94 minutes – Comedy Release date: March 19, 1982 DVD release date: November 2006 Canadian distributor: Astral Films US distributor: 20th Century Fox
This raunchy teen comedy, a rehash of American Graffiti via National Lampoon’s Animal House, is about a group of frat boys in 1950s Florida trying to get laid. Porky’s made a ton of money (producer Harold Greenberg built the Astral Communications empire on the profits), spawned two sequels, and it has enshrined itself as the most reviled film in the Canadian canon. The reviews were so harsh (Variety called it ‘astonishingly vulgar … has to be seen to be believed’) and the worldwide box office so huge (exceeding $100 million) that no other Canadian film even comes close.* Porky’s has been dismissed as an aberration, a bad joke, but given the comic extremes of Dumb and Dumber and American Pie, the film’s juvenile, foul-mouthed humour seems more like a harbinger of things to come. – Essential Guide to Canadian Film
* The 2006 film Bon Cop Bad Cop replaced Porky’s as the highest grossing film in Canada. The 2010 film, Resident Evil: Afterlife replaced Porky’s as the highest grossing Canadian film at the worldwide box office.
Dan Monahan Mark Herrier Wyatt Knight Roger Wilson Cyril O’Reilly Tony Ganios Kaki Hunter Kim Cattrall Nancy Parsons Scott Colomby Boyd Gaines Doug McGrath Susan Clark Art Hindle Wayne Maunder Alex Karras Chuck Mitchell Eric Christmas Bill Hindman John Henry Redwood Jack Mulcahy Rod Ball Julian Byrd Bill Fuller Will Knickerbocker Bill Wohrman Roger Womack Gary Maas Ilse Earl Jill Whitlow Pat Lee Terry Guthrie Joanne Marsic Peter Conrad Butch Raymond Cash Baron Cash Spadard Lisa O’Reilly Allene Simmons Cathy Garpershak Jon Cecka Don Daynard Carl Zittrer
Pee Wee Billy Tommy Mickey Tim Meat Wendy Honeywell Balbricker Brian Schwartz Coach Brackett Coach Warren Cherry Forever Ted Jarvis Cavanaugh Sheriff Wallace Porky Mr. Carter Coach Goodenough Conklin Frank Steve Cop no. 1 Cop no. 2 Bartender Ted`s Partner Bouncer no. 2 Deputy no. 2 Mrs. Morris Mindy Stripper Miss Walker Waitress Mule Train Driver Deputy no. 1 Bouncer no. 1 Bouncer no. 3 Ginny Jackie Girl in Shower Markin Highpockets Radio Announcer Piano Player at Porky’s