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The ButterCream Gang
Directed by Bruce Neibaur
Produced by Forrest S. Baker III
Don A. Judd
Written by Forrest S. Baker III
Starring Jason Johnson
Michael D. Weatherred
Music by Kurt Bestor
Cinematography T.C. Christensen
Editing by Stephen L. Johnson
Lori Petersen
Distributed by Feature Films for Families
KOAN
Release date(s) 1992
Running time 93 minutes
Country USA
Language English
Followed by The ButterCream Gang in Secret of Treasure Mountain

The ButterCream Gang is a 1992 children's direct-to-video film produced by Feature Films for Families, with music by Kurt Bestor.

Contents

Plot

Pete Turner (Weatherred) is the leader of a good-deed-doing group, the ButterCream Gang, in the small rural town of Elk Ridge. Moving away to attend school in Chicago, Pete nominates Scott Carpenter (Johnson) to become the new leader of their small band. Though shortest in stature, Scott exceeds the others in honesty and conviction.

Together with fellow ButterCreamers, Eldon and Lanny, Scott is soon faced with his first challenge as leader of the Buttercreamers. It seems widow Mrs. Jenkins cannot come to her door, having fallen and hurt herself. The quick thinking Scott devises a daring plan. Eldon and Lanny swing Scott on a rope swing, using his inertia to reach a second story balcony. Scott races to see to Mrs. Jenkins, who is fortunately all right. The boys can't help wondering why the widow Jenkins lives all alone in a huge house.

While living with his aunt in Chicago, Pete's personality remarkably changes as he comes under the influence of a local street gang. He soon has no time to reply to Scott's earnest letter writing attempts. Neglecting his school work and participating in petty crime, Pete is expelled, arrested and sent back to Elk Ridge.

Pete turns heads with his new style of dress. Scott notices Pete shoplifts some treats for the gang.

Uninterested in participating in the ButterCreamers' charitable acts, Pete starts a gang with two local bullies. He leads them into acts of vandalism, theft, and intimidation, even showing them the proper way to nip treats from the kind grocer.

When Scott confronts Pete about the treats and his other misdeeds, their conflict leads to escalating violence.

Scott's Baseball Coach, Reverend Willde, teaches him about Mahatma Gandhi's use of nonviolent resistance to deal with opposition. Scott discloses the uneaten, stolen treat to his father, who then teaches him about unconditional love, which he uses to try to redeem his friend. Pete's gang repays his kindness with malicious pranks and assaults.

Pete attempts to get back to Chicago by staging his "kidnapping". With help from a seedy drifter, money is demanded from Pete's grandfather under threat of Pete's life. But Scott and his friends, taking this at face value, attack the pretend kidnapper, who is no match for Eldon's patented "Earthquake Stomp".

Angrily, Pete tells them off and runs off to the grocery store, where he demands money. The grocer refuses to let him rob him by offering to give him the money. Flabergasted by this, Pete attacks the store's goods—terrorizing the shoppers—and sends treats flying across the room. After Scott arrives, Pete breaks down and runs away.

Later in the year, Scott and his friends are pleasantly shocked to read in a newspaper article that Pete has started a new ButterCream Gang in Chicago, keeping it a complete secret from everyone.

Explanation of title

The ButterCream Gang was formed several decades prior to the storyline during the war. The local women were left unable to churn butter with their men gone. A group of boys began going around town to help them do this (hence the name) and other chores. Over the years, the group expanded to four members and eventually came to do all sorts of helpful things for the locals.

Production

The ButterCream Gang was filmed in Draper and Riverton, Utah.

Availability

The Buttercream Gang was released on VHS in 1992 by Feature Films for Families (Murray, Utah; OCLC 28037384).

In 1995, it was released with the title The Treehouse Gang: A ButterCream Gang Adventure on VHS by Feature Films for Families (Salt Lake City, Utah; OCLC 36876401).

A DVD version was released in 2002, 2003, and 2004 by Feature Films for Families (Murray, Utah; OCLC 54453178).

Sequels

The ButterCream Gang in Secret of Treasure Mountain was the 1993 sequel.

References

External links


The ButterCream Gang
Directed by Bruce Neibaur
Produced by Forrest S. Baker III
Don A. Judd
Written by Forrest S. Baker III
Starring Jason Johnson
Michael D. Weatherred
Music by Kurt Bestor
Cinematography T.C. Christensen
Editing by Stephen L. Johnson
Lori Petersen
Distributed by Feature Films for Families
PorchLight Entertainment
Release date(s) 1992 (1992)
Running time 93 minutes
Country USA
Language English
Followed by The ButterCream Gang in Secret of Treasure Mountain

The ButterCream Gang is a 1992 children's direct-to-video film produced by Feature Films for Families, with music by Kurt Bestor.

