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Serial 1980 Movie


Directed by

Serial 1980 Movie

Bill Persky

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Writing Credits

Cyra McFadden... (novel)
Rich Eustis... (screenplay) &
Michael Elias... (screenplay)

Cast (in credits order) verified as complete

Martin Mull ... Harvey
Tuesday Weld ... Kate
Jennifer McAllister ... Joan
Sam Chew Jr. ... Bill
Sally Kellerman ... Martha
Anthony Battaglia ... Stokely
Bill Macy ... Sam
Nita Talbot ... Angela
Pamela Bellwood ... Carol
Barbara Rhoades ... Vivian
Ann Weldon ... Rachel
Peter Bonerz ... Leonard
Jon Fong ... Wong
Christopher Lee ... Luckman Skull
Patch Mackenzie ... Stella
Stacey Nelkin ... Marlene
Tom Smothers ... Spike
Clark Brandon ... Spenser
Paul Rossilli ... Paco
Clyde Ventura ... Donald
Rosanna DeSoto ... Maria (as Rosana Soto)
Kevin O'Brien ... Jim
Mark L. Taylor ... Cult Member 1 (as Mark Taylor)
Donna Ponterotto ... Daphne
Lee Wilkof ... Brian
John Thompson ... Store Manager
Kevin Howard ... Roger
Robin Sherwood ... Woman
Bob Balhatchet ... Harold
Victoria Huxtable ... Millie
George American Horse ... Indian Chief
Peter Horton ... Cult Member 4
Jay C. Currin ... Cult Member 5
Buddy Joe Hooker ... Biker
Billy Sands ... Bartender
Sam Denoff ... Painter
Melanie Workhoven ... Secretary
Mark Rasmussen ... Tony Wilson
Bill Jelliffe ... Man on Ferry
Anthony Fusco ... Hip Caterer
Scott Paulin ... Jon
Jerry Zafer ... Disco Instructor
Katie Waring ... Cult Member 2
Gordon Bush ... Cult Member 6
Jeanine Michaels ... Cult Member 3
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenny Endoso ... (uncredited)

Produced by

Sidney Beckerman... producer

Music by

Lalo Schifrin

Cinematography by

Rexford L. Metz... director of photography (as Rexford Metz)

Film Editing by

John W. Wheeler

Art Direction by

William Sandell... (as Bill Sandell)

Set Decoration by

Paul Dal Porto
Robert Gould... (as Bob Gould)

Makeup Department

Susan Germaine... hair stylist
Edouard F. Henriques... makeup artist (as Eddie Henriques)
Michael Lorenz... makeup artist

Production Management

Mel Dellar... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Herb Adelman... second assistant director
Jerry Sobul... assistant director

Art Department

Cal DiValerio... construction coordinator
Michael Dunn... property master
James E. Tocci... set designer (as James Tocci)
John Alvin... poster artist (uncredited)
Robby Vandermark... stand-by painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

Robert Gutknecht... sound effects editor
Jack Solomon... sound mixer
John Wilkinson... re-recording mixer (as John Keene Wilkinson)

Special Effects by

Joseph P. Mercurio... special effects (as Joe Mercurio)


Bobby Bass... stunt coordinator
Jophery C. Brown... stunt biker (as Jophsery Brown)
Steve M. Davison... stunt biker (as Steve Davison)
Steve Holladay... stunt biker (as Steve Halladay)
Andree Williams... stunt woman
Steve Walters... stunt performer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Ron Grover... still photographer
Jack Johnson... key grip
Ron McManus... camera operator
Louis Niemeyer... assistant cameraperson (as Lou Niemeyer)
Don Nygren... electrical gaffer
Joseph Cosko Jr.... assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Jodie Lynn Tillen... costume supervisor: ladies (as Jodie Tillen)
Don Vargas... costume supervisor: men

Editorial Department

Steve Polivka... assistant film editor

Music Department

Allison Caine... vocal effects advisor
Dan Carlin Sr.... music editor (as Dan Carlin)
George Doering... musician (uncredited)
Bruce Miller... conductor (uncredited) / music arranger (uncredited)

