Vibes


1h 39m 1988
Vibes

Brief Synopsis

At the urging of an eccentric, two mismatched psychics team up for a mysterious mission to find a lost city of gold in Ecuador.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1988
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Riverside, California, USA; Cuenca, Ecuador; Cojitambo, Ecuador; Azoges, Ecuador; Mexico

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m

Synopsis

At the urging of an eccentric, two mismatched psychics team up for a mysterious mission to find a lost city of gold in Ecuador.

Crew

Jarek Alfer

Art Department

Sue Alpert

Visual Effects

Maura Alvarez

Effects Assistant

George H Anderson

Sound Editor

Larz Anderson

Other

Danny Anglin

Transportation Coordinator

Joni Avery

Stunts

Rick Avery

Stunts

John Bailey

Director Of Photography

Wayne Baker

Assistant Camera Operator

Kevin Barlia

Sound Editor

Louis Barlia

Camera Operator

Osvaldo Barrios

Song

Shelly Bartolini

Scenic Artist

Hank Baumert

Stunts

Beth Bergeron

Adr Editor

Bj Bjorkman

Script Supervisor

Deborah Blum

From Story

Deborah Blum

Producer

John Boxer

Costume Designer

Dale R Brady

Visual Effects

John Branagan

Stunts

John Branagan

Stunt Coordinator

Charles Brewer

Stunts

Norman Burza

Costumes

Michael Carrillo

Props

Anjelica Casillas

Effects Assistant

David Chamberlain

Production Assistant

Lisa Zeno Churgin

Assistant Editor

Keith Claridge

Production Assistant

Gary Cloppas

Casting

John Coffee

Boom Operator

Michele Conliffe

Post-Production Assistant

Glenn Corbett

Other

Al Cox

Camera Operator

Tom Cranham

Visual Effects

Charlie Croughwell

Stunts

Alan B. Curtiss

Assistant Director

Raúl Dávalos

Assistant Editor

Frank Demichelis

Craft Service

Betty Destafano

Hair

Dennis Dewaay

Construction Coordinator

Lisa Dorney

Sound Editor

Mark Dornfeld

Other

Phil Downey

Color Timer

Dennis Drummond

Sound Editor

Daniel Ducovny

Director Of Photography

Richard Edlund

Visual Effects

Leslie Ekker

Visual Effects

Andy Epper

Stunts

Robert Eyslee

Lighting Technician

Steven E Fegley

Foreman

Carl Fischer

Boom Operator

Carol Fleming

Sound Editor

Louis S Fleming

Property Master

Don Fly

Other

Brian Fong

Dga Trainee

Mike Franz

Other

Carrie Frazier

Casting

Alan Friedman

Makeup

Lowell Ganz

Screenplay

Lowell Ganz

From Story

Tony Ganz

Producer

Miranda Garrison

Choreographer

Kent Gebo

Visual Effects

Adam Gelbart

Visual Effects

Shani Ginsberg

Casting

Richard Bryce Goodman

Sound Mixer

Brian Grazer

Executive Producer

Ron Gress

Other

Amy Grgich

Casting Associate

Jorge Gundin

Production Manager

Eugene Gurlizt

Art Director

Allen L Hall

Special Effects Coordinator

Jim Cody Harrington

Production Assistant

Craig Harris

Sound

Ray Hartwick

Coproducer

Ray Hartwick

Unit Production Manager

D. M. Hemphill

Sound

Jim Henrikson

Music Editor

Adam Hill

Visual Effects

Frank Holdsworth

Other

James Horner

Music

Mike Hosch

Art Department

Ron Howard

Executive Producer

Dan Hutten

Special Effects Assistant

Ron Hutten

Production Assistant

Claudio Jacome

Music

George Jenson

Art Director

Kent Jones

Art Department

Roxanne Jones

Sound Editor

Gary L Karas

Special Effects Foreman

David Klassen

Set Designer

Neil Krepela

Director Of Photography

Michael Krevitt

Key Grip

Bobbe P Kurtz

Adr Editor

Joe Laune

Best Boy

Cyndi Lauper

Song

Cyndi Lauper

Song Performer

Norman Lee

Hair

Sondra Lee

Consultant

Jerry Leeds

Assistant Director

Shari Leibowitz

Production Coordinator

Carol Littleton

Editor

Kate Long

Associate Producer

Marcos Loya

Song

Tom Malanga

Production Auditor

Lesley Mallgrave

Production Coordinator

Babaloo Mandel

From Story

Babaloo Mandel

Screenplay

Soomi Marano

Production Coordinator

Cindy Marty

Sound Editor

Marilyn Matthews

Costumes

Bruce V. Mcbroom

Photography

John Mccarthy

Other

Patrick Mcclung

Visual Effects

Larry Mcconkey

Other

Ron Mcleish

Lighting

Dennis Michelson

Editor

John A Mileski

Other

Murray Miller

Location Manager

Phil Minsky

Caterer

Virgil Mirano

Photography

Michele Moen

Matte Painter

Jody Morlock

Consultant

Jody Morlock

Makeup

Thaine Morris

Special Effects Foreman

Ruth Myers

Costume Designer

Bruce Nalepinski

Unit Production Manager

William Neil

Photography

George R. Nelson

Set Decorator

Debbie Nodella

Assistant

Richard Orange

Song

Tim Pedegana

Production Assistant

Dan Perri

Titles

Eric Peterson

Assistant Camera Operator

Lennie Petze

Song

Gregory Pickrell

Art Director

Anne Rapp

Script Supervisor

Michael Raspa

Assistant Camera Operator

Samuel Recinos

Animation Supervisor

Pat Repola

Film Lab

Christy Richmond

Sound Editor

Alex Rodriguez

Other

Luis Rodriguez

Interpreter

Jeff Rosen

Sound Editor

Debbie Lynn Ross

Stunts

Luis A Sartor

Transportation Manager

Brian Saunders

Grip

Richard Sawyer

Production Designer

George Schrader

Dolly Grip

Jon Schreiber

Assistant

Dennis Schultz

Visual Effects

Eric Schwab

Location Manager

David Schwartz

