The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 21, 1984-- Page 7
By Emily Montgomery
The Philadelphia Experiment is a
scream. The chase scenes are strictly
Keystone Cop and the straight-faced,
bland acting is laughably ludicrous. It's
a successful comedy from all stan-
dpoints. The only problem is that the
makers of Philly didn't intend it that
way. They believed a hokey story about
two U.S. navy men traveling through
time - from the 1940's war-era to
modern day - would make a good ad-
venture/sci-fi drama. Were they ever
Philly is even a disappointment for
special effects buffs (who make up the
majority of its audience. "Maybe it has
some neat effects," they reasoned.
Well, it doesn't. Any three-year-old with
a pack of flourescent crayons could
have put Philly's effects men to shame.
At. least a kid would have stayed in-
side of the lines. The rest of the effects
are right out of any standard Star Trek
episode, with the one exception that the
Enterprise crew can act better.
Michael Pare, who believe it or not,
has been in some other films, including
Eddie and The Cruisers, plays
Lieutenant David Hurdeg in Philly. He
and his friend portray two seamen who
participate in an experiment (The
Philadelphia Experiment?) involving
the deflection of radar waves to make a
ship "radar invisible." Along the way,
something goes wrong and they are
transported to 1984 where they meet up
with Nancy Allen (Carrie) who plays
Alison, a girl who obviously has nothing
better to do than to run around with two
time travelers from 1940. The three
immediately stir up enough ruckus (as
a result, a white, orange, blue and hot-
pink whirlwhind keeps following them
around and makes little bolts of elec-
tricity shoot out of David's friend's
hand - sorry to have neglected that
fascinating aspect of the plot until now)
so that everybody in town (somewhere
in Nevada, where the travelers touched
down) is after them.
If the audience isn't rolling in the
aisles by the time the chase is over, the
love scene between Pare and Allen will
have it in tears - of laughter. Pare,
with a voice reminiscent of Sylvester
Stallone as Rocky, stumbles through
his lines as if he had something else
he'd rather be doing at the time. And
Allen shrieks her lines with all the fake
emotion of a comic book character.
This isn't to say that "The
Philadelphia Experiment" is a total
wash. There was a good idea here
somewhere. I just think it got lost
somewhere along the line between 1940
and present day.
When the viewer leaves the theatre
after Philly there are too many unan-
swered questins in his mind. For exam-
ple, how did Hurdeg make it back? Did
his "Johnny Ray, Ultra-man" space
suit protect him? Why would the U.S.
army give a scientist, who screwed up
his 1940 experiment, the permission and
chance (and funding) to screw it up
again? And, lastly, but most importan-
tly, why did I just shell out $4 for that
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
FROM FRIENDS TO FRIENDS.
"Are you OK toedrive?"
'Whats afew beers?"
"Did you have too much to drink?"
"I'm pe'rfectly fine."
"Are you in any shape to drive?"
"I've never fe lt better"
"I think you've had afew too n ny."
"You kiddin, I can drive
Manilow to perform
at Crisler Oct.
Singer/songwriter Barry: Manilow,
seen above with singer/actress Bette
Midler at film premiere last Novem-
ber, will perform in concert at Crisler
Arena on Oct. 19, a spokeswoman for
the University's Office of Major
Events said yesterday. Tickets, which
go on sale today at the Michigan
Union and all Ticket World outlets are
$17.50 and $15. For 24-hour infor-
mation, those interested may call 763-
Reeves sets off fall heat wave
By Aaron Bergman
OU THOUGHT it was a beautiful
day outside. You figured tonight
would be one of those lovely summer
nights to take a walk through Ann Ar-
bor and savor what will soon turn cold,
wet, and disgusting.
Well you were wrong. Tonight is the
night you should take that ummer
stroll right into Joe's Star Lounge where
you can enjoy the Motown sound of
Martha Reeves, Martha and her sisters
belphine and Lois, better known as the
Vandellas, will be performing tonight
and tomorrow at Joe's.
And to Joe's they bring Motown,
which is as popular today as it was in
the beginning, if not more so. Martha
said that she is finding people now who
were touched by the Motown sound and
are now bringing their children to ex-
This new crowd is apparently evident
on the Vandella's annual tours of
Europe. "Our audiences keep getting
younger every year," Martha said. "All
people can relate to what Motown stan-
ds for - warmth and love."
Reeves, along with such artists as
Smokey Robinson and the Temptations
formed the nucleus of the new legen-
dary Motown Record Company. But
now she is somewhat apprehensive of
the success of. that company and the
music it promotes..
She said she is "scared to death of the
increasing interest in Motown and what
it is doing for the size of her audiences.
But despite that bit of nervousness,
Martha said she loves to perform in
front of a crowd. She said over and over
how much energy she gets from the
audience and the fun she and they have
It was refreshing to hear an artist
who still has enthusiasm for perfor-
ming in front of a crowd, instead of just
worrying how many copies of her latest
album will sell.
She and her sisters will be concen-
trating on their familiar and successful
style of the sixties, which culminated
with the album, Black Magic. This style
is best characterized by such tunes as
"Heatwave," "Jimmy Mack," and, of
Pollen sends afflicted searching for relief
(Continued from Page 1)
"I'm just loaded with allergies right
now," complained Steve Pazol, an
engineering junior. "I started taking
Sudafed (an over-the-counter an-
tihistamine), but that didn't work. So
now I'm taking prescription drugs," he
BRIEFER said that if non-
prescription antihistamines and
decongestants don't clear up the hay,
fever, the sufferer may have to see a
doctor for prescription drugs.
Those who suffer worse from hay
fever need immunotherapy, Briefer
added. The therapy involves weekly
vaccinations to reduce the patient's
Any medicine, especially an-
tihistamines, should not be mixed with
alcohol, Briefer said. Antihistamines
tend to make the user drowsy, he ad-
WHILE watery eyes, coughing and
sneezing may make it tough for hay
fever-stricken students in lecture, at
least one professor said he doesn't mind
the extra noise.
Psychology Prof. Bob Pachella said
the coughing and sneezing helps him
Fridays in The Daily
1984 BIG TEN COLLECTION
measure students' interest in his lec-
"Coughing and sniffling are
psychosomatic to an extent," Pachella
said, adding that if people are bored
with his lecture they will think about
their cold and probably sneeze and
cough more as a result.
"If (the lecture) is intriguing there is
less noise, and when it's boring, it's
much noisier," Pachella said.
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"A VERY GREAT FILM."
-Judith Cr..t. WOR-TV
"A MARVELOUS MOVIE."
-DinoWl1,. KNBC Channel 4 N-w