Times Square movie poster, Germany, 1982

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1982 German movie poster for TIMES SQUARE (1980).  Text:  ROBERT STIGWOOD Presents "TIME SQUARE"  Starring TIM CURRY • TRINI ALVARADO • ROBIN  JOHNSON • PETER COFFIELD • HERBERT  BERGHOF • DAVID MARGULIES • ANNA MARIA  HORSFORD  Executive Producers KEVIN McCORMICK  JOHN NICOLELLA • Directed by ALAN MOYLE  Produced by ROBERT STIGWOOD and JACOB  BRACKMAN • Screenplay by JACOB BRACKMAN  Story by ALAN MOYLE and LEANNE UNGER  Associate Producer BILL OAKES  An EMI-ITC Production  Soundtrack erschienen auf dem RSO-Label bei der  DEUTSCHEN GRAMMOPHON GmbH  mit Superstar TIM CURRY ("ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW")  mit TRINI ALVARADO  und ROBIN JOHNSON  Nach "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER”, ”GREASE”, "JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR” und "TOMMY”  präsentiert ROBERT STIGWOOD jetzt den frechsten und fetzigsten Film über die Teenies auf der wildesten Meile von New York!  TIMES SQUARE ...ihr könnt uns alle ’mal!!  schröder-filmverleih  DOLBY STEREO    FSK FREIGEGEBEN  [Translation:]  Soundtrack from RSO appears on DEUTSCHEN GRAMMOPHON GmbH  with superstar TIM CURRY  ("ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW")  with TRINI ALVARADO and ROBIN JOHNSON  After "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER", "GREASE", "JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR" and "TOMMY" ROBERT STIGWOOD now presents the sassiest and craziest movie about teens on the wildest mile of New York!  TIMES SQUARE ... you can all [kiss our asses]!  schröder-film distributors  DOLBY STEREO    FSK RELEASED

Times Square opened in West Germany on May 21, 1982. The poster reproduced the painting by Cummins that had graced the other European posters, although with a different pair of photos than the British, Spanish, and Yugoslavian posters, and the addition of a paragraph of ad copy that seems to take its cue from the Belgian poster.

ROBERT STIGWOOD Presents “TIME SQUARE”
Starring TIM CURRY • TRINI ALVARADO • ROBIN
JOHNSON • PETER COFFIELD • HERBERT
BERGHOF • DAVID MARGULIES • ANNA MARIA
HORSFORD

Executive Producers KEVIN McCORMICK
JOHN NICOLELLA • Directed by ALAN MOYLE
Produced by ROBERT STIGWOOD and JACOB
BRACKMAN • Screenplay by JACOB BRACKMAN
Story by ALAN MOYLE and LEANNE UNGER
Associate Producer BILL OAKES
An EMI-ITC Production

Soundtrack erschienen auf dem RSO-Label bei der
DEUTSCHEN GRAMMOPHON GmbH

mit Superstar TIM CURRY
(“ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW”)

mit TRINI ALVARADO
und ROBIN JOHNSON

Nach “SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER”, ”GREASE”, “JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR” und “TOMMY”
präsentiert ROBERT STIGWOOD jetzt den frechsten und fetzigsten Film über die Teenies
auf der wildesten Meile von New York!

TIMES SQUARE
…ihr könnt uns alle ’mal!!

schröder-filmverleih

DOLBY STEREO FSK FREIGEGEBEN

 

Soundtrack from RSO appears on DEUTSCHEN GRAMMOPHON GmbH

with superstar TIM CURRY
(“ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW”)

with TRINI ALVARADO
and ROBIN JOHNSON

After “SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER”, “GREASE”, “JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR” and “TOMMY”
ROBERT STIGWOOD now presents the sassiest and craziest movie about teens
on the wildest mile of New York!

TIMES SQUARE
… you can all [kiss our asses]!

schröder-film distributors

DOLBY STEREO FSK RELEASED

The other European posters:

Times Square U.K. Movie Poster
Times Square Movie Poster, Belgium
Locandina Times Square (Movie Poster, Italy)
Tajms SkverTimes Square Movie Poster, Yugoslavia, 1981
“Toda la Basca!” … a Times Square – Times Square movie poster, Spain

 

 

Times Square …ihr könnt uns alle ’mal!!
Germany : poster : AAT ID: 300027221 : 84 x 60 cm. : 1982 (work);
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1080 x 762 px, 96 dpi, 475 kb (image)

 

Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

Cinema, Vol. 49 No. 6, Germany, June 1982

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German film magazine containing article of TIMES SQUARE (1980)

My apologies to those scandalized by the cover of Germany’s Cinema magazine from June 1982. It might get one banned from Facebook and Tumblr, but the Germans were apparently not so easily embarrassed thirty-six years ago as we are now.

But whatever you may think of the cover, the important thing about this issue is that within are some of the last announcements of an upcoming premiere of Times Square.

 
Page 8 leads off with a capsule review and a one-dot (“above average”) rating.
Blurb for opening of TIMES SQUARE (1980) in a German film magazine.  Relevant text: Programm cinema verleiht Filmen, die nach Meinung der Redaktion qualitativ über dem Durchschnitt liegen, ein Prädikat - kenntlich gemacht durch einen oder mehrere Punkte. •  steht für überdurchschnittlich, •  • steht für überragend und •  • • bedeuten .einsame Spitze’  STARTTERMIN: 21.5.1982 Times Square                 • Die Geschichte einer Freundschaft von zwei völlig verschiedenen Mädchen. Nicky ist zwischen Mülltonnen großgeworden und überzeugter Punk. Pam kommt aus gutem Haus - sie ist Tochter eines Politikers. Durch Zufall lernen sich die beiden kennen und machen gemeinsam die Gegend um den Times Square unsicher.      Seite 66-67 Punk am New York Times Square  [Program  Program  Cinema awards movies that, in the opinion of the editors, are qualitatively above average, a rating - indicated by one or more points. • stands for above average, • • stands for outstanding and • • means 'one of a kind'  START DATE: 21.5.1982 Times Square • The story of a friendship of two totally different girls. Nicky grew up among garbage cans and is a staunch punk. Pam is from a good family - she is the daughter of a politician. By chance, they get to know each other and together they make the area around Times Square unsafe. Page 66-67  Punk in New York's Times Square]

Programm

cinema verleiht Filmen, die nach Meinung der Redaktion qualitativ über dem Durchschnitt liegen, ein Prädikat – kenntlich gemacht durch einen oder mehrere Punkte.
steht für überdurchschnittlich,
• • steht für überragend und
• • • bedeuten .einsame Spitze’

