O.C. and Stiggs

O.C. and Stiggs
Directed by Robert Altman
Produced by Robert Altman
Peter Newman
Written by Ted Mann (screenplay)
Donald Cantrell (screenplay)
Tod Carroll (stories)[1]
Music by King Sunny Adé
Cinematography Pierre Mignot
Edited by Elizabeth Kling
Distributed by MGM/UA Entertainment Co.
Release dates


  • July 10, 1987 (1987-07-10)
Running time
109 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7,000,000 (est.)

O.C. and Stiggs is a 1987 American teen comedy film directed by Robert Altman, based on two characters that were originally featured in a series of stories published in National Lampoon magazine.[1] The film stars Daniel H. Jenkins and Neill Barry as the title characters. Other members of the cast include Paul Dooley, Jane Curtin, Martin Mull, Dennis Hopper, Ray Walston, Louis Nye, Melvin Van Peebles, Tina Louise, Cynthia Nixon, Jon Cryer and Bob Uecker.

The film, a raunchy teen comedy described by the British Film Institute as "probably Altman's least successful film," was shot in 1983, but not released until long after post-production was completed. MGM shelved it for a couple of years, finally giving it a limited theatrical release in 1987 and 1988.

Plot summary

O.C. & Stiggs is the adventure of two Arizona teenagers. In their car, the Gila Monster, they pick up slags (loose women), torture their nemesis, Randall Schwab, while procuring liquor from "Wino Bob" (a bum who lives in the oleander bushes behind the 7-Eleven).



King Sunny Adé appears in the film and provided the score.


The movie's plot was very loosely based on stories from National Lampoon magazine that were written by Ted Mann and Tod Carroll. O.C. and Stiggs were recurring characters in articles in the magazine, eventually leading up to the entire October 1982 issue being devoted to a fictional first-person account of the story of their summer, "The Utterly Monstrous Mind-Roasting Summer of O.C. and Stiggs". The plotline and main characters of the movie were significantly different from the National Lampoon stories they were based on. Most notably, the original magazine characters were destructive, malevolent teenagers, whereas the main characters of the movie were not inherently destructive, and significant portions of the magazine story were omitted from the movie.


In an interview years later, included on the DVD release of Tanner '88, Altman acknowledges that the film didn't work but is quick to defend the cast, which included Tanner star Cynthia Nixon, saying it was "not their fault."


The film received generally lackluster reviews.[2]

Alan Moore's comic characters D.R. and Quinch are a science fiction take on the magazine's O.C. and Stiggs characters.


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