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Jinxed! theatrical poster
|Directed by||Don Siegel|
|Produced by||Herb Jaffe|
|Screenplay by||Frank D. Gilroy
|Story by||Frank D. Gilroy|
F. William Parker
|Music by||Bruce Roberts
|Editing by||Douglas Stewart|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Release dates||October 22, 1982|
|Running time||103 min.|
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 his final film.
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 jinx on Willie and 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.
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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. It was also known as The Jackpot and Hot Streak. Gilroy had his name removed from the film and was credited as "Burt Blessing".
Siegel had been a mentor of director Sam Peckinpah, who at this time was having difficulty finding work in the industry due to his troubled film productions, and he gave offered Peckinpah 12 days of second unit directing on the film. 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).
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. 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. The movie received an "R" rating.
Released to theaters on October 22, 1982, the movie was a box office failure.
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.