STARTTERMIN: 21.5.1982
Times Square •
Die Geschichte einer Freundschaft von zwei völlig verschiedenen Mädchen. Nicky ist zwischen Mülltonnen großgeworden und überzeugter Punk. Pam kommt aus gutem Haus – sie ist Tochter eines Politikers. Durch Zufall lernen sich die beiden kennen und machen gemeinsam die Gegend um den Times Square unsicher. Seite 66-67

Punk am New York Times Square

 

Program

Cinema awards movies that, in the opinion of the editors, are qualitatively above average, a rating – indicated by one or more points.
stands for above average,
• • stands for outstanding and
• • • means ‘one of a kind’

START DATE: 21.5.1982
Times Square •
The story of a friendship of two totally different girls. Nicky grew up among garbage cans and is a staunch punk. Pam is from a good family – she is the daughter of a politician. By chance, they get to know each other and together they make the area around Times Square unsafe. Page 66-67

Punk in New York’s Times Square

The two-page spread on pages 66 and 67 contains the by-now familiar not-quite-accurate synopsis of the movie.

TIMES SQUARE
Ihr könnt uns alle mal

Zwei New Yorker Kids treten mit hartem Beat gegen die verlogene Erwachsenenwelt an. „Rocky Horror Picture”-Star Tim Curry unterstützt sie dabei. Rock-Film-Tycoon Robert Stigwood („Grease”) hat das ,,little dirty Punk-Picture” mit dem entsprechenden Sound versorgt — von Roxy Music bis Lou Reed

Das gleißende Scheinwerferlicht des Broadway hat schon viele angezogen, die schließlich ihre Show in einer dunklen Ecke der „schmutzigsten Quadratmeile
der Welt” beenden mußten. Das ist die Gegend des Times Square, die 42. Straße New Yorks, wo alles käuflich ist: Rauschgift, Tod und Liebe in sämtlichen Variationen. Reagiert man hier auf entsprechende Angebote nicht, wird man mit einem hochgereckten Zeigefinger in die Flucht geschlagen, dem „go sleaze”. Auf deutsch: mach dich dünn, du kannst mich!

In diesem kaputten Winkel der Welt ist das 15-jährige Sumpfpflänzchen Nicky (Robin Johnson) zu Hause. Sie schaut aus wie ein Punker und sie lebt so konsequent wie die wenigsten Punker: Um jeden Preis will sie Musik machen, gegen die Kaputtheit ihrer Umwelt. Ihr einziger Freund scheint ihre Gitarre zu sein, die sie überall mit sich herumschleppt. Ihre Kleider macht sie aus alten Plastiksäcken. Mit ihrer Stimme könnte sie Kartoffeln reiben.

Dort, wo es in New York am feinsten zugeht, lebt Pamela (Trini Alvarado). Sie ist 13. Ihr Vater, ein smarter Politiker, will zu Karrierezwecken den Times Square vom lichtscheuen Gesindel säubern. Für seine Kampagne spannt er auch Pam ein. Sie wehrt sich und wird von ihm zur Beobachtung ihres Geisteszustandes in ein Hospital eingeliefert. Hier trifft sie auf Nicky, die aufgegriffen wurde, als sie wütend ein Auto demolierte.

Zu Anfang ist Pam über Nickys zynische Sprüche und ihr unnachgiebiges Verhalten
gegenüber Ärzten und Schwestern entsetzt. Doch allmählich beginnt eine Freundschaft zwischen den beiden ungleichen Mädchen. Sie erkennen, daß die Untersuchung nur eine Schikane der Erwachsenen ist, die sie an ihre Welt anpassen wollen — mit Gewalt. In einem Krankenwagen fliehen sie und tauchen in einem leeren Lagerhaus unter. Nachdem sie Blutsbrüderschaft geschworen haben, nennen sie sich ,,Sleaze Sisters” und werfen sich in grellbunte Klamotten. So „getarnt” gehen sie auf Diebestour, schrecken allerdings vor großen Coups zurück und halten dafür Touristen zum Narren.

Längst sind in allen Zeitungen Berichte über die Teenie- Aussteiger erschienen. Rock- Moderator Johnny La Gardia (Tim Curry) glaubt, kurz zuvor von Pam einen anonymen Brief bekommen zu haben, in dem sie ihre Probleme und ihre Einsamkeit geschildert hat. Über den Sender fordert er sie auf, nicht aufzugeben und ihren eigenen Weg zu gehen, Nicky findet am Times Square einen Job in einer Band, Pam
tritt als Go-Go-Girl auf.

Ihr Vater sucht indessen verzweifelt nach ihr und bedroht den Rock-Moderator Johnny.
Durch Auftritte im Sender werden die „Sleaze Sisters” zu Teenager-Idolen. Ihr Graffiti ist an allen Wänden zu finden, Ihre Habseligkeiten schleppen sie wie Stadtstreicher in Plastikbeuteln mit sich herum, und ihr besonderer Gag ist es,
TV-Geräte von Wolkenkratzern zu werfen, bis das Schmeißen mit den einschläfernden
Mattscheiben zum neuen Youngster-Sport wird. Zum Schluß schafft es Nicky dank
Johnny, der eine Menge Trouble mit seinen Bossen kriegt, auf dem flachen Dach eines Times Square-Kinos aufzutreten, was freilich nicht genehmigt ist, aber die „Sleaze Sisters”-Fans strömen zu Tausenden herbei. Als Nicky stürmisch gefeiert wird, erkennt Pam, daß Nicky es jetzt auch ohne ihre Hilfe zur Rock- Sängerin bringen wird. Pam kehrt zu ihrem Vater zurück, der eines begriffen hat: Er wird jetzt seine Tochter so akzeptieren müssen, wie sie ist.

Originaltitel: Times Square
Herstellungsland: USA, Regie: Alan Moyle, Drehbuch: Jacob Brackman, Kamera: James A. Contner, Schnitt: Tom Priestley, Musik: Suzi Quatro, The Pretenders, Roxy Music, Gary Numan, Lou Reed, Patti Smith u.a., Produzent: Robert Stigwood und Jacob Brack- man, Verleih: Schröder-Film

Besetzung:
Johnny Tim Curry
Pam Trini Alvarado
Nicky Robin Johnson
David Peter Coffield

Start ab: 21.5.1982

Die „Sleaze Sisters”, Nicky und Pam, gehen ihren Weg

„Rocky Horror”-Tim Curry kämpft als Rock-Moderator

 

TIMES SQUARE
You can all suck it

Two New York kids kick the mendacious adult world with a hard beat. “Rocky Horror Picture” star Tim Curry supports them. Rock film tycoon Robert Stigwood (“Grease”) has provided the “little dirty punk picture” with the appropriate sound – from Roxy Music to Lou Reed

Broadway’s gleaming spotlight has already attracted many who finally put their show in a dark corner of the “dirtiest square mile of the world “. This is the area of Times Square, 42nd Street in New York, where everything is for sale: drugs, death and love in all its variations. If you don’t take the deals, you will be sent packng with a raised index finger, the “go sleaze”. In German: make yourself scarce, bite me!