Contents

Plot

Pete Turner (Weatherred) is the leader of a good-deed-doing group, the ButterCream Gang, in the small rural town of Elk Ridge. Before he moves away to attend school in Chicago, Pete bikes over to their treehouse, searching for Scott Carpenter (Johnson), Eldon Flowers (Blaser), and Lanny Glenn (Glenn). He climbs up to the tree, being surprised by the rest of the gang with posters and flags of the Chicago Bulls, White Sox, and Bears. After a brief discussion, Pete nominates Scott to become the new leader of their small band. Before heading to the bus station, Pete advices Scott to lighten up and have fun. At the bus station, Pete says good-bye to all his family and friends, then departs on the bus to Chicago.

Throughout the school year, Scott and Pete keep in touch by writing letters. As President of the ButterCreamers, though shortest in stature, Scott exceeds the others in honesty and conviction. Scott receives a reply from Pete to his first letter, indicating good news that Pete got straight A's on his report card, but bad news that he would not be able to return to Elk Ridge for Christmas. He also stated that he had met some local friends. Ever since this time, Scott had written many letters back, and had not received a reply from any. This is due to the remarkable changing of Pete's personality. While living with his aunt Maria in Chicago, Pete comes under the influence of a local street gang. One night, Pete and his two friends are arrested for committing a petty crime in an alley. A while after the arrest, Pete returns home with his gang to an angry Aunt Maria. After Pete sends his gang away to save them from being scolded, Aunt Maria reveals to Pete a letter indicating that he had been expelled from school for breaking into a kid's locker. Pete claims that he would clean up and do better, but not for the first time. Aunt Maria explains that she wanted Pete to live with her, thinking he would be a good influence on her children, but realizing to her horror that she was wrong, sends him back to Elk Ridge. Pete pleads to the best of his ability to stay in Chicago, but Maria claims that going back to Elk Ridge would be the best thing for him.

Together with fellow ButterCreamers, Eldon and Lanny, Scott is soon faced with his first challenge as leader of the Buttercreamers. During baseball practice, Scotts younger sister Regina rushes to the field, informing him that the widow Mrs. Jenkins had fallen down in her house, and that she tried to get in, but the door was locked. Quickly, Scott, Lanny and Eldon, though not being finished practice, hop on their bikes and rush over to Mrs. Jenkins' house. The quick thinking Scott devises a daring plan. Eldon and Lanny swing Scott on a rope swing, using his inertia to reach a second story balcony. The young children across the street come to assist the boys by piling on Lanny and Eldon to avoid Eldon from slipping. Scott races from the balcony to see to Mrs. Jenkins, who is fortunately all right. The boys can't help wondering why the widow Jenkins lives all alone in a huge house. Mrs. Jenkins then request the boys run an errand at the grocery store when Lanny asks if there was anything else she needed, and to buy a treat with the change.

After purchasing the items at the store, the store owner Mr. Graff spares the boys the change for the treats, telling them to give the change back to Mrs. Jenkins, and that the treats were on him. On their way home, they come across Pete's grandfather Mr. Turner, who is filling up his car with gas. When asking if he knew when Pete was returning, Mr. Turner does not have time to reply, as he is in a hurry to leave. Later on, Scott does his paper route, which Lanny and Eldon assist on. During this routine they talk of their plans for their Junior High Graduation Dance. Scott also accidentally hits a girl Margaret (White) who was reading a book on the front step, in the head when throwing a newspaper from his bike.

One day, Scott, Eldon and Lanny go over to Mr. Turner's house, hoping to find Mr. Turner. Instead, they are surprised to find that Pete was the one who was home. They are also surprised by Pete's new style of dress. After the boys ask Pete numerous questions about his lack of contact, he replies by offering to buy them treats at Mr. Graffs store. Eldon offers to buy the drinks. There, Pete and Mr. Graff greet each other for the first time since Pete had returned to Elk Ridge, talking about the days when Pete used to help Mr. Graff around the store. Scott suspects Pete shoplifting some treats for the gang, when he saw that Pete asked where the shoelaces were. While the boys wait outside, Scott notices that the treats he gave to the gang were not payed for.

