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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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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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Robert Anthony Marcucci ...
Bobby
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Sharon
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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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He's onto a sure thing . . