Rooftops


1h 35m 1989

Brief Synopsis

A group of teenagers in New York's Lower East Side take up residence on the rooftop of an abandoned building.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1989
Distribution Company
New Visions Entertainment Corporation
Location
Silvercup Studios, New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m

Synopsis

A group of teenagers in New York's Lower East Side take up residence on the rooftop of an abandoned building.

Crew

Frans J Afman

Other

Robert M Andres

Key Grip

Tom Andrews

Music

Edwin C Atkins

Unit Production Manager

J Avery

Song

Antony Baldasare

Props

Gary Baxley

Stunt Coordinator

Stuart Benjamin

Executive Producer

Mark Bero

Apprentice

Peter Betulia

Grip

Lyda Blank

Location Scout

Gary Blufer

Sound Effects

Brett Botula

Location Manager

Sidney Bowen

Location Scout

Terence Brennan

Screenplay

Elizabeth Otis Brown

Dga Trainee

Robin Brown

Assistant Camera Operator

Pete Bucossi

Stunts

Gary Burritt

Negative Cutting

John Carrafa

Choreographer

Jimmy Chambers

Song

George Chandler

Song

Merrie Chase

Production Assistant

Tricia A Cooke

Craft Service

David Cooney

Other

H. H. Cooper

Production Assistant

Carolyn Couch

Production Assistant

Nick Cupkovic

Electrician

Jay C Currin

Stunts

Bill Curry

Other

Michael Curry

Other

Deanthony Darnell

Other

Joseph Debeasi

Music Editor

Wojciech Debowski

Security

Kathleen Detoro

Costume Designer

Doreen A Dixon

Adr Editor

Marek Dobrowolski

Assistant Art Director

Norman Douglass

Stunts

Dean Drabin

Foley Mixer

Leslie Dunbar

Production Assistant

Byron Easley

Assistant

Gordon Ecker

Sound Editor

Craig Erwich

Production Assistant

John Michael Fanaris

Sound Effects

William Farber

Other

Roy Farfel

Stunts

Richard Feldman

Song

Rick Field

Sound

Daniel Finn

Production Assistant

Candy Flanagin

Special Effects Coordinator

Jay Floyd

Craft Service

Sally Friedman

Production Assistant

Carl Bruce Frye

Production Assistant

Keith Gardner

Boom Operator

John Gasperin

Assistant

Gail Geibel

Production Coordinator

Hector Gika

Sound Editor

Theresa Giraldi

Makeup Assistant

Allan A Goldstein

Other

Allan A Goldstein

From Story

Allan A Goldstein

Coproducer

Rio Hackford

Production Assistant

Taylor Hackford

Executive Producer

Bob Hagans

Color Timer

Alex Hapsis

Assistant Director

William Harrison

Special Effects Assistant

Mark L Hartman

Production Assistant

Barbara J Hause

Wardrobe Supervisor

Brent Haywood

Construction

Gary Hecker

Foley Artist

Jimmy Helms

Song

Liam Hensall

Song

Paula Herold

Casting

Amy Herzig

Casting Associate

Sean Hobin

Dga Trainee

Joy Hooper

Stunts

Mark Horstmann

Other

Mike Hoskinson

Sound Editor

Jude Hudson

Song

Vince Hudson

Song

Eugene Iemola

Assistant Director

Edward Jabara

Grip

Etta James

Song Performer

Etta James

Song

Joniece Jamison

Song Performer

Sue Jett

Coproducer

Joanna Jimenez

Dailies

Grace Jones

Song Performer

Grace Jones

Song

Michael Kamen

Song

Michael Kamen

Music

Jenny Kane

Electrician

Susan Kaplan

Assistant

George Karshner

Other

Aleen Keshishian

Casting

Steve Kirshoff

Special Effects Coordinator

Paul Kizjzer

Other

Billy Koch

Production Assistant

Howard W. Koch Jr.

Producer

Robin Koenig

On-Set Dresser

Tom Kudlek

Dolly Grip

Katherine Lanasa

Assistant

Michael Leather

On-Set Dresser

Douglas Lebrecht

Scenic Artist

Dayna Lee

Assistant

David B Leener

Production Assistant

Annie Lennox

Song

John Leveque

Sound Editor

Joshua Levinson

Production Assistant

Willy M

Song

Steve Mack

Stunts

Cecilia Mamby

Production Assistant

Tony Mark

Coproducer

Tony Mark

From Story

Brick Mason

Production

Conor Mccourt

Production Assistant

Margaret Ann Mccourt

Production Auditor

Andre Michalski

Production Assistant

Kenneth D Nelson

Construction Coordinator

Tom Nelson

Sound

Ed Newins

Grip

Sharon Nissim

Craft Service

Steven A Nitzberg

Electrician

David Noble

Grip

Jeannine Oppewall

Production Designer

Jeffrey Osborne

Song Performer

Janet Paparazzo

Stunts

Anne Pattison

Makeup

Steve Pederson

Sound

Mark Peltzer

Property Master

Meg Pennington

Production Assistant

Scott Peterson

Other

Michael E Polakow

Assistant Editor

Richard Portman

Sound

Jenny Psaki

Consultant

Aaron F. Quarles

Hair

Tony Quinn

Music Coordinator

Gretchen Rau

Set Decorator

Fabienne Rawley

Apprentice

Joseph Ray

Assistant Director

Robert Reed

Song

Tim Reid

Production Assistant

William H. Reynolds

Editor

Ernest Robinson

Production Assistant

Peter Rocca

Stunts

Cornelia Rogan

Script Supervisor

Marc Rogers

Gaffer

Varcra Russal

Assistant

Melissa Sablack

Accounting Assistant

Dennis Salomone

Other

Steve Sands

Photography

Ivan Saperstein

Production Assistant

Patricia Reed Scott

Assistant

Patrick Seymour

Song

Patrick Seymour

Song Performer

Heidi Shulman

Wardrobe Supervisor

Joel Sill

Music Producer

Michele Simon

Assistant

Bim Sinclair

Song

Bud Sinclair

Song

Christopher Skutch

Grip

Susan Sloan

Other

Karl Slovin

Camera Trainee

Mark Smith

Sound

Curt Sobel

Music Editor

William Sohmer

Scenic Artist

Michele Sommer

Props

John Sosenko

Camera Operator

Richard Spector

Production Assistant

Mark Sperry

Production Assistant

Christopher Stanley

Song

John Wright Stevens

Art Director

Alicia M Stevenson

Foley Artist

Dave Stewart

Song Performer

Dave Stewart

Music

Dave Stewart

Song

Bernie Styles

Casting

Gary Tacon

Stunts

Sylvia Trapanese

Production Assistant

Jeff Tufano

Assistant Camera Operator

David S Tuttman

Other

Theo Van De Sande

Director Of Photography

Deputy Chief Inspector Venditto

Assistant

Richard Ventre

Scenic Artist

Jelon Vieira

Choreographer

Justin Vogel

Production Assistant

Rosanne Vogel

Production Accountant

Don Warner

Adr Editor

Janice Weiss

Production Assistant

Bart Wenrich

Location Assistant

Matt Widman

Location Assistant

Scott Williams

Best Boy

Charlie Wilson

Song Performer

Charlie Wilson

Song

Lisa Winick

Production Assistant

Darren Wiseman

Location Assistant

Robert Wood

Key Grip

Richard E Yawn

Sound Editor

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1989
Distribution Company
New Visions Entertainment Corporation
Location
Silvercup Studios, New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m

Articles

Robert Wise (1914-2005)


Robert Wise, who died at age 91 on September 14, was the noted film editor of Citizen Kane (1941) and other movies before he became a producer and director, and all his works are marked by striking visual rhythms. He is best remembered for two enormously popular musicals, West Side Story (1959) and The Sound of Music (1965), which brought him a total of four Oscars® -- each winning for Best Picture and Best Director. (Wise's directorial award for West Side Story was shared with Jerome Robbins.)

Born on September 10, 1914 in Winchester, Ind., Wise was a child of the Depression who quit college to earn a living in the movie industry. He began as an assistant cutter at RKO, where he worked his way up to the position of film editor and earned an Oscar® nomination for his bravura work with Orson Welles on Citizen Kane. He also edited The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) for Welles, along with several other RKO films.

Wise became a director by default when RKO and producer Val Lewton assigned him to The Curse of the Cat People (1944) after Gunther von Fritsch failed to meet the film's production schedule. Wise turned the film into a first-rate psychological thriller, and enjoyed equal success with another Lewton horror film, The Body Snatcher (1945).

Critical praise also was showered upon Wise's Born to Kill (1947), a crime melodrama; and Blood on the Moon (1948), an unusual psychological Western starring Robert Mitchum. Even more highly regarded was The Set-Up (1949), a no-punches-pulled boxing drama that won the Critics' Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Wise moved on from RKO in the early 1950s, directing one of the movies' classic alien invasion films, The Day the Earth Stood Still, for 20th Century Fox.

