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Secret Admirer
     

Secret Admirer

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Director: David Greenwalt, C. Thomas Howell, Lori Loughlin, Fred Ward

Cast: David Greenwalt, C. Thomas Howell, Lori Loughlin, Fred Ward

 

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The enjoyable but minor '80s romantic comedy Secret Admirer comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while a Spanish soundtrack has been

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The enjoyable but minor '80s romantic comedy Secret Admirer comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a fine release from MGM/UA that will satisfy genre enthusiasts.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
Secret Admirer has gone down in pop culture history as a textbook example of the 80s teen sex comedy. This is and isn't true: yes, it nominally deals with teenagers and sex, but its concerns are ultimately more romantic than carnal. To the filmmakers' credit, the movie avoids the shameless softcore exploitation of lower-grade vehicles from this era such as Private Lessons, Porky's, Tomboy and Screwballs. Unlike the teens in those pictures, the adolescents in this story learn to distinguish sex from love, and the two main characters eventually make mature and intelligent decisions in terms of the romantic relationship that they choose. As such, this is basically a sweet and gentle movie instead of a lewd one. However, that isn't to suggest that Admirer is in any way a good film, merely a few notches above what we've come to expect. It does suffer from several stock weaknesses of its subgenre, including awful dialogue, brain-dead adult characters, and clichéd story developments that can be called long before they transpire onscreen, such as the hero "racing" across town to win his dream girl before she leaves his life forever. As for the performances, this ensemble is fairly dispiriting; though several talented character players turn up, including Fred Ward, Dee Wallace Stone, and Leigh-Taylor Young, those thesps can't even begin to transcend the dumb-dumb situations that they are forced into. However, lead actress Lori Loughlin does win us over, as Toni, the nice girl who quietly pines for her "best friend" (C. Thomas Howell); she gives an endearing and affecting turn that is a pleasure to watch. In retrospect, it feels rather surprising that the other female lead in this movie - Kelly Preston - achieved success on the big screen while Loughlin never made it as a movie star. Loughlin not only had a more interesting and offbeat physical look than Preston at the time, but a broader dramatic range in a more difficult and muted role.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/07/2003
UPC:
0027616882370
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: stereo surround; Spanish: mono; English, French & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
C. Thomas Howell Michael Ryan
Lori Loughlin Toni
Fred Ward Lou Fimple
Kelly Preston Debora Anne Fimple
Dee Wallace Connie Ryan
Cliff De Young George Ryan
Leigh Taylor-Young Elizabeth Fimple
Casey Siemaszko Roger Despard
Scott McGinnis Steve Powers
Geoffrey Blake Ricardo
Rodney Pearson Kirkpatrick
Courtney Gains Doug
Corey Haim Jeff
Gipsi de Young Mrs. Henderson
Keith Mills Mailman
J.J. Cohen Barry
Michael Menzies Mr. Simpson
Michael Moore Leon
John Terlesky Rick
Ken Lerner Waiter
Dermott Downs Ungrateful Teen
Doug Savant Boy
Leslie Allan Girl
Janet Carroll Toni's Mother
Mike Toto Toni's Father
Ron Burke Mr. Henderson
Arvid Malnaa Norwegian Dock Worker
Ernie Brown Guard

Technical Credits
David Greenwalt Director,Screenwriter
Lynn Bigelow Associate Producer
Janet Brady Stunts
Ron Burke Stunts
David Burton Stunts
Billy Burton Stunts
Hal Burton Stunts
William J. Cassidy Production Designer
Gilbert Combs Stunts
Justin Derosa Stunts
Eddy Donno Stunts
C.O. Erickson Executive Producer
Debbie Evans Stunts
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
Joe Finnegan Stunts
Allen Hall Special Effects
James M. Halty Stunts
Jan Hammer Score Composer
Steve Hulin Stunts
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
M. James Kouf Co-producer,Screenwriter
Barbara Krieger Set Decoration/Design
Noon Orsatti Stunts
Patrick Romano Stunts
Stephen J. Roth Producer
Dan Striepeke Makeup
Bob Thomas Camera Operator
Dennis Virkler Editor
Mary Vogt Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Wilder Stunts
Harry Wowchuk Stunts

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Main Title/Debbie
2. Love Letter
3. Kappa Omega Party
4. Just Good Friends
5. Confession Confusion
6. Hungry
7. A Really Good Thing
8. Gutsy Virgins
9. The Power of Words
10. Rendezvous
11. The Concept of Giving
12. Make-Out Mountain
13. Close Call
14. Steverino
15. Family Feud
16. Party Plans
17. Bad Date
18. The Right Thing
19. Saturday Snafu
20. Oh...
21. Toni
22. Out of Time
23. "I Love You!"
24. End Credits
Side #2 -- Standard
1. Main Title/Debbie
2. Love Letter
3. Kappa Omega Party
4. Just Good Friends
5. Confession Confusion
6. Hungry
7. A Really Good Thing
8. Gutsy Virgins
9. The Power of Words
10. Rendezvous
11. The Concept of Giving
12. Make-Out Mountain
13. Close Call
14. Steverino
15. Family Feud
16. Party Plans
17. Bad Date
18. The Right Thing
19. Saturday Snafu
20. Oh...
21. Toni
22. Out of Time
23. "I Love You!"
24. End Credits

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Secret Admirer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is hilarious and it is so true when it comes to relationships!! I loved it! C. Thomas Howell is gorgeous and so are Loughlin and Preston! A very attractive cast and a terrific story line makes for an all around excellent movie!!!WATCH IT!!!