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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter 'Gib' Gibson
Gary Cooper
Mary Ann Webster
Professor Taub
The Sure Thing
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Robert Anthony Marcucci ...
Lorrie Lightle ...
Joshua Cadman ...
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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 <>

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Release Date:

1 March 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Volltreffer  »

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Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)


$18,136,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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When Gib is teaching Alison how to shotgun a beer, he is wearing a t-shirt with two people on it: Dwight D. Eisenhower and Tina Turner. The shirt was known as the "Ike & Tina T-shirt". See more »


When Gary pays the ticket, the weather and sky change several times. See more »


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watch this movie JUST FOR PLEASUUUUURE!!!
23 April 2000 | by (NYC, USA) – See all my reviews

There are a few 80's teen movies I enjoy, and some I enjoy very much. But this is my favorite one of all time. This movie introduced a new kind of guy to me; the really cool Everyman with an Alterna-geek bent, and I have loved John Cusack since. No matter how many times I see this movie, it's still fresh and hilarious, and John is in peak form as the Average College Guy, sprinting across the USA to get with the lovely blond fantasy girl. The plot is predictable, but this version of "boy-wants-dumb-chick-ends-up-with-smart-chick" is really witty and terrific. Daphne Zuniga is the perfect Straight (wo)Man to Gib's charming goofiness. Eventually she sees the fun in things, and he sees that not everything is a joke. Someone here said every character has quotable lines, and they are right. Consider outer space, grab a trough of spritzer and watch this movie.

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