At MGM he directed Executive Suite (1954), a compelling all-star boardroom drama; Somebody Up There Likes Me, a film bio of boxer Rocky Graziano that established Paul Newman as a major star; and The Haunting (1963), a chilling haunted-hause melodrama. His films for United Artists include Run Silent, Run Deep (1958), a submarine drama with Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster; I Want to Live! (1958), a harrowing account of a convicted murderess on Death Row, with Susan Hayward in her Oscar-winning performance; and the crime caper Odds Against Tomorrow (1959).

Wise served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Directors Guild of America. He was awarded the Academy's Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1966, and the Directors Guild's highest honor, the D.W. Griffith Award, in 1988. He remained active as a director through the 1970s. His final film, Rooftops (1989) was a musical with an urban setting that recalled West Side Story.

The films in TCM's salute to Robert Wise are Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), The Curse of the Cat People (1944), The Body Snatcher (1945), Born to Kill (1947), Blood on the Moon (1948), The Set-Up (1949), Executive Suite (1954), Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), Run Silent, Run Deep (1958), B>West Side Story (1959), Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) and The Haunting (1963).

by Roger Fristoe
Robert Wise (1914-2005)

Robert Wise (1914-2005)

Robert Wise, who died at age 91 on September 14, was the noted film editor of Citizen Kane (1941) and other movies before he became a producer and director, and all his works are marked by striking visual rhythms. He is best remembered for two enormously popular musicals, West Side Story (1959) and The Sound of Music (1965), which brought him a total of four Oscars® -- each winning for Best Picture and Best Director. (Wise's directorial award for West Side Story was shared with Jerome Robbins.) Born on September 10, 1914 in Winchester, Ind., Wise was a child of the Depression who quit college to earn a living in the movie industry. He began as an assistant cutter at RKO, where he worked his way up to the position of film editor and earned an Oscar® nomination for his bravura work with Orson Welles on Citizen Kane. He also edited The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) for Welles, along with several other RKO films. Wise became a director by default when RKO and producer Val Lewton assigned him to The Curse of the Cat People (1944) after Gunther von Fritsch failed to meet the film's production schedule. Wise turned the film into a first-rate psychological thriller, and enjoyed equal success with another Lewton horror film, The Body Snatcher (1945). Critical praise also was showered upon Wise's Born to Kill (1947), a crime melodrama; and Blood on the Moon (1948), an unusual psychological Western starring Robert Mitchum. Even more highly regarded was The Set-Up (1949), a no-punches-pulled boxing drama that won the Critics' Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Wise moved on from RKO in the early 1950s, directing one of the movies' classic alien invasion films, The Day the Earth Stood Still, for 20th Century Fox. At MGM he directed Executive Suite (1954), a compelling all-star boardroom drama; Somebody Up There Likes Me, a film bio of boxer Rocky Graziano that established Paul Newman as a major star; and The Haunting (1963), a chilling haunted-hause melodrama. His films for United Artists include Run Silent, Run Deep (1958), a submarine drama with Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster; I Want to Live! (1958), a harrowing account of a convicted murderess on Death Row, with Susan Hayward in her Oscar-winning performance; and the crime caper Odds Against Tomorrow (1959). Wise served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Directors Guild of America. He was awarded the Academy's Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1966, and the Directors Guild's highest honor, the D.W. Griffith Award, in 1988. He remained active as a director through the 1970s. His final film, Rooftops (1989) was a musical with an urban setting that recalled West Side Story. The films in TCM's salute to Robert Wise are Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), The Curse of the Cat People (1944), The Body Snatcher (1945), Born to Kill (1947), Blood on the Moon (1948), The Set-Up (1949), Executive Suite (1954), Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), Run Silent, Run Deep (1958), B>West Side Story (1959), Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) and The Haunting (1963). by Roger Fristoe

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States May 16, 1989

Released in United States on Video Fall 1989

Released in United States September 1989

Released in United States Spring March 17, 1989

Shown at Cannes Film Festival (market) May 16, 1989.

Shown at Deauville Film Festival September 1-11, 1989.

Began shooting August 16, 1988.

Completed shooting October 1988.

Released in United States on Video Fall 1989

Released in United States May 16, 1989 (Shown at Cannes Film Festival (market) May 16, 1989.)

Released in United States September 1989 (Shown at Deauville Film Festival September 1-11, 1989.)

Released in United States Spring March 17, 1989