Porky's is a comedy film about the escapades of teenagers at the fictional Angel Beach high school in Florida in 1954. It was released in the United States in 1982, and spawned two sequels: Porky's II: The Next Day (1983) and Porky's Revenge (1985) and influenced many writers in the teen film genre.

Plot summary

The film concerns the efforts of a group of high school students to lose their virginity. The group travels to the eponymous Porky's bar located outside of town on the basis of a rumor that if one pays Porky, one can hire a prostitute. Porky takes the kids' money and promises them "a night to remember", then humiliates them. When the group seeks revenge, the sheriff arrives to drive them away, but not before extorting the rest of their money and causing them more embarrassment. The remainder of the story follows their efforts to get revenge on Porky and his corrupt sheriff brother.


History and significance

Although it was written and directed by an American and was filmed in Miami, Florida, Porky's was funded by a Canadian production company, which means that it is classified as a Canadian film. Porky's is the highest-grossing Canadian film of all time in domestic box office. In October 2006, Bon Cop, Bad Cop appeared to surpass Porky's in nominal box office revenues, but as of the end of its theatrical run, Bon Cop, Bad Cop had not surpassed the inflation-adjusted revenues for Porky's. Taking inflation into account, Porky's has grossed more than twice what Bon Cop, Bad Cop has earned to date. Porky's is also the highest-grossing Canadian film of all time internationally.

The first two Porky's films were directed by Bob Clark and produced by Harold Greenberg, who founded Astral Communications (now known as Astral Media). James Komack directed the third film, Porky's Revenge. Clark based the original "Porky's" on actual occurrences at Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport and Fort Lauderdale High School in the early 1960s, and on a joint called Porky's in Oakland Park, Florida.

The first movie featured Canadian actors Art Hindle, Doug McGrath, and Susan Clark. Another Canadian, Kim Cattrall, appeared in one of her first major roles in a sex scene in the boys' locker room. Her character's nickname was "Lassie" due to the way she howled during intercourse.

The Porky's films have been popular because of their humour and depictions of sexual situations. However, the movies also dealt with serious social issues such as anti-Semitism, racism, religious fundamentalism, political dishonesty, police misconduct and censorship.

In 2002, talk show host Howard Stern's production company acquired the rights to remake the film. On May 22, 2007, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released all three films in an "Ultimate Collection" box set. In May 2008, American Pie 2 co-writer David H. Steinberg announced through his MySpace page that he had turned in his draft of the script and had received word from the studio that it would be made the following year.


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