who broughtspirit and life to the City of Brotherly Love.
Yet the next scene continues on as if they did. He tries to tell hisdancers that if Dick Clark fails the network may want to look for areplacement, like his own show for instance. The plot follows him as he lives his new life in his new world. The movie is wholesome and engaging. The story line is not much, dealing with teen-age romance and growing pains, and with the difficulties of trying to fit into the currently popular styles, whatever they may be, but it's not terrible either. The second part of the movie deals with Perry Parker himself, played bythat great actor Joe Pantoliano. The stationmanager Blake Soper has no use for Parker or his dance show and wantssomething else.
The gritty, urban environment of the Perry Parker show, and the mid-60s ruffians, are very authentic. Teenlove,angst, peer pressure, and the desire to find out who we really are; thismovie has it all. The movie to me was campy at first but the more I saw it the more I lovedit. The fan response is overwhelming, and Perry decides to turn Del into a star, but Del finds fame is not all he had imagined, and he misses his old friends and lifestyle. By the way, the dancing is kinda' cool, but boy some of the moves look like 80s break dancing instead of 60s jive. All I can guess is that it brought back too many bad memories of the reviewer's teen-age years, teen-age angst being one of the things with which this movie deals. He should try Mitch Miller instead says the producer.