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Teasers: The Movies Of '87

January 11, 1987|PAT H. BROESKE and DAVID PECCHIA

"My Demon Lover"--Comedic romance about a man with a problem: Everytime he gets, well, in the mood for love, he is transformed into all kinds of bizarre creatures. A real problem on dates. Charlie Levanthal directs. Stars Scott Valentine, Michelle Little, Robert Trebor. (New Line)

"My Life as a Dog"--All about a 12-year-old Swedish boy named Ingemar living in a small village, circa 1959, where he has typical childhood problems (dealing with girls and bullies) as well as haunting memories of his dead mother and a dog left behind. Written/directed by Lasse Hallstrom. (Skouras)

"Necropolis"--Bruce Hickey writes/directs a thriller about a beautiful--and deadly--witch who menaces the trendy glitterati as she cruises the New York nightclub scene. With Leanne Baker, Michael Conte, Jacquie Fitz. (Empire)

"Nice Girls Don't Explode"--Barbara Harris is a desperate mom who'll do almost anything to keep her teen-age daughter away from boys. So the daughter (Michelle Meyrink) retaliates. Chuck Martinez directs. With Wallace Shawn, William O'Leary. (New World)

Los Angeles Times Sunday January 25, 1987 Home Edition Calendar Page 61 Calendar Desk 3 inches; 106 words Type of Material: Correction
We also erroneously identified the Albert Pyun-directed "Down Twisted." (We called it "Dangerously Close," which was the title of Pyun's last movie.) The Cannon film ("an '80s damsel-in-distress-adventure, a crazy Mexican melodrama and a deadpan comedy--all rolled into one") opens in February.
Skouras Pictures also reports a new title for the story of expatriate poet Gertrude Stein and her companion Alice B. Toklas. It's now "Waiting for the Moon" (not the earlier title, "On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine"). Due in the spring.
And, our apologies to Monique Gabrielle--one of the stars of "Deathstalker II" (due this summer from Concorde/New Horizon). We identified her as a former Penthouse Pet of the Year; turns out she was a Pet of the Month.

"Nightflyers"--Based on a novella by Hugo and Nebula awards-winner George R.R. Martin (this is the first screen adaptation of his work). A group of scientists take a historic space journey in search of the legendary Volcryn, which has witnessed all history since the Big Bang. The flight is imperiled by a clash between two consummate forces. Robert Collector directs Catherine Mary Stewart, Michael Praed, John Standing, Michael Des Barres, James Avery. (New Century/Vista)

"No End"--Krzysztof Kieslowski of Poland directs/co-writes this story of a young lawyer's death--and its effect on those who knew him. With Grazyna Szapolowska, Maria Pakulnis, Aleksander Bardini. (New Yorker Films)

"One Way Out"--When his wife is murdered by unknown assailants, an undercover narcotics detective (Ivan Rogers) with a history of emotional problems (and the habit of playing Russian Roulette) tracks them down. Paul Kyriazi directs. With Sandy Brooke . (Reel Movies International)

"Orion's Belt"--The most ambitious, costly film ever produced in Norway. Three adventurers stumble upon a Soviet military surveillance station off the coast of Norway. Ola Solum directs. With Helge Jordal, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Hans Ola Sorile, Kiersti Holman. (New World)

"Oviri"--A portrait of the artist Gaugin (Donald Sutherland), in turn-of-the-century Paris following his return from Tahiti. Henning Carlsen directs. With Max Von Sydow. (IFM)

"The Penitent"--Raul Julia and Armand Assante in a story based on ceremonies practiced during Lent by groups of Spanish-American Catholics living in isolated villages of northern New Mexico. The rituals include self-flagellation and culminate in an actual reenactment of the Crucifixion. Cliff Osmond writes/directs. With Rona Freed. (New Century/Vista)

"Penitentiary III"--Jamaa Fanaka directs. Leon Isaac Kennedy (of "I" and "II") returns to battle the odds--this time from behind bars. With Jim Bailey in drag as Cleo and Tony Geary as a ruthless Mafia associate. (Cannon)

"Personal Services"--Monty Python's Terry Jones directs a comedy inspired by the life of Cynthia Payne (Julie Walters), the notorious Madame of London. Expect Jones ("Life of Brian" and "The Meaning of Life") to give this bittersweet tale a dose of his quirky style. (Vestron)

"P.K. & the Kid"--In her very first film (made four years ago, when she was 14), Molly Ringwald is a runaway teen who teams with arm-wrestling champ Paul LeMat. Lew Lombardo directs. (Castle Hill)

"Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol"--Omigosh! It's the reteaming of the world's most unlikely crime busters, with the inauguration of an Academy neighborhood-watch training program involving just your ordinary citizens--old folks, young folks, borderline criminals . . . in short, the usual "Police Academy" crowd. Jim Drake directs. Sharon Stone and Bob Goldthwait join "regulars" Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, Michael Winslow, David Graf, Marion Ramsey and (as Commandant Lassard) George Gaynes. (Warners)

"Pretty Smart"--Reading, writing and hijinks at an exclusive girls finishing school in Greece. Dimitri Logothetis directs Patricia Arquette, Tricia Leigh Fisher, Joely Fisher, Dennis Cole, Paris Vaughan. (New World)

"Prick Up Your Ears"--Chronicle of the real-life relationship and 16-year love affair that developed between British working-class youth Ken Halliwell (Alfred Molina) and playwright Joe Orton (Gary Oldman). Orton's fame hastened the deterioration of that love, which ended in 1967, when Halliwell hammered Orton to death--and then killed himself. Stephen Frears directs. With Vanessa Redgrave, Julie Walters, Wallace Shawn. (Goldwyn)

"Princess Academy"--Comedy about eccentric teen girls who disrupt the socially proper curriculum at an exclusive European prep school. Bruce Block directs Eva Gabor, Lu Leonard, Richard Paul, Carole Davis, Lar Park Lincoln. (Empire)

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