More Times Square German press photos, 1982

Posted on 20th June 2019 in "Times Square"
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The next German press photo from Schröder-Filmverleih had previously seen publication in Filmstar Vol. 1 No. 3, in Thailand. The Filmstar version shows less of the image at the left, and more of Nicky’s hand on the right, so there must have been a more complete version at some point. It’s from the Cleo Club performance of “Damn Dog”, and so must have been taken at the same time as this slide, UK publicity still #21, and this color 8×10 print, although it must have been a little later… this is the only still from that scene after she’s put down her guitar.

I’ve also just noticed that there’s a little number “22” inset at the bottom edge. This must be a reprint of #22 from the UK series, which I do not have at the moment. I wonder if the others are also reprinted from the UK series, with the number either invisible or cropped out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here, from May 1982, is the last piece of promotional material produced for Times Square’s theatrical run.* Do I need to say anything about it at this point? This photo of Robin was the single most-used photo, thanks to its use on the movie poster and soundtrack album cover, beating out the shot of Trini only because Nicky quickly became the face of the film.

 

As with the other two German photos, there were captions pasted to the backs of these.

Nicky Marotta (ROBIN JOHNSON) as a rock lady. Will it only be a dream for the rebellious Nicky? The movie “Times Square – Eff Alla Youse” describes the escape of two teenagers from a psychiatric hospital. The two turn New York upside down. They are supported by Johnny LaGuardia (TIM CURRY), the most popular disc jockey in the city.

That’s the snotty, rebellious and defiant Nicky Marotta (ROBIN JOHNSON). She is 15, on her own, and dreams of becoming a rock star. Their adventures are portrayed in the thrilling music film “Times Square – go pound sand”, which starts in Germany on May 21st. Another starring role is superstar Tim Curry.

 

I first posted a version of that last photo about four and a half years ago, in my ninth post here, as our first look at Robin as Nicky (although that specific print actually comes from the 1980-81 series of stills from the UK). It’s only fitting that it also be our last look, as we bid farewell to Times Square, and consign it to poorly-mastered Betamax tapes and cutout record bins .

 

… but wait, there’s more! I tried to post all this stuff in chronological order, but that proved impossible, because “new” stuff kept turning up. That means I found a few things in only the past few weeks (as I type this), and we’re going to be looking at pictures from Times Square for a little while yet.

 

 

* The last one in the order I’m posting, anyway. I have no idea in what order they were manufactured or distributed. I fully admit I saved this for last purely for dramatic effect.

 

 

[two German press photos]
black-and-white photographs, AAT ID: 300128347
Germany, 1982 ; 12.3 x 17.4 cm. (works)
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Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

Times Square German press photos, 1982

Posted on 7th June 2019 in "Times Square"
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Schröder-Filmverleih, Times Square’s German distributor, put out a handful of black-and-white press photos to promote the movie along with the poster and lobby card set. They aren’t printed all that well, appearing to be copies of copies, which is a shame because most of them are images that never appeared anywhere else.

The first one here is Pammy and Nicky bursting through the doors that somehow lead to an alley accessible by fire escape from the Adonis Theater. It must have been taken at about the same time as this color shot, and like that shot, doesn’t match up to the action in the film. To my eye, the girls are in the same spot relative to the doorway in both photos, so I hypothesize that this was taken during a second run-through, as they tried to internalize the direction to look more frightened and less happy. In the take used for the movie, Robin practically falls through the doorway, and Trini is not smiling. (More details of the peculiar architecture of 50th St. & 8th Ave.)

 

 

This second one, Mr. Pearl attacking Johnny, would appear to have been taken just before or just after TS-78-2/16 from the American Press Material folder. Why did Germany use this ever-so-slightly different photo? Your guess is as good as mine.

These black and white 8 x 10’s came complete with ready-to-use captions in German on the back.

Two teenagers Nicky (ROBIN JOHNSON, right) and Pamela (TRINI ALVARADO) are on the run in “Times Square – you can all kiss our asses”. The two girls become true heroes for their peers. An amazing film with the hits of recent years and the great Tim Curry as cunning disc jockey Johnny LaGuardia.

