THE HONEYMOON ACADEMY (Movie)

5/11/1990. Friday. 94 minutes. Rated PG-13.
Triumph.
Drama/Comedy.
aka: "For Better or For Worse"
Code: HMA 5/1990

PLOT

A secret agent and her new husband become embroiled in her spy work during their honeymoon in Spain.

CREDITS

Writers: Gene Quintano, Jerry Lazarus.
Director: Gene Quintano.

CAST

Kim Cattrall as Chris Nelson
Robert Hays as Sean McDonald
Leigh Taylor-Young as Doris
Jonathan Banks as Pitt, a hit man. Listed 4th of 26.
Christopher Lee as Lazos
Charles Rocket as Alex DeBains
Lance Kinsey as Lance
Doris Roberts as Mrs. Nelson
Gordon Jump as Mr. Nelson

BAD GUY

Pitt is a kidnapper and murderer. He tosses an older couple out of a cab, shoots at Sean and Chris. He grabs Chris and drags her into a car at gun point. Shoves Doris into water. Threatens Chris, tucks a napkin into her top, has his hand on her breast when he grabs her. Works with Doris, then tosses her overboard. In turn he is knocked to floor by Alex's body falling from cupboard, is shot by Doris, knocked to ground by Sean, and shoved by Chris.

CHARACTER

Menacing, silent figure in background. Chews gum. New York accent. Brutal, physically violent. Teeth-bared growling. Does JB villain mouth wipe after Chris jumps.

COMMENTS

Paul Reiser, the original lead, was injured and withdrew from the film. All his footage had to be re-shot, so JB stayed in Spain longer then expected. JB tore a calf muscle during filming, and met his future wife, Jenny, while doing physical therapy. (St. Petersburg Times, 7/4/1988)

In the cathedral, there is a nice pan up his body when the briefcase lands at his feet.

COSTUME

Lots of black and gray, including black fisherman sweater, fisherman cap, black tennis shoes. In one scene he’s in a waiter outfit. Gold pinky ring, left hand.

CRITICS

"Weak humor in a stale plot... repetitive... has nothing to recommend it." Los Angeles Times, 5/15/1990, sec.F, p.4.

Also Variety, 5/16/1990.

DEATH SCENE

His boat is smashed into and blown up by flying bus. (He gives it the finger before it hits him.)

JB on his role in HA

"The sleazeball bad guy. I throw old people to the ground." JB, Courier-Journal 7/27/1989, Features, p.3.

LINES

"Din-din."

"What the hell kinda crack is that? Somethin' wrong with my hair?"

"One of you better show me, 'cause I can get very ugly."

"I told you you shouldn't've pissed me off."

LOCATION

Filmed 5/15/1988 to 8/1988 in Madrid, Spain.

SCREEN TIME

4 minutes in 10 scenes throughout film.

WORKED WITH

Robert Hays (AIR 7/1980)
Doris Roberts (ROS 11/1979)