Episode 24 - Tomboy (1985)
Well here we are again friends, back digging through the trash bin of our favorite production/distribution company of the exploitation era:
That's right, Tomboy was created by our lord and savior, Crown International Pictures. It was a huge success for them as well, this movie made $14 Million in the domestic box office - that's right, $14 million in 1985.
Tomboy is one of those movies that tries so hard to be open minded and progressive but fails so spectacularly it's comical. While Tommy (that's right, the main character's name is Tommy, and she's a girl; cue laughter) is great at everything she does someone is always there reminding her that no matter how hard she tries she will always be an inferior gender. Even in the end when she triumphs over every man around her they tell her she's good enough to build a car but certainly not good enough to drive it.
"We need to make sure she gets puts in her place, because you know, nobody will believe this broad could actually be a race car driver" - said by every Crown International executive in the boardroom before the check was cut.
Tomboy is what you would always hope and expect from a Crown movie. The plot evolves naturally through a series of gags and nonsensical characters who somehow congregate in the last 15 minutes for an event to happen. You could criticize this approach but when your movie features this scene in the first 5 minutes it's hard to complain.
I highly recommend this film to our listeners. It's an example of Crown International Pictures at the top of their game.
NEXT WEEK'S FILM
Miami Connection (1987)
Directed : Woo-Sang Park and Y.K. Kim
Starring: Y.K. Kim, Vincent Hirsch, Joseph Diamand
If for some reason you haven't seen this movie yet, RUN over to Amazon and check it out. This film was released by the great people over at Drafthouse Films and we highly encourage everyone to support their efforts to bring back these lost films and help them find new audiences.