- Moving Violations
Moving Violations movie poster
Directed by Neal Israel Produced by Joe Roth
Harry J. Ufland
Written by Neal Israel, Pat Proft (screenplay)
Paul Boorstin, Sharon Boorstin (story)
Starring John Murray
Wendie Jo Sperber
Music by Ralph Burns Cinematography Robert Elswit Editing by Tom Walls Studio SLM Production Group Distributed by 20th Century Fox Release date(s) April 19, 1985 Running time 90 minutes Country United States Language English Box office $10,600,000 (USA)
Moving Violations is a 1985 comedy film starring John Murray, Jennifer Tilly, Brian Backer, Sally Kellerman, Nedra Volz, Clara Peller, Wendie Jo Sperber and Fred Willard. It was directed by Neal Israel. It is notable for starring the lesser-known siblings of many famous actors, and being the film debut of Don Cheadle.
The film follows a group of people in Los Angeles, who after being ticketed for numerous traffic violations and as a result lose their licenses and driving privilages (and their vehicles impounded), are ordered by Judge Nedra Henderson to attend a driving course program in order to get their licenses and their vehicles back. However, the assigned teacher for this course, Deputy Henry "Hank" Halik, is also conspiring with the judge in a plan to make sure these offenders fail miserably, and at any cost, making one of the offended individuals, landscaper Dana Cannon, very suspicious of their scheme and enlisting his fellow students to expose their plot to sell their impounded vehicles.
The trailer contains several scenes and lines of dialogue that were not in the final film, including the traffic school classroom scene with the offending drivers, in which the classroom is much smaller than the one featured in the actual film.
Writer and director Israel himself attended traffic school.
The film was reviewed poorly by Janet Maslin at The New York Times, who described it as an "especially weak teen-age comedy even by today's none-too-high standards." In a later appraisal, David Nusair of Reelfilm.com wrote that Moving Violations contains "enough laughs to be had here to warrant a mild recommendation."
- John Murray as Dana Cannon
- Jennifer Tilly as Amy Hopkins
- James Keach as Deputy Henry 'Hank' Halik
- Brian Backer as Scott Greeber
- Sally Kellerman as Judge Nedra Henderson
- Ned Eisenberg as Wink Barnes
- Clara Peller as Emma Jean
- Wendie Jo Sperber as Joan Pudillo
- Nedra Volz as Mrs. Loretta Houk
- Fred Willard as Terrence 'Doc' Williams
- Lisa Hart Carroll as Deputy Virginia Morris
- Nadine Van der Velde as Stephanie McCarty
- Ben Mittleman as Spencer Popodophalos
- Don Cheadle as Juicy Burgers Worker
- William Forward as Police Officer #1
- Robert Conrad as Chief Rowe (uncredited)
- Willard E. Pugh as Jeff Roth
- Dedee Pfeiffer as Cissy
- Michael McManus as Farmer #1 (as Mike McManus)
- ^ a b "SCREEN: 'VIOLATIONS,' A TEEN-AGE COMEDY". New York Times. April 20, 1985. http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9C05EFDF1E38F933A15757C0A963948260.
- ^ Moving Violations, Reelfilm.com, July 8, 2005.
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