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The In Crowd (1988)

In the mid-60s, a teenage 4.0 high-school student is drawn out of his element on a dare by his peers, to become a dancer on popular TV music show.

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Mark Rosenthal
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donovan Leitch Jr. ... Del (as Donovan Leitch)
Joe Pantoliano ... Perry Parker
Jennifer Runyon ... Vicky
Bruce Kirby ... Morris
Scott Plank ... Dugan
Wendy Gazelle Wendy Gazelle ... Gail
Sean Sullivan ... Popeye (as Sean Gregory Sullivan)
Charlotte d'Amboise Charlotte d'Amboise ... Ina
Page Hannah ... Lydia
Mark Soper ... Station Manager
Freddie Ganno ... Orson
Richard Schave Richard Schave ... Tucker
Matthew Nasatir Matthew Nasatir ... Bernstein
John R. Russell John R. Russell ... Ming
Elliott Alexander Elliott Alexander ... Jack Goron
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Storyline

A young man of the rock and roll generation is in his senior year of high school. When one day he successfully gets on a popular teen dance television show he becomes a star. The plot follows him as he lives his new life in his new world. What he finds are adoring fans, jealous rivals, bitter friends left behind, and the girl of his dreams...his dance partner. Written by P. Wong <pwong@nt.net>

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They had all the moves!

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Comedy | Drama | History | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dance Party See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$136,567

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$136,567
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There was a lawsuit involving this movie. The Perry Parker character was based on a Phildelphia Disc Jockey named Jerry Blavat, who sued to keep the movie from being released. The producers of the movie settled with Blavat out of court. See more »

Goofs

A highway sign indicates I-476 (the famed Philly "Blue Route") which didn't exist at the time of film. See more »

Quotes

Del: Okay, we're solving for "n".
Vicky: But that's a letter. I thought this was math.
Del: It's algebra. That is math.
Vicky: Oh...
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Referenced in 10 Items or Less (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Mine Exclusively
Written by Sherlie Mae Matthews
Performed by The Olympics
By permission of Rightsong Music, Inc. and Keymen Music
Courtesy of Vee Jay Records
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True to "Growing up in 60's Philly"
6 August 1999 | by roadtrip-2See all my reviews

The first time I watched this movie, I knew from the beginning's great vintage clips of local dance programs that this movie was going to convey the fun feel of the early 60's. The "In Crowd" must have been written by people who really grew up in early 60's Philadelphia. Instead of a generic Hollywood "retro" feel, I saw a more distinctive, local atmosphere to this film. Joe Pantoliano's "Perry Parker" character is a dead-on reference to Philly's own Jerry Blavat (a local radio legend) from his looks right down to his jive patter. The old Philly Dances (Mickey's Monkey, the Soul Street) are performed fantastically by the dancers to overlooked soul/dance classics that would be considered obscure anywhere else. Even the local "clash of classes" is well-represented in the characters' respective areas; Del and Gail from Cheltenham's conservative, upper-middle-class area, and the gritty, streetwise but lovable characters from the urban Philly areas (the tv station scenes were shot in and around Upper Darby's Tower Theatre). One of my favorite scenes is when Del is upstairs in his typical 60's teenage boy's room, attempting to pick up Philly's "WIBG Radio 99" on his little transistor radio. You can even hear classic dj Hy Lit's famous "Hyski O'Roonie McVoughty O'Zoot" jingle amidst the static. And what Philadelphia native doesn't remember the old Wildwood radio record hops "down the shore" in the 60's? And lots of kids snuck out of school early then, to try to get on the local dance programs. Ok, so this film may not have been Oscar material, but it truly makes me feel good every time I see it; it brings back so many good feelings from that era, and showcases great 60's Philly music.


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