In this broken corner of the world, 15-year-old marsh plant Nicky (Robin Johnson) is at home. She looks like a punk and she lives rigorously as few punks: She wants to make music at all costs, against the brutality of her environment. Her only friend seems to be her guitar, which she carries around with her everywhere. She makes her clothes out of old plastic bags. She could grate potatoes with her voice.

Pamela (Trini Alvarado) lives in the best neighborhood in New York. She is 13. Her father, a smart politician, wants to clean Times Square of its shady characters for career purposes. For his campaign, he also ropes in Pam. She rebels and is taken to a hospital by him to observe her state of mind. Here she meets Nicky, who was picked up when she angrily demolished a car.

In the beginning, Pam is appalled by Nicky’s cynical remarks and her intransigent conduct towards the doctors and nurses. But gradually a friendship begins between the two dissimilar girls. They realize that the examination is just harassment by adults who want to conform them to their world – by force. In an ambulance, they flee and hide in an empty warehouse. After swearing blood brotherhood, they call themselves “Sleaze Sisters” and throw themselves into garish clothes. So “camouflaged” they go on a thieving spree, but shrink back from big crimes, and make fools of tourists.

By now, reports have been published in all the newspapers about the teen dropouts. Disc jockey Johnny La Gardia (Tim Curry) believes he received an anonymous letter from Pam shortly before, describing her problems and loneliness. From the radio station he asks them not to give up and to go their own way, Nicky finds a job in a band in Times Square, Pam becomes a go-go girl.

Meanwhile, her father desperately searches for her and threatens the disc jockey Johnny. Through performances in the station, the “Sleaze Sisters” become teenage idols. Their graffiti can be found on every wall, they carry their belongings around like tramps in plastic bags, and their special gimmick is throwing TV sets off skyscrapers until tossing the boring screens becomes the new youth sport. Finally, thanks to Johnny, who gets in a lot of trouble with his bosses, Nicky manages to perform on the flat roof of a Times Square cinema, which is not authorized, but the “Sleaze Sisters” fans flock by the thousands. When Nicky is wildly celebrated, Pam realizes that Nicky will become a rock singer without her help. Pam returns to her father, who realizes one thing: he will now have to accept his daughter as she is.

Original title: Times Square
Manufacturing country: USA, Director: Alan Moyle, Screenplay: Jacob Brackman, Camera: James A. Contner, Editor: Tom Priestley, Music: Suzi Quatro, The Pretenders, Roxy Music, Gary Numan, Lou Reed, Patti Smith among others, Producer: Robert Stigwood and Jacob Brackman, Distribution (Rental Company): Schröder-Film

Cast:
Johnny Tim Curry
Pam Trini Alvarado
Nicky Robin Johnson
David Peter Coffield

Starts on: 21.5.1982

[photo captions:]

The “Sleaze Sisters”, Nicky and Pam, are on their way

“Rocky Horror” -Tim Curry fights as a disc jockey

And finally, on page 110, we get one final advertisement. Advertisement for opening of TIMES SQUARE in Germany, from Cinema Vol 49 No. 6, June 1982, page 110. Text: Endlich ! Filmstart für "Times Square" am 21.5.'82 Im Verleih der Schröder-Film Aufführungstermine und Kino-Theater entnehmen Sie BITTE DER ÖRTLICHEN TAGESPRESSE. Der Film mit der irren Musik von Roxy Music, Gary Numan, Talking Heads, XTC, Joe Jackson, Lou Reed, The Cure und Patti Smith Doppelalbum TIMES SQUARE LP 2658 145 MC 3524 222 RSO Aus dem Hause Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft · mbH Hohe Bleichen 14—16 2000 Hamburg 36 [Translation: At last! "Times Square" opens 21/5/82 Distributed by Schröder-Film To find showtimes and theaters PLEASE CHECK YOUR LOCAL DAILY NEWSPAPERS. The movie with the crazy music by Roxy Music, Gary Numan, Talking Heads, XTC, Joe Jackson, Lou Reed, and The Cure Patti Smith Double album TIMES SQUARE LP 2658 145 MC 3524 222 RSO From Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft mbH · Hohe Bleichen 14-16 2000 Hamburg 36]

Endlich !
Filmstart für “Times Square” am 21.5.’82

Im Verleih der Schröder-Film

Aufführungstermine und Kino-Theater entnehmen Sie
BITTE DER ÖRTLICHEN TAGESPRESSE.

Der Film mit der irren Musik von Roxy Music, Gary Numan,
Talking Heads, XTC, Joe Jackson, Lou Reed, The Cure und
Patti Smith

Doppelalbum
TIMES SQUARE LP 2658 145 MC 3524 222

RSO

Aus dem Hause Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft · mbH Hohe Bleichen 14—16 2000 Hamburg 36

 

At last!
“Times Square” opens 21/5/82

Distributed by Schröder-Film

To find showtimes and theaters
PLEASE CHECK YOUR LOCAL DAILY NEWSPAPERS.

The movie with the crazy music by Roxy Music, Gary Numan,
Talking Heads, XTC, Joe Jackson, Lou Reed, and The Cure
Patti Smith

Double album
TIMES SQUARE LP 2658 145 MC 3524 222

RSO

From Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft mbH · Hohe Bleichen 14-16 2000 Hamburg 36

The photos on pages 66-67 are four of the six published a month before in Bravo No. 21. The shot used on page six is a crop of the center bottom photo in the collage in the center of the UK Pressbook.

