Porky's/Fun Facts

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  • This was the highest-grossing movie from Canada for 24 years. As of 2010, it is now third highest, having been beaten by Bon Cop Bad Cop (2006) and Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010).
  • According to the '80s Rewind' website, the studio did not want to make A Christmas Story (1983) but allowed it, so Bob Clark would make the sequel Porky's II: The Next Day (1983).
  • Writer/Director Bob Clark gathered material for the movie over a 15 year period. The story is composite of incidents collected from the males of his generation along with some of his own personal memories from growing up in high school.
  • Bob Clark stated in the 2006 DVD commentary that he used his real life High School and College experience as the basis for various characters, and compares himself closest to Pee Wee, Billy and Tommy (the brains); others characters were based in real life friends or people he went to school and college with.
  • The picture was a box-office smash-hit despite being generally lambasted by film critics. For example, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert called it one of the worst films of 1982.
  • This is the first movie to gross over £1 million at the Irish box office, despite having being banned initially and only released after appeal.
  • The film was controversial for showing an erect penis penetrating a peep-hole in the tiled wall of a girl's shower block.
  • The real name of Pee Wee (Dan Monahan) was given at the beginning - it's Edward Morris.
  • In 1982, Porky's (1981) was the top movie in the USA for eight weeks and was second only to the sixteen weeks that Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) held the No. #1 box-office spot.
  • Actors Alex Karras and Susan Clark are married, the couple have worked together on numerous productions, with this one being the second of two both released the same year) about teenage misfits in Miami, Florida. The first was Nobody's Perfekt (1981).
  • According to 'Time Out', the movie was "The Animal House (1978) of 1982" and shifted "the American Graffiti (1973) formula to a '50s Florida".
  • This American looking movie was actually produced by a Canadian outfit, Astral Bellevue Pathe Inc. and was essentially a Canadian production despite the picture being financed by USA company Melvin Simon Productions and entirely shot in Florida.
  • As of 1999, apparently this was still the highest grossing picture ever made in Canada.
  • For many years Howard Stern tried to produce a reboot of the film but was not able to find a studio to back him. He had the blessing of Bob Clark.
  • The sequel Porky's II: The Next Day (1983) was made and released about only about a fifteen months after this first original Porky's (1981) picture.
  • Chuck Mitchell wasn't the only one considered for the role of "Porky". Broward county sheriff's Deputy Don Lydanne, who was also the personal Bodyguard of the Sheriff of Broward County Ken Jenne, stood at 6'8 and 320 lbs. However, he was turned down for the role due to his "slimmer" physique and lack of a huge stomach.
  • Director Bob Clark and actress Kim Cattrall had previously worked together on Tribute (1980). Porky's (1981) was the second of four collaborations, the others being Turk 182! (1985) and Baby Geniuses (1999).
  • The fifth highest-grossing film of 1982 at the North American box-office.
  • Quite a number of the character names in the movie were double entendres. These included Meat, Porky, Pee Wee, Balbricker, Honeywell and Cherry Forever.
  • The name of the top-floor secret-room at Porky's bar and club was "Porky's Pen". The room however is only ever referred to in the film's story and is never actually seen in the movie.
  • First of two "Porky's" movies directed by Bob Clark who directed the picture's sequel Porky's II: The Next Day (1983) the following year. Clark did not want to direct a third film in the series so he did not direct Porky's Revenge (1985).
  • Actor Scott Colomby was in his late 20s when he played teenager Brian Schwartz.
  • Actor Dan Monahan, who played Pee Wee, later worked with director Bob Clark again on Baby Geniuses (1999), From the Hip (1987) and Porky's II: The Next Day (1983).
  • The meaning and relevance of this film's "Porky's" title was explained by 'Halliwells' who explicated that the "title refers to a redneck establishment out in the everglades known for its available women".
  • A few shots of scenes from this movie are played during the opening credits of this film's sequel Porky's II: The Next Day (1983).
  • The actual real name of "Meat" (Tony Ganios) was Anthony Tupperelo. The character in the film's closing credits though is billed under the "Meat" nickname.
  • The character name of Beulah Balbricker (Nancy Parsons) was a joke reference to her being a "ball-breaker". She is even referred to being a "ball-breaker" in one scene. The character in the closing credits is simply billed as Balbricker.
  • The name of the educational institution was the fictional "Angel Beach High School".
  • The name of the night-club was "Porky's".
  • The nick-name of Edward Morris (Dan Monahan) was "Pee Wee" whilst the nick-name of Anthony Tuperello (Tony Ganios) was "Meat".
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