Heavy Petting


1h 20m 1988

Brief Synopsis

A humorous look at teenage romance in America, its trials, tribulations, and mores, utilizing compilation footage and interviews.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1988
Distribution Company
SKOURAS

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m

Synopsis

A humorous look at teenage romance in America, its trials, tribulations, and mores, utilizing compilation footage and interviews.

Crew

Nan Allendorfer

Researcher

Laurie Anderson

Other

Nancy Anderson

Researcher

Nina Aquino

Production Assistant

Jules Backus

Consultant

Barry Bartkowski

Other

Richard H Bartlett

Other

Edith Becker

Editor

Edith Becker

Assistant Director

Jordan Beisel

Production Assistant

Laslo Benedek

Other

Obie Benz

Producer

Edward Bernds

Other

Sandra Bernhard

Other

Lance Bird

Consultant

Risa Bramon Garcia

Casting

Scott Briendel

Sound

Richard Brooks

Other

Johnny Burnett

Song Performer

William S. Burroughs

Other

David Byrne

Other

Edward L. Cahn

Other

Catherine Conover

Assistant

Sean Coughlin

Other

Margie Crimmins

Sound Editing

Magda Dajani

Makeup

Marybeth Danna

Assistant Producer

Bobby Darin

Song Performer

Lee Dichter

Sound

Fats Domino

Song Performer

Sue Dorfman

Assistant

James R. Dyer

Other

Preston Epp

Song Performer

David Eubank

Assistant Camera Operator

Suzanne Fenn

Story By

Frances Fisher

Other

Cindy Friedman

Assistant Editor

Allen Ginsberg

Other

Jeff Goodman

Researcher

Spalding Gray

Other

Kevin P Green

Researcher

Zelda Greenstein

Sound Editor

Lianne Halfon

Story By

Lauren Helf

Assistant Editor

Annie Hess

Assistant

Abbie Hoffman

Other

John Hunting

Assistant

Wayne Jobson

Other

Lewanne Jones

Researcher

James Karnbach

Consultant

Michael Kolvek

Color Timer

Elizabeth Lahey

Other

Frederic Lahey

Other

Norman Lear

Assistant

James Limbacher

Consultant

Brian Little

Assistant

Judy Little

Assistant

Little Richard

Song Performer

Joshua Logan

Other

Paul Longendyke

Other

Zoe Lund

Other

Fred Macdonald

Consultant

Ann Magnuson

Other

Judith Malina

Other

Jane Mcculley

Assistant Editor

Tony Mcnamara

Assistant Camera Operator

Kati Meister

Researcher

Serge Mihojlov

Electrician

Marilyn Monroe

Song Performer

Josh Mostel

Other

Ricky Nelson

Song Performer

Carol Noblitt

Coproducer

William O'farrell

Consultant

John Oates

Other

Jacki Ochs

Other

Daisy Paradis

Assistant

David Paradis

Assistant

Noelle Penraat

Negative Cutting

Nessia Pope

Production Assistant

Rick Prelinger

Researcher

Julian Price

Assistant

Kevin Rafferty

Consultant

Pierce Rafferty

Other

Nicholas Ray

Other

Karola Ritter

Assistant Camera Operator

Fernando Saralegui

Assistant Camera Operator

Lisa Schnall

Sound

Rena Schwarz

Assistant Editor

Rena Shulsky

Assistant

Karen Sidel

Assistant Producer

Sandi Sissel

Other

Sandi Sissel

Director Of Photography

Kim Smith

Assistant

Judith Sobol

Editor

Kevin Stein

Consultant

Nancy Strogoff

Production Assistant

Richard Tabler

Researcher

Tani Takagi

Production Accountant

Dyanna Taylor

Camera Operator

David Thaxton

Researcher

The Diamonds

Song Performer

The Shirelles

Song Performer

Marshall Turner

Other

Josh Waletzky

Editor

Betsy Weedon

Assistant

Paul Wendkos

Other

Merce Williams

Sound

Hal Willner

Music

Eddie Wright

Production Assistant

Allison Wunderland

Assistant Producer

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1988
Distribution Company
SKOURAS

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m

Articles

Spalding Gray (1941-2004)


Spalding Gray, the self-effacing monologist and actor, whose best work offered a sublime mix of personal confessions and politically charged insights, was confirmed dead on March 8 one day after his body was found in New York City's East River. He had been missing for two months and family members had feared he had committed suicide. He was 62.

