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Valley Girl / one sheet / USA

02.02.12

Poster Poster
Title
Valley Girl
AKA
La ragazza di S. Diego [The girl from S. Diego] (Italy)
Year of Film
1983
Director
Martha Coolidge
Starring
Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Elizabeth Daily, Michael Bowen, Cameron Dye, Heidi Holicker, Michelle Meyrink, Tina Theberge, Lee Purcell
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Elizabeth Daily, Michael Bowen, Cameron Dye, Heidi Holicker, Michelle Meyrink, Tina Theberge, Lee Purcell,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1983
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Birney Lettick
Size (inches)
27 1/16" x 41"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
--
Tagline
She's cool. He's hot. She's from the Valley. He's not.

The directorial debut of Martha Coolidge and the first time Nicolas Coppola was credited as Nicolas CageValley Girl is a cult favourite in the US and was both a critical and box office success at the time of release. Loosely based on the Romeo and Juliet story (minus the tragic death) the film focuses on Julie (Deborah Foreman) a girl from the suburban, mall-filled San Fernando Valley who meets Randy (Cage) a punk from Hollywood and falls in love, much to the dismay of her shallow friends.

Valley Girl is actually a stereotype leveled at a certain class of American women who are described as colloquial speaking and materialistic. The San Fernando Valley is credited as the birthplace of this phenomenon thanks to its large number of commuter towns and middle-class suburban families. Valspeak is their unique derivation of Californian English, which was first brought to public consciousness through Frank Zappa’s collaboration with his daughter Moon Unit on the single Valley Girl. A bizarre video of Moon Unit performing the song on the TV show Solid Gold can be seen on YouTube.

Kevin Smith is a huge fan of the film and first began discussing it in Smodcast #152, in which he hilariously explained how Valley Girl had a profound effect on the way his understanding of love and relationships was formed. In the special Smoviola #1 Smith interviewed Martha Coolidge, Deborah Foreman and cinematographer Frederick Elmes to discover the story of how the film came to be.

The artwork on this poster is by the American illustrator Birney Lettick who worked on magazine covers, adverts and portraits as well as a number of movie posters. Lettick was a master at capturing star likenesses and the portrait of cage is spot-on. The artist sadly passed away in 1986. The other posters I’ve collected by him can be seen here.

Notice that the Italian title for the film translates, rather bizarrely, as The Girl from San Diego.

The trailer for the film can be seen on YouTube.

Update – 25/03/2012
As Jeff points out in the comments the woman featured on the poster isn’t actually Deborah Foreman but is one of the background actresses. It’s not clear why this is the case.

Sinbad And The Eye Of Tiger / one sheet / advance / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Sinbad And The Eye Of Tiger
AKA
--
Year of Film
1977
Director
Sam Wanamaker
Starring
Patrick Wayne, Jane Seymour, Taryn Power, Patrick Troughton, Margaret Whiting
Origin of Film
UK
Genre(s) of Film
Patrick Wayne, Jane Seymour, Taryn Power, Patrick Troughton, Margaret Whiting,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
Advance
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1977
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Birney Lettick
Size (inches)
27" x 41 1/16"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
--
Tagline
--

Heaven Can Wait / one sheet / advance / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Heaven Can Wait
AKA
--
Year of Film
1978
Director
Warren Beatty, Buck Henry
Starring
Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, James Mason, Jack Warden, Charles Grodin, Dyan Cannon
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, James Mason, Jack Warden, Charles Grodin, Dyan Cannon,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
Advance
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1978
Designer
Merv Bloch | Larry Lurin
Artist
Birney Lettick
Size (inches)
27 1/8" x 41"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
780043
Tagline
--

Escape From Alcatraz / one sheet / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Escape From Alcatraz
AKA
--
Year of Film
1979
Director
Don Siegel
Starring
Clint Eastwood, Larry Hankin, Jack Thibeau, Fred Ward, Patrick McGoohan, Paul Benjamin, Frank Ronzio, Roberts Blossom
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Clint Eastwood, Larry Hankin, Jack Thibeau, Fred Ward, Patrick McGoohan, Paul Benjamin, Frank Ronzio, Roberts Blossom,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1979
Designer
Bill Gold
Artist
Birney Lettick
Size (inches)
27 1/16" x 41 1/16"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
790063
Tagline
"No one has ever escaped from Alcatraz... And no one ever will."

Escape From Alcatraz / quad / UK

18.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Escape From Alcatraz
AKA
--
Year of Film
1979
Director
Don Siegel
Starring
Clint Eastwood, Larry Hankin, Jack Thibeau, Fred Ward, Patrick McGoohan, Paul Benjamin, Frank Ronzio, Roberts Blossom
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Clint Eastwood, Larry Hankin, Jack Thibeau, Fred Ward, Patrick McGoohan, Paul Benjamin, Frank Ronzio, Roberts Blossom,
Type of Poster
Quad
Style of Poster
'X' version
Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
1979
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Birney Lettick
Size (inches)
30" x 39 15/16"
SS or DS
SS
Tagline
No one has ever escaped from Alcatraz... And no one ever will!