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License to Drive

Theatrical poster
Directed by Greg Beeman
Produced by John Davis
Andrew Licht
Jeffrey A. Mueller
Written by Neil Tolkin
Starring Corey Haim
Corey Feldman
Heather Graham
Carol Kane
Richard Masur
Michael Manasseri
Nina Siemaszko
Music by Jay Ferguson
Cinematography Bruce Surtees
Editing by Wendy Green Bricmont
Stephen Semel
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) July 6, 1988 (1988-07-06)
Running time 88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $8 million
Gross revenue $22,433,275 (USA)

License to Drive is a 1988 teen adventure film starring Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Heather Graham, Carol Kane, Richard Masur, Michael Manasseri and Nina Siemaszko. The screenplay was written by Neil Tolkin and directed by Greg Beeman.

The film was in production during the latter months of 1987. It was released on July 6, 1988 in the United States and grossed over $20 million at the domestic box office. It was distributed by 20th Century Fox.

Contents

Plot

The film is about Les Anderson (Haim), a 16-year-old who is trying to get his driver's license. He has a crush on one of the more popular and attractive girls in school, Mercedes Lane (Graham).

After failing his driver's exam, Les takes the road test (and passes), following a computer surge that he unknowingly caused. His test scores are retrieved and his new license is torn up. Les lies to his parents and friends, convincing them that he has passed the test. Unfortunately his parents find out the truth and as a result, Les is grounded. That night he sneaks out of the house with his grandfather's prized 1972 Cadillac for a night on the town with Mercedes. After showing him how the city looks from far away on a hill, she tells him that her father used to bring her there. While Mercedes is getting drunk her and Les cause minor damage to the hood of the car by dancing on it. Mercedes then passes out.

Les panics and goes to his friend Dean's house, where Dean (Feldman) fixes the dents in the car's hood. His other friend Charles has a camera. Dean persuades Les to go out for a joyride, unaware that Les does not have a license. The three, along with a blacked out Mercedes, end up getting into all kinds of trouble and hilarity ensues.

Of course, the next day, Les does get in trouble with his father after coming back home (from dropping Charles, Dean and Mercedes off at their homes). Then his mother shouts that she's in labor. Luckily, Les is able to drive his father, little brother Rudy and his mom to the hospital - in reverse. But after they get there and Les's mother is taken into the hospital, a crane falls and crushes the Cadillac. Both Les and his dad are shocked. But later, thankfully, Les' grandfather laughs it off when he reveals that he had totaled Les' father's BMW.

Les' father tells Les that the BMW is all his now, and, laughing, tells him to take good care of it. But Les says that he does not need a BMW anymore and, when Mercedes pulls up in a Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet, hops into it. Les then drives off with Mercedes, and the credits roll.

Cast

Reception

Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert summarized this by stating that "..."License to Drive" remembers feelings like that, and it brings back the whole complex of emotions about being 16 and taking your test.. ".[1]

Music

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Track listing

  1. "Drive My Car" by Breakfast Club - 3:13
  2. "Sweet Surrender" by Brenda K. Starr - 4:50
  3. "I Feel Free (Extended Version)" by Belinda Carlisle - 6:55
  4. "Time Starts Now" by Boys Club - 4:28
  5. "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car" by Billy Ocean - 5:29
  6. "Crucial" by New Edition - 4:30
  7. "One More Dance" by Jonathan Butler - 4:32
  8. "Jazzy's In The House" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince- Will Smith and Jeffery A. Townes - 2:55 would later star with James Avery, who played Les' driving instructor, on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which premiered two years later.
  9. "Touch and Go" by Femme Fatale - 3:57
  10. "Make Some Noise" by Slave Raider - 3:28
  11. "Mercedes Boy" by Pebbles -3:54 (single remix)

DVD

A special edition DVD was distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment in the United States on May 3, 2005.

Special features included:

  • Corey Haim interview
  • Corey Feldman interview
  • Audio commentary with Greg Beeman and Neil Tolkin
  • Deleted Scene
  • TV spots
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Screenplay (DVD-ROM)

The DVD has been out of print for years and is very rare to find a copy for cheap. Most go for over $50 on sites like Amazon. A Blu-Ray of the film is rumored for an August 2010 release, though nothing has been confirmed or denied.