Gray was born in Barrington, Rhode Island on June 5, 1941, one of three sons born to Rockwell and Elizabeth Gray. He began pursuing an acting career at Emerson College in Boston. After graduation, he relocated to New York, where he acted in several plays in the late '60s and early '70s. He scored a breakthrough when he landed the lead role of Hoss in Sam Shepard's Off-Broadway hit Tooth of Crime in its 1973 New York premiere. Three years later he co-founded the avant-garde theatrical troupe, The Wooster Group with Willem Dafoe.

It was this period in the late '70s, when he was performing in Manhattan's underground theater circles, did Gray carve out his niche as a skilled monologist. His first formal monologue was about his childhood Sex and Death to the Age 14, performed at the Performing Garage in Manhattan in 1979; next came his adventures as a young university student Booze, Cars and College Girls in 1980; and the following year, he dealt with his chronicles as a struggling actor, A Personal History of the American Theater. These productions were all critical successes, and Gray soon became the darling of a small cult as his harrowing but funny takes on revealing the emotional and psychological cracks in his life brought some fresh air to the genre of performance art.

Although acting in small parts in film since the '70s, it wasn't until he garnered a role in The Killing Fields (1984), that he began to gain more prominent exposure. His experiences making The Killing Fields formed the basis of his one-man stage show Swimming to Cambodia which premiered on Off-Broadway in 1985. Both haunting and humorous, the plainsong sincerity of his performance exuded a raw immediacy and fragile power. Gray managed to relate his personal turmoil to larger issues of morality throughout the play, including absurdities in filmmaking, prostitution in Bangkok (where the movie was shot), and the genocidal reign of the Pol Pot. Gray won an Obie Award - the Off-Broadway's equivalent to the Tony Award - for his performance and two years later, his play was adapted by Jonathan Demme onto film, further broadening his acceptance as a unique and vital artistic talent.

After the success of Swimming to Cambodia, Gray found some work in the mainstream: Bette Midler's fiance in Beaches (1988), a regular part for one season as Fran Drescher's therapist in the CBS sitcom The Nanny (1989-90), a sardonic editor in Ron Howard's underrated comedy The Paper (1994), and a recent appearance as a doctor in Meg Ryan's romantic farce Kate & Leopold (2001). He also had two more of his monologues adapted to film: Monster in a Box (1992) and Gray's Anatomy (1996). Both films were further meditations on life and death done with the kind of biting personal wit that was the charming trademark of Gray.

His life took a sudden downturn when he suffered a frightening head-on car crash during a 2001 vacation in Ireland to celebrate his 60th birthday. He suffered a cracked skull, a broken hip and nerve damage to one foot and although he recovered physically, the incident left him traumatized. He tried jumping from a bridge near his Long Island home in October 2002. Family members, fearing for his safety, and well aware of his family history of mental illness (his mother committed suicide in 1967) convinced him to seek treatment in a Connecticut psychiatric hospital the following month.

Sadly, despite his release, Gary's mental outlook did not improve. He was last seen leaving his Manhattan apartment on January 10, and witnesses had reported a man fitting Gray's description look despondent and upset on the Staten Island Ferry that evening. He is survived by his spouse Kathleen Russo; two sons, Forrest and Theo; Russo's daughter from a previous relationship, Marissa; and two brothers, Rockwell and Channing.

by Michael T. Toole
Spalding Gray (1941-2004)

Spalding Gray (1941-2004)

