Six degrees of Smith: Patrice Rohmer, like Smith was also a groupie in PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE. Edra Gale was also in FAREWELL MY LOVELY in which Cheryl played the small but memorable role of Doris. Rohmer and Smith will both also be together but separate on Shout Factory's upcoming dvd double feature of CAGED HEAT/JACKSON COUNTY JAIL.
Could also play this game with husband and wife Patrick Wright & Tallie Cochrane....they worked with Patrice on AMOROUS ADVENTURES OF DON QUIXOTE & SANCHO PANZA in 1976......and, in one of her only other film roles, Helen Lang was in TARZ AND JANE AND CHEETAH ('75) with them.
From Georgina Spelvin:
"Tallie Cochran, the cute curly head, got me this gig. It was shot "soft" then I heard they spliced some "hard" footage in later so it could compete for an AFA award. I think I won a Best Actress for it - which was just wrong. The best actress in this flick was the mule. Her portrayal of a zebra was worthy of an Oscar."
Beam runs and is pursued by six cheerleaders. As the camera pans, Cheryl Linde is center-frame. Oh, well, nice to see her one last time. Lerner: "We had a much more extended sequence [in the mall] which we didn't use. There were other sequences in the furniture store but [the continuity] got weird and we couldn't use it." On the behind-the-scenes in material on the DVD, we see Linde in the furniture store wearing a very elaborate and revealing blue dress, which almost looks like a superheroine's costume. There is also a shot of Rainbeaux Smith sitting next to a mannequin; the mannequin is "holding" a cigarette. (Rainbeaux'?) It's not clear whether this gag was intended for the film or is just on-set goofing around.
Dunn enters Hartlander's office. I've always been amused by the decor just outside the door. The office itself is heavily decorated, and the door opens automatically like a "Star Trek door," except instead of a vertical line separating the two sides of the door, it is a zig-zag. But outside the office the furniture consists of a sole hanging light bulb. Dunn and Hartlander examine a model of Park 'N Lark Shopping Center #101. "Given the chance, Dunn, we're going to sell whatever there is to sell to whoever there is to buy it." Hartlander's look of glee is bordering on psychotic. William Bramley really excels at these kind of exclamations. ("There is really only one goal:to build a fine community to live in...and to live in it. BUT DAMMIT THIS TIME IT'S FOR REAL!")
Beam climbs down a metal "ladder" that is built into a wall. She appears to be in a storm drain, possibly one that dumps into the L. A. River. In a tunnel at Bronson, Tishi and Heather are running but stop abruptly. Tishi yells "Dead end!" but her original line appears to have been something else, and the voice doesn't sound like hers.
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Beam emerges into the concrete riverbed, followed by Sesame and Leslie. In the next shot, Gail is with them too. Apparently the riverbed is near the golf course, because the pursuit continues there. Tishi and Heather remain in the Bronson tunnel, in dumb wonderment. Beam rolls down a hill. Walker, still in his strait-jacket, is also running around in in the golf course. Beam runs into a sand trap, which turns out to be quicksand. The quicksand effect is nicely achieved, and appears to actually have been executed at the location.
In the tunnel, Tishi and Heather can somehow hear Beam's screams. In Hartlander's office, dirt begins to rain down from the ceiling. Beam submerges completely in the quicksand, then falls through Hartlander's ceiling. (Edra Gale, or a convincing facsimile, really does appear to take a ten-foot fall.) Hall Walker, still strait-jacketed, falls face-first into the quicksand. Lerner: "He didn't enjoy it; I know that much. It was actually pretty painful, I think." The three golf course cheerleaders jump into the quicksand. Helen Lang is the last to go in, and Cheryl Linde emerges in Hartlander's office. We can presume that the office scenes were shot early-on, which may explain why the one scene of Hartlander on the phone is so disjointed--the set had been struck and re-takes were no longer an option. Tishi and Heather enter the office through the Star Trek door, beam attacks Hartlander, the girls attack Beam, and the scene ends quickly in an optical spin, perhaps to avoid showing the alternate cheerleaders.
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We are treated to one last Aloha Times front page, which brings us up to date with a series of headlines and sub-headlines. Allow me to summarize. Hartlander is indicted, Beam has turned states evidence and the cheerleaders are to be feted. As usual, the "articles" are the same repeated paragraphs. The paper also publishes a nice publicity photo of the girls. On the same page is an article "Prepaid Taxes Reach Highest Mark In History." I have seen this same article in at least one other mock-up movie newspaper, although I can't remember which one. Like the issue with the announcement of the school being blown up, this is Vol. XXX, No. 42.