Sequel and trilogy

In an interview on Larry King Live, on March 11th 2010, the day of Corey Haim's death, Corey Feldman revealed that he and Haim were in pre-production on a sequel, titled "License to Fly." Also in the interview, Feldman stated that there were tentative plans for a trilogy, with the third installment being titled "License to Dive."[2]

See also

References

External links


License to Drive
Directed by Greg Beeman
Produced by John Davis
Andrew Licht
Jeffrey A. Mueller
Written by Neil Tolkin
Starring Corey Haim
Corey Feldman
Heather Graham
Carol Kane
Richard Masur
Michael Manasseri
Nina Siemaszko
Music by Jay Ferguson
Cinematography Bruce Surtees
Editing by Wendy Green Bricmont
Stephen Semel
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) July 6, 1988 (1988-07-06)
Running time 88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $8 million
Gross revenue $22,433,275 (USA)

License to Drive is a 1988 teen adventure film starring Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Heather Graham, Carol Kane, Richard Masur, Michael Manasseri and Nina Siemaszko. The screenplay was written by Neil Tolkin and directed by Greg Beeman.

The film was in production during the latter months of 1987. It was released on July 6, 1988 in the United States and grossed over $20 million at the domestic box office. It was distributed by 20th Century Fox.

Contents

Plot

The film is about Les Anderson (Haim), a 16-year-old who is trying to get his driver's license. He has a crush on one of the more popular and attractive girls in school, Mercedes Lane (Graham).

After failing his driver's exam, Les takes the road test (and passes), following a computer surge that he unknowingly caused. The Department of Motor Vehicles had originally let him pass the exam (as his failing score was irretrievable after the computer surge) because his twin sister had scored so highly. They decided that twins couldn't be too different, but when his test scores are finally retrieved, his new license is torn up and he is officially failed. Les lies to his parents and friends, convincing them that he has passed the test. Unfortunately his parents find out the truth and as a result, Les is grounded. That night, having already made plans to use his new license, he sneaks out of the house with his grandfather's prized 1972 Cadillac for a night on the town with Mercedes. After showing him how the city looks from far away on a hill, she tells him that her father used to bring her there. While Mercedes is getting drunk, she and Les cause minor damage to the hood of the car by dancing on it. Mercedes then passes out.

Les panics and goes to his friend Dean's house, where Dean (Feldman) fixes the dents in the car's hood. Dean persuades Les to go out for a joyride, along with their friend Charles, who are both still unaware that Les does not have a license. The three, along with a blacked out Mercedes (who they eventually put in the trunk of the car), end up getting into all kinds of trouble and hilarity ensues as they cause more damage to the Cadillac.

Of course, the next day, Les does get in trouble with his father after coming back home (after dropping Charles, Dean and Mercedes off at their homes) with a Cadillac that is damaged beyond minor repair. Then his mother shouts that she's in labor. Luckily, Les is able to drive his father, little brother Rudy and his mom to the hospital - in reverse, because the Cadillac is so badly damaged it can no longer be put into drive. After they get there and Les's mother is taken into the hospital, a crane falls and crushes the Cadillac. Both Les and his dad are shocked. Later, thankfully, Les' grandfather laughs it off when he jokingly reveals that he had written off Les' father's BMW.

Les' father tells Les that the BMW is all his now, and, laughing, tells him to take good care of it. But Les says that he does not need a BMW anymore and, when Mercedes pulls up in a Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet, hops into it. Les then drives off with Mercedes, and the credits roll.

Cast

Reception

Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert summarized this by stating that "..."License to Drive" remembers feelings like that[clarification needed], and it brings back the whole complex of emotions about being 16 and taking your test.. ".[1]

Music

Track listing

  1. "Drive My Car" by Breakfast Club - 3:13
  2. "Sweet Surrender" by Brenda K. Starr - 4:50
  3. "I Feel Free (Extended Version)" by Belinda Carlisle - 6:55
  4. "Time Starts Now" by Boys Club - 4:28
  5. "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car" by Billy Ocean - 5:29
  6. "Crucial" by New Edition - 4:30
  7. "One More Dance" by Jonathan Butler - 4:32
  8. "Jazzy's In The House" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince- Will Smith and Jeffery A. Townes - 2:55 would later star with James Avery, who played Les' driving instructor, on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which premiered two years later.
  9. "Touch and Go" by Femme Fatale - 3:57
  10. "Make Some Noise" by Slave Raider - 3:28
  11. "Mercedes Boy" by Pebbles -3:54 (single remix)

DVD

A special edition DVD was distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment in the United States on May 3, 2005.

Special features included:

  • Corey Haim interview
  • Corey Feldman interview
  • Audio commentary with Greg Beeman and Neil Tolkin
  • Deleted Scene
  • TV spots
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Screenplay (DVD-ROM)

The DVD has been out of print for years and is very rare to find an inexpensive copy; most go for over $50 on sites like Amazon. A Blu-Ray of the film is rumored for an August 2010 release, though this has not been confirmed or denied.

Sequel and trilogy

In an interview on Larry King Live on March 11th 2010, the day of Corey Haim's death, Corey Feldman revealed that he and Haim had been developing a sequel, titled License to Fly, an idea initiated by Haim. Feldman also stated that there were tentative plans for a trilogy, with a third installment called License to Dive.[2]

See also

References

External links


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