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The Sure Thing (1985)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  1 March 1985 (USA)
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A college student plans a cross-country trip to get laid, but ends up traveling with a young woman. They hate each other, so naturally...

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Walter 'Gib' Gibson
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Lance
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Jason
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Gary Cooper
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Mary Ann Webster
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Professor Taub
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Jimbo
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Girl in Photo
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Mastin
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College freshman Walter (Gib) Gibson decides to go cross country to visit his friend in California during winter break. Awaiting there is a bikini-clad babe whom his friend assures him is a "sure thing". Meanwhile, Allison, a cute (but somewhat anal retentive) girl at Gib's college has also decided to head out to Cal. to see her boyfriend during break. Gib and Allison are thrust together on a road trip from hell, and somewhere along the way, they find each other's company to be tolerable. Now, what will become of Gib's "sure thing?" Written by Jeremy Rasmussen <jr@intrepid.uunet.uu.net>

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A Romantic Comedy From Rob Reiner See more »

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1 March 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Quiero decirte que te amo  »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$18,136,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The film's "Sure Thing" title can be defined by one of the movie's taglines which states that a sure thing "comes once in a lifetime". A line of dialogue from the picture further elaborates on this by saying that a sure thing is "a no questions asked, no strings attached, no guilt involved, 100% safe bet". See more »

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The color of the car they are traveling in. See more »

Quotes

Gib: [encounter a padlocked trailer while attempting to get out of the rain] It's locked! Good! This is very good! It's important that this place should have an air-tight security system... in the middle of nowhere!
Alison: [digs through her bag] I might have a nail file... I have a credit card. I have a credit card!
Gib: Credit cards work on a completely different kind of lock.
Gib: No, you don't seem to understand. I have a credit card!
Gib: You have a credit card?
Alison: I have a credit card!
Gib: [relieved] You have a credit card.
Alison: [...]
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References It Happened One Night (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Dance Hall Days
Written by Jack Hues
Performed by Wang Chung
Courtesy of Geffen Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Published by Chong Music Ltd., controlled by Warner-Tamerlane Music Publishing Corp.
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Stands up to time pretty well, actually...
21 February 1999 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

Just for the heck of it, I pulled out my copy of The Sure Thing and watched it again. It's held up well since I first saw it on video in 1986. Yeah, the music is a little old, and Jason, Alison's boyfriend, still grates on me because I looked like him, but in all other respects it has held up well. What carries it is that it's the classic John Cusack Movie, where Cusack is just being... John Cusack. Totally real, totally unpretentious. You can see it in everything else he's done, even things of totally different style, like "Eight Men Out" and "The Grifters." He just rules the screen and the production ends up recalling pictures like "His Girl Friday" and "It Happened One Night." This has stood up to nearly fifteen years of viewing pretty well. Compare and contrast other stuff of that era, like "St. Elmo's Fire," and "Fast Times At Ridgemont High." Or any Tom Hanks movie of the period.

I've now come back five years after originally posting this review (it's now May, 2007) and I say, this film STILL stands as a classic Cusack, even after I have (in the interim) loved "Pushing Tin," "Being John Malkovich" and of course the amazing "High Fidelity." And to this day, I have been known to say, in bars, "BARKEEP! Bring this man...a TROUGH... of spritzer!"

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"Credit cards work on a completely different kind of lock!"


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