The party for the cheerleaders is a luau. The basketball team is there, as are most of my favorite extras from the food fight. They are in their party finery. Dr. Ivory arrives, hand bandaged, with a bag from Ralphs supermarket. The ad copy on the side of the bag touts their "price pledge." He tells Heather that he now works for the fire department.
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Get it? Because he burned down his office?
Ivory pats Heather's belly. "I see you're still holding that basketball."
"Yeah--been bouncing around really a lot!"
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Heather, who's wearing a lovely choker, introduces Ivory to Walker. Walker puts out a hand to shake, but Ivory gives him five. Sesame puts a lei around Ivory's neck. She looks at his grocery bag and says "Garbage!" He corrects her--it's a gift for later. (Originally I believe the party was going to include a recycling message.) Nurse Beam is present, framed behind a glazed pig. I think perhaps the cinematographer is making an unkind comparison. Music begins to play and the group begins to dance. Joanne, eating a piece of Aloha cake with lovely blue frosting, can't help but crack a smile. Sesame and Leslie are topless, naturally.
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The four non-pregnant cheerleaders do a synchronized dance with the basketball team dancing behind them. There is an optical wipe and the end credits roll. The dancing continues, and Sesame starts doing a "bug dance," where she mimes that she is holding an insect. She tosses it at Gail, who now "has the bug" and must dance solo. Is Jerii Woods wearing panties in this scene? I didn't used to think so, but now I do.
Leslie is next to do a solo dance, which makes use of Helen Lang's bellydance training. And her nudity. She also passes the bug, but we never see specifically to whom. Brian and some other dude do engage in some lovely break-dancing, however. I used to think the other guy might be choreographer Xavier Chatman, but after comparing him to the gent in the behind-the scenes footage, I reject that theory. The end credits finish.
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The words "Three Months Later" appear on the screen, and we cut to the area in front of the school, by the statue. The cheerleaders (minus Heather,) Brian, Boner, Eddie, Jordan and Fred (plaid shirt) dance. Presumably the filmmakers had the presence of mind to shoot this well ahead of time, as the wardrobe and camera angles are the same as were used previous times at this location. As happens occasionally in the film, we hear a post-dubbed voice (supposedly one of the cheerleaders, but not really) say "Look, there's Heather!" We cut to where the group is looking, approximately across Venice Boulevard, but probably a public park in reality. Heather turns around slowly to reveal her (real-life) baby. She waves and smiles from a universe away, motherhood having unburdened her from the desire to shave her armpits. Quite a triumphant, upbeat note to end the film on, if you don't stop to think about it for too long. This movie has great big balls, and this wrap-up is perhaps the greatest single example.
FILMFACTS Vol. 20 (1977)
excerpt: "A decade from now, some pseudo-intellectual film clique will declare Revenge of the Cheerleaders to be a noteworthy and laudable example of counter-cinematic expressionism of the '70s . . . Revenge of the Cheerleaders is a rancid movie with some raucous humor in foul taste."
Well, FILMFACTS, revel in your prescience, since you got everything else wrong.
HUGE thanks for all the encouragement. It's been nice to know I'm not just screaming into the canyon. Definitely a lot of "thoughts" here I've been wanting to exorcise, but there's no escaping that this "project" might just be idiotic.
Incredibly, there are still things from this movie creeping around in my brain like spiders. One is the sign in the cafeteria that says "Vice-Versa." Huh? Is "vice" some reference to the morality crisis? Is this supposed to be a reminder to the students that they need to turn things around to avoid the merger?
Another is something I noticed written on the blackboard at Lincoln--from memory, I believe it's "Sit down, be quiet, read the bulletin." Man, "the bulletin." I haven't thought of that in 30 years.
You are a machine Marshall. Its been an entertaining read.
Thanks for giving me a reason to finally get to ROTC, its fantastic. A red convertible full of charm and boobs allow it to overcome numerous continuity problems and ridiculous scenarios to be one of the most entertaining teen sex comedies I've seen. Seeing "the Hoff" and his antics blew my mind. I didn't care for the fire extinguisher holdup or the awkward way they inserted Heather into the ending, but when I'm watching a film called Revenge of the Cheerleaders I'm willing to forgive anything as long as I'm entertained. Sesame was easily my favorite cheerleader, that girl look more comfortable with her clothes off (loved those panties).
George Lucas needs to get a hold of this film and remove Heather and her armpit hair from the ending. Then maybe he could digitally insert her twin sister, Cheryl Smith, into the wide shot.