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Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis (born November 22, 1958) is an American film actress and author of children's books. Although she was initially known as a "scream queen" because of her starring roles in many horror films early in her career such as Halloween, The Fog, Prom Night and Terror Train, Curtis has since compiled a body of work that covers many genres. Her 1998 book, Today I Feel Silly, and Other Moods That Make My Day, made the best-seller list in The New York Times. She is married to actor Christopher Guest (Lord Haden-Guest) and, as the wife of a lord, is titled Lady Haden-Guest, but she chooses not to use the title when in the United States. She is currently the spokeswoman for Activia. She is also a blogger for The Huffington Post online newspaper.

Curtis was born in Los Angeles, California, the child of actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. Her paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Hungary. Curtis's parents divorced in 1962 and her mother then married Robert Brandt. Curtis has an older sister, Kelly Curtis, who is also an actress, and several half-siblings (all from her father's remarriages), Alexandra, Allegra, Ben, and Nicholas Curtis (who died in 1994 of a drug overdose). Curtis attended both Westlake School in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills High School, but graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall. Returning to California in 1976, Jamie attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Jamie considered majoring in social work, but left after a semester in order to pursue a career in acting.

Curtis's film debut was the 1978 horror Halloween, playing the role of Laurie Strode, the only central teenage character in the film who is not killed. The film was a major success and was considered the highest grossing independent film of its time, earning status as a classic horror film. Curtis was subsequently cast in several horror films, garnering her the title of a "scream queen".

Her next film following Halloween was the horror film, The Fog, which was directed by "Halloween" director John Carpenter. The film opened in February 1980 to mixed reviews but strong box office, further cementing Curtis as a horror film starlet. Her next film, Prom Night, was a low-budget Canadian slasher film released in July 1980. The film, for which she earned a Genie Award nomination for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress, was similar in style to Halloween, yet received negative reviews which marked it as a disposable entry in the then active "slasher film" genre. That year, Curtis also starred in Terror Train, which opened in October and met with a negative reaction akin to Prom Night. Both films performed only moderately well at the box office. Curtis had a similar function in both films - the main character whose friends are murdered, and is practically the only protagonist to survive. Film critic Roger Ebert, who had given negative reviews to all three of Curtis' 1980 films, said that Curtis "is to the current horror film glut what Christopher Lee was to the last one-or Boris Karloff was in the 1930s". Curtis later appeared in Halloween II, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later and Halloween: Resurrection, as well as giving an uncredited voice role in Halloween III.

Her role in 1983's Trading Places and 1984's "Love Letters" helped establish Curtis as a sex symbol, featuring her first on screen nude scenes, and leaving her horror queen image behind. 1988's A Fish Called Wanda achieved near cult status -- while showcasing her as a first rate comic actress. She won a Golden Globe for her work in 1994's True Lies. Her recent successful film roles include Disney's Freaky Friday (2003), opposite Lindsay Lohan. The movie was filmed at Palisades High School in Pacific Palisades, California, near where Curtis and Guest make their home with their children. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in this movie.

Spending Christmas with the Kranks, she convinced Reader's Digest "... that telling the truth is something she does all the time".

In October 2006, Curtis told Access Hollywood that she has closed the book on her acting career to focus on family. However, she has reportedly returned to acting after she was cast in June 2007 in Disney's live-action-animated film, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, co-starring opposite Piper Perabo as one of two live-action characters in the film.

Curtis made her TV debut in an episode of Columbo, but her first starring role was opposite Richard Lewis in the situation comedy Anything But Love. She appeared as nurse Lt. Duran in the short-lived television series of Operation Petticoat; based on the big-screen version which stars her real-life father. Her role as Hannah Miller received both a Golden Globe and People's Choice Award. She also earned a Golden Globe nomination for her work in TNT's adaptation of the Wendy Wasserstein play The Heidi Chronicles.She was a regular on the series, "Operation Petticoat." More recently, Curtis starred in the CBS television movie Nicholas' Gift, for which she received an Emmy nomination. Curtis also appeared in the science fiction series, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and an early episode of The Drew Carey Show. Jamie Lee Curtis also appeared as a panelist on episodes of Match Game.

Working with illustrator Laura Cornell, Curtis has written a number of critically-acclaimed children's books, all published by HarperCollins Children's Books.

In 1987, Curtis filed a US patent application that subsequently issued as Patent No. 4,753,647. This is a modification of a diaper with a moisture proof pocket containing wipes that can be taken out and used with one hand. Curtis has refused to allow her invention to be marketed until companies start selling biodegradable diapers.

Curtis married actor Christopher Guest on December 18, 1984, becoming Lady Haden-Guest when her husband inherited the Barony of Haden-Guest in 1996, upon the death of his father. The couple have two adopted children, Anne Haden Guest (born 1986) and Thomas Haden Guest (born 1996). In addition, Curtis is actor Jake Gyllenhaal's godmother.

On her website, children's author Curtis tells her young readers that she "moonlights as an actor, photographer, and closet organizer." She takes time to support various philanthropic groups. Curtis was Guest of Honor at the 11th annual Gala and Fundraiser in 2003 for Women in Recovery, Inc., a Venice, California-based non-profit organization offering a live-in, twelve-step program of rehabilitation for women in need. Past Honorees of this organization include Sir Anthony Hopkins; the 2005 honoree was Angela Lansbury. Curtis is also involved in the work of the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, serving as host for the organization's Dream Halloween event in Los Angeles in October 2007.

Curtis appears on the cover of the May/June 2008 issue of AARP Magazine, sporting gray hair and in water up to her chest.

During California's 2008 General Election, Jamie Lee Curtis appeared in the "YES on Prop 3" TV ads.

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Halloween H20: 20 Years Later


Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later also known as Halloween: H20 is the seventh film in the Halloween film series. Initially released in the United States on Wednesday, August 5, 1998, it was released in several European countries as well as Singapore, Israel, Australia, and Mexico in the months that followed.

This is the first film about the Michael Myers character to not feature Donald Pleasence. Pleasence had died shortly before the release of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers thus off-setting one of the key components of the series. This chapter is meant to be a direct sequel to Halloween II. The "H20" in the title refers to the film taking place in continuity (as well as the sequel and having been made) twenty years after the original. This is evident in the "20 Years Later" subtitle, not to water as some may think. Identifying films with abbreviations in marketing has been common since Terminator 2: Judgement Day (T2) in 1991.

