Bachelor Party (1984)

Bachelor Party (1984)

Taglines: A man’s tradition every woman should know about.

Rick Gassko is about to marry Debbie Thompson. Her parents hate him. Her old boyfriend hates him. They all have money and he gets a cut of the crap games on the Catholic school bus that he drives. His friends decide to give him the bachelor party of all bachelor parties in an expensive hotel with booze, adult movies and hookers. As the players catch wind of the elements of the party, each adds a little monkey wrench so that one set of hookers ends up giving demos at the bride’s shower, the brides friends end up dressed as hookers in a room with a number of non English speaking Japanese businessmen, and so on, as things get out of hand.

Bachelor Party is a 1984 American comedy film directed by Neal Israel, written by Israel and Pat Proft, and starring Tom Hanks, Adrian Zmed, William Tepper and Tawny Kitaen. The film chronicles a bachelor party being thrown by a group of friends for their friend Rick Gassko (Hanks) on the eve of his wedding and whether or not he can resist the temptation of being unfaithful to his fiancée Debbie (Tawny Kitaen).

Bachelor Party (1984) - Tawny Kitaen

About the Story

Party-animal Rick Gassko (Tom Hanks), who makes his living as a Catholic school bus driver, decides to finally settle down and marry his girlfriend Debbie Thompson (Tawny Kitaen). After gathering his buddies to give them the news, his shocked friends (led by Adrian Zmed) decide to throw him the bachelor party to end all bachelor parties. The bride’s wealthy, conservative parents are not at all happy with her decision and her father decides to enlist the help of Debbie’s ex-boyfriend Cole Whittier (Robert Prescott) to break them up and win her back.

While Debbie worries and goes off to her bridal shower thrown by her friends, Rick heads off to the bachelor party and promises to remain faithful. Both parties start off on the wrong foot thanks to a little sabotage by Cole. As the bachelor party starts to heat up, Debbie and the girls decide to get even with Rick and his friends by having a party of their own. Both parties eventually collide leading to Debbie accusing Rick of infidelity.

Both parties end up becoming one big drunken orgy and the bachelors’ hotel room ends up getting trashed much to the chagrin of the hotel’s ever-frustrated manager (Kenneth Kimmins). Adding to the confusion is Rick’s friend, Brad who has become despondent over his wife breaking up with him. At various points during the movie, he riotously botches every suicide he attempts. He even tries slitting his wrists with an electric razor to which Rick says, “Well… at least your wrists will be smooth and kissable.”

Bachelor Party Movie Poster (1984)

Bachelor Party (1984)

Directed by: Neal Israel
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tawny Kitaen, Adrian Zmed, George Grizzard, Barbara Stuart, Robert Prescott, Wendie Jo Sperber, William Tepper, Martina Finch, Deborah Harmon, Tracy Smith
Screenplay by: Bob Israel, Neal Israel
Cinematography by: Hal Trussell
Film Editing by: Tom Walls
Costume Design by: Alfred Angelo, Michele Piccione
Art Direction by: Kevin Conlin, Martin Price
Music by: Robert Folk
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: June 29, 1984