Where the Boys Are '84

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Where the Boys Are '84
Where the Boys Are '84.jpg
Directed by Hy Averback
Produced by Allan Carr
Written by Jeff Burkhart
Stu Krieger
Starring Lisa Hartman
Lorna Luft
Wendy Schaal
Lynn-Holly Johnson
Russell Todd
Howard McGillin
Alana Stewart
Christopher McDonald
Daniel McDonald
Louise Sorel
Music by Sylvester Levay
Cinematography James A. Contner
Edited by Bobbie Shapiro
Mel Shapiro
Distributed by Tri-Star Pictures
Release dates
  • April 6, 1984 (1984-04-06) (U.S.)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $10,530,000 (USA) (sub-total)

Where the Boys Are '84 (onscreen title: Where the Boys Are) is a 1984 remake of the 1960 teen sex comedy film Where the Boys Are, starring Lisa Hartman, Lorna Luft, Wendy Schaal and Lynn-Holly Johnson. Directed by Hy Averback and produced by Allan Carr, it was the first film released by Tri-Star Pictures.[1]


Four co-eds from snowbound Penmore College head to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for spring break: Carole (Lorna Luft) taking a separate vacation from her steady boyfriend, winds up as a hot contender in a "Hot Bod Contest"; Jennie (Lisa Hartman) is doubly lucky, courted by both a rich classical pianist and a devil-may-care rocker; Sandra (Wendy Schaal) looking for the Mr. Right who will finally satisfy her; and Laurie (Lynn-Holly Johnson) dreams of a night of unbridled passion with a real he-man.

Production notes[edit]


Whereas posters and advertising material presented the film's title as Where the Boys Are '84, the onscreen title is simply Where the Boys Are.


Although touted as a more "realistic" version of the popular 1960 film, with nudity and drug references, the date rape storyline of the original does not appear in this version. Jeff Burkhart and Stu Krieger were both nominated for Worst Screenplay by the Golden Raspberry Awards, losing to John Derek for Bolero.

Filming locations[edit]

The movie was filmed between May 16, 1983 to June 26, 1983 at several Florida locations, including Boca Raton; Ft. Lauderdale; the Lauderdale Beach Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale; the Hollywood Bandshell in Hollywood, Florida; and the City Limits Nightclub in Dania Beach, Florida.


Release and box-office[edit]

Where the Boys Are '84 was produced independently by ITC Entertainment and was distributed by TriStar Pictures after Universal Pictures rejected it.[1] The film was released nationwide on April 6, 1984 and was both a box office and critical flop, earning one of the year's worst film reviews from critics. It ranked #5 at the US box office grossing $3.6 million on its opening weekend. Its total domestic gross was $10.5 million. It was nominated for five Razzie Awards - including Worst Picture - with Lynn Holly-Johnson winning for Worst Supporting Actress.

Janet Maslin, writing for The New York Times, called the film "dumb, vulgar and mostly humorless."[2] Roger Ebert, writing for The Chicago Sun-Times, reported, "It isn't a sequel and isn't a remake and isn't, in fact, much of anything."[3]


Where the Boys Are '84
(Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released April 1984
Genre Soundtrack
Label RCA
Producer Denis Pregnolato

Where the Boys Are '84 (Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack) album was released on vinyl LP and cassette tape by RCA Records.

Track listing

Side A

  1. "Hot Nights" – Performed by Jude Cole
  2. "Seven Day Heaven" – Performed by Shandi
  3. "Mini-Skirted" – Performed by Sparks
  4. "Be-Bop-A-Lula" – Performed by The Rockats
  5. "Jenny" – Performed by Peter Beckett

Side B

  1. "Where The Boys Are" – Performed by Lisa Hartman
  2. "Woman's Wise" – Performed by The Rockats
  3. "Girls Night Out" – Performed by Toronto
  4. "Slippin' & Sliddin'" – Performed by Phil Seymour
  5. "All Fired Up" – Performed by Rick Derringer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1985 Golden Raspberry Awards Won Worst Supporting Actress Lynn-Holly Johnson
Nominated Worst Picture
Worst Screenplay
Worst Musical Score
Worst New Star Russell Todd

Home video[edit]

The film was released on VHS by Key Video shortly after its theatrical release, but has since gone out of print. On August 23, 2011, the film was released on DVD in region 1 by Scorpion Releasing.

See also[edit]

Spring Break, a 1983 film with a similar setting and tone


  1. ^ a b London, Michael. "Tri-Star Bows With A Universal Castoff." Sarasota Herald-Tribune (February 18, 1984).
  2. ^ "FILM: LAUDERDALE QUARTET, 'WHERE THE BOYS ARE'," Janet Maslin, The New York Times, April 7, 1984
  3. ^ Chicago Sun-Times Review:Where the Boys Are '84 By Roger Ebert, January 1, 1984.

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