Photo accompanying capsule review for opening of TIMES SQUARE (1980) in a German film magazine. Relevant text: STARTTERMIN: 21.5.1982 Times Square • Die Geschichte einer Freundschaft von zwei völlig verschiedenen Mädchen. Nicky ist zwischen Mülltonnen großgeworden und überzeugter Punk. Pam kommt aus gutem Haus - sie ist Tochter eines Politikers. Durch Zufall lernen sich die beiden kennen und machen gemeinsam die Gegend um den Times Square unsicher. Seite 66-67 Punk am New York Times Square [START DATE: 21.5.1982 Times Square • The story of a friendship of two totally different girls. Nicky grew up among garbage cans and is a staunch punk. Pam is from a good family - she is the daughter of a politician. By chance, they get to know each other and together they make the area around Times Square unsafe. Page 66-67 Punk in New York's Times Square]

 

 

Cinema Vol. 49 No. 6, June 1982, Germany (monthly (publication) (AAT ID: 300311879))
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Cinema ©1982 Kino Verlag GmbH
Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

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Times Square movie poster, Australia, February 1981

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Photo by Mick Rock of Robin Johnson as Nicky overlaid on a city street collage  Text:  TIMES SQUARE  IS THE MUSIC OF THE STREETS  TIM CURRY  © 1980 Butterfly Valley N.V.  GD FILM DISTRIBUTORS EMI  ROBERT STIGWOOD Presents“TIMES SQUARE” Starring TIM CURRY • TRINI ALVARADO  And Introducing ROBIN JOHNSON  Also Starring PETER COFFIELD • HERBERT BERGHOF • DAVID MARGULIES • ANNA MARIA HORSFORD  Executive Producers KEVIN McCORMICK • JOHN NICOLELLA  Directed by ALAN MOYLE  Produced by ROBERT STIGWOOD and JACOB BRACKMAN  Screenplay by JACOB BRACKMAN  Story by ALAN MOYLE and LEANNE UNGER  Associate Producer BILL OAKES  An EMI-ITC Production  M  Soundtrack available on RSO Records and Tapes  Featuring the Music of Suzi Quatro • The Pretenders • Roxy Music • Gary Numan • Marcy Levy & Robin Gibb  Talking Heads • Joe Jackson • The Ramones • Lou Reed • Patti Smith Group ...  And More!  Robert Burton Printers Pty. Ltd.

 

 

 

The Australian movie poster featured the glorious Mick Rock photo of Robin that graced the earliest piece of Times Square advertising, which is possibly my favorite image used to promote the movie. Once I’d found this I was looking forward to having it framed, but unfortunately not only are the Australian posters printed on a non-glossy lighter paper stock than the rest of the world’s posters, this one’s color registration is way off. It doesn’t show so much in this reduced-size image, but on the full-size poster everything has a prominent green outline. Sorry, Robert Burton Printers, someone was half-assing the job one fateful day in 1981. I guess I’ll have to dig out my copy of the Australian daybill and have that framed. It’s much smaller, but I’m pretty sure the colors are properly aligned.

 

 

Would you like to know more?

Screen International No. 246, June 21-28, 1980
Times Square Australian Daybill

 

 

Times Square (is the music of the streets)
Australia : one-sheet poster : AAT ID: 300196848 : 40 x 26.75 in. : 1981 (work);
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©1980 Butterfly Valley, N.V.
Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

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Times Square newspaper movie ad negatives, 1980

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Exactly what it says on the label – four pieces of black-and-white film apparently used to print newspaper ads with, dating from October 1980 or shortly before.

The seller of these items thought they were for printing posters, but the images are of such low quality, and black-and-white, that even though they don’t quite match up to any of the ads offered in the American campaign pressbook, they’re obviously made for newspaper use. They look pretty good here, though:

The first is just the film’s title; the second adds Trini and Robin’s faces from the poster, side-by-side; the third uses the image from the poster including Tim Curry on Nicky’s badge; and the fourth reproduces almost the entire poster. You can tell they’re American ads, produced fairly early on, since on the second-largest, Tim Curry is given top billing (as he has in the movie) and Robin, although pictured, isn’t mentioned. As we’ve seen, by the time the film had passed through Europe towards the Pacific, Robin had become the first name associated with it.

 

Negative of newspaper ad for TIMES SQUARE (1980).  Text:  In the heart of Times Square a poor girl be- comes famous, a rich girl beomes courageous and both become friends.  TIMES SQUARE  ROBERT STIGWOOD Presents "TIMES SQUARE" Starring TIM CURRY · TRINI ALVARADO Also Starring PETER COFFIELD · HERBERT BERGHOF · DAVID MARGULIES And Introducing ROBIN JOHNSON AFD™ RSO® Associated Film Distribution R

 

 

[ Four Times Square newspaper advertisement negatives
USA : black-and-white negatives : AAT ID: 300128343 : 1.9 x 9.6 cm.; 4.4 x 9.9 cm.; 8.4 x 9.8 cm.; 13 x 9.8 cm. : 1980 (works);