Visual Effects

Tom Seidman

Assistant Director

Nicholas Seldon

Visual Effects

Paul Sharpe

Sound

Paul Skylar

Visual Effects

James Sleeper

Camera Operator

Ed Stabile

Apprentice

Patrick J Statham

Stunts

Edward Suski

Sound

Gil Valle

Dolly Grip

Pat Van Auken

Grip

Ron Viveros

Grip

Susan Walsh

Camera Operator

Wally Walters

Caterer

Justin Ware

Consultant

Mark West

Other

Gene Whiteman

Other

Marlene Williams

Hair

Claire Wilson

Assistant

David Wolff

Associate Producer

Debra Wolff

Assistant Editor

John M Woodward

Transportation Captain

Peter Paul Wrona

Makeup

Matthew Yuricich

Matte Painter

Maryjane Zelicskovics

Production Accountant

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1988
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Riverside, California, USA; Cuenca, Ecuador; Cojitambo, Ecuador; Azoges, Ecuador; Mexico

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m

Articles

Vibes


When MTV launched in 1981, a pop culture revolution began that altered the way we consumed our music, as increasingly extravagant music videos became a vital part of how the Billboard Hot 100 operated throughout the decade. Among the many bands and vocalists that shot to stardom with this platform (which has since dispensed with music videos almost entirely in the current millennium), most of the focus remained on megastars like Madonna, who scored a hit in film with Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), and Prince, who essentially played a variation of himself in Purple Rain (1984). One of the most eccentric MTV-connected star vehicles from the era is Vibes (1988), an oddball comedy adventure that marked the first and only leading studio role for Cyndi Lauper.

A number of music video-based acts drew attention for their outrageous, gender-bending appearance ranging from Annie Lennox to Boy George, but the Brooklyn-born Lauper trumped them all when her debut album, She's So Unusual, dropped in 1983 featuring cover art of her sporting wildly colorful hair and clothing. The artistic craft backed up her outrageous image with infectious singles like "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "Time After Time," "All Through the Night," "Money Changes Everything" and the controversial, boundary-pushing "She Bop." Lauper's connection to Hollywood came soon after when she recorded the single "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" for Richard Donner's The Goonies (1985). The video went into nearly nonstop rotation that summer. Following the release of her second album, True Colors, in 1986, as well as a prominent HBO concert in 1987, Lauper was ready to make the leap to moviedom with Vibes. In keeping with the trend at the time, she performed a song intended for the soundtrack entitled "Hole in My Heart (All the Way to China)," which ended up being released only as a standalone single that reached #54 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Soundtrack duties for this film instead were handled by the score composed by James Horner, a young composer who had cut his teeth on several Roger Corman films at the start of the decade and broke through to the mainstream with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and 48 Hrs. in 1982. In the interim before Vibes, Horner had landed major gigs on films like Cocoon (1985), Aliens (1986) and An American Tail (1986), but the year of this film's release saw him working at a fever pitch with his other 1988 scores, including Willow, The Land Before Time, Red Heat and Cocoon: The Return. However, his work on Vibes finds Horner in a playful mode using expressive woodwinds to echo the Incan setting of the story, and the score has become a cult favorite among film music collectors, earning a slot as one of the first CD releases in Varese Sarabande's CD Club line in 1990 and commanding enormous sums of money due to its limited nature (despite a subsequent 2014 reissue that has also become quite scarce). Of course, Horner would go on to win two Academy Awards for Titanic (1997) and remained in high demand until his tragic death in a 2015 plane crash.

In interviews for the film's publicity, Lauper expressed an affinity for her character, Sylvia Pickel, a romantically unlucky psychic who relies on a spirit guide named Louise. Offered a job by the mysterious Harry (Peter Falk) to find his missing son, she recruits fellow psychic Nick (Jeff Goldblum) to accompany her on a trip to Ecuador only to find that they are embroiled in a perilous quest for a lost city of gold. Stepping in after the departure of original leading man Dan Aykroyd, Goldblum had been a busy character actor since his grimy debut appearance in Death Wish (1974), with his acclaimed role in David Cronenberg's The Fly (1986) briefly establishing him as leading man material. His role as Nick here seems tailor-made for his unique cadence and wry screen persona, which also served him well in another MTV-influenced film that year, Julien Temple's Earth Girls Are Easy (1988), which reunited him with his wife at the time, Geena Davis.