Ambitious politician David Pearl (PETER COFFIELD) storms furiously at disc jockey Johnny LaGuardia (TIM CURRY). Pearl thinks the disc jockey knows where his runaway daughter is. A highlight of the movie “Times Square – you can all screw off”. The craziest film ever made about New York teenagers.

Someone has corrected by hand the printed misspelling of Johnny’s last name as “LaGuardian.”

 
 

 

[two German press photos]
black-and-white photographs, AAT ID: 300128347
Germany, 1982 ; 12.3 x 17.4 cm. (works)
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Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

Times Square lobby cards, Germany, 1982 (post 5 of 5)

Posted on 6th May 2019 in "Times Square"
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The last three German lobby cards.

 

Number 13 looks over Nicky’s shoulder down to the sparse crowd on 42nd Street. This shot occurs as the crowd is assembling when they first spot her, though; it grows to at least five times this size. Still not enough to fill the street, but bigger than what we see here. To the right is a Sleez Girl holding a sign reading “Na Na Na,” which was not shown in the film because it refers to a song that was Nicky’s favorite in the script, that was completely written out of the story during shooting. Evidently it was still in the script when the final concert was shot, but by the time they were done shooting it had become a callback reference to events that never occurred. There’s a better look at it in a photo published in the songbook and the inside of the British edition of the soundtrack, which also implies that “Ooga booga booga” was actually a catchphrase Johnny used on the radio. In the May 1979 version of the script, Johnny only says it once, although it’s during the “Your Daughter Is One” scene (the film replaced it with “Piss off”), not during the fight with Mr. Pearl. If it was said over the air, it was added after this script, and then removed again during shooting. A continuity error just like this that still appears in the film is “No Sense Makes Sense” on the side of the bus, and on the signs in the crowd, despite nobody but Pammy ever hearing Nicky say it.

The “Nicky for Borough President” sign barely appears in the film, but it absolutely should have had a close-up. In fact, it should have been what the girls used to catch Nicky when she jumped, then we wouldn’t have “Where did they get the quilt from so fast?” in our list of things about Times Square that make no sense if you stop to think about them.

 

Number 14 is the view from street level, which makes the crowd more convincing. It seems to have been a special for the German market, having only previously appeared in Bravo No. 21 and Cinema Vol. 49 No. 6. [Wait — between the time I wrote that and the time this was posted, I found out I’m wrong about that. Another previous appearance of this image is coming up…]

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, number 15 is the card that only appeared in the second set of these I found, appearing in place of number 3. Is Nicky pleading for her last, one more thing to say, or is she still singing her guts out? It’s hard to tell from this picture, which to my knowledge never appeared anywhere else.

 

So there you have it, 15 lobby cards from Germany. Which leads me to believe now that there’s one more out there… I have reason to suspect that lobby cards are printed in sheets of four and them cut apart, which would explain why there are eight British lobby cards, and why… well, a few things I’ve only just stumbled across which will be coming up in the next few weeks. Yeah, I’m running out of Times Square items to share… but not just yet.

 

 

 

[TIMES SQUARE …ihr könnt uns alle ’mal!! German lobby cards 13-15 of 15]
Germany : lobby cards : AAT ID: 300208593 : 24 x 30 cm. : 1982 (works);
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Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

Times Square lobby cards, Germany, 1982 (post 4 of 5)

Posted on 23rd April 2019 in "Times Square"
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Yet another three German lobby cards.

 

 

 

The first, number 10 by my count, was a UK lobby card, and had been previously published in Film Review Vol. 31 No. 1 and Movie 81 No. 2, and on the back of the Japanese promo flyer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The photo on number 11 had previously appeared on an Italian lobby poster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And number 12 had seen publication, cropped and reversed, in the Japanese souvenir program book.

 

 

 

[TIMES SQUARE …ihr könnt uns alle ’mal!! German lobby cards 10-12 of 15]
Germany : lobby cards : AAT ID: 300208593 : 24 x 30 cm. : 1982 (works);
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Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

Times Square lobby cards, Germany, 1982 (post 3 of 5)

Posted on 10th April 2019 in "Times Square"
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Another three German lobby cards.

