Going Steady יוצאים קבוע‎ (1979)

Country: Tel Aviv, Israel
Production company
: Noah Films

Director: Boaz Davidson
Producer:
Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan
Writer: Boaz Davidson, Eli Tavor

Starring:
Yiftach Katzur, Jonathan Sagall, Zachi Noy, Yvonne Miklosh , Dvora Kedar, Menashe Warshavsky, Dafna Armoni, Rachel Steiner …

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

  • Eis am Stiel 2: Feste Freundin (Germany)
  • Greasy Kid Stuff (USA)
  • Greasy Turkey (Turkey)
  • La Boum américaine (France)
  • Kila stadigt (Sweden)
  • Popcornia ja pirtelöä (Finland)
  • Porky’s academy – scuola di porcelloni (Italy)

SYNOPSIS

When new girl Tammy arrives in town, Benji falls head over heels for her. After trying every trick to get her to date him she finally agrees. Everything is going great until Benji wants to take the relationship one step further by sleeping together. They go to Huey’s party and Benji thinks that tonight could be the night for them both but Tammy gets upset with Benji and refuses to sleep with him and walks out after a heated argument.  

Bobby is dating Shelly, but as usual he is finding it hard to stay faithful to just one girl and has been seeing Bazook behind her back. When Shelly walks into the diner and sees them together she confronts Bobby, but he doesn’t care about Shelly and ends up slapping her in the face! Benji and Huey are shocked at Bobby’s behaviour and tell him so, but Bobby adds that Benji is not so innocent and tells Huey that he has slept with Martha! 

This ruins things between Benji and Tammy who have recently got back together following their argument at the party, Tammy refuses to have anything to do with Benji and leaves, but Huey although upset by his friends apparent betrayal manages to forgive Martha and they make up. Tammy is so upset that she dates Bobby to get her own back on Benji, but rejects Bobby’s advances as she’s still in love with Benji. Huey has seen the whole thing, but as revenge he tells Benji that Bobby and Tammy have slept together. 

Benji is furious and when Shelly asks him to leave with her he agrees, but Huey doesn’t have it in his heart to keep up the pretence to Benji and tells him the truth that Tammy is still in love with him. When Benji confesses his love for her the two get back together. 

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BEHIND THE SCENES

After the success of Lemon Popsicle, demand was high for a sequel and filming quickly began on Going Steady in 1979. Director Boaz Davidson returned and co-wrote the screenplay with Eli Tavor. The resulting film was very much in tone with its predecessor, almost a direct extension with the character of Benji falling in love once again with the new girl in town.

The search was on to find a new leading actress to become the new Popsicle girl which led to Yvonne Miklosh (then credited as Yvonne Michaels) being cast as Tammy. She was selected from 700 hopeful young girls from all over Israel who auditioned, and was given special permission from the army to star in Going Steady, her screen debut. Eventually this decision would lead to a legal dispute with the films makers when Yvonne became unhappy with nudity in the film, stating that the scenes breached her contract with the company. A court case was held, and the judgement was in favour of Yvonne and the frames were removed and stills destroyed.

The original leading cast were back on board for the sequel but a problem occurred for Zachi Noy whilst filming at the riverbank. After falling in the polluted water, he reportedly suffered damage to ear that never really healed and led to permanent damage to his hearing. Avi Hadash (Froike) was unable to return  for Going Steady as by this time he was in the army and could not get leave to film any scenes.  Also cast was newcomer Dafna Armoni as Bobby’s suffering girlfriend in the movie. Dafna would later find fame as a singer in Israel, competing in Eurovision, and releasing several albums.

The makers were aware of it’s potential on the international market and some scenes were filmed twice, once for local audiences, and again in English to make the film more appealing to the international market. Going Steady was the only Popsicle movie to do this. The reason being, unlike European countries, in the United States dubbing wasn’t acceptable and a subtitled, foreign, teenage movie stood little chance of turning a profit. Regardless of this the movie was still a commercial success and the series was becoming increasingly popular with fans worldwide. The producers already knew they were onto a winning potential and were determined to keep the audiences happy

CAST

Yiftach Katzur
Jonathan Sagall
Zachi Noy
Yvonne Miklosh
Dvora Kedar
Menashe Warshavsky
Dafna Armoni
Rachel Steiner
Olga Spondor
Yossi Shatan
Nurit Maane
Joel Lila
Dory Lubliner
Dorit Kroizer
Orit Kroizer
Yasha Katz
Judith Koren
Avigdor Tzabari
Orna Dagan

CREW

Director: Boaz Davidson
Writers: Boaz Davidson, Eli Tavor, Ken Globus (English dialogue)
Producers: Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan
Executive producer: Sam Waynberg
Cinematographer: Adam Greenberg
Production Manager: Micha Shafstein
Assistant Director: Ronni Ackerman
Second Assistant Director: Moshe Slama 
Art Director: Eitan Levi
Property Master: Aria Elah
Set Designer: Alfred Gershoni
Assistant Properties: Lemora Soloman 
Electricians: Moshe Alon, Avi Avrahami, Chaim Fletcher
Gaffer: Avraham Leibman
First Assistant Camera: Joseph Zicherman
Stills Photographer: Yoni Hamenachem
Wardrobe: Naomi Golan
Editors: Alain Jakubowicz, Ariel Roshko
Assistant Editors: Dick Bernstein, Efraim Reuveni, Rahel Yagil 
Post-production Coordinator: Karen Hoenig 
Sound Mixer: Cyril Collick
Boom Operator: Chaim Gilad
Sound Recordist: Avraham Leibman
Choreographer: Jukie Arkin
Head Best Boy: Shmuel Levy
Assistant Best Boy: Iko Ben Dayan
Script Girl: Jeanette Nae 
Production Secretary: Bonnye Rosen 
Location Manager: Micha Shafstein

SOUNDTRACK

  1. Splish Splash – Bobby Darin
  2. Tammy – Debbie Reynolds
  3. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine – Jimie Rodgers
  4. Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polker Dot Bikini – Brian Hyland
  5. Tell Laura I Love Her – Ray Peterson
  6. Be Bop A Lula – Jerry Lee Lewis
  7. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes – The Platters
  8.  Yakety Yak – The Coasters
  9. I’m Sorry – Brenda Lee
  10.  Runaway – Del Shannon
  11. A Summer Place – The Percy Faith Orchestra
  12. High School Confidential – Jerry Lee Lewis
  13. Lucille – Little Richard
  14.  Only You – The Platters
  15. Tequila – The Champs
  16. Little Darlin’ – The Diamonds
  17.  End Of The World – Skeeter Davis
  18.  Let’s Twist Again – Chubby Checker
  19.  All Alone Am I – Brenda Lee
  20. Why? – Frankie Avalon
  21. Sleep Walk – Santo & Johnny
  22. Save The Last Dance For Me – The Drifters