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Movies Will Be Great in '88--Or Maybe Not . . .

January 17, 1988|PAT H. BROESKE and DAVID PECCHIA

"Pass the Ammo"--Satiric comedy about a corrupt TV evangelist (Tim Curry) whose sinful ways are exposed when a young couple tries to recoup money the not-so-reverent Reverend and his wife bilked from their family. Believe it or don't, this project was shooting before the Jim Bakker scandal broke. David Beaird ("My Chauffeur") directs. With Bill Paxton (the crazed marine of "Aliens"), Linda Kozlowski (Crocodile Dundee's girlfriend), Annie Potts. (New Century/Vista)

"The Penitent"--Love triangle in a small New Mexico village during the 40 days of Lent where the so-called Penitentes reenact the final passion of Christ, up to and including the actual crucifixion. Raul Julia, Fona Freed, Armand Assante, Julie Carmen star. Cliff Osmond writes/makes his directorial debut. (New Century/Vista)

"Permanent Record"--A group of young people coping with the death of a close friend. Marisa Silver directs Alan Boyce, Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Rubin, Michelle Meyrink. (Paramount)

"Phantom Empire"--Fred Olen Ray co-writes/produces/directs this lost world opus, all about an archaeologist's daughter, down-and-out adventurers, "a geologist with a mysterious power over women," and--no kidding--an amazon from another planet (action queen Sybil Danning) who rules over the lost world " with an iron hand and chest." Phew! All this and monsters, too! And Russ Tamblyn, Robert Quarry and Jeffrey Combs. (Distribution pending)

FOR THE RECORD - Imperfections
Los Angeles Times Sunday January 24, 1988 Home Edition Calendar Page 95 Calendar Desk 3 inches; 80 words Type of Material: Correction
Pat H. Broeske and David Pecchia report that they found some mistakes among the 500-plus entries in their epic "Sneaks '88" article last week.
For starters, Martin Brest is producing/directing--but not writing--"Midnight Run." The screenwriter is George Gallo.
Also, actress Dianne Hull's name was misspelled in the listing for "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking." "Out of the Dark" and "Bulletproof" are both CineTel releases (as opposed to distribution pending).
And "Crystalstone," "Meatballs IV" and "Leprechaun" will be distributed by TMS Pictures.
Los Angeles Times Sunday January 31, 1988 Home Edition Calendar Page 95 Calendar Desk 2 inches; 56 words Type of Material: Correction
Irene Walzer of Trans World Entertainment was disappointed that two of her company's movies were somehow deprived of their proper listing spots in Calendar's recent "Sneaks '88" extravaganza. "Full Moon in Blue Water," starring Gene Hackman, Teri Garr and Burgess Meredith, was missing from the Labor Day through Christmas section, as was "Hardcover," starring Jenny Wright and Clayton Rohner.

"Phoenix The Warrior"--"First there was nuclear war, then conventional war, then the Chromosome Wars." So men have all but disappeared from the earth and bands of savage women ravage the landscape. When a beautiful woman in battle gear hits the scene--with a man in tow ("therefore assuring the survival of mankind"), it's all-out war! Robert Hayes directs. With Persis Khambatta and Kathleen Kinmont. (Action International)

"Pin"--Following the death of their physician father, a boy and girl have only Pin, a life-sized anatomical dummy their father used to educate his patients, for a pal. The boy believes Pin to be "real"; the girl knows better--but doesn't suspect her brother's madness. When she falls in love with an old schoolmate, brotherly love leads to terror. Sandor Stern writes/directs. (New World)

"Plain Clothes"--Comedy thriller about a young police detective (Arliss Howard) who goes undercover at a high school when his brother is suspected of murder. Martha Coolidge directs. With George Wendt, Suzy Amis, Diane Ladd, Abe Vigoda, Seymour Cassel, Robert Stack. (Paramount)

"Playing Away"--Culture-clash time when a black cricket team goes to a small town outside London for a match against a wealthy, middle-class white team. Horace Ove directs the drama. (Alive)

"Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach"--Quick, someone call a cop! They've made another! With familiar faces (sans Steve Guttenberg's): George Gaynes, Bubba Smith, Michael Winslow, etc. The rest of the culprits: Paul Maslansky producer, Alan Myerson director; Stephen J. Curwick writer. (Warners)

"The Prince of Pennsylvania"--Screenwriter Ron Nyswaner ("Mrs. Soffel," "Smithereens") makes his directing debut and writes this quirky coming-of-age comedy about a teen who schemes to kidnap his macho dad to more fairly distribute the family's newfound wealth. The ubiquitous Keanu Reeves stars--along with Amy Madigan, Bonnie Bedelia and Fred Ward. (New Line)

"Pulse"--Zzzzzzap! Horror pic in which electricity takes charge--literally--and becomes a monstrous force that takes control of a household. Paul Golding writes/directs. With Cliff De Young, Roxanne Hart, Joey Lawrence. (Columbia)

"Punchline"--David Seltzer writes/directs. Dramatic comedy about love, relationships and the dreams of two aspiring stand-up comics. With Sally Field, Tom Hanks, John Goodman, Mark Rydell. (Columbia)

"Rage to Kill"--American medical students are taken prisoner in an island military coup. Ah, but one of those students has a tough guy-to-the-rescue type brother. David Winters writes/directs/produces. With James Ryan, Oliver Reed, Cameron Mitchell. (Action International)

"Rented Lips"--Martin Mull writes/stars as a "serious" documentary film maker who's promised the financing for his next well-intentioned project (about obscure Indian farming techniques) if he'll finish a low-budget porn film (whose original director, Pat McCormick, was killed by some kinky apparatus). Robert Downey directs a cast including son Robert Downey Jr., Jennifer Tilly, Kenneth Mars and real-life sexy star Edy Williams. (New Century/Vista)

"The Rescue"--It's teens to the rescue, when their fathers--Navy SEALS (Sea, Air, Land Specialists)--are kidnaped and imprisoned in a Commie miliary prison. Ferdinand Fairfax directs Charles Haid, Edward Albert, Kevin Dillon, Ned Vaughn, Christina Harnos. (Buena Vista)

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