Though Vibes was not warmly received by audiences or critics when it rolled out on August 5, 1988 from Columbia Pictures, it later developed a following via wide VHS and frequent cable airings. Goldblum has since remained a steady fixture on the screen, while Lauper's recording career continued unabated with occasional supporting acting roles turning up in films like Life with Mikey (1993) and The Opportunists (2000)--though her only other starring role came with the troubled comedy Off and Running (1991), which was buried in the collapse of Orion Pictures. Vibes remains her highest-profile film to date, and if anything, it's more fascinating and endearing now than when it was originally released and stands as an example of a kind of filmmaking truly for a bygone era.

By Nathaniel Thompson
Vibes

Vibes

When MTV launched in 1981, a pop culture revolution began that altered the way we consumed our music, as increasingly extravagant music videos became a vital part of how the Billboard Hot 100 operated throughout the decade. Among the many bands and vocalists that shot to stardom with this platform (which has since dispensed with music videos almost entirely in the current millennium), most of the focus remained on megastars like Madonna, who scored a hit in film with Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), and Prince, who essentially played a variation of himself in Purple Rain (1984). One of the most eccentric MTV-connected star vehicles from the era is Vibes (1988), an oddball comedy adventure that marked the first and only leading studio role for Cyndi Lauper. A number of music video-based acts drew attention for their outrageous, gender-bending appearance ranging from Annie Lennox to Boy George, but the Brooklyn-born Lauper trumped them all when her debut album, She's So Unusual, dropped in 1983 featuring cover art of her sporting wildly colorful hair and clothing. The artistic craft backed up her outrageous image with infectious singles like "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "Time After Time," "All Through the Night," "Money Changes Everything" and the controversial, boundary-pushing "She Bop." Lauper's connection to Hollywood came soon after when she recorded the single "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" for Richard Donner's The Goonies (1985). The video went into nearly nonstop rotation that summer. Following the release of her second album, True Colors, in 1986, as well as a prominent HBO concert in 1987, Lauper was ready to make the leap to moviedom with Vibes. In keeping with the trend at the time, she performed a song intended for the soundtrack entitled "Hole in My Heart (All the Way to China)," which ended up being released only as a standalone single that reached #54 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Soundtrack duties for this film instead were handled by the score composed by James Horner, a young composer who had cut his teeth on several Roger Corman films at the start of the decade and broke through to the mainstream with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and 48 Hrs. in 1982. In the interim before Vibes, Horner had landed major gigs on films like Cocoon (1985), Aliens (1986) and An American Tail (1986), but the year of this film's release saw him working at a fever pitch with his other 1988 scores, including Willow, The Land Before Time, Red Heat and Cocoon: The Return. However, his work on Vibes finds Horner in a playful mode using expressive woodwinds to echo the Incan setting of the story, and the score has become a cult favorite among film music collectors, earning a slot as one of the first CD releases in Varese Sarabande's CD Club line in 1990 and commanding enormous sums of money due to its limited nature (despite a subsequent 2014 reissue that has also become quite scarce). Of course, Horner would go on to win two Academy Awards for Titanic (1997) and remained in high demand until his tragic death in a 2015 plane crash. In interviews for the film's publicity, Lauper expressed an affinity for her character, Sylvia Pickel, a romantically unlucky psychic who relies on a spirit guide named Louise. Offered a job by the mysterious Harry (Peter Falk) to find his missing son, she recruits fellow psychic Nick (Jeff Goldblum) to accompany her on a trip to Ecuador only to find that they are embroiled in a perilous quest for a lost city of gold. Stepping in after the departure of original leading man Dan Aykroyd, Goldblum had been a busy character actor since his grimy debut appearance in Death Wish (1974), with his acclaimed role in David Cronenberg's The Fly (1986) briefly establishing him as leading man material. His role as Nick here seems tailor-made for his unique cadence and wry screen persona, which also served him well in another MTV-influenced film that year, Julien Temple's Earth Girls Are Easy (1988), which reunited him with his wife at the time, Geena Davis. Though Vibes was not warmly received by audiences or critics when it rolled out on August 5, 1988 from Columbia Pictures, it later developed a following via wide VHS and frequent cable airings. Goldblum has since remained a steady fixture on the screen, while Lauper's recording career continued unabated with occasional supporting acting roles turning up in films like Life with Mikey (1993) and The Opportunists (2000)--though her only other starring role came with the troubled comedy Off and Running (1991), which was buried in the collapse of Orion Pictures. Vibes remains her highest-profile film to date, and if anything, it's more fascinating and endearing now than when it was originally released and stands as an example of a kind of filmmaking truly for a bygone era. By Nathaniel Thompson

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video January 5, 1989

Released in United States Summer August 5, 1988

Feature film debut for singer Cyndi Lauper.

Began shooting April 9, 1987.

Completed shooting June 1987.

Released in United States on Video January 5, 1989

Released in United States Summer August 5, 1988