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Porky's movie poster
|Directed by||Bob Clark|
|Produced by||Don Carmody|
|Written by||Bob Clark|
|Music by||Paul Zaza|
|Cinematography||Reginald H. Morris|
|Editing by||Stan Cole|
|Distributed by|| Astral Films|
Twentieth Century Fox
|Release date(s)||March 19, 1982 (U.S.)|
|Running time||94 min.|
|Gross revenue||Total: $111,289,673 $105,500,000|
|Followed by||Porky's II: The Next Day|
Porky's is a 1981 Canadian comedy film about the escapades of teenagers at the fictional Angel Beach high school in Florida in 1954. It was released in the United States in 1982, and spawned two sequels: Porky's II: The Next Day (1983) and Porky's Revenge (1985) and influenced many writers in the teen film genre. It is the highest grossing Canadian-produced film in history.
The main plot concerns the efforts of a group of Florida high school students in 1954 intent on losing their virginity. The group consists of bad boy Tommy Turner; socially-awkward Edward "Pee Wee" Morris; star athlete Anthony "Meat" Tuperello; proud redneck Mickey Jarvis; Billy McCarthy, who acts as the voice of reason for the group; and bigot Tim Cavanaugh. They (minus Billy) travel to Porky's bar located outside of town on the basis of a rumor that if one pays the owner Porky, one can hire a prostitute. Initially reluctant, Porky takes the kids' money and promises them "a night to remember" and then humiliates them by dumping them in the swamp. When the group seeks revenge, the sheriff, who turns out to be Porky's brother, arrives to drive them away, but not before Porky's minions extort the rest of their money and cause them more embarrassment. After this incident, the group becomes hellbent on exacting revenge on Porky and his brother, eventually succeeding in sinking his strip club in the swamp. After the group makes it across the county line (where Porky's brother is out of jurisdiction), they meet Porky and his brother with one of the local police officers, who happens to be Mickey's brother, and the high school band. After Mickey's brother damages Porky's car, he says that none of the previous events will be spoken to the authorities. Because the boys were not allowed in Porky's strip club in the first place, Porky and his brother have no choice but to agree. The film ends with the group getting their revenge and Pee Wee finally losing his virginity.
- Dan Monahan - Edward 'Pee Wee' Morris
- Wyatt Knight - Tommy Turner
- Mark Herrier - Billy McCarthy
- Roger Wilson - Mickey Jarvis
- Tony Ganios - Anthony 'Meat' Tuperello
- Cyril O'Reilly - Timmy Cavanaugh
- Kaki Hunter - Wendy Williams
- Scott Colomby - Brian Schwartz
- Nancy Parsons - Coach Beulah Balbricker
- Boyd Gaines - Coach Brackett
- Bill Hindman - Coach Goodenough
- Doug McGrath - Coach Warren
- Eric Christmas - Mr. Carter
- Kim Cattrall - Miss 'Lassie' Honeywell
- Chuck Mitchell - Porky
- Art Hindle - Ted Jarvis
- Alex Karras - Sheriff
- Susan Clark - Cherry Forever
- Rod Ball - Steve
- Jack Mulacahy - Frank Bell
- Lisa O'Reilly - Ginny
- Wayne Maunder - Cavanaugh
- Randy Rosenthal - Student
History and significance
Although it was written and directed by an American and was filmed in Miami, Florida, Porky's was funded by a Canadian production company, which means that it is classified as a Canadian film. Porky's is the highest-grossing Canadian film of all time in domestic box office. In October 2006, Bon Cop, Bad Cop appeared to surpass Porky's in nominal box office revenues, but as of the end of its theatrical run, Bon Cop, Bad Cop had not surpassed the inflation-adjusted revenues for Porky's. Taking inflation into account, Porky's has grossed more than twice what Bon Cop, Bad Cop has earned to date. Porky's is also the highest-grossing Canadian film of all time internationally.
The first two Porky's films were directed by Bob Clark and produced by Harold Greenberg, who founded Astral Communications (now known as Astral Media). James Komack directed the third film, Porky's Revenge. Clark based the original Porky's on actual occurrences at Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, Florida and Fort Lauderdale High School in the early 1960s, and on a joint called Porky's in Oakland Park, Florida.
The first movie featured Canadian actors Art Hindle, Doug McGrath, and Susan Clark and the British-Canadian actress Kim Cattrall, appeared in one of her first major roles in a sex scene in the boys' locker room. Her character's nickname was "Lassie" due to the way she howled during intercourse.
In 2002, talk show host Howard Stern's production company acquired the rights to remake the film. On May 22, 2007, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released all three films in an "Ultimate Collection" box set.In May 2008, American Pie 2 co-writer David H. Steinberg announced through his MySpace page that he had turned in his draft of the script and had received word from the studio that it would be made the following year, though as of August 2009, there are no plans being made for a remake.