The original working title for the film was Halloween 7: The Revenge Of Laurie Strode, due to this being a sequel to Halloween II, the title was, however, changed to Halloween: H20.

The movie features the return of Curtis's character from the first two Halloween films, Laurie Strode, now revealed to be living under the assumed name "Keri Tate". As Tate, Laurie has a seemingly perfect life with an intelligent son and a boyfriend, a great career (as a head mistress at a private boarding school in Northern California); however, Laurie is far from happy. The tragic events from 20 years previous still haunt her mind, and strongly take effect on her parental capabilities. To everyone, this is "just another Halloween," however Laurie still lives in constant fear.

But this year is different. Marion Chambers and her neighbours are murdered by Michael after he steals a file on Laurie Strode. Michael leaves to find Laurie. To mark the 20th anniversary of the happenings of 1978, her brother, serial killer Michael Myers, appears, and starts killing off her co-workers and students one by one. And for the first time in two decades, they meet again. Laurie escapes, but chooses to go back to the school to challenge Michael in a fight to the death. She finds him and attempts killing him several times. She finally pushes him off a balcony, causing him to apparently fall to his death, similar to the first film.

The police come and clean the mess and put Michael's corpse in a body bag, and in an ambulance. Laurie steals the ambulance with Michael's body in the back, but Michael is still alive and escapes the body bag, and again tries to kill her. She slams on the brakes, throwing him through the windshield. She then tries unsuccessfully to run him over. The vehicle tumbles down a cliff but she escapes, while Michael is trapped between it and a tree. He reaches out to her. She reaches for his hand, but then remembers everything he's done to her. She then pulls back and chops his head off with an axe, finally killing him. Michael's head rolls down the hill. Sirens are then heard approaching. Is this the end of Michael Myers?

Director Steve Miner also has an uncredited cameo as the School Financial Advisor.

On the HALLOWEEN 30th Anniversary convention they said that Anchor Bay Entertainment is in talks with Buena Vista Home Entertainment to release the Unrated Producer's Cut For The 6th Film, and also Unrated and Extended versions of Halloween H20 and Halloween: Resurrection.

John Carpenter was originally in the running to be the director for this particular follow-up since Jamie Lee Curtis wanted to reunite the cast and crew of the original to have active involvement in it. While it was believed that Carpenter, himself, opted out because he wanted no active part in the sequel this is not the case. Carpenter agreed to direct the movie, but his starting fee as director was 10 million dollars. Carpenter rationalized this by believing the hefty fee was compensation for revenue he never received from the original Halloween. A matter that was still a bit of contention between Carpenter and Akkad even after twenty years had passed. When Akkad balked at Carpenter's fee Carpenter walked away from the project.

Writer/Producer Kevin Williamson was involved in various areas of production on this particular sequel including coming up with the treatment that the film was based on. Although not directly credited, he provided rewrites in character dialogue, which is seen heavily throughout the teen moments. Miramax/Dimension Films felt his involvement as a co-executive producer merited being credited.

The original music score was composed by John Ottman, but some music from Scream was added to the chase scenes later on during post-production. John Ottman expressed some displeasure about this action in an interview featured on the Halloween: 25 Years of Terror DVD released in 2006. Ottman's score was supplemented with Marco Beltrami's scores from Scream, Scream 2, and Mimic by a team of music editors as well as new cues written by Beltrami during the final days of sound mixing on the film. Dimension Films chief Bob Weinstein demanded the musical changes after being dissatisfied with Ottman's score.

The song "What's This Life For" by hard rock band Creed was featured in the movie during a party sequence and is also heard during the credits of the film.

As said on Halloween: 25 Years of Terror, Halloween H20 had scenes re-shot due to complaints of the Myers mask used in the film. Scenes that could not be re-shot had a cgi mask replace them frame by frame. Four masks were made for the film.

In terms of total gross, Halloween: H20 is the second highest grossing film in the Halloween series, behind the 2007 Halloween remake directed by Rob Zombie. It was released on August 5, 1998 in the US and later in many other countries. H20 cost $17 million to make and made over $55 million in domestic box office sales. As for DVD/Video rentals, the film made over $21 million.

The critical reception for H20 was a mixed rating of 50% with the general consensus being that it was the best of many sequels but still paled in comparison to the original.

As originally conceived, the plot device in which Laurie had faked her death was written explicitly to account for her reported "death" in Halloween 4, and the original story treatment for H20 acknowledged the events depicted in the fourth through sixth films in the series, including the existence and death of Laurie's daughter, Jamie Lloyd. However, the filmmakers ultimately chose to ignore the continuity of the previous three sequels. Although Laurie's faked death remained in the script, the scenes mentioning Jamie were removed from the story, and the film's dialogue was adjusted to indicate that Michael Myers had not been heard from in the twenty years since the night depicted in the first two films.

Michael's 20 missing years are explained in the comic book Halloween: Sam, which also explains what happened to Loomis in the new continuity and further goes on to explain that Loomis and Laurie both knew he would return and she was placed in a witness protection program. The new continuity explains that Michael's body was never recovered from the hospital.

Halloween H20 also features the return of Nurse Marion Chambers-Wittington, who appeared in the first two films as an associate of Dr. Loomis. In Halloween, she was the nurse who drove with Loomis to the asylum when Myers made his escape, and she returned in Halloween II.

The Halloween comic book series, published by Chaos Comics in 2001, attempted to bridge the continuity between Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and Halloween H20, but in doing so made the plot of Halloween: Resurrection (unreleased at the time) impossible.

Some scenes that were dropped from the other three movies were placed in H20. One was when Laurie is hiding under a table in the dinning hall, Michael starts flipping the tables over. This was originaly going to be placed in Halloween 4, in the scene where Michael chases Jamie into the school. She was going to hide under a desk and Michael was going to flip the desks over. This was dropped due to time reasons and Moustapha Akkad remembered it and placed it in H20.

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Halloween: Resurrection

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Halloween: Resurrection is a 2002 horror film and the eighth installment in the Halloween film series. Directed by Rick Rosenthal, who had also directed Halloween II, the film builds upon the continuity of Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. Just like its former installment, Halloween: Resurrection effectively ignores the storylines established during the 4th, 5th, and 6th installments.