 

 

 

 

The image on card #7 previously appeared in Joepie #365.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicky rising from her seat to dance with Pammy as Roberto looks on was previously a British lobby card, and a cropped version appeared on the back of the Japanese promo flyer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And card #9 (remember, I’ve assigned these numbers, they’re not in any way official) was the centerpiece of the Japanese movie poster, and also appeared on the cover of the Japanese souvenir program book; on the inside of the AFD press folder; on the picture sleeve of the Japanese “Same Old Scene” single; in the gatefold of the soundtrack album and in the songbook; and in Movie 81 No. 2 in February 1981.

 

 

 

[TIMES SQUARE …ihr könnt uns alle ’mal!! German lobby cards 7-9 of 15]
Germany : lobby cards : AAT ID: 300208593 : 24 x 30 cm. : 1982 (works);
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Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

Times Square lobby cards, Germany, 1982 (post 2 of 5)

Posted on 28th March 2019 in "Times Square"
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Three more German lobby cards.

 

The shot of Johnny at the mic was previously a British lobby card, and had been published in Movie 81 No. 2 in February 1981. It would appear to have been taken at the same time as the shot that appeared in the center of the gatefold of the soundtrack album (except in the UK), and the earliest published photo of Tim Curry from Times Square (in The Aquarian, April 23, 1980), which was also #4 of the seemingly unending series of UK black and white publicity stills.

It’s also the card that was missing from the second set of these cards I found, replaced by a card not in the first set.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This shot of the girls walking west along 42nd Street towards Times Square, with 6th Avenue behind them, was used in 1981 as a British lobby card. It also appeared in Belgium’s Joepie No. 365, on the Japanese movie poster (Pammy’s face only), and in the first promotional piece sent out by RSO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a cropped version of this photo of Nicky and Pammy entering the Pier 56 hideout previously appeared in the Japanese souvenir program book.

 

[TIMES SQUARE …ihr könnt uns alle ’mal!! German lobby cards 4-6 of 15]
Germany : lobby cards : AAT ID: 300208593 : 24 x 30 cm. : 1982 (works);
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Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

Times Square lobby cards, Germany, 1982 (post 1 of 5)

Posted on 15th March 2019 in "Times Square"
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Germany may have gotten Times Square last, but they got a set of 15 lobby cards to promote it with. At least, 15 that I’ve found, over several years, in two batches of 14 that each had one different card in them. While 15 sounds like a nice round number, I wouldn’t be surprised if more turn up sometime.

Here are the first three:


 

 

 

They’re not actually numbered, so I’ve put them in an order that makes sense to me.

These three distinguish themselves by all being a rarity in Times Square publicity: a photo of the actor, on set and in costume, looking directly into the camera. The first is familiar, the photo by Yoram Kahana that was taken at the same time as the shot which became the image on the soundtrack album cover and the North American movie poster, and which was at some point distributed as a slide (one of which is owned by DefeatedandGifted), and printed in Movie 81 No 2, as an inset on the Japanese movie poster, and in Filmstar Vol. 1 No. 6.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The shot of Trini made its only previous appearance, as far as I know, on a British lobby card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But this shot of Tim Curry as Johnny, lounging in the WJAD control room, only ever appeared on this card.

Would you like to know more?

Nicky Marotta, 1980
Times Square Press Material folder (post 1 of 5)
The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “TIMES SQUARE”
Movie 81 No. 2, February 1981
Times Square movie poster, Japan, June 1981
Filmstar, Vol. 1 No. 6, Thailand, October 1981
U.K. Lobby Cards (post 1 of 3)

 

 

[TIMES SQUARE …ihr könnt uns alle ’mal!! German lobby cards 1-3 of 15]
Germany : lobby cards : AAT ID: 300208593 : 24 x 30 cm. : 1982 (works);
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Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

Times Square movie poster, Germany, 1982

Posted on 2nd March 2019 in "Times Square"
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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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Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

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

Posted on 17th February 2019 in "Times Square"
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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]

 

 

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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

 
 
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