O.C. and Stiggs

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O.C. and Stiggs
O.C. and Stiggs VideoCover.jpeg
Directed by Robert Altman
Produced by Robert Altman
Peter Newman
Screenplay by Donald Cantrell
Ted Mann
Story by Tod Carroll
Ted Mann
Music by King Sunny Adé
Cinematography Pierre Mignot
Edited by Elizabeth Kling
Lewis Allen/Peter Newman Productions
Distributed by MGM/UA Entertainment Co.
Release date
  • July 10, 1987 (1987-07-10)
Running time
109 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7,000,000 (est.)[1]
Box office $29,815[1]

O.C. and Stiggs is a 1985 American teen comedy film directed by Robert Altman, based on two characters that were originally featured in a series of stories published in National Lampoon magazine.[2] The film stars Daniel H. Jenkins and Neill Barry as the title characters. Other members of the cast include Paul Dooley, Jane Curtin, Martin Mull, Dennis Hopper, Ray Walston, Louis Nye, Melvin Van Peebles, Tina Louise, Cynthia Nixon, Jon Cryer and Bob Uecker.

The film, a raunchy teen comedy described by the British Film Institute as "probably Altman's least successful film", was shot in 1983, but not released until long after post-production was completed (copy-written in 1985). MGM shelved it for a couple of years, finally giving it a limited theatrical release in 1987 and 1988.

Plot summary[edit]

O.C. & Stiggs is the adventure of two Arizona teenagers. In their car, the Gila Monster, they pick up sluts (loose women) and torture their nemesis, Randall Schwab, while procuring liquor from "Wino Bob" (a bum who lives in the oleander bushes behind the 7-Eleven).



  • Based on a story from: National Lampoon Magazine
  • Associate Producer: Scott Bushnell
  • Production Manager: Allan Nicholls
  • First Assistant Directors: Stephen P. Dunn, Paula Mazur
  • Second Assistant Director: Ned Dowd
  • Artistic Consultant: Stephen Altman
  • Set Decorator: John Hay
  • Wardrobe Supervisor: Kirstine Flones-Czeki
  • Hairdresser: Victor DeNicola, Jr.
  • Makeup: David Craig Forrest
  • Special Effects: Alan Hall/Movie Mechanics

Uncredited songs[edit]

  • "Mo Ti Mo" (opening title and concert scene)
    "O.C. and Stiggs" (ending title, unreleased as LP)
    by King Sunny Adé and his African Beats


The movie's plot was very loosely based on stories from National Lampoon magazine that were written by Ted Mann and Tod Carroll. O.C. and Stiggs were recurring characters in articles in the magazine, eventually leading up to the entire October 1982 issue being devoted to a fictional first-person account of the story of their summer, "The Utterly Monstrous Mind-Roasting Summer of O.C. and Stiggs". The plotline and main characters of the movie were significantly different from the National Lampoon stories they were based on. Most notably, the original magazine characters were destructive, malevolent teenagers, whereas the main characters of the movie were not inherently destructive, and significant portions of the magazine story were omitted from the movie.


In an interview years later, included on the DVD release of Tanner '88, Altman acknowledges that the film didn't work but is quick to defend the cast, which included Tanner star Cynthia Nixon, saying it was "not their fault."[citation needed]


The film received generally lackluster reviews.[3]

Related Works[edit]

Alan Moore's comic characters D.R. and Quinch are a science fiction take on the magazine's O.C. and Stiggs characters.[4]


  1. ^ a b O.C. and Stiggs at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Maslin, Janet (March 18, 1988). "O C Stiggs (1985) Review/Film; A Look at High School In 'O.C. and Stiggs'". 
  3. ^ Rotten Tomatoes
  4. ^ Parkin, Lance (2013). Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore. London: Aurum Press Ltd. p. 156. ISBN 9781781310779. 

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