Beginning three years after the events of Halloween H20, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), has been confined to Grace Anderson Sanitarium, a psychiatric care facility. A retcon is established in which Laurie had instead beheaded a paramedic. The Summer Glen paramedic located the body of Michael Myers in the dining hall of Laurie's school, Hillcrest Academy High School. When attempting to seemingly do away with the terror from her brother once and for all, she had killed an innocent man. Unable to deal with the crime and the fear of her brother, Lauire was later confined to a sanitarium. Myers had earlier attacked the paramedic and forcefully switched clothing and his mask. The paramedic was rendered a mute from a crushed larynx. On the night of October 31, 1998, Myers cleverly escaped once again. And since that night, has not been seen since.

On Wednesday October 31, 2001, still in captivity, Laurie pretends to be heavily medicated, behaving as though she had extreme dissociative disorder. In truth, she hides her pills and carefully prepares herself for the inevitable confrontation with Michael. When Michael finally appears, Laurie lures him into a trap, but before she can kill him for good, he turns the tables on her. In a confrontation on the sanitarium's rooftop, she reaches over to pull off his mask to make certain it is actually her brother. He suddenly grabs her and pulls her over the edge with him, stabbing her deep in the back. She gives him a kiss on the lips of his mask, lastly telling him, "I'll see you in Hell." Michael releases the knife from his sister and she falls many stories below (presumably) to her death. Myers finally accomplished killing his sister, a pursuit twenty-three years in the making. He then makes his way back home to Haddonfield, Illinois.

One year later on Wednesday October 30th, six college students win a competition to appear on an Internet reality show in which they are to spend Halloween night in the childhood home of Michael Myers. Their mission is to find out what led him to kill. On the actual date of October 31, the investigation is done in a style reminiscent of the MTV reality show, Fear. On this night, through the entrepreneurial broadcast business Dangertainment, it is shot live on the internet. The participants think the show is entirely for entertainment purposes and that they will earn publicity and scholarship money. While in the house, the event goes horribly wrong as Michael returns home "to clean house." One by one, he horrifically kills the students and the crew involved in the broadcast. One notable scene is where Haddonfield University student Nora, in a dark tunnel, finds Michael. She gets chased to a gate with a bent spike, and when she tries to open the gate, Michael grabs her hand and fights her. She struggles to escape, but he grabs her arms, pushes them to her sides, and begins to push her back to the spike. She feels the spike pushing into her back, and it begins to stab her, slowly driving deeper into her. Impaled on the spike, she tries to escape, but is quickly shoved further onto the spike. Her arms fall limply to her side and she dies quickly. Soon, all but one of the college students are murdered. Using her PDA and pen pal on the outside who is watching the live broadcast, Haddonfield University student Sara Moyer manages to escape. Ultimately, only Sara and Freddie Harris, the founder and host of Dangertainment are the sole survives.

Michael is then burned by an accidental electrical fire in the garage. Michael's body is then taken to Haddonfield Coroner's Office, where the medical examiner is examining the body of one of the boys that was killed. As the Medical Examiner is about to take Michael's mask off, Michael's eyes open, proving that Michael is still alive. The screen then cuts to black.

The film's working title was "Halloween: The Homecoming," but producers wanted a title that said Michael Myers is alive, so in February 2002, the film was officially renamed as "Halloween: Resurrection." Also, the release date for the film was originally set as September 21, 2001, but producers at Dimension Films wanted the film to be stronger so re-shoots took place from September to October 2001 and the release date was changed to July 12, 2002. Both, Whitney Ransick and Dwight H. Little were approached to direct the film but turned it down. Later Rick Rosenthal, the director of Halloween II, was chosen to direct. During the casting period of the film, producers considered Danielle Harris (who played Jamie Lloyd in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers) for a role in the film. In post production Bianca Kajlich's screams had to be dubbed because she lost her ability to scream. The film's trailer was delivered on April 26, 2002 with the release of Jason X.

For this eighth installment of the series, Danny Lux created a genuine score to the original instead of generating something new. He approaches the score with an electro-acoustic feel that dates back to the synthesizer scores of the 80's.

At the HALLOWEEN 30th Anniversary convention the filmakers said that Anchor Bay Entertainment is in talks with Buena Vista Home Entertainment to release the Unrated Producer's Cut For The 6th Film, and also Unrated and Extended versions of Halloween H20 and Halloween: Resurrection.

Halloween: Resurrection was released on July 12, 2002 in the US to an extremely poor reception which did not change in its later international release. The film's opening weekend on US screens raked in $12,292,121 and overall the film earned a moderate $30,354,442.

The film concludes with the potential for another sequel to continue the story. No film has yet been produced to continue the time line of the first Halloween motion picture saga. The creators for the Halloween films presently have produced the remake installment Rob Zombie's 2007 Halloween. A sequel to zombie's remake, which is going by the working name of "H2" began production on February 23,2009 and is scheduled to be realesed on August 28, 2009.

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Halloween (1978 film)

Jamie Lee Curtis, in her feature film debut plays Laurie Strode, the heroine of the film.

Halloween is a 1978 American independent horror film set in the fictional suburban midwestern town of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween. The original draft of the screenplay was titled The Babysitter Murders. John Carpenter directed the film, which stars Donald Pleasence as Dr. Sam Loomis, Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, and Nick Castle, Tony Moran and Tommy Lee Wallace sharing the role of Michael Myers (listed in the credits as "The Shape"). The film centers on Myers' escape from a psychiatric hospital, his murdering of teenagers, and Dr. Loomis' attempts to track and stop him. Halloween is widely regarded as a classic among horror films, and as one of the most influential horror films of its era. In 2006, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Halloween was produced on a budget of $325,000 and grossed $47 million at the box office in the United States, equivalent to over $150 million as of 2008, becoming one of the most profitable independent films ever made. Many critics credit the film as the first in a long line of slasher films inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). The movie originated many clichés found in low-budget horror films of the 1980s and 1990s. However, the film contains little graphic violence and gore.