Transportation Department

Russell McEntyre... transportation captain

Other crew

Lynne Birdt... secretarty to Mr. Dellar
Gary Kalkin... unit publicist
Morgan... script supervisor
Don Petrie... accountant
Crew believed to be complete
Directed byBill Persky
Produced bySidney Beckerman
Written byRich Eustis
Michael Elias
StarringMartin Mull
Tuesday Weld
Jennifer McAllister
Sally Kellerman
Bill Macy
Pamela Bellwood
Peter Bonerz
Christopher Lee
Music byLalo Schifrin
CinematographyRexford L. Metz
Edited byJohn W. Wheeler
Distributed byParamount Pictures
  • March 28, 1980
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$9,870,727[1]

Serial is a 1980 American comedy film produced by Paramount Pictures. The screenplay, by Rich Eustis and Michael Elias, is drawn from the novel The Serial: A Year in the Life of Marin County by Cyra McFadden, published in 1977. Produced by Sidney Beckerman and directed by Bill Persky, the film stars Martin Mull, Tuesday Weld, Sally Kellerman, Christopher Lee, Bill Macy, Peter Bonerz and Tom Smothers. The original music score was composed by Lalo Schifrin.


In trendy Marin County, California during the late 1970s, uptight Harvey Holroyd is losing patience rapidly.

Serial 1980 Movie

On one hand, his wife Kate and her friends are thoroughly caught up in the sexual revolution and new age consciousness-raising and psychobabble. On the other hand, his rebellious teenage daughter Joanie is about to join a cult.

Harvey’s best friend Sam, meanwhile, is having marital troubles, and Harvey is trying to land a higher-paying job with his corporate recruiter Luckman.

As marital problems persist, Kate and Harvey separate. Each becomes sexually involved with someone else, albeit rather awkwardly. Harvey tries to avoid the advances of his newly hired secretary, Stella, who lures him to an orgy, but he does begin seeing Marlene, a free-spirited, 19-year-old, strictly vegetarian supermarket cashier. Kate links up with Paco, a bisexual Argentinian aspiring to be an artist, whose profession for now is to trim her dog's hair.

Being unhappy at home, Joanie is lured by 'concerned' members of a flower-peddling cult. She goes voluntarily at first and finds peace and tranquility there, but eventually finds herself virtually imprisoned in their house in the big city.


Harvey and Kate manage to patch up their differences for Joanie’s sake. By means of a little blackmail that ensues from a surprise revelation involving Luckman, a gay motorcycle gang joins forces with Harvey to rescue Joanie. Thus, the Holroyds are reunited and prepare for Harvey’s new job in Denver.


  • Martin Mull as Harvey Holroyd
  • Tuesday Weld as Kate Holroyd
  • Jennifer McAllister as Joanie Holroyd
  • Sally Kellerman as Martha
  • Sam Chew Jr. as Bill, Martha's latest husband
  • Anthony Battaglia as Stokeley, Martha's son
  • Nita Talbot as Angela Stone
  • Bill Macy as Sam Stone
  • Pamela Bellwood as Carol
  • Barbara Rhoades as Vivian
  • Ann Weldon as Rachel, Martha's housekeeper
  • Peter Bonerz as Dr. Leonard Miller, a psychiatrist
  • Christopher Lee as Luckman ('Skull')
  • Patch Mackenzie as Stella
  • Stacey Nelkin as Marlene
  • Tom Smothers as Spike
  • Clark Brandon as Spenser
  • Paul Rossilli as Paco
  • Robin Sherwood as Woman Saltzburger


At the time, some film critics felt that the film was endorsing sexist and homophobic attitudes. Of the film, Vito Russo wrote 'the film is permeated with hatred for gays' and that it was 'perfect anti-feminist, homophobic statement in to usher in the age of Ronald Reagan' (Celluloid Closet. Vito Russo. Revised Edition. 1986 pg. 262)


External links[edit]

  • Serial on IMDb
  • Josh Olson on Serial at Trailers from Hell
  • Serial at Rotten Tomatoes
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