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3 August 1984 (USA) See more »
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Where dreams have a funny way of coming true.
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Life in the small town of Grandview, Illinois is one that is just like any other city or town. Tim Pearson... See more » | Full synopsis »
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If Small-town Midwestern Life is so Idyllic, Why are all the Kids Moving Elsewhere? See more (12 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jamie Lee Curtis ... Michelle 'Mike' Cody

C. Thomas Howell ... Tim Pearson

Patrick Swayze ... Ernie 'Slam' Webster

Troy Donahue ... Donny Vinton

Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Candy Webster

William Windom ... Bob Cody

Carole Cook ... Betty Welles

M. Emmet Walsh ... Mr. Clark
Ramon Bieri ... Mr. Pearson
Elizabeth Gorcey ... Bonnie Clark

John Philbin ... Cowboy

John Cusack ... Johnny Maine

Joan Cusack ... Mary Maine
Camilla Hawk ... Mrs. Pearson
Melissa Domke ... Susan Pearson
Jason Court ... Benny
Tim Gamble ... Larry Hurlbuck

Fred Lerner ... Tucker Smith

Larry Brandenburg ... Mickey
Taylor Williams ... Mr. Fleming

Kathryn Joosten ... Mrs. Clark
Fern Persons ... Teacher

Bruno Alexander ... Foreman (as Bruno Aclin)
Steve Dahl ... Moose Shook
Tony Lincoln ... Mr. Kutch
George Womack ... Mr. Whitewood
Frank T. Panno ... Mr. Pettiman
Robert Swan ... Fire Chief (as Bob Swan)
Michael Winslow ... Spencer
Donald Bernardi ... Randy
Gene Hartline ... Fred
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rhonda Sue Rayford ... (uncredited)

Kimberly Spak ... Young neighbor girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Randal Kleiser 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ken Hixon 

Produced by
William Blaylock .... producer (as William Warren Blaylock)
Peter W. Rea .... producer
 
Original Music by
Thomas Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Reynaldo Villalobos 
 
Film Editing by
Robert Gordon 
 
Production Design by
Jan Scott 
 
Set Decoration by
Bill Harp 
 
Costume Design by
Wayne A. Finkelman 
 
Makeup Department
Bren Plaistowe .... hair stylist
Maurice Stein .... makeup artist
Edward Ternes .... makeup artist
Yolanda Toussieng .... dept. head hair stylist
 
Production Management
Tom Joyner .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Donald Heitzer .... first assistant director
Fred Lerner .... second unit director
Roger Joseph Pugliese .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
R. Gilbert Clayton .... production illustrator
Scott Estabrook .... swing gang
Allan Lotta .... construction coordinator
Alan Mitchell .... assistant property master
David Moll .... property master
Jim Moncher .... swing gang
William Kemper Wright .... lead man (as William Wright)
 
Sound Department
Max Bell .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer
Neil Brody .... sound re-recording mixer
Joseph D. Citarella .... re-recording mixer
Robert Fitzgerald .... sound effects editor
Kirk Francis .... production sound mixer
Dessie Markovsky .... supervising sound editor
Hudson B. Marquez .... boom operator (as Hudson Marquez)
Troy Porter .... sound recordist
Emile Razpopov .... sound designer
 
Special Effects by
Charles E. Dolan .... special effects supervisor (as Chuck Dolan)
Kevin Quibell .... special effects
Al Wininger .... special effects (as Alan Winiger)
 
Visual Effects by
Andrea D'Amico .... optical effects: EFX Unlimited, New York
 
Stunts
Jerry Brutsche .... stunt driver
Beau Vanden Ecker .... stunt driver (as Beau Van den Ecker)
Bob Harris .... stunt driver
Gene Hartline .... stunts
Fred Lerner .... stunt coordinator
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt driver
David Perna .... stunt driver
Michael M. Vendrell .... stunt driver
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William Birch .... camera operator: second unit
Bill Decker .... second grip
Sherman Fulton .... best boy
Elisha Harris .... gaffer
Robin Alan Knight .... key grip (as Robin P. Knight)
George Kohut .... camera operator
Norman Lang .... electrician
Stephen LeMasters .... grip
Jim Mazzula .... camera operator
David L. Merrill .... dolly grip
Michael J. Schwartz .... electrician (as Michael Schwartz)
Glenn K. Shimada .... first assistant camera
Mark Simon .... second assistant camera
Don Smetzer .... still photographer
Paul Vombrack .... camera operator: second unit
 
Casting Department
Elisabeth Leustig .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Jobst .... wardrobe assistant
Kathy O'Rear .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Kay Erickson .... assistant editor
Scott Hancock .... associate film editor
 
Location Management
Rich Moskal .... location manager
 
Music Department
Jeff Carson .... supervising music editor
 
Transportation Department
George DiLeonardi .... transportation captain
Ernest C. Molina .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Stan Cohen .... caterer
Al Ebner .... publicist
Kevin Barry Howe .... assistant production office coordinator
Kevin Barry Howe .... production assistant
Lester Hoyle .... script supervisor
Rosalie Winkler Karalekas .... assistant: Mr. Kleiser
Louis A. Massicotte .... assistant to producers
Lisa Niemi .... choreographer
Judith Pritchard .... production coordinator
Inge Sawerthal .... production accountant
Patrick Swayze .... choreographer
 

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Trivia:
While filming in Pontiac, Illinois, the night the demolition derby scene was shot was very cold. Since it was supposed to be summertime, the extras hired to sit in the grandstand were dressed in shorts and shirts. To stay warm they would bundle up in coats and hats and just before the camera would roll, they would throw off the coats and sit on them.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: During the dream scene, while walking with his parents, the shadow of a boom mic is visible on the ground toward the left side of the screen.See more »
Quotes:
Bonnie Clark:[Tim and Bonnie making love in the back seat of a Cadillac parked on the side of a stream] Oh Tim!
Tim Pearson:Oh Bonnie!
Tim Pearson:Are we moving?
Bonnie Clark:Everything's moving, the whole world is moving.
Tim Pearson:[Tim looks up to see the car is sinking into the stream] Bonnie, the whole car is moving!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Bottle Up (2015)See more »
Soundtrack:
Get Up And DanceSee more »

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If Small-town Midwestern Life is so Idyllic, Why are all the Kids Moving Elsewhere?, 29 December 2015
Author: adrianswingler from Cut 'n Shoot, Texas

During field tests with a local corn seed supplier I had to work on site and the work was based out of Pontiac, IL. People didn't revel in their small town status. They hated it and left as soon as they could, if they could. It was horrible. Everything. Try getting a decent meal out when the locals are actually afraid of spices. Not, "I prefer blander food" or such, but true horror at the thought that they might accidentally get slipped something cooked with the appropriate spices. I don't mean hot, I mean anything other than salt and pepper. And pepper's considered pretty darn exotic.

Jamie Lee used to show up at the bar I used to frequent after work, during the shoot. That didn't even make it interesting. In fact, she was a bloody nuisance. Real attention seeker. First time I saw her I'd been in there about 10 minutes and a roadie walked in and she flashed her breasts at him and said, "How do you like these sets?"

I suppose the movie does capture the grinding nothingness of it all. I found the plot insipid and the acting pretty bad. Patrick Swayze was just irritating. Surely you have something better to do than to watch this movie. I guess those that rated it highly are engaging in a kind of rationalization. Trapped in someplace like Fairbury, IL they convince themselves that they love small town Americana. Maybe they're afraid to leave. I mean, if spices scare you, the world might seem pretty terrifying. I guarantee it won't intrude on you in central Illinois!

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