In the Mood (The Woo Woo Kid) (1987)




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Patrick Dempsey stars in this biography of Sonny Wisecarver, the notorious "Woo Woo Kid," a teen who gained fame during World War II over his affairs with older women.
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
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Lorimar Home Video


Patrick Dempsey
as Ellsworth 'Sonny' Wisecarver
Talia Balsam
as Judy Cusimano
Beverly D'Angelo
as Francine Glatt
Michael Constantine
as Mr. Wisecarver
Betty Jinnette
as Mrs. Wisecarver
Kathleen Freeman
as Mrs. Marver
Peter Hobbs
as The Judge
Bert Convy
as Newspaper Editor
Tony Longo
as Carlo, Judy's Husband
Douglas Rowe
as Uncle Clete
Kazan the Dog
as Sonny's Dog
Ernie Brown
as Chief `Papa Bear' Kelsey
Kim Myers
as Wendy, The Usherette
Nitche Vo Miller
as Judy's Cellmates, Denver
Dana Short
as Alberta
Barbnara Wint
as School Nurse
Nan Woods
as Madeline
Barbara Wint
as School Nurse
Burr Middleton
as FBI Agent Harrow
Jared Chandler
as Messenger
Edith Fellows
as Mrs. Long
Harvey J. Goldenberg
as Marriage License Clerk
Tom Maier
as Judge
Putter Smith
as Minister
Lenore Woodward
as Justice of the Peace
Lee Garlington
as `Schlitz' Waitress
Charles Stevenson
as Telegraph Clerk
Tom Tarpey
as Front Yard Reporter
Carl Parker
as Bus Ticket Agent
Crane Jackson
as Front Yard Reporter
Wayne Grace
as Bus Driver
Mae Williams
as Angry Neighbor, Willowbrook
Robert Gould
as Detective Glore
Jordan Myers
as Desk Sergeant
Valerie Reynolds
as Policewoman
Rocky Giordani
as Tough Inmate
Darwyn Swalve
as Huge Inmate
W.T. Zacha
as Guard
Kitty Swink
as Sponge Bath Nurse
Sarah Partridge
as Winking Nurse
Steve Whittaker
as Three-Fingered Surgeon
Bob Gould
as Detective Glore
Thomas Albert Clay
as Five-Fingered Surgeon
Tony Monaco
as LA District Attorney
Rick Salassi
as News Photographer, Denver
Terry Camilleri
as Judy's Lawyer
Walter G. Zeri
as Sony's Cellmate, Denver
Cletus Young
as Sonny's Guard
Laura Bastianelli
as Judy's Cellmates, Denver
Bert Conway
as Editor
Tommy Ryan
as Nes Photographer, Denver
Ted Noose
as Denver Reporter
Joycee Katz
as Rosie the Riveter
Jay Varela
as Her Husband
Sheila Rogers
as Mrs. `Mama Bear' Kelsey
S.A. Griffin
as Cpl. Glatt
Tom Patten
as Marine
Ellsworth "Sonny" Wisecarver
as Mailman in Newsreel
Randy Peters
as Serviceman
Niles Brewster
as Principal
David Schermerhorn
as LA Courtroom Heckler
Bess Meyer
as Teenage Girl
Max Perlich
as Teenage Boy
John Zarchen
as LA Courtroom Heckler
Andrew Roperto
as Switchblade Kid
Tom Ashworth
as Man on Train
Guy Christopher
as LA Reporter
Rocky Parker
as Woman on Train
Paul Keith
as Reporter
Rabbit: Steve
as Himself
Carl Reiner
as Narrator
Charlie Holliday
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for In the Mood (The Woo Woo Kid)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)

The genial comedy has its funny moments, but overall lacks a knockout punch.

Full Review… | June 27, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Rings true in its treatment of how men and women differ in their treatment of love.

Full Review… | August 27, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

A hauntingly beautiful tale that will stay with you.

Full Review… | December 19, 2001
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April 7, 2004
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Audience Reviews for In the Mood (The Woo Woo Kid)

Damn, but Patrick Dempsy is a gifted comedian. In IN THE MOOD he manages to be charming, sweet, innocent and goofy. The set-up is funny, all the more so being based on a "true story". While it's true that today this sort of story wouldn't be met with such fanfare, it's fun to see the 1950's American public's reaction to it. IN THE MOOD is genial and sweet. It's little more than a cute comedy, but it contains some astute observations on the difference between men and women's approach to romance, and it will leave you with a smile on your face.

Caleb McCandless
Caleb McCandless

I watched "In The Mood" only because I was bored and it was on Encore so I watched it not really expecting much. However, the movie has a very wacky story plot that kept me awake at least and had a few good "awesome" moments, such as Steve the Bunny. Some bits were boring and the end really didn't turn out the way I wanted, and the odd relationship between the Woo Woo Kid and his father was a bit unexplained, which may have made the movie better.

Ben Urich
Ben Urich

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