Critics have suggested that Halloween and its slasher film successors may encourage sadism and misogyny. Others have suggested the film is a social critique of the immorality of young people in 1970s America, pointing out that many of Myers' victims are sexually promiscuous substance abusers, while the lone heroine is depicted as chaste and innocent (although she is seen using marijuana). While Carpenter dismisses such analyses, the perceived parallel between the characters' moral strengths and their likelihood of surviving to the film's conclusion has nevertheless become a standard slasher movie trope.

On Halloween night 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers (Will Sandin) murders his seventeen-year-old sister Judith (Sandy Johnson) with a large kitchen knife at their home in Haddonfield, Illinois. Almost immediately after, his mother and father arrive home and find him in a trance-like state. They send him to Smith's Grove - Warren County Sanitarium and he is placed under the care of child psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence).

Eight years of treatment lead Loomis to suspect that Michael is nothing less than pure evil. Seven years of trying to keep Myers locked up ends upon his attempted transfer to be prosecuted as an adult. Myers (now 21 years old) escapes from Smith's Grove, steals the institution's car, kills a truck driver for his jump suit, and returns to Haddonfield.

Loomis knows where he is going and pursues him. In Haddonfield, Myers stalks teenager Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and some of her friends. At various points throughout the day Laurie sees a man in a white mask (from her classroom window, behind a bush while she walks home, and in the clothesline from her bedroom window).

Later in the evening, Laurie meets her friend Annie Brackett (Nancy Kyes) who is babysitting Lindsey Wallace (Kyle Richards) across the street from where Laurie is babysitting Tommy Doyle (Brian Andrews). After arranging to pick up her boyfriend, Annie sends Lindsey to stay with Laurie at the Doyle house before being murdered by Myers. Tommy sees Myers carrying Annie's body into the Wallace house and thinks he is the Boogeyman. Laurie dismisses the boy's terror and sends Tommy and Lindsey to bed. Myers later murders another friend of Laurie's, Lynda Van Der Klok (P.J. Soles) and Lynda's boyfriend, Robert "Bob" Simms (John Michael Graham) after they have sex in the empty Wallace house.

Laurie worries for her friends' safety after receiving a strange phone call from Lynda at the Wallace house. She walks across the street and discovers the three bodies plus Judith Myers' missing tombstone. She is attacked by Michael Myers but escapes back to the Doyle house. Laurie stabs Myers in the neck with a knitting needle, in the eye with a clothes hanger, and with a knife in the torso, but he continues to pursue her. Eventually, Loomis spots Tommy and Lindsey running from the house and finds Myers in the upstairs hallway. Loomis rescues Laurie from being strangled by Myers, shooting him six times and causing him to fall from the house's second-story balcony. Upon looking out the window for Myers' body, however, Loomis discovers that he is nowhere to be found, and the film abruptly ends.

After viewing John Carpenter's film Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) at the Milan Film Festival, independent film producer Irwin Yablans and financier Moustapha Akkad sought out Carpenter to direct a film for them about a psychotic killer that stalked babysitters. In an interview with Fangoria magazine, Yablans stated, "I was thinking what would make sense in the horror genre, and what I wanted to do was make a picture that had the same impact as The Exorcist." Carpenter and his then-girlfriend Debra Hill began drafting a story originally titled The Babysitter Murders, but Carpenter told Entertainment Weekly that Yablans suggested setting the movie on Halloween night and naming it Halloween instead.

Akkad fronted the $325,000 for the film's budget, considered low at the time (even though Carpenter's previous film, Assault on Precinct 13, had an estimated budget of $100,000). Akkad worried over the tight schedule, low budget, and Carpenter's limited experience as a filmmaker, but told Fangoria, "Two things made me decide. One, Carpenter told me the story verbally and in a suspenseful way, almost frame for frame. Second, he told me he didn't want to take any fees, and that showed he had confidence in the project." Carpenter received $10,000 for directing, writing, and composing the music, retaining rights to 10 percent of the film's profits.

Because of the low budget, wardrobe and props were often crafted from items on hand or that could be purchased inexpensively. Carpenter hired Tommy Lee Wallace as production designer, art director, location scout and co-editor. Wallace created the trademark mask worn by Michael Myers throughout the film from a Captain Kirk mask purchased for $1.98. Carpenter recalled how Wallace "widened the eye holes and spray-painted the flesh a bluish white. In the script it said Michael Myers' mask had 'the pale features of a human face' and it truly was spooky looking. It didn't look anything like William Shatner after Tommy got through with it." Hill adds that the "idea was to make him almost humorless, faceless — this sort of pale visage that could resemble a human or not." Many of the actors wore their own clothes, and Jamie Lee Curtis' wardrobe was purchased at J.C. Penney for around a hundred dollars.

The limited budget also dictated the filming location and time schedule. Halloween was filmed in 21 days in the spring of 1978 in South Pasadena, California and Sierra Madre, California (cemetery). An abandoned house owned by a church stood in as the Myers house. Two homes on Orange Grove Avenue (near Sunset Boulevard) in Hollywood were used for the film's climax. The crew had difficulty finding pumpkins in the spring, and artificial fall leaves had to be reused for multiple scenes. Local families dressed their children in Halloween costumes and trick-or-treated them for Carpenter.

Hill wrote most of the female characters' dialogue, while Carpenter drafted Loomis' speeches on the evilness of Michael Myers. Many script details were drawn from Carpenter's and Hill's adolescence and early careers. The fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois was derived from Haddonfield, New Jersey, where Hill grew up, and most of the street names were taken from Carpenter's hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Laurie Strode was the name of one of Carpenter's old girlfriends and Michael Myers was the name of an English producer who had previously entered, with Yablans, Assault on Precinct 13 in various European film festivals. In Halloween, Carpenter pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock with two characters' names; Tommy Doyle is named after Lt. Det. Thomas J. Doyle (Wendell Corey) of Rear Window (1954), and Dr. Loomis' name was taken from Sam Loomis (John Gavin) of Psycho, the boyfriend of Marion Crane (Janet Leigh). Sheriff Leigh Brackett shared the name of a film screenwriter.

The cast of Halloween included veteran actor Donald Pleasence and then-unknown actress Jamie Lee Curtis. The low budget limited the number of big names that Carpenter could attract, and most of the actors received very little compensation for their roles. Pleasence was paid the highest amount at $20,000, Curtis received $8,000, and Nick Castle earned $25 a day.

