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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
CinematographyTom Richmond
Edited byAndy Blumenthal
Music byVic Caesar
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • May 4, 1984 (1984-05-04) (Los Angeles)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budgetless than $2 million[1]
Box office$7.1 million[2]

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.


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 "dialog" 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The film was originally made for broadcast on the Playboy Channel but Columbia picked it up for theatrical distribution.[1]


Hardbodies was released in Los Angeles on May 4, 1984 and was followed by a New York release on May 12, 1984.[3]


On Metacritic the film has a score of 1 out of 100 based on reviews from 4 critics, indicating "overwhelming dislike".[4]


  1. ^ a b London, Michael. (Mar 2, 1984). "Film Clips: 'Zelig' Gives Willis Shot at an Oscar". Los Angeles Times. p. h1.
  2. ^ Hardbodies at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ "Hardbodies". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  4. ^ "Hardbodies". Metacritic. Retrieved 2020-05-04.

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