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photos ©2019 Sean Rockoff
 
Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

Bravo, No. 21, Germany, May 19, 1982

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Bravo No. 21, May 19, 1982, German pop culture magazine
Article promoting TIMES SQUARE in Bravo No. 21, May 19, 1982, a German pop culture magazine. Text: Jetzt im Kino: TIMES SQUARE IHR KONNT UNS ALLE MAL Ein irrer Film mit heißer Musik über die ausgeflipptesten Teenager von New York Die 16jährige Nicky Marotta (Robin Johnson) und die 13jährige Pamela Pearl (Trini Alvarado) liegen zusammen im Zimmer eines New Yorker Krankenhauses. Beide sollen auf ihren Geisteszustand untersucht werden. Nicky, weil sie eine notorische Streunerin ist; Pamela, weil ihr Vater, ein ehrgeiziger Politiker, mit ihr nicht mehr klarkommt. Eines Tages überredet Nicky Pamela zur Flucht. Im Nachthemd entwischen sie aus dem Krankenhaus, schnappen sich einen Krankenwagen und brausen los. In einem alten Schuppen am Times Square, einem der berühmtesten und berüchtigtsten Plätze New Yorks, finden sie Unterschlupf. So beginnt der Film „Times Square“ (in Deutschland hat er noch den Untertitel „Ihr könnt uns alle mal“). Die beiden Mädchen finden ihr „freies“ Leben herrlich. Sie tragen die ausgefallensten Klamotten, hören pausenlos heiße Musik und jobben abends in einer Kneipe. Nicky, die gut Gitarre spielt, singt mit einer Band,| Pamela arbeitet als Go-go-Girl. Natürlich hat Pamelas Vater alle Hebel in Bewegung gesetzt, um seine Tochter zu finden. In den Fall hat sich auch der beliebte Discjockey Johnny LaGuardian (Tim Curry, der Dr. Frank N. Furter aus der „Rocky Horror Picture Show“) eingeschaltet. Er ist so eine Art Thomas Gottschalk. Ihm vertrauen die Teens, wenn er täglich am Mikrofon zu ihnen spricht. Johnny findet die beiden und verspricht, ihnen zu helfen. So dürfen die Mädchen ein von Nicky komponiertes Lied über den Sender singen. Die jugendlichen Hörer sind begeistert. Johnny erzählt ihnen die Geschichte der beiden Ausreißerinnen. Nicky und Pamela werden auf ihre Art zu „Heldinnen“. Einer der Höhepunkte des Films ist die Aufforderung von Nicky und Pamela, dem Götzen „Fernsehen“ abzuschwören. Und Hunderte machen mit: Zum Entsetzen der Eltern werfen die Teenager die Fernseh-Apparate einfach auf die Straße. Doch die beiden Mädchen sehen bald ein, daß ihr Leben so nicht mehr weiterlaufen kann. Und wieder erweist sich der Discjockey Johnny als Retter. Er organisiert für Nicky ein Konzert auf dem Dach eines Kinos. Aus allen Richtungen New Yorks strömen die Kids in gleicher Aufmachung wie Nicky und Pamela zum Times Square. Das Konzert, obwohl von der Polizei nicht genehmigt, wird ein Riesenerfolg. Nicky ist ihrem Traum, ein Rock- Star zu werden, nähergekommen. Pamela kehrt zu ihrem Vater, der eingesehen hat, daß auch er viele Fehler gemacht hat, zurück. Die beiden Hauptdarstellerinnen sind Neulinge. Nicky (Robin Johnson) wurde von der Schule weg engagiert, Pamela (Trini Alvarado) drehte bereits einen Film. Toll natürlich Tim Curry. Die Musik stammt unter anderem von Suzi Quatro, Pretenders, Roxy Music, Gary Numan, XTC, Ramones und Robin Gibb von den Bee Gees. Text: Peter Raschner Auf dem Dach eines Kinos gibt Nicky ihr erstes, umjubeltes Rock-Konzert Wutenbrannt stürzt sich Pamelas Vater auf Disc-jockey Johnny Die 13jährige Pamela Pearl jobbt als Go-go-Girl, nachdem sie zu Hause ausgerissen ist Nicky (rechts) und Pamela träumen von einer Rock-Karriere -- Disc-Jockey Johnny (rechts) hilft ihnen dabei Nicky und Pamela auf dem Times Square. Sie sind in dieser Gegend bekannt wie bunte Hunde

May 1982, and Times Square was about to have its final premiere, in West Germany. Why did it take this long, over a year and a half after its initial premiere, and a year after the rest of Europe had seen it? I have no idea. But someone still had hope for the movie, as shown by the two-page spread in Bravo, featuring the same sort of excited plot synopsis published in Filmstar No. 3, Sonido No. 56 and Film Review Vol. 31 No. 2.

 

 

 

The big picture across the two pages was last seen in the February 1981 Movie 81 and on the Japanese movie poster. The picture on the top left of page 34 was the top middle image on the Mexican movie poster. The center photo on page 34, of Mr. Pearl attacking Johnny, is I think making its first appearance here. We last saw the bottom photo in the Japanese souvenir program book and flyer, and on a British lobby card. On page 35, the shot of Johnny at the mic was also a British lobby card, and appeared in Movie 81. And the bottom photo was also a British lobby card, last seen in Joepie No. 365 in March 1981, and first seen in the “Robert Stigwood Presents Times Square” folder from sometime in 1980 well before the movie’s release.

Here’s the text by Peter Rauscher in German, followed by my attempt at a translation.

Jetzt im Kino: TIMES SQUARE
IHR KONNT UNS ALLE MAL

Ein irrer Film mit heißer
Musik über die ausgeflipptesten
Teenager von New York

Die 16jährige Nicky Marotta (Robin Johnson) und die 13jährige Pamela Pearl (Trini Alvarado) liegen zusammen im Zimmer eines New Yorker Krankenhauses. Beide sollen auf ihren Geisteszustand untersucht werden. Nicky, weil sie eine notorische Streunerin ist; Pamela, weil ihr Vater, ein ehrgeiziger Politiker, mit ihr nicht mehr klarkommt.

Eines Tages überredet Nicky Pamela zur Flucht. Im Nachthemd entwischen sie aus dem Krankenhaus, schnappen sich einen Krankenwagen und brausen los. In einem alten Schuppen am Times Square, einem der berühmtesten und berüchtigtsten Plätze New Yorks, finden sie Unterschlupf.

So beginnt der Film „Times Square“ (in Deutschland hat er noch den Untertitel „Ihr könnt uns alle mal“). Die beiden Mädchen finden ihr „freies“ Leben herrlich. Sie tragen die ausgefallensten Klamotten, hören pausenlos heiße Musik und jobben abends in einer Kneipe. Nicky, die gut Gitarre spielt, singt mit einer Band,| Pamela arbeitet als Go-go-Girl.

Natürlich hat Pamelas Vater alle Hebel in Bewegung gesetzt, um seine Tochter zu finden. In den Fall hat sich auch der beliebte Discjockey Johnny LaGuardian (Tim Curry, der Dr. Frank N. Furter aus der „Rocky Horror Picture Show“) eingeschaltet. Er ist so eine Art Thomas Gottschalk. Ihm vertrauen die Teens, wenn er täglich am Mikrofon zu ihnen spricht.

Johnny findet die beiden und verspricht, ihnen zu helfen. So dürfen die Mädchen ein von Nicky komponiertes Lied über den Sender singen. Die jugendlichen Hörer sind begeistert. Johnny erzählt ihnen die Geschichte der beiden Ausreißerinnen.

Nicky und Pamela werden auf ihre Art zu „Heldinnen“. Einer der Höhepunkte des Films ist die Aufforderung von Nicky und Pamela, dem Götzen „Fernsehen“ abzuschwören. Und Hunderte machen mit: Zum Entsetzen der Eltern werfen die Teenager die Fernseh-Apparate einfach auf die Straße.

Doch die beiden Mädchen sehen bald ein, daß ihr Leben so nicht mehr weiterlaufen kann. Und wieder erweist sich der Discjockey Johnny als Retter. Er organisiert für Nicky ein Konzert auf dem Dach eines Kinos.

Aus allen Richtungen New Yorks strömen die Kids in gleicher Aufmachung wie Nicky und Pamela zum Times Square. Das Konzert, obwohl von der Polizei nicht genehmigt, wird ein Riesenerfolg. Nicky ist ihrem Traum, ein Rock- Star zu werden, nähergekommen.

Pamela kehrt zu ihrem Vater, der eingesehen hat, daß auch er viele Fehler gemacht hat, zurück.

