I Dream of Jeannie... Fifteen Years Later
|I Dream of Jeannie... Fifteen Years Later|
|Based on||Characters created by Sidney Sheldon|
|Written by||Irma Kalish|
|Story by||Dinah & Julie Kirgo
|Directed by||William Asher|
Andre De Shields
|Music by||Mark Snow|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Barbara Corday|
|Editor(s)||Michael F. Anderson
|Running time||120 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Columbia Pictures Television|
|Original release||October 20, 1985|
|Followed by||I Still Dream of Jeannie|
|Related shows||I Dream of Jeannie|
I Dream of Jeannie... Fifteen Years Later is a 1985 American made-for-television fantasy-comedy film produced by Columbia Pictures Television which premiered on NBC on October 20, 1985. It is the first of two reunion films based on the 1965–1970 sitcom I Dream of Jeannie.
Barbara Eden reprises her world-famous role as the magical Jeannie; also reprising their roles from the original series were Bill Daily as Tony's fellow astronaut and best friend Roger Healy, and Hayden Rorke (in his final film role) as NASA psychiatrist Dr. Alfred Bellows. The role of Tony Nelson was played by Wayne Rogers, best known for his role as Trapper John McIntyre on the 1970s series M*A*S*H. Larry Hagman was unavailable to reprise his role as Tony Nelson reportedly because he was too busy filming his CBS series Dallas at the time.
Jeannie has been a happily married housewife for 15 years to her astronaut husband Tony Nelson and has a teenage son, T.J. When Tony is promoted to Colonel and is about to retire from the NASA space program, Jeannie decides to give him a celebration party in their backyard. However, egged on by his colleagues to retire with a dramatic flair, Tony breaks his promise to Jeannie for one more space flight (aboard the shuttle), this time with a female astronaut, Captain Nelly Hunt.
Jeannie is furious, so she decides to separate from her husband temporarily to be a more independent modern woman. In the meantime, Jeannie's always-scheming evil sister, Jeannie II is determined to have Tony for herself and she teams up with Haji, the chief genie (operating a fitness gym in the United States), to break up her sister's marriage. Jeannie II traps her sister in a bottle with a special stopper, that nobody but another genie could open.
Meanwhile, Tony's space flight is in trouble; the engines won't fire and the shuttle is on a collision course with a meteoroid.
When T.J. comes home and hears his mother trapped in the bottle, he attempts to open the bottle. At first, the stopper would not move, but his mother encouraged him to blink, like she does to invoke her powers. Jeannie encourages her son to concentrate and to blink again, this time the stopper moves. T.J. discovers that he had inherited his mother's powers and is a genie, himself. (Earlier on, T.J. sees his mother using her powers and she explains to him about his heritage, and revealing that she is a genie, and how she became a genie. She also blinked T.J. with her back to the day when she first met Tony.) After blinking, and releasing his mother from her prison, Jeannie and T.J. go to Haji, explaining the trick. Rules must have changed since 1970, because Jeannie now needs special dispensation from the chief of genies in order to do something major, like saving a human life.
Haji will give Jeannie that special dispensation... if she agrees to end her relationship with Tony. T.J. tells his mother that they'll lose dad either way, so they might as well do it so Tony lives. Jeannie invokes her magic, saving the shuttle from certain doom, and it is able to return to the ground. However, Jeannie got Haji to agree to one final night together for her and Tony, allowing Jeannie to say farewell to Tony in her heart. Jeannie then alters the bedroom and then the house to what it might look like if Tony was a bachelor; doubtless, Haji arranged for everyone to forget about Jeannie.
With T.J., Jeannie moves on with her life. The final scene shows Jeannie and Tony passing each other on the street, and Jeannie magically gets Tony's attention, indicating that they will in fact find each other again. Before the movie ends, Jeannie breaks the fourth wall and says to the viewers, "Haji made me agree to an ending. He never said there couldn't be a new beginning." The movie ends with Tony following Jeannie down the street.
- Barbara Eden – Jeannie/Jeannie II
- Wayne Rogers – Tony Nelson
- Bill Daily – Roger Healy
- Hayden Rorke – Dr. Alfred Bellows
- Mackenzie Astin – T.J. Nelson
- Dody Goodman – Scheherazade
- André De Shields – Haji
- John Bennett Perry – Wes Morrison
- Dori Brenner – Dori Green
- Nicole Eggert – Melissa
Nielsen ratings for I Dream of Jeannie... Fifteen Years Later were high. High ratings by The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) allowed for this reunion episode to be rebroadcast March 30, 1986, Easter Sunday, also in prime time.
I Dream of Jeannie... Fifteen Years Later was filmed at The Burbank Studios in Burbank, California from April 24, 1985 to May 1985. Barbara Eden and Wayne Rogers filmed the beach scene on location at Zuma Beach in Malibu, California, which was the same location the original pilot was shot in 1964.
- Story, David. America on The Rerun. 1993, p. 185. Print. Citadel Press, ISBN 0-8065-1410-8