VALLEY GIRL (1983)
Valley Girl (1983)
She’s cool. He’s hot. She’s from the Valley. He’s not.
Nicolas Cage appears in his first leading role as Randy, a punk hunk from the city, in this eighties teen movie. A satiric romantic comedy with undertones of Romeo and Juliet, following the love story between Randy and Valley Girl Julie, who find themselves powerfully drawn to each other despite their totally different styles, friends and lives. Can a valley girl who has it all find happiness with a Hollywood punk?
This was Nicolas Cage’s first role as ‘Nicolas Cage’. it was important to him to get the part on his own merits, not because of his family name.
His chest hair was shaved like a triangle, for a Superman look.
To highlight the contrast between the two lead characters, scenes in the valley were shot using brighter lighting and pastel colours, and in the city using darker colours and lighting.
The soundtrack was especially selected to enhance the contrast between the city and the valley, and all the music was chosen from contemporary bands by Martha Coolidge and included:
Nicolas Cage Movie Quote:
“It´s still one of my favorite movies, actually, because it was a situation I´d gone through in [Beverly Hills] high school. I was taking the bus there, and other guys were driving Porsches. If there was a beautiful girl and I wanted to take her out, I couldn´t do it, she just wouldn´t go for it. I think that movie was about not listening to your friends, that it´s ‘just you and me.’”
Director Martha Coolidge provides an in depth audio commentary on the entire filmmaking process, including an incredible insight into how Nicolas cage landed the part of Randy and various aspects of his performance.
Only available on Region 1 DVD.
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