The role of Dr. Sam Loomis was offered to Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee; both declined the part due to the low pay (though Lee would later tell Carpenter that declining the role was his biggest career mistake). English actor Pleasence — Carpenter's third choice — agreed to star. Pleasence has been called "John Carpenter's big landing." Americans were already acquainted with Pleasence as the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967). In an interview, Carpenter admits that "Jamie Lee wasn't the first choice for Laurie. I had no idea who she was. She was 19 and in a TV show at the time, but I didn't watch TV." He originally wanted to cast Anne Lockhart, the daughter of June Lockhart from Lassie, as Laurie Strode. Lockhart, however, had commitments to several other film and television projects. Debra Hill says of learning that Jamie Lee was the daughter of Psycho actress Janet Leigh, "I knew casting Jamie Lee would be great publicity for the film because her mother was in Psycho." Halloween was Jamie Lee Curtis' feature film debut and launched her career as a "scream queen" horror star.

The role of "The Shape" — as the masked Michael Myers character was billed in the end credits — was played by Nick Castle, who befriended Carpenter while they attended the University of Southern California. After Halloween, Castle became a director, taking the helm of films such as The Last Starfighter (1984), The Boy Who Could Fly (1986), Dennis The Menace (1993) and Major Payne (1995).

Carpenter worked with the cast to create the desired effect of terror and suspense. According to Jamie Lee Curtis, Carpenter created a "fear meter" because the film was shot out-of-sequence and she was not sure what her character's level of terror should be in certain scenes. "Here's about a 7, here's about a 6, and the scene we're going to shoot tonight is about a 9 1/2," remembered Curtis. She had different facial expressions and scream volumes for each level on the meter.

Another major reason for the success of Halloween is the moody musical score, particularly the main theme. Lacking a symphonic soundtrack, the film's score consists of a piano melody played in a 10/8 meter composed by director John Carpenter. Critic James Berardinelli calls the score "relatively simple and unsophisticated," but admits that "Halloween's music is one of its strongest assets." Carpenter stated in an interview, "I can play just about any keyboard, but I can't read or write a note." In the end credits, Carpenter bills himself as the "Bowling Green Orchestra" for performing the film's score, but he did receive assistance from composer Dan Wyman, a music professor at San José State University.

Some songs can be heard in the film, one being an untitled song performed by Carpenter and a group of his friends who formed a band called The Coupe DeVilles. The song is heard as Laurie steps into Annie's car on her way to babysit Tommy Doyle. Another song, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by classic rock band Blue Öyster Cult, appears in the film.

The soundtrack was first released in the United States in October 1983, by Varese Sarabande. It was subsequently re-released in 1990, and again in 2000.

Halloween premiered on October 25, 1978 in Kansas City, and a few days later in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City. Although it performed well with little advertising — relying mostly on word-of-mouth — many critics seemed uninterested or dismissive of the film. The first glowing review by a prominent film critic, however, came from Tom Allen of The Village Voice. Allen noted that the film was sociologically irrelevant, but applauded Carpenter's camera work as "duplicitous hype" and "the most honest way to make a good schlock film." Allen pointed out the stylistic similarities to Psycho and George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968).

Following Allen's laudatory essay, other critics took notice. Renowned American critic Roger Ebert gave the film similar praise in his 1979 review in the Chicago Sun-Times, and selected it as one of his top five films of 1978. Once-dismissive critics were impressed by Carpenter's choice of camera angles and simple music, and surprised by the lack of blood, gore, and graphic violence..

The film grossed $47 million in the United States and an additional $8 million internationally, making the theatrical total around $55 million, equivalent to over $176 million today. While most of the film's success came from American movie-goers, Halloween premiered in several international locations after 1979 with moderate results. The film was shown mostly in the European countries of France, the United Kingdom, West Germany, Italy, Sweden, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Yugoslavia, and Iceland. Admissions in West Germany totaled around 750,000 and 118,606 in Sweden, earning SEK 2,298,579 there. The film was also shown at theaters in Canada, Australia, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Peru, the Philippines, Argentina and Chile. Halloween grossed AU$900,000 in Australia, which was a large and impressive amount of money for a film to gross at the box office in Australia at the time, and HKD 450,139 in Hong Kong.

Halloween was nominated for a Saturn Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for Best Horror Film in 1979, but lost to The Wicker Man (1973). The film has received other honors since its theatrical debut. In 2001, Halloween ranked in at 68 on AFI's list of 100 Years...100 Thrills. The film was #14 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments (2004), counting down cinema's scariest moments. In 2006, Halloween was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." In 2007, AOL named Halloween the greatest horror movie of all time in their 31 Days of Horror countdown.

Since Halloween's premiere, it has been released on VHS, laserdisc, DVD, UMD and Blu-Ray HD format. In its first year of release on VHS, the film earned $18,500,000 in the United States from rentals. Early VHS versions were released by Media Home Entertainment and Blockbuster Video issued a commemorative edition in 1995. Anchor Bay Entertainment has released several restored editions of Halloween on VHS and DVD, with the most recent being the 2007 single-disc restored version, with improved picture and sound quality. In 2007, the movie was released on Blu-Ray as well, marking the film's first ever Blu-Ray release. While this DVD version is restored and an improvement over previous DVD editions, many people prefer the 2003 two-disc Divimax 25th Anniversary edition over the 2007 restored DVD due to the fact that there are many more bonus features on that version. The 2 disc edition came with a lenticular 3-D morphing cover and a commentary track including separately recorded contributions by John Carpenter, Debra Hill and Jamie Lee Curtis plus the documentary Halloween: A Cut Above the Rest.