Die beiden Hauptdarstellerinnen sind Neulinge. Nicky (Robin Johnson) wurde von der Schule weg engagiert, Pamela (Trini Alvarado) drehte bereits einen Film. Toll natürlich Tim Curry. Die Musik stammt unter anderem von Suzi Quatro, Pretenders, Roxy Music, Gary Numan, XTC, Ramones und Robin Gibb von den Bee Gees.

Text: Peter Raschner

Auf dem Dach eines Kinos gibt Nicky ihr erstes, umjubeltes Rock-Konzert

Wutenbrannt stürzt sich Pamelas Vater auf Disc-jockey Johnny

Die 13jährige Pamela Pearl jobbt als Go-go-Girl, nachdem sie zu Hause ausgerissen ist

Nicky (rechts) und Pamela träumen von einer Rock-Karriere — Disc-Jockey Johnny (rechts) hilft ihnen dabei

Nicky und Pamela auf dem Times Square. Sie sind in dieser Gegend bekannt wie bunte Hunde

In theaters now: TIMES SQUARE
YOU CAN ALL (KISS OUR ASSES)

A crazy film with hot
music about the freaky
teenagers of New York

16-year-old Nicky Marotta (Robin Johnson) and 13-year-old Pamela Pearl (Trini Alvarado) lie together in the room of a New York hospital. Both to have their mental health examined. Nicky because she is a notorious stray; Pamela because her father, an ambitious politician, can’t handle her any more.

One day Nicky persuades Pamela to escape. In their nightgowns they escape from the hospital, steal themselves an ambulance and zoom off. In an old shack in Times Square, one of the most famous and most notorious places in New York, they find shelter.

So begins the film “Times Square” (in Germany it also has the subtitle “You can all […] our […]”). Both girls find their “free” life wonderful. They wear outrageous clothes, listen to hot music nonstop and in the evening work in a bar. Nicky, who plays guitar well, sings with a band; Pamela works as a go-go girl.

Naturally Pamela’s father has pulled out all the stops to find his daughter. On this case the popular disc jockey Johnny LaGuardian (Tim Curry, Dr. Frank N. Furter from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) is also involved. He is a Thomas Gottschalk type. The teens trust him when he speaks daily through the microphone to them.

Johnny finds them both and promises to help them. So the girls sing a song composed by Nicky over the radio. The young listeners are inspired. Johnny tells them the story of the runaways.

Nicky and Pamela become in their own way “heroines.” One of the highlights of the film is the call of Nicky and Pamela to renounce the idol “television.” And hundreds join in: to the horror of their parents the teenagers simply throw their television sets to the street. But both girls soon see that their life cannot continue this way. And again Johnny the disc jockey comes to the rescue. He organizes a concert on the roof of a cinema for Nicky.

The Kids stream from all areas of New York to Times Square in outfits identical to Nicky and Pamela. The concert, although not authorized by the police, becomes a huge success. Nicky has come closer to her dream to become a rock star.

Pamela returns to her father who has realized that he also has made many mistakes.

Both leading actresses are newcomers. Nicky (Robin Johnson) was hired away from her school, Pamela (Trini Alvarado) previously made a film. Of course Tim Curry is terrific. The music is by, among others, Suzi Quatro, Pretenders, Roxy Music, Gary Numan, XTC, Ramones and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees.

Text: Peter Raschner

On the roof of a cinema Nicky gives her first rock concert performance

Pamela’s father falls furiously on disc jockey Johnny

13-year-old Pamela Pearl works as a go-go girl, after she has run away from home

Nicky (right) and Pamela dream of a rock career – disc jockey Johnny helps (right) them at it

Nicky and Pamela in Times Square. They are known in this neighborhood as colorful dogs

I think that last caption might be better translated as “they are well known to the locals,” but I had a hard enough time rendering the German subtitle into colloquial and printable English.  

Would you like to know more?

Movie 81 No. 2, February 1981
Times Square movie poster, Japan, June 1981
Guerreras de Nueva York (Times Square movie poster, Mexico, 1981)
Times Square Program Book, Japan, June 1981, pages 14-19 (post 3 of 5)
U.K. Lobby Cards (post 2 of 3)
U.K. Lobby Cards (post 1 of 3)
Joepie, No. 365, March 15, 1981
Times Square Press Folder

 
 
Bravo No. 21, May 19, 1982, Germany (monthly (publication) (AAT ID: 300311879))
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Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+
 

October 1981: Times SquareGreat TV Entertainment…?

Posted on 27th December 2018 in "Times Square"

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Cover of October 1981 TV listings magazine for Showtime and The Movie Channel


 
 

 

According to the October 1981 issue of Great TV Entertainment, the official schedule for Showtime and The Movie Channel, Times Square was shown six times on The Movie Channel, on October 25, 27, and 31. I could have sworn it was shown many times more than that; the showings must have continued into November, or perhaps it was also shown on HBO like everybody, including me, remembers.

 

October 1981 TV listings for Showtime and The Movie Channel Relevant text: SHOWTIME THE MOVIE CHANNEL TIMES SQUARE Two misfit teenagers become runaway rebels roaming the streets of New York City. They find fame--and disaster-as the rock ’n’ rolling Sleaze Sisters. Trina Alvarado and Robin Johnson co-star. Language. (R-1:51) Oct.25,27,31-M

TIMES SQUARE
Two misfit teenagers become runaway rebels roaming the streets of New York City. They find fame–and disaster-as the rock ’n’ rolling Sleaze Sisters. Trina Alvarado and Robin Johnson co-star. Language. (R-1:51) Oct.25,27,31-M

 

 

Times Square got a photo and a little blurb, which was more than Let It Be got. Maybe that’s why Let It Be is one of the few movies that’s now harder to see than Times Square. (… Nah.)

The photo, typically, isn’t a frame from the movie. It’s a publicity still shot on set that is making its first appearance in this magazine. The AFD/EMI/RSO promotion people had been sitting on this gem for a year. No wonder the movie flopped.

October 1981 TV listings for Showtime and The Movie Channel, contents page detail

 

 

Great TV Entertainment, October 1981 (monthly (publication) (AAT ID: 300311879))
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©1981 TVSM, INC.

 

Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

Times Square Hits US Cable TV, October 1981

Posted on 15th December 2018 in "Times Square"

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Robin Johnson's head shot for TIMES SQUARE, in costume as Nicky Marotta, photographed by Yoram Kahana, printed in 1981 for the film's showings on The Movie Channel. Text: THE MOVIE CHANNEL ROBIN JOHNSON is an uninhibited product of the streets who sets New York City on edge as a wild runaway from authority in "Times Square." See it in October on THE MOVIE CHANNEL.