Later on that afternoon, while the boys set up to mow Mrs. Jenkins' lawn, Scott calls a meeting regarding his suspicions about Pete. Eldon and Lanny doubt him. After mowing the lawn, Scott goes to borrow Margarets report she had written on gangs in big cities. That night, Scott is disturbed, and discloses the uneaten, stolen treat to his father, and has a discussion about his suspicions of Pete, claiming his struggle between getting his best friend in trouble and rightfully reporting the crime. Mr. Carpenter advises Scott to report the crime, and know the truth about Pete before making accusations. Regina overhears this, as well as the conversation Scott has with Pete when he unexpectedly finds him in his room on his bed when he turns the light on. Pete confesses stealing, and that he would apologize and pay for the treats he stole, and would clean up his act.

The next day, Regina seeks advice from Margaret: get her young friends to help Scott, Lanny and Elden by spying on Pete. Together, they discover that Pete started a gang with two local bullies. Together, they vandalize the town, bully young children at the play park, and a whole bunch of other dirty deeds.

The afternoon before the dance, Scott, Lanny, and Eldon are in their treehouse discussing the issue of Pete's lack of help toward the gang. They come to an agreement that if Pete did not start helping that he would be dismembered. Margaret later comes to the treehouse, reporting to the gang the actions Pete and his friends had recently performed. She then later collects on the favour Scott owed her, which was to take her to the dance, and to pick her up at 7, and not be late. While doing his paper route, Scott passes the cemetery on his bike, and catches Pete and his friends all biking in a circle around Margaret, verbally abusing her. Scott breaks up the circle, knocking one of Pete's friends off his bike to the ground. After Scott insists that Margaret leaves, the boys claim that they're having a little fun, which Margaret was not. After the boys insult Margaret behind her back, Scott delivers the message to Pete what he and Eldon and Lanny had agreed on. Pete then removes himself from Scott's gang, firmly claiming that he now had his own gang. After Pete and his friends leave, Scott then goes home to get ready for the dance.

Prior to the dance, Scott walks over to Margaret's house with a flower hair pin that his mother had purchased for her. Scott greets Margaret's mother, and then Margaret. Scott gives her the flower, and she kindly asks him to put it on her. Margaret's mother, who is sympathetic for the embarrassed Scott, does it for him. While walking to the dance, Margaret kindly thanks Scott for sticking up for her earlier that day. Scott upsets her by saying that he was hoping to count that as the favour. As Margaret begins to walk off, exclaiming that if Scott didn't want to go to the dance with her then it was fine. Scott then runs up, stating that he did want to go to the dance with her, and that he just hadn't seen her look so pretty before. The two forgive, then walk to the dance. At the dance, Scott and Margaret meet up with Eldon and Lanny. When the slow song comes on, Scott and Margaret begin dancing. Followed by that, Eldon and Lanny, to their surprise, are asked by two girls to dance as well. Everything goes well, until Pete and his friends, who happen to be at the dance and notice Scott, light a mini firecracker, which Pete throws right near where Scott and Margaret are dancing. When it explodes, this interrupts the dance. Scott then catches Pete and his gang running off, and runs after them, followed by Eldon and Lanny. Violence escalates, as Scott and Pete agree to a fight the next day in the field.

The next day at Church, Scott's Baseball Coach and Pastor Reverend Willde, gives the "Was That Somebody You" speech. Specifics he claim are how an eye-for-eye or tooth-for-tooth has been replaced. During this church session, Scott suspects that Willde had known about the fight Scott had planned with Pete, by the way Willde was looking at him while giving the speech, which tied right into Scott's plan. Later that day, while Pete and his friends are waiting in the field for the fight, Eldon and Lanny arrive, claiming that Scott wanted to meet Pete alone by the rusted truck in another field. Pete then goes over, expecting a fight, but Scott, following the lecture Willde had given, claims there is a better way than fighting. When Pete claims he's afraid of nothing, Scott then challenges Pete to spend the day with him, if he had the guts.

The next day, Pete follows up, and the two spend the day fishing in the swimming hole, as well as swimming, jumping off the diving platform they built, swinging off the rope, and skipping stones, generally reliving the good times they had together as best friends. At the end of the day, Scott and Pete are in the treehouse, reflecting on the day. Scott then further confronts Pete on his recent behaviour. The conversation goes in different directions, and before Scott departs, Pete enforces to Scott that there are only two types of people: friends, and your enemies.

