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The Sure Thing (1985)

 -  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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Cast

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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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Julie
Robert Anthony Marcucci ...
Bobby
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Sharon
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Lucy
Joshua Cadman ...
Jimbo
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Girl in Photo
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Mastin
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

A sure thing comes once in a lifetime... but the real thing lasts forever. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Because John Cusack was only 17 and hence a minor during production, he had to seek legal emancipation from his parents in order to shoot on location. See more »

Goofs

During the swimming pool scene, as the camera pans following Alison swim, the upper right hand window reveals the top of a palm tree. Very odd for the New England setting. See more »

Quotes

Walter (Gib) Gibson: [suddenly appearing from hiding in the back of the pick-up and hopping into the passenger seat] Thanks for the ride. I've been out here all day. I'm not interrupting anything am I?
Pick-Up Driver: [holding Alison] Me and the wife just having a little squabble, OK.
Walter (Gib) Gibson: Oh. It's not easy getting rides. Do you know what I mean? I mean most people are real afraid to pick up hitchhikers. I mean you never know who you might pick up. I mean I could be some crazed slime ball. I mean a real deranged, violent psycho. You know...
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Connections

Referenced in Take Me Home Tonight (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Button Up Your Overcoat
Written by Ray Henderson (as Henderson)/Lew Brown (as Brown)/Buddy G. DeSylva (as DeSylva)
Used by permission of Chappell Music/Carlin/Redwood
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A late discovery...
31 August 2004 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

...not just for Gib and Alison, but definitely for this reviewer, who saw this movie for the first time in August 2004!

The plot is simple enough, but Reiner's direction makes the movie a true gem; as do the efforts of Cusack and Zuniga--plus the supporting cast, which include a pre-'Goose' Anthony Andrews and a truly funny Tim Robbins (he's less funny nowadays, of course, but in '85 he exhibited definite comedic talent).

I've decided that this one's right up there with my favorites. One of those movies, with endless quotable lines, that charms you out of your wits without even trying.

Till Noever, Author: KEAEN, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, www.owlglass.com


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