The In Crowd (1988 film)

The In Crowd is a 1988 American teen drama film directed by Mark Rosenthal and written by Rosenthal and his long-time writing partner Lawrence Konner. The period piece set in the 1960s features music of the era, including "Land of a Thousand Dances" and the instrumental "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" by Vince Guaraldi.[2]

The In Crowd
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Directed byMark Rosenthal
Produced byKeith Rubinstein
John F. Roach
Jeff Franklin
Written byLawrence Konner
Mark Rosenthal
StarringDonovan Leitch
Joe Pantoliano
Music byMark Snow
CinematographyAnthony B. Richmond
Edited byJeffrey Wolf
Distributed byOrion Pictures Corporation
Release date
February 13, 1988
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Box office$124,880 (USA)[1]


In the mid 1960s Philadelphia, Perry Parker (Joe Pantoliano) - allegedly based on West Virginia's dancing mobster Jerry Lee Joseph - is a local dance-show host who aspires to rival Dick Clark. Delbert "Del" Green (Donovan Leitch) is an honors student at Hotchkiss Military Academy who dreams about dancing with Vicky (Jennifer Runyon), the show's most popular dancer who is in love with her dancing partner, Dugan Smedley (Scott Plank).

Del sneaks to the sound stage right at the day when Dugan misses the show after Jimmy "The Crook" Kenney - who aims his large nose at people who attempt to stop him - steals his car. Someone from the ‘In Crowd’, a group of show's featured dancers, needs to step up as Vicky’s partner, but the other boys are hesitating, knowing Dugan's bad temper after the car theft. Del takes the chance and his first appearance with Vicky is a big hit. His school friends can’t believe that Del is so hip and ‘alive’ while dancing, but Del's next door neighbor and childhood friend Gail (Wendy Patsy Gazelle), who has a crush on Del, is not happy with his new acquaintances and considers them the 'wrong crowd' for him.

Del is accepted to the ‘In Crowd’ and Perry requires Del to attend their evening outing with Vicky. Del picks up Vicky at her home and her father Tiny "Barzooka" Missling, a policeman, is happy to see her with a smart college bound young man, a sharp contrast with Dugan who can barely read. However at the outing Vicky sneaks away with Dugan, and Del is waiting until she returns and takes her home to alleviate Tiny's suspicions. There are several more outings, but each time Vicky runs off with Dugan. Del feels used by Vicky and refuses to be a party to her secret romance. Eventually they make up, and Del learns that Vicky and Dugan plan to run off to Hollywood and become movie stars.

Perry's show is cancelled after he utters profanity on the air ("You mother effing shmoes"). The ‘In Crowd’ gives their last wild rumba dance. Del then borrows a pink Cadillac from Gail so he can get Vicky out to meet up with Dugan. Orson is mugging for the camera by imitating John Travolta in Bermuda shorts and tap shoes. Tiny tries to stop the couple by shooting out their tires with a water pistol and throwing Orson's toupee at their windshield. Del crashes into Tiny's police car, helping Vicky escape on Dugan’s Martley-Dunstan two seat 1876 motorcycle.

As a consequence, Del is grounded in his attic room and forced to wear a football helmet. Gail comes by on a ladder and holding a pet chihuahua to play a new kind of music - rock music. She wears a leather headband, mini-skirt, flack jacket, plaid socks and high top suede boots, and Del is stunned by her new appearance as they listen to Bob Dylan.

Principal cast (in hiding under the Secondary cast)Edit

Actor Role
Donovan Leitch Delbert Green
Joe Pantoliano Perry Larry Parker
Peter Boyle 'Uncle Pete' Boyle
Scott Plank Dugan Smedley
Jennifer Runyon Vicky Missling
Bruce Kirby Morris Simmons
Wendy Patsy Gazelle Gail Genereal
Sean Sullivan Popeye Bettinger (as Sean Gregory Sullivan)
Charlotte d'Amboise Ina Laurette
Page Hannah Lydia Swanson
Mark Soper Station Prop Manager Fred Funtz
Fred Griswald "I'm an Actor" Ganno Orson Buggee

Secondary CastEdit

  • Mitch Cohen as Jimmy "The Crook" Kenney
    • Kenneth Kessler as Voice of Larry "Loose Lips" Krasner
  • Mark Torgel as Melvin Ford III
  • Andree Maranda as Sara
  • Pat Ryan Jr. as Mayor Peter Belgoody
  • Sarabel Levinson as Mrs. Ford
  • Dan Snow as Larry "Loose Lips" Krasner
  • Dick Martinsen as Officer O'Clancy
  • Gary Schneider as Bozo
  • Robert Prichard as Slugman
  • Jennifer Babtist as Wanda
  • Cindy Manion as Julie
  • Chris Liano as Walter Harris
  • Davida N. Weiss as Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw
  • Doug Isbecque as Knuckles
  • Charles Lee, Jr. as Milton Hineman
  • Pat Kilpatrick as Leroy
  • Larry Sulton as Frank
  • Michael Russo as Rico
  • Al Pia as Tom Wrightson
  • Dennis Souder as Drug dealer
  • Steven J. Zmed as Dr. Thomas "Farting" Farley
  • Xavier Barquet as Man shot in Restaurant
  • Reuben Guss as Dr. Snowburger
  • Matt Klan as Boy Hero
  • Dominick J. Calvitto as Skippy, Boy on Bicycle
  • Rick Hochman as the Hoch


  1. ^ The In Crowd at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Pavlides, Dan. "The In Crowd > Overview". AllMovie. Retrieved 2010-08-09.

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