The next day, Scott and his baseball team, the Red Sox, warm up for their championship game against the Braves. For the majority of the game, the Red Sox are dominant, leading by 6 home runs. When Pete shows up to the game, his presence somehow hurts the Red Sox's momentum as the Braves come back to even the score. When Scott is the last chance the Red Sox have of re-taking the lead, his concentration is thrown off by Pete, who jinxes him while Scott hits the ball, as the catcher catches the ball, eliminating Scott. An angered Scott then runs back to the fence where Pete stood on the other side, scolding him for messing him up. Mr. Turner, who was at the game, apologizes to Scott for Pete's behavior. Scott angrily replies, stating that Mr. Turner could send Pete back to Chicago where be belonged. Coach Willde, who is furious with Scott, removes him from the game, claiming he wanted to see him after. The Red Sox then lose the championship game in dramatic fashion.

After the game, Scott goes to meet Coach Willde, who is understanding of Scott losing his temper after costing his team a possible shot at winning the championship. While throwing Scott a few balls for him to swing, he teaches him about Mahatma Gandhi's use of nonviolent resistance to deal with opposition. He also stated that an "eye-for-an-eye" makes the world blind. Scott finally hits a ball out of the ballpark, re-claiming his good hit he had seemed to lose in the game.

One day, when Scott is heading over to the local Annual Picnic on his bike, he is stopped by Pete in the bush. White Pete tells Scott to never ever threaten him, Pete's two friends grabh him off his bike, and take him into the bushes to beat him. Scott later shows up to the picnic with his nose bleeding. He meets up with Lanny and Eldon, who are concerned with Scott's bleeding nose. Scott tells them not to worry, and asks them to do Scott's paper route this afternoon without any explanation. He then heads back to the field, looking around for Pete. When they find each other, Pete is ready to fight. Scott, whom once again, followed the wisdom of his coach, walked away, whilst stating to Pete that an "eye-for-an-eye" makes the world blind. At home, Scott has another discussion with his parents. His father then teaches Scott about unconditional love. After reporting the stolen treats to Mr. Graff, claiming that Pete felt he deserved the items he stole for all the help Pete gave around the store. Graff then claims that he would give Pete the treats, in appreciation for the help, and also to prevent him from stealing. Scott then uses what his father taught him to try to redeem his friend. Scott goes over to Pete and his friends, claiming that Pete was his friend, and would always be his friend. When Pete challenges Scott to take his bike from him, Scott gives it to him. Ever since, Pete's gang repays his kindness with malicious pranks and assaults.

Pete attempts to get back to Chicago by staging his "kidnapping". With help from a seedy drifter, money is demanded from Pete's grandfather under threat of Pete's life. But Scott and his friends, taking this at face value, attack the pretend kidnapper, who is no match for Eldon's patented "Earthquake Stomp".

Angrily, Pete tells them off and runs off to the grocery store, where he demands money. The grocer refuses to let him rob him by offering to give him the money. Flabergasted by this, Pete attacks the store's goods—terrorizing the shoppers—and sends treats flying across the room. After Scott arrives, Pete breaks down and runs away.

Later in the year, Scott and his friends are pleasantly shocked to read in a newspaper article that Pete has started a new ButterCream Gang in Chicago, keeping it a complete secret from everyone. To conclude the movie, the entire town (13 people), sing Pete's favorite commercial lyric "You got wrong one baby! Uh-huh, uh-huh.

Explanation of title

The ButterCream Gang was formed several decades prior to the storyline during the war. The local women were left unable to churn butter with their men gone. A group of boys began going around town to help them do this (hence the name) and other chores. Over the years, the group expanded to four members and eventually came to do all sorts of helpful things for the locals.

Production

The ButterCream Gang was filmed in Draper and Riverton, Utah.

Availability

The Buttercream Gang was released on VHS in 1992 by Feature Films for Families (Murray, Utah; OCLC 28037384).

In 1995, it was released with the title The Treehouse Gang: A ButterCream Gang Adventure on VHS by Feature Films for Families (Salt Lake City, Utah; OCLC 36876401).

A DVD version was released in 2002, 2003, and 2004 by Feature Films for Families (Murray, Utah; OCLC 54453178).

Sequels

The ButterCream Gang in Secret of Treasure Mountain was the 1993 sequel. Also 'The Buttercreamers', have made numerous appearances in other Feature Films For Families movies, including "The Penny Promise", this is a sort of running continuity with the company, constantly recruiting the Buttercreamers to influence the good of community, friendship and trust.

References

External links








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