Spalding Gray, the self-effacing monologist and actor, whose best work offered a sublime mix of personal confessions and politically charged insights, was confirmed dead on March 8 one day after his body was found in New York City's East River. He had been missing for two months and family members had feared he had committed suicide. He was 62. Gray was born in Barrington, Rhode Island on June 5, 1941, one of three sons born to Rockwell and Elizabeth Gray. He began pursuing an acting career at Emerson College in Boston. After graduation, he relocated to New York, where he acted in several plays in the late '60s and early '70s. He scored a breakthrough when he landed the lead role of Hoss in Sam Shepard's Off-Broadway hit Tooth of Crime in its 1973 New York premiere. Three years later he co-founded the avant-garde theatrical troupe, The Wooster Group with Willem Dafoe. It was this period in the late '70s, when he was performing in Manhattan's underground theater circles, did Gray carve out his niche as a skilled monologist. His first formal monologue was about his childhood Sex and Death to the Age 14, performed at the Performing Garage in Manhattan in 1979; next came his adventures as a young university student Booze, Cars and College Girls in 1980; and the following year, he dealt with his chronicles as a struggling actor, A Personal History of the American Theater. These productions were all critical successes, and Gray soon became the darling of a small cult as his harrowing but funny takes on revealing the emotional and psychological cracks in his life brought some fresh air to the genre of performance art. Although acting in small parts in film since the '70s, it wasn't until he garnered a role in The Killing Fields (1984), that he began to gain more prominent exposure. His experiences making The Killing Fields formed the basis of his one-man stage show Swimming to Cambodia which premiered on Off-Broadway in 1985. Both haunting and humorous, the plainsong sincerity of his performance exuded a raw immediacy and fragile power. Gray managed to relate his personal turmoil to larger issues of morality throughout the play, including absurdities in filmmaking, prostitution in Bangkok (where the movie was shot), and the genocidal reign of the Pol Pot. Gray won an Obie Award - the Off-Broadway's equivalent to the Tony Award - for his performance and two years later, his play was adapted by Jonathan Demme onto film, further broadening his acceptance as a unique and vital artistic talent. After the success of Swimming to Cambodia, Gray found some work in the mainstream: Bette Midler's fiance in Beaches (1988), a regular part for one season as Fran Drescher's therapist in the CBS sitcom The Nanny (1989-90), a sardonic editor in Ron Howard's underrated comedy The Paper (1994), and a recent appearance as a doctor in Meg Ryan's romantic farce Kate & Leopold (2001). He also had two more of his monologues adapted to film: Monster in a Box (1992) and Gray's Anatomy (1996). Both films were further meditations on life and death done with the kind of biting personal wit that was the charming trademark of Gray. His life took a sudden downturn when he suffered a frightening head-on car crash during a 2001 vacation in Ireland to celebrate his 60th birthday. He suffered a cracked skull, a broken hip and nerve damage to one foot and although he recovered physically, the incident left him traumatized. He tried jumping from a bridge near his Long Island home in October 2002. Family members, fearing for his safety, and well aware of his family history of mental illness (his mother committed suicide in 1967) convinced him to seek treatment in a Connecticut psychiatric hospital the following month. Sadly, despite his release, Gary's mental outlook did not improve. He was last seen leaving his Manhattan apartment on January 10, and witnesses had reported a man fitting Gray's description look despondent and upset on the Staten Island Ferry that evening. He is survived by his spouse Kathleen Russo; two sons, Forrest and Theo; Russo's daughter from a previous relationship, Marissa; and two brothers, Rockwell and Channing. by Michael T. Toole

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1989

Released in United States January 1989

Released in United States February 1989

Released in United States May 20, 1989

Released in United States July 7, 1989

Released in United States September 15, 1989

Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals September 8-17, 1988.

Shown at Independent Feature Project (IFP), New York City October 1988.

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 30 & October 1, 1989.

Shown at United States Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 21, 22, 27, & 28, 1989.

Shown at Berlin Film Festival (Panorama) February 12, 13 & 14, 1989.

Shown at Cannes Film Festival (market) May 20, 1989.

Shown at Moscow International Film Festival July 7, 1989.

Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals September 15, 1989.

Re-released in Munich January 10, 1991.

Released in United States Fall September 22, 1989

Released in United States on Video January 4, 1990

Released in United States September 1988 (Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals September 8-17, 1988.)

Released in United States October 1988 (Shown at Independent Feature Project (IFP), New York City October 1988.)

Released in United States 1989 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 30 & October 1, 1989.)

Released in United States January 1989 (Shown at United States Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 21, 22, 27, & 28, 1989.)

Released in United States February 1989 (Shown at Berlin Film Festival (Panorama) February 12, 13 & 14, 1989.)

Released in United States May 20, 1989 (Shown at Cannes Film Festival (market) May 20, 1989.)

Released in United States July 7, 1989 (Shown at Moscow International Film Festival July 7, 1989.)

Released in United States Fall September 22, 1989

Released in United States on Video January 4, 1990

Released in United States September 1988

Released in United States October 1988

Released in United States September 15, 1989 (Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals September 15, 1989.)