And we have a winner… sort of!
“St. Elsewhere Fan,” (why you folks don’t use your actual names baffles us but what the hey…) swims up to the answer of our local movie trivia question and backs into it.
It is, of course, the universally acclaimed 1979 film epic “Swim Team,” a chip off the old “Animal House” genre popular at the time and filmed on location for about $1.49 at a pool near where the Rossmoor Safeway is today.
Some scenes for this movie milestone were also shot at the Campolindo Cabana Club in Moraga and it did feature Mr. Stephen Furst (“Flounder” in Animal House). Other cast members from that JOHN Belushi hit (Jim wasn’t around much then) were also involved in the production, and Belushi himself was rumored to have produced the watery effort but paid to have his name removed from any public tie.
Yes, it was that bad. Think big hair and speedos and people falling into pools.
Students from a local acting school were given bit parts and paid with hot dogs and maybe a warm Coors every so often, apparently, though perhaps unsurprisingly no one has come forward to admit their participation.
For the Bonus Bonus – photographer Craig Cannon of News24/680 Fame did have a small part and apparently rocked his Speedo. Strangely, there is no photographic evidence to attest to this.
There you have it! Thanks for playing!
Okay, Movie Lovers and 24/680 Livers, here’s one to test your film knowledge as well as your mastery of local history – trivial though it may be!
Q: What movie was filmed locally, had connections to the vastly superior “Animal House,” and featured several locals who would probably prefer you weren’t aware of their involvement?
Bonus Points available for identifying the film’s location, date, cast, and if you’re brave enough to come forward and admit you were in it.
Bonus Bonus Point: What connection does News24/680 have with this lamentable piece of cinematic history?