ROBIN JOHNSON is an uninhibited product of the streets who sets New York City on edge as a wild runaway from authority in “Times Square.” See it in October on THE MOVIE CHANNEL.

 

A year after its brief run in theaters, Times Square made it to HBO, and I watched it every single time it ran. This was before my family had a VCR, but my dad had access to a Sony Porta-Pak open-reel video recorder, and I recorded the movie across four reels, during four broadcasts, in glorious black-and-white, and watched it many times over the next few years, until I went off to college and the Porta-Pak went back to wherever it came from. I do still have the reels, but nothing to play them them on, assuming there’s still a signal on them. There’s a slim possibility that the American trailer is also on one of those reels: it was used to promote the movie on HBO, and I remember poring over the movie every time I saw it wondering how I kept missing the scene where Nicky and Pammy were splashing each other in the river.

The only thing inaccurate about the above is, although I and everybody else I’ve spoken to who also watched those cable screenings remember vividly that it was on HBO, the only evidence I’ve ever found indicates that it was actually The Movie Channel. And so far, I’m also the only one willing to admit that my memory may be faulty on that one detail. Times Square fans can be obstinate.

This photo is TS-57-26/1 from the US Press Material folder, with The Movie Channel’s logo replacing AFD’s on the now slightly expanded white border. The caption is edited from the one supplied with that photo, over a year before. After all the variants and previously unseen promotional photos that came out as Times Square was released around the world, its television debut was promoted with one of the first shots ever released.

 

 

[TS-57-26 Movie Channel variant]
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Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

Filmstar, Vol. 1 No. 6, Thailand, October 1981

Posted on 3rd December 2018 in "Times Square"

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Cover of a movie magazine from Thailand containing article on Robin Johnson  Text:  Fortnightly Friend of the Film Buff  FILMSTAR Volume 1 No. 6 / October 1, 1981  Special A new Bond girl FOR YOUR EYES ONLY  Free Color Poster  12.

 

 

 

 

I would think that by October of 1981, a year after its initial release in New York, and two or three months after its Thai release, Times Square would have long since closed in Thailand and become a distant memory. But that didn’t stop Filmstar magazine from running an article promoting Robin herself, very much like the interviews with Robin published during her publicity tour nine months previous.

ROBIN JOHNSON
A quick-witted likeable young lady

Do you still remember Nicky, a quick witted rebelliously likable young girl from Times Square? If you are also someone who fell in love with that Nicky, here is a tiny reminiscence that she is happy to share. Even though it is not going to be as exciting as in the film, I bet you wouldn’t mind learning from her.

Nicky is Robin Johnson, 17 year old teenager from Brooklyn. Her accent is clearly a unique and gravelly Brooklynese when she speaks. When we met her, Robin Johnson’s hair was still chopped in a shaggy cut. “It would be too expensive to go to a beauty shop and have it stripped out.” she says, “And it would take hours. I’ll just wait till it grows back in the real way.”

Robin still remembers the role of Nicky so well even though a year has passed by. She and Trini Alvarado are friends on and off screen. Trini wants to be a song-writer. Robin, a rock singer — finally, she does give a street concert in Times Square.

“I love rock.” Robin says. “Van Halen. Led Zeppelin. Music makes you feel good — and sometimes sad. I remember the song called Damn Dog so well. It’s not punk. I hate punk music, the real punk that comes from England—The Clash. Sex Pistols. They’re maniacs: they want to die. I don’t mind New Wave so much. It has the same kind of roots, but it’s mellower.”

Robin starts to giggle when she thinks about one scene in the movie. “I’m really very wild-looking. I wear a mask like the Lone Ranger and a blue turtleneck sweater with blue glitter tights and a plastic-garbage-bag belt!”

Acting in the film was the first job Robin ever had. “That matures you. learning how to work and deal with people. Being street-smart helps in making a movie. There are certain rules you pick up— when to keep your mouth shut, when to do certain things. It’s like being in a different neighborhood — some people might give you a hassle, but if they do. you should keep your mouth shut, even if you get mad, and just walk the other way and get out of there. I learned responsibility. You become more considerate. I liked everybody I worked with except two out of a hundred. One woman really gave me a fit — she was such a big complainer. she must have gotten a B.A. in complaining! After a while. I just avoided her except when I absolutely had to work with her. ‘What am I going to get upset for?’ I asked myself. ‘I’m the one you see on the screen.’”

Robin goes to Brooklyn Tech high school. “I never get along with my teachers,” she says. “I’m rebellious. I don’t like people in authority.”

Robin remembered a casting scout, who arranged for Robin to go to an audition in Manhattan. That audition feels like it wrecks her brains. Back then, in her head she thought “I just wanted to go home to sleep but my friend Cindi was with me, and she says. ‘No. no. no. you’ve got to go. “I had to fill out a sheet with height, weight, eye color, hair color—stuff like that. Then, they’re putting me on tape, inside the studio room I was sitting there like a dummy and read the script. I don’t know why they have chosen me but I got a part in Times Square.”

“It’s a nice feeling to be picked out of so many.” Robin says. “People call me a natural talent, but what I say to that is that the character I play is very close to me so that my actions are natural. It’s easy to play someone like yourself.”

Around her neck, she wears a couple of gold chains. One has her birth sign. Gemini, dangling from it; the other, a tiny round gold circle, contains a diamond chip. “Trini and I were given diamonds by the crew at a party when the movie was finished,” Robin explains, her eyes wide. “When I saw the Tiffany bag it came in. I said. ‘My God!’ I put it on, and I haven’t taken it off since.”

I managed to have this article translated professionally by Joy Busai (whose website, www.thaienglishhq.com, unfortunately seems to be down at the moment), and she noticed that it seemed itself to be an almost word-for-word translation into Thai of Robin’s interview in Seventeen Magazine from October 1980. While it got me a discount on the translation, it was something of a disappointment to find that one of the last contemporary Times Square articles contained absolutely nothing new.

Photo roundup: Page 40 is cropped from the image used most prominently for a UK lobby card.

Bottom left on p. 41 is the shot published in Playboy, Vol. 28 No. 1, January 1981. Top to bottom at right: a shot of the final concert previously used on the UK soundtrack sampler; Nicky cutting Pammy’s hand, with a boom microphone front and center, as seen in the Japanese souvenir program book; a previously-unpublished, as far as I know, full frame from the film showing the extra empty space at the top; and a shot of Robin as Nicky that accompanied her October 1980 interview in Seventeen, which itself was translated into Thai in the issue of Filmstar three months before this one.

