Bachelor Party (1984 film)

Bachelor Party is a 1984 American sex comedy film directed by Neal Israel, written by Israel and Pat Proft, and starring Tom Hanks, Adrian Zmed, William Tepper and Tawny Kitaen. The film revolves around a bachelor party that a group of men throw for their friend Rick Gassko (Hanks) on the eve of his wedding and whether he can remain faithful to his fiancée Debbie (Kitaen).

Bachelor Party
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Theatrical poster
Directed byNeal Israel
Produced byJoe Roth
Bob Israel
Ron Moler
Raju Patel
Written byNeal Israel
Pat Proft
Story byBob Israel
Music byRobert Folk
CinematographyHal Trussell
Edited byTom Walls
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • June 29, 1984 (1984-06-29)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$7 million[1]
Box office$38.4 million (USA)[1]


Party animal Rick Gassko (Tom Hanks), who makes his living as a Catholic-school bus driver, decides to settle down and marry his girlfriend Debbie Thompson (Tawny Kitaen). After learning the news of the engagement, Rick's shocked friends, led by Jay (Adrian Zmed), decide to throw him an epic bachelor party. The bride's wealthy, conservative parents are unhappy with her decision, and her father enlists the help of Debbie's ex-boyfriend Cole Whittier (Robert Prescott) to sabotage her relationship with Rick and win her back.

While Debbie worries and goes off to a bridal shower thrown by her friends, Rick heads to the bachelor party, which takes place in a lavish, spacious hotel suite, and promises to remain faithful. Both parties start off on the wrong foot because of Cole's meddling. As the bachelor party starts to heat up, Debbie and the girls decide to get even with Rick and his friends by having a party of their own. Both parties eventually collide, leading to Debbie accusing Rick of infidelity.

The bachelor party becomes a wild, drunken orgy and the hotel room is trashed, which infuriates the hotel's frustrated manager (Kenneth Kimmins). Adding to the confusion is Rick's friend Brad, who has become despondent over the breakup of his marriage and botches several suicide attempts. When Brad tries to slit his wrists with an electric razor, Rick says, " least your wrists will be smooth and kissable."

Rick convinces Debbie of his love and faithfulness just as the party is raided by the police. In the ensuing melee, Rick and Debbie become separated and Cole kidnaps Debbie, so Rick and his friends chase after them. The chase culminates in a showdown between Rick and Cole in a 36-screen movie theater, with a fist fight taking place in synchronization with a similar fight being shown in a 3D film projected behind them; the audience believes that the real fight is an extraordinary 3D effect. Rick wins the fight and is reunited with Debbie.

After the wedding, Rick and Debbie are driven to the airport for their honeymoon in Rick's school bus, which is driven by a laughing Brad.



The idea for the film came from an actual bachelor party thrown by producer Ron Moler and a group of friends for fellow producer Bob Israel. Several members of the film's cast and crew were at that party when the idea began to take shape.[2]

The film was made in the wake of the success of Police Academy.[3]


Bachelor Party: Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedJune 1984
GenreNew wave
LabelI.R.S. (remastered and re-released in 2003 by Superfecta Recordings)

The soundtrack album from Bachelor Party was released in 1984.

Side one
  1. "American Beat '84 (Theme for a Bachelor Party)" – The Fleshtones (3:28)
  2. "Something Isn't Right" – Oingo Boingo (3:42)
  3. "Crazy Over You" – Jools Holland (2:59)
  4. "Little Demon" – Adrian Zmed (3:21)
  5. "Wind Out" – R.E.M. (1:58)
Side two
  1. "Bachelor Party" – Oingo Boingo (3:49)
  2. "What Kind of Hell" – The Alarm (2:43)
  3. "Alley Oop" – Darlene Love (3:57)
  4. "Why Do Good Girls Like Bad Boys?" – Angel and the Reruns (2:10)
  5. "Dream of the West" – Yip Yip Coyote (3:07)

The film also features these songs:


Reviews for Bachelor Party were mixed, holding a rating of 54% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 26 reviews. While some critics appreciated the humor, others found it to be vulgar and gratuitous. Film critics Roger Ebert and Janet Maslin both recommended the film, but had reservations about certain aspects, calling it "sophomoric" and "not a great film."[4][5]

In a Los Angeles Times review, writer Kevin Thomas praised Hanks as a "likable, spontaneous zany" but felt that the film was 15 minutes too long: "That extra 15 minutes allows for just enough repetition (and just enough lingering over as much outrageous sexual connotation that an R rating permits) to let heavy-handed tastelessness creep in and dampen the fun."[6]


Twenty-four years after Bachelor Party was released, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment produced a straight-to-DVD sequel (in name only)[7] called Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation.

TV showEdit

On October 21, 2014, it was reported that ABC would be developing a TV show inspired by the film.[8]


  1. ^ a b WE'RE TALKING GROSS, TACKY AND DUMB Brown, Peter H. Los Angeles Times 20 Jan 1985: 6.
  2. ^ "Behind The Scenes Special Feature". Bachelor Party DVD. 20th Century Fox. 2001.
  3. ^ WE'RE TALKING GROSS, TACKY AND DUMB Brown, Peter H. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 20 Jan 1985: t6.
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger (January 1, 1984). "Bachelor Party". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  5. ^ Janet, Maslin (June 30, 1984). "Bachelor Party". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  6. ^ Thomas, Kevin (1984-06-29). "'Party' A Cut Above Routine Raunch". Calendar. The Los Angeles Times. p. 12.
  7. ^ LaPorte, Nicole (December 6, 2004). "Blue Star snags another look". Variety.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "'Bachelor Party' Comedy Series Inspired By Movie Set At ABC As Put Pilot". Retrieved 7 December 2015.

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