The film received a mostly positive critical response at the time of its initial release, and as of 2008 Halloween has maintained a rating of 90 percent "fresh" at Rotten Tomatoes. Still, Pauline Kael wrote a scathing review in The New Yorker suggesting that "Carpenter doesn't seem to have had any life outside the movies: one can trace almost every idea on the screen to directors such as Hitchcock and Brian De Palma and to the Val Lewton productions" and claiming that "Maybe when a horror film is stripped of everything but dumb scariness — when it isn't ashamed to revive the stalest device of the genre (the escaped lunatic) — it satisfies part of the audience in a more basic, childish way than sophisticated horror pictures do." However, Tom Allen in the November 1978 (1979?) issue of the Village Voice wrote that "...John Carpenter's Halloween, alone in the last decade stands with George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead and, before that, with Psycho..." and "... accurate parallels to Halloween would be the frisson of the final jump in Wait Until Dark, the ominous trompe-l'oeil sentinels of The Innocents, and the zany cinematic control of Mario Bava in Black Sunday. Put them all together with memories of Night of the Living Dead and Psycho and you have Halloween, the trickiest thriller of the year." </ref> The film ranks 461st on Empire magazine's 2008 list of the 500 greatest movies of all time.

Many criticisms of Halloween and other slasher films come from postmodern academia. Some feminist critics, according to historian Nicholas Rogers, "have seen the slasher movies since Halloween as debasing women in as decisive a manner as hard-core pornography." Critics such as John Kenneth Muir point out that female characters such as Laurie Strode survive not because of "any good planning" or their own resourcefulness, but sheer luck. Although she manages to repel the killer several times, in the end, Strode is rescued in Halloween and Halloween II only when Dr. Loomis arrives to shoot Myers.

On the other hand, other feminist scholars such as Carol J. Clover argue that despite the violence against women, slasher films turned women into heroines. In many pre-Halloween horror films, women are depicted as helpless victims and are not safe until they are rescued by a strong masculine hero. Despite the fact that Loomis saves Strode, Clover asserts that Halloween initiates the role of the "final girl" who ultimately triumphs in the end. Strode herself fought back against Myers and severely wounds him. Had Myers been a normal man, Strode's attacks would have killed him; even Loomis, the male hero of the story, who shoots Michael repeatedly at near point blank range with a large caliber handgun, cannot kill him.

Other critics have seen a deeper social critique present in Halloween and subsequent slasher films. According to Vera Dika, the films of the 1980s spoke to the conservative family values advocates of Reagan America. Tony Williams says Myers and other slashers were "patriarchal avengers" who "slaughtered the youthful children of the 1960s generation, especially when they engaged in illicit activities involving sex and drugs." Other critics tend to downplay this interpretation, arguing that the portrayal of Myers as a demonic, superhuman monster inhibited his influence among conservatives.

Halloween had a huge impact on horror films to follow. Although a Canadian horror film directed by Bob Clark titled Black Christmas (1974) preempted the stylistic techniques made famous in Halloween, the latter is generally credited by film historians and critics for initiating the slasher film craze of the 1980s and 1990s. (First-person camera perspectives, unexceptional settings, and female heroines define the slasher film genre). Riding the wave of success generated by Halloween, several films that were already in production when the film premiered, but with similar stylistic elements and themes, became popular with audiences. The Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street films, and countless other slasher films, owe some of their success (if not inspiration) to Halloween.

The unintended theme of "survival of the virgins" seen in Halloween became a major trope that surfaced in other slasher films. Characters in subsequent horror films who practice illicit sex and substance abuse generally meet a gruesome end at the hands of the killer. On the other hand, characters portrayed as chaste and temperate tend to confront and defeat the killer in the end. The 1981 horror movie spoof Student Bodies was the first mainstream film to mock this plot device; the killer's victims are invariably slain when about to have sex. Director Wes Craven's Scream (1996) details the "rules" for surviving a horror movie using Halloween as the primary example: no sex, no alcohol or illicit drugs, and never say "I'll be right back." Keenen Ivory Wayans's horror movie parody Scary Movie (2000) likewise lampoons this prominent slasher film trope.

Several versions of Halloween exist today. The original 91-minute version is the most widely known and seen. A modified television version released in 1980 that aired on NBC runs for 101 minutes and features re-shoot scenes not included in the initial 1978 cut. This edition was released in 2001 on DVD as Halloween: The Extended Version. In 1998, for the 20th anniversary of the film's release, new sound effects were added to the film's audio track with John Carpenter’s approval. Both versions were released on VHS and DVD.

Television rights to Halloween were sold to NBC in 1980 for $4 million. After a debate among John Carpenter, Debra Hill and NBC's Standards & Practices over censoring of certain scenes, Halloween appeared on television for the first time. To fill the two-hour time slot, Carpenter filmed twelve minutes of additional material that include Dr. Loomis at a hospital board review of Myers and Dr. Loomis talking to six-year-old Michael at Smith's Grove, telling him, "You've fooled them, haven't you Michael? But not me." Another extra scene features Dr. Loomis at Smith's Grove examining Michael's abandoned cell and seeing the word "Sister" scratched into the door. Finally, a scene was added in which Lynda comes over to Laurie's house to borrow a silk blouse before Laurie leaves to babysit, just as Annie telephones asking to borrow the same blouse.

The new scene had Laurie's hair hidden by a towel, since Jamie Lee Curtis was now wearing a much shorter hairstyle than she had worn in 1978. The new scenes were shot during production of Halloween II. An extended cut of the television version was released on DVD by Anchor Bay Entertainment in 2001 as Halloween: Extended Version, which was actually the same as the second disc from the 1999 limited edition DVD.

The horror started on the eve of Samhain, in a foggy vale in northern Ireland, at the dawn of the Celtic race. And once started, it trod the earth forevermore, wreaking its savagery suddenly, swiftly, and with incredible ferocity.

In 1983, Halloween was adapted as a video game for the Atari 2600 by Wizard Video. Either as the result of poor research by game developers or as an effort to save on licensing fees, none of the main characters in the game were named. Players take on the role of a teenage babysitter who tries to save as many children from an unnamed, knife-wielding killer as possible. The game was not popular with parents or players and the graphics were simple, as was typical in the 1980s. In another effort to save money, most versions of the game did not even have a label on the cartridge. It was simply a piece of tape with "Halloween" written in marker. The game contained more gore than the film, however. When the babysitter is killed, her head disappears and is replaced by blood pulsating from the neck. The game's primary similarity to the film is the theme music that plays when the killer appears onscreen.

Halloween spawned seven sequels, and a remake — titled Halloween and directed by Rob Zombie — released in 2007. Of these films, only Halloween II (1981) was written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill. Halloween II begins exactly where Halloween ends and was intended to finish the story of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. Carpenter did not direct any of the subsequent films in the Halloween series, although he did produce Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), the plot of which is unrelated to the other films in the series. He also composed the music for the second and third films, along with Alan Howarth.