Page 41, top left, is the Yoram Kahana shot that first appeared, again as far as I know, in Movie 81 No. 2. Directly below is UK publicity still 21. Below that, captioned “ROBIN”, is TS-69-34A/4. To its right is a shot taken within seconds of the UK lobby card but itself seems to be making its first appearance here. To the right is TS-82-30/4, and finally at the bottom right is another frame from the film with extra space at the top and bottom.

See also:

U.K. Lobby Cards (post 1 of 3)
UK Promo Photos 4, 13, and 21, 1980-81
Times Square Press Material folder (post 4 of 5)
U.K. Lobby Cards (post 3 of 3)
Times Square Press Material folder (post 5 of 5)

 

 

Times Square (article, AAT ID: 300048715)
Filmstar Vol. 1 No. 6, 1 October 1981, pp. 40-42 (magazine (periodical), AAT ID: 300215389)
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Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

Times Square movie poster, Thailand, 1981

Posted on 21st November 2018 in "Times Square"

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TIMES SQUARE movie poster from Thailand, 1981. Possibly unauthorized.  Text (translated from Thai):  ONE GIRL GROWS TOUGH, ANOTHER BECOMES COURAGEOUS THESE TWO JOIN TOGETHER TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF THEIR REBELLIOUS LIVES         Presented by  Oriental Artist Treasury of Entertainment  ROBIN JOHNSON TRINI ALVARADO TIM CURRY  TIMES SQUARE ‘TWO’  NOW BEING SHOWN AT                                      ON  (Flyer inserts in the newspaper today) Printed in Thailand by The Siam Offset Co., Ltd. Tel 2860359 By Surat Pukkavesh, Printer/Advertiser               2864074

 

 

 

Movie posters in Thailand are an art form unto themselves. Google “Thai movie posters” and you will go down a rabbit hole you may take days to emerge from. Thai film distributors discard the authorized promotional materials and commission original painted montages in glorious colors. Some of the pages I looked at seemed to say that this practice ended in the 1990s… if so, we are all the poorer for it. But luckily for us, Times Square got the Thai treatment in 1981. The artist went a little heavy on Nicky’s eye shadow, but I can forgive this since the overall poster is so spectacular.

 

 

Unlike the Japanese materials I posted earlier, I hired a translator for the Thai items: Joy Busai at Thai English Headquarters — I can’t recommend her highly enough. (Although, her website seems to be down now, and my attempts to contact her to translate the article in my previous post went unanswered.) Here’s what the poster says in English:

 

ONE GIRL GROWS TOUGH, ANOTHER BECOMES COURAGEOUS
THESE TWO JOIN TOGETHER TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF THEIR REBELLIOUS LIVES

Presented by
Oriental Artist
Treasury of Entertainment

ROBIN JOHNSON
TRINI ALVARADO
TIM CURRY

TIMES SQUARE
‘TWO’

NOW SHOWING AT _____ ON _____

(Flyer inserts in the newspaper today)
Printed in Thailand by The Siam Offset Co., Ltd. Tel 2860359
By Surat Pukkavesh, Printer/Advertiser 2864074

The only thing missing is the artist’s name. I think that’s a signature there in the lower right, but I’m not sure.

As in Mexico, Robin again gets top billing, and Tim Curry third. The Thai promoters may have been the first to have the insight that led them to give Times Square the secondary title, “Two”.

 

 

Times Square : “Two”
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Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

Filmstar, Vol 1 No. 3, Thailand, August 1981

Posted on 9th November 2018 in "Times Square"

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Cover of movie magazine from Thailand with article about TIMES SQUARE (1980)

 

 

 

By August 1981, Robin might already have figured out that neither she nor Andy Gibb were going to get a call telling them when to report to the Grease 2 set. Most of the world had already forgotten about Times Square. But it wasn’t quite over yet.

 

Thailand’s Filmstar magazine devoted four pages and the back cover to the upcoming release of Times Square. I tried and failed to get a professional translation of the article. Google Translate makes nearly as bad a hash of Thai as it does Japanese, but from what I can make out, this is a purely promotional article summarizing the plot, like the articles in Sonido No. 56 and Film Review Vol. 31 No. 2.

 

The caption and drawing on page 63, the first page of the article, are from the European movie poster, and the photo of Pammy and Nicky is TS-72-8A/14, the most-used photo of the girls together.

The image from the poster also appears on page 64, above UK Press Kit photo #4 of Tim Curry. The large photo of Robin, as far as I know, made its first appearance here. As she’s looking directly into the camera, I suspect it was taken at the same time as this pre-take shot, but since the background is cut out there’s just as good a chance it was taken at Pier 56.

The large image of Trini on page 65 looks to be from the same origin as that photo of Robin. Based on what I can make out of the lighting, I tend to think it’s from the outside location. It’s the only photo I’ve seen of Trini in that costume where she isn’t holding the boom box. The inset of the cops pushing Nicky into the back seat is another previously, and as far as I know, otherwise unpublished publicity still. The only matching shots in the film are from the opposite side of the car, and the film camera’s setup from this reverse angle is several feet to the left.

The shot of Robin as Nicky as Aggie Doone singing “Damn Dog” in the Cleo Club is yet another photo making its first appearance. But not its last… there’s a slightly better version yet to come.

So, amazingly, the Times Square publicity campaign was nearing its end, yet the places it was being published were being furnished with new material, despite it being highly unlikely that the local audiences would have seen any of the already-used photos. Unless, perhaps, the EMI/AFD publicity departments had decided that what they’d been doing was failing, and if they could only find the right photos, they could turn Times Square into a hit in the next country…

The back cover of Filmstar was a reproduction of the collage first published in Screen International No. 246 in June 1980 and used in February 1981 as the Australian movie poster, with the addition of Robin’s name in English. If there’s one thing all the local contemporary film publicity outlets agreed on, it’s that Robin herself was the most marketable aspect of the movie.
 

TIMES SQUARE Robin Johnson poster on the back cover of a movie magazine from Thailand

Posts mentioned above but not linked to:

Times Square Press Material folder (post 4 of 5)
Times Square UK Press Kit (post 2 of 4)
On Location
Times Square Program Book, Japan, June 1981, pages 20-24 (post 4 of 5)
Times Square Australian Daybill

 

 

Times Square (article, AAT ID: 300048715)
Filmstar Vol. 1 No. 3, 15 August 1981, pp. 63-66 (magazine (periodical), AAT ID: 300215389)
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Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+