Sundays from the Vault // The Seniors (1978, 35mm)
Director: Rod Amateau
1978, USA, 35mm - Mono, R
THE SENIORS, shot entirely in Dallas and the SMU campus, is a lost gem of fraternity pranksterism starring native Houstonian Dennis Quaid and stage and screen veteran Priscilla Barnes, all served with a straight shot of toxic masculinity. Written and directed by the spectacular duo of TV/film journeymen Stanley Shapiro (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, That Touch of Mink, Pillow Talk) and Rod Amateau (The Dukes of Hazzard, High School USA, The Garbage Pail Kids Movie), this film opened a month before Animal House with a boldly ridiculous and problematic premise that makes 1978 seem like… well, 40 years ago.
Ben, Larry, Alan, and Steve are about to graduate from college, but they are anxious at the prospect of actually having to work hard for a living. With the help of hapless nerdling Arnold, they devise a plan that any caucasoid, red-blooded American male could sink their teeth into – fraudulently obtaining a foundation grant to “study sexuality” in college-age women. Despite their success at getting paid to bed down pretty girls (somehow only model types are interested in participating in the “study”), the work-load becomes too great, so they open the “study” to businessmen who pay to participate. Will the fellas be able to pull off their academically-sanctioned exploitation ring and keep from having to earn an honest living? Will they prove that “behind very B.A. there’s a little B.S.” ..? (actual tagline) Well you’ll just have to find out for yourself.
Hold onto your hats for this one, it’s a doozy!
This forgotten film will be viewed in glorious 35mm as provided by the G William Jones Film and Video Collection.
$5 // Ticket sales benefit G William Jones and Top Ten Records