The sequels feature more explicit violence and gore, and are generally dismissed by mainstream film critics. They were filmed on larger budgets than the original: in contrast to Halloween's modest budget of $325,000, Halloween II's budget was around $2.5 million, while the most recently released sequel, Halloween: Resurrection (2002), boasted a budget of $15 million. Financier Moustapha Akkad continued to work closely with the Halloween franchise, acting as executive producer of every sequel in the series until his death in the 2005 Amman bombings.

With the exception of Halloween III, the sequels further develop the character of Michael Myers and the Samhain theme. Even without considering the third film, the Halloween series is plagued with storyline continuity issues, most likely stemming from the different writers and directors involved in each film. Out of all nine Halloween films, including the 2007 remake, there have been eight directors. Only Rick Rosenthal directed more than one Halloween film. These were Halloween II and Halloween: Resurrection.

Other parts of the film were filmed in Rosemead, California, Pasadena, California, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, and Alhambra, California.

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My Girl (film)

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My Girl is a 1991 coming-of-age dramatic comedy starring Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky in her feature film debut. It was written by Laurice Elehwany and directed by Howard Zieff. The film was originally rated PG-13 then later became PG before release.

A sequel, My Girl 2, was released in 1994.

When your Dad's an undertaker, your Mom's in heaven, and your Grandma's got a screw loose...it's good to have a friend who understands you. Even if he is a boy.

Set in Madison, Pennsylvania in the summer of 1972, My Girl is a story of first love and loss.

Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chlumsky) is a precocious 11-year-old tomboy and a hypochondriac. Vada's father, Harry Sultenfuss (Dan Aykroyd), is an awkward widower who doesn't seem to understand his daughter, and as a result, constantly ignores her. His profession as a funeral director has led Vada to develop an obsession with death as well as disease. Vada is also convinced that she killed her own mother, since her mother died in childbirth.

Vada is teased by other girls because her only friend, Thomas J. Sennett (Macaulay Culkin), is a boy, but geeky and unpopular. Their summer adventures—from first kiss to last farewell—introduce Vada to the world of adolescence.

Vada's summer begins well. She befriends Shelley Devoto (Jamie Lee Curtis), the new make-up artist at her father's funeral parlor, who provides her with some much needed guidance. She is also infatuated with her teacher, Mr. Bixler, and steals some money from Shelley's trailer to attend a summer writing class that he is teaching.

But before long, things start to fall apart. Her father and Shelley start dating and get engaged. Thomas J. dies from an allergic reaction to bee stings while looking for Vada's mood ring in the woods. And she finds out that her long-time crush (and teacher) Mr. Bixler is engaged to someone else.

Luckily, Vada's grief, however, manages to mend the rift between her and her father, and by the end of the movie, Vada has not only managed to deal with her pain, but she has also thankfully overcome some of her previous issues as well.

The soundtrack of the film contains many classic 1960s and 1970s pop hits in addition to the title song, including such oldies-radio staples as "Wedding Bell Blues" (Fifth Dimension), "If You Don't Know Me By Now" (Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes), "Bad Moon Rising" (Creedence Clearwater Revival), "Good Lovin'" (The Rascals), and "Saturday in the Park" (Chicago). When she gets upset, Vada plugs her ears and sings "Do Wah Diddy Diddy," the Manfred Mann version of which is also included on the soundtrack album. In addition, Vada and Thomas J. play "The Name Game" and sing "Witch Doctor" in the film, and Vada has posters of The Carpenters and Donny Osmond on her bedroom wall.

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Grandview, U.S.A.

Grandview, U.S.A. is a 1984 comedy/drama film directed by Randal Kleiser. It stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Carole Cook, Ramon Bieri, John Cusack, Joan Cusack, M. Emmet Walsh, Michael Winslow, and Troy Donahue. The original music score is composed by Thomas Newman. Filmed on Location in Pontiac, Illinois.

Tagline: Where dreams have a funny way of coming true.

Eighteen-year-old Tim Pearson (played by C. Thomas Howell), a young soon-to-be graduate of Grandview High School, has his dreams, he wants to go to Florida to study oceanography. Tim's father, Roger Pearson (played by Ramon Bieri), loans Tim his brand new Cadillac for Tim to go to the Prom with his date Bonnie Clark (played by Elizabeth Gorcey), he arrives at her house. Bonnie's mother and father (played by M. Emmet Walsh), takes pictures of the couple, they go to the Prom.

Michelle "Mike" Cody (played by Jamie Lee Curtis), owner of "Cody's Speedway", where they have the demolition derbies, is getting ready to open up for tonight. There is a man there from the County Office inspecting the place, he sees some violations. Mike is wondering why he is nosing around the place, he is doing his job, he says.

At the Prom, Tim and Bonnie are dancing, Bonnie wants to go for a drive, Tim decides to go. Later, they are parked near a stream, Tim and Bonnie are making out in the Cadillac, they feel the car moving. The car is falling into the stream, the car is sticking half way in, half way out. Tim gets out of the car and gets mud all over himself, he helps Bonnie get out and she gets mud all over her too. Bonnie is not happy. Tim has to get a tow truck to get the car out of the stream. Tim and Bonnie walk to "Cody's Speedway". Betty Welles (played by Carole Cook), is Mike Cody's mother, she is at the front taking the money for entering in the Seedway. Betty lets Tim go in since he and his money is muddy. Tim asks Mike for a tow, tells him to wait a bit. Bonnie's dad is mad at Tim, he hits Tim in the belly and Mike tells Mr. Clark to leave. Ernie "Slam" Webster (played by Patrick Swayze), is one of the drivers in the Demolition Derby, he wins a lot of the derbies. Mike asks Slam if he can tow his car, he says "yes". Slam and Tim are in the tow truck driving and Tim feels silly cause of what happened, by Slam tells him that his brain is on your head not between the legs. Slam stops at the bowling alley to see if his wife Candy (played by Jennifer Jason Leigh) was there tonight, but she wasn't. Later on that night, he is at home, Candy is home, he is not too happy that his wife lied to him.

In the morning, Roger Pearson is outside looking at the car, he is not too happy, but doesn't get really angry. In downtown, Tim goes to see his dad at his office. Roger Pearson is the owner of "Pearson Reality". He talks to Tim and hints to him that he does not want Tim to drive his car again. Tim runs into Mike Cody and thanks her for helping him with the car.

Tim goes out to the Speedway, he meets Mike Cody's brother, Cowboy (played by John Philbin), a semi retarded man. Cowboy asks Tim if he has any gum, and says he does not. Tim asks Mike Cody at the Speedway if he can drive in it, but says not right now. Later on that night, Mike goes to the bar to see her uncle, Bob Cody (played by William Windom), who owns the bar and asks if she can borrow money, $10,000,she needs the money to fix up the Speedway. Bob doesn't have that kind of money, but wants to help her. They both heear someone banging on the video game, it is Slam, he is drunk. Mike and Bob help Slam out to her truck. Mike and Slam talk about old times they had together.

Tim is at the stream with his friend Johnny Maine (played by John Cusack), Tim hasn't told his dad yet he wants to go to Florida.

Slam is at work the next morning, he is hungover, his boss tells him to go home since he don't look good. Slam gets home and sees Candy with another man, he is Donny Vinton (played by Troy Donahue). Candy gets into the car with Donny. Slam is very angry and wants them to get out of the car. Donny refuses and Slam goes nuts, he kicks Donny's car and jumps on top of it, about to crush the 2 in the car. Donny pulls out a gun, he is about to shoot Slam, but Candy tries to stop him, Donny shoots himself in the foot, literally. At the hospital, the cop asks if anyone want to press charges against another, but they don't. Slam offers to give Candy a ride home, but refuses.

Slam has a peace bond on him, that is why he is at the Speedway. Mike sees Slam's truck on the track, he is sleeping in his truck. Mike and Slam talk about him and Candy, she sees that Slam is afraid of being alone. Mike knows that deep down, Slam does not love Candy. Later that day, Slam comes back and asks Mike if she wants to go out for dinner, but she has to go to a County Commission meeting.

Tim and his dad are going to the same meeting cause Roger Pearson is on the commission. Tim tells his dad that he wants to go to Florida and Roger is not too happy with his decision. At the Town Hall, Tim and Roger get their picture taken. Roger asks Tim to go to his office and get his rolaids. Tim is in the office and sees plans on his dad's desk. At the meeting, the commission is deciding on what to do with the Speedway, Mike gets a chance to speak, she wants more time to come up with the money to fix up the Speedway, but the commission won't give it to her. She is wondering why they are so willing to push her out. Tim comes in and reveals what they have planned. Roger is angry that his son told about the plans. Tim is not too happy with the way he did things and leaves the building. Tim runs into Mike, she thanks Tim for saving her place, they both go for a hamburger at the local restaurant, they both talk for a while. Tim asks Mike if she can get him some wine, and she does. Mike invites Tim to her house, Mike talks to Tim about her father, and Tim gives Mike a kiss, they both fall for each other and have a night of romance. Mike asks Tim if he still wants to drive in the Derby, she gives him a car to drive. Tim takes the car for a drive and they both have fun in the car. In the morning, they are still in bed till there is a knock at the door, it is Slam, he came over to cook her some breakfast, Tim is trying to reach for his pants, he goes for them and Slam sees him. Slam is upset, thinking that Mike didn't want to go out with him cause of Tim, but it wasn't. Tim feels bad for what happened, but Mike says it is alright. Mike lets Tim take the truck into town. Later on that day, Roger sees Tim near the stream, he tells Tim he is sorry about the way he did things and asks Tim to give I.S.U. a chance, but Tim wants to go to Florida.

At the Speedway, they old cars Mike sold is being taken away. Cowboy is not too pleased because he thinks the cars are his but they were never his. Cowboy runs off crying.

Slam calls Candy about getting his things and goes to his house and sees his stuff on the lawn getting wet by a sprinkler. Donny stands by the door and taunts Slam, telling him he called the cops. Slam gets his things and leaves.

Later that night, the Demolition Derby is going on, Tim is in the race. Slam is not pleased to see Tim at the race. Mike tells Tim to take off the red flag on his car when he is out. The derby begins, things go great, but Slam is really good. Tim does get hit, he is out but he doesn't take his flag off, he gets hit by Slam. Slam goes to see if Tim is alright, Tim is alright. Mike is mad cause she thinks Slam did that on purpose, she tells Slam to leave the track.

Later that night, Candy and Donny are playing sex games in the house, Donny is tied to the bed. Candy and Donny hear a noise, it is a bulldozer and Slam is driving it, he rams the big machine into the side of the house, then he comes around and hits the other side, exposing Donny to the outside, then Slam hits the whole house and the house is history. The cops arrest Slam.

Tim is at the hospital being checked out, he is all right. Tim and Mike are on the road, they see firetrucks passing by, they see that it is the Speedway burning down. Mike asks her mother what had happened, she says it just started up.

In the morning, the investigators discover that the gas tank was unlocked. The fire chief asks who has a key to the lock, it was Cowboy, he started the fire, but Mike and Betty forgive him. Cowboy did it cause of Mike selling the old cars. Tim though at first, it was his father, but it wasn't. Tim and Mike talk, she admits she is in love with Slam.

Mike goes to bail out Slam from jail, tells him that the Speedway has burned down, he offers to help fix it up, but Mike says she will sell the land to Roger Pearson, that way, it will get the two off to a great start. Mike asks Slam for a favor.

Tim is on his way to Chicago, he says goodbye to his friend Johnny Maine and Bonnie. Tim's mom, dad and sister are at the bus station saying goodbye to him. The bus leaves and a car is driving by the side of the bus, it is Slam, Tim thinks Slam wants to kill him, the bus pulls over and Slam gets Tim off the bus and Mike is there with him. Slam gives Tim the old car and Mike gives him money for his trip to Florida, Tim and Mike hug. Mike and Slam are on their way to the parade in town, they go to the parade.

Tim Pearson is driving his newly given car to Florida to fulfill his dream.

C. Thomas Howell and Patrick Swayze both starred in three films together, this is one of them and they both starred in the 1983 film The Outsiders and the 1984 film Red Dawn.

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