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Theatrical release poster
Directed byMark Griffiths
Written byEric Alter
Steve Greene
Mark Griffiths
Story byEric Alter
Steve Greene
Produced byJeff Begun
Ken Dalton
CinematographyTom Richmond
Edited byAndy Blumenthal
Music byVic Caesar
Chroma III Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • May 4, 1984 (1984-05-04) (Los Angeles)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budgetless than $2 million[1] or $1 million[2]
Box office$7.1 million[3]

Hardbodies is a 1984 American sex comedy film about three middle-aged men who hire a younger man to help them pick up women at the beach. The film was directed by Mark Griffiths, and stars Grant Cramer, Courtney Gains and Gary Wood. It was followed by a 1986 sequel entitled Hardbodies 2.

The movie was partly financed by Roger Corman and features Roberta Collins in a suppot role.


Scotty, a con man who does whatever he can to get along, is evicted from his apartment for non-payment of rent. He soon finds three older divorced men who have a lot of money, however they do not have a trait that Scotty possesses: talent with women. They agree to let Scotty stay with them at their beach house (and pay him $600 a month), if he returns the favor by teaching them how to pick up women.

Scotty shows them how to "dialogue" women by giving them a dose of the old BBD (Bigger and Better Deal). Along this journey, Scotty loses his playboy ways and falls in love with acquaintance Kristi. Kristi, knowing Scotty's playboy past, puts up with his ups and downs early on in the movie but later insists that he change his ways. Scotty recognizes that Kristi is ultimately more important than the empty life he has led up until now and changes his ways.



The film was produced by Ken Dalton, a former actor, and Jeff Begun, who had previously made four films for Roger Corman, including Saturday the 14th. Corman provided seed money for their production company, Chroma III, to make the film independently, serving as an uncredited producer.[2]

The movie was based on an article in Penthouse.[2]

An initial plan to sell the film for broadcast on the Playboy Channel fell through when, according to Begun, the network found it "too soft." Instead, Columbia picked it up for theatrical distribution.[4]


Hardbodies was released in Los Angeles on May 4, 1984 and was followed by a New York release on May 12, 1984.[5]

Chroma later made School Spirit for Corman.[2]


On Metacritic the film has a score of 1 out of 100 based on reviews from four critics, indicating "overwhelming dislike".[6]


  1. ^ London, Michael. (Mar 2, 1984). "Film Clips: 'Zelig' Gives Willis Shot at an Oscar". Los Angeles Times. p. h1.
  2. ^ a b c d "Virginian found good weather, life in films". The Roanoke Times. 4 May 1984. p. 27.
  3. ^ Hardbodies at Box Office Mojo
  4. ^ "Film clips". The Los Angeles Times. 2 March 1984. p. 97.
  5. ^ "Hardbodies". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  6. ^ "Hardbodies". Metacritic. Retrieved 2020-05-04.

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