Jinxed!

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Jinxed!
Jinxed Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Don Siegel
Produced by Herb Jaffe
Screenplay by Frank D. Gilroy
David Newman
Story by Frank D. Gilroy
Starring Bette Midler
Ken Wahl
Rip Torn
Val Avery
Jack Elam
Jacqueline Scott
F. William Parker
Music by Bruce Roberts
Miles Goodman
Cinematography Vilmos Zsigmond
Edited by Douglas Stewart
Production
companies
Herb Jaffe Productions
United Artists
Distributed by MGM/UA Entertainment Company
Release dates
  • October 22, 1982 (1982-10-22)
Running time 103 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $13.4 million[1]
Box office $2,869,638

Jinxed! (also simply known as Jinxed on promotional media) is a 1982 comedy-drama film starring Bette Midler, Rip Torn and Ken Wahl. Directed by Don Siegel, the veteran filmmaker would suffer a heart attack during the troubled production. This would be Siegal's final film.

Plot[edit]

Harold Benson (Rip Torn) and his lounge-singer wife Bonita Friml (Bette Midler) follow a young blackjack dealer Willie Brodax (Ken Wahl) around the country. Harold has a blackjack winning jinx on Willie, and seemingly can't lose to him. After Willie becomes suspicious, he starts following Harold and finds his trailer and starts talking to Bonita. Willie and Bonita eventually fall in love and plot to do away with Harold to collect Harold's life insurance.

Production[edit]

The film is based on the 1980 novel The Edge by Frank D. Gilroy. He sold the film rights to the Ladd Company at Warner Bros. intending to direct; Ladd then sold the project to Herb Jaffe at United Artists for $300,000 and Jaffe hired David Newman to rewrite it. A UA production executive suggested Bette Midler for the lead and she asked for Don Siegel to direct. The script was rewritten by Jerry Blatt, Carol Rydall, Midler and Siegel. During development it was also known as The Jackpot and Hot Streak. Gilroy had his name removed from the film and was credited as "Burt Blessing".[1]

Filming started on May 5, 1981[citation needed] and took place at Harrah's Lake Tahoe , Lake Tahoe , MGM Grand Reno and MGM studios.[citation needed]

Siegel had been a mentor of director Sam Peckinpah, who was having difficulty finding assignments in the film industry due to his most recent troubled production. Siegel offered Peckinpah a chance to return to filmmaking with 12 days of second unit directing work on Jinxed. Peckinpah accepted, and his collaboration with was noted within the industry. While Peckinpah's work was uncredited, it would lead to his hiring as the director of his final film, The Osterman Weekend (1983).[2]

In addition to Siegel's health problems, Midler and Wahl reportedly[weasel words] fought viciously throughout the filming, making no secret of their open hostility towards one another. Wahl described to the press how much he disliked kissing Midler. Years later, Midler would state that Siegel was also hostile towards her. In turn, Siegel said[where?] the experience of working with Midler was unpleasant.

Lalo Schifrin composed and recorded what would have been his sixth score for Siegel on Jinxed, but it was rejected by the studio despite Siegel's objections.[3]

The film received an "R" rating in the US.

Reception[edit]

Released to theaters on October 22, 1982, the movie was a box office failure.[1]

DVD Release[edit]

The 2004 DVD release of the movie includes the original theatrical trailer, which includes a fraction of a deleted scene: Midler, wearing her mourning gown, quickly tries to get back into the car while it's already hooked up in the carwash system.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Nat Segaloff, Final Cuts: The Last Films of 50 Great Directors, Bear Manor Media 2013 p 266-269
  2. ^ Weddle, David (1994). If They Move...Kill 'Em!. Grove Press. pp. 534–535. ISBN 0-8021-3776-8. 
  3. ^ Los Angeles Times 1982.

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