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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
Lorrie Lightle ...
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:

He's onto a sure thing . . . but ends up on the funniest journey to romance you've ever seen. 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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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$18,136,000 (USA)
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Trivia

When Gib (John Cusack) and Alison (Daphne Zuniga) are on the library roof, Alison says that when she was six she wanted to be a princess. Daphne Zuniga played a princess in Spaceballs (1987). 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

Gib: You know, junk food doesn't deserve the bad rap that it gets. Take these pork rinds for example. This particular brand contains two percent of the R.D.A. - that's Recommended Daily Allowance - of riboflavin.
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Connections

Featured in Retrosexual: The 80's (2004) 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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An underrated delight

Check Rob Reiner's bio in virtually any film resource and they don't even mention this movie. Why this is so is beyond me. This is one of the overlooked gems of the 80s. I would rank it as one of Reiner's three genuine classics, along with THE PRINCESS BRIDE and THIS IS SPINAL TAP. Neither Cusack nor Zuniga could have been any better, and yet Reiner shows his directorial skill by including a cast of supporting characters that's as quirky and memorable as the leads. If you're looking for a teen romance road comedy (that isn't a gross-out soft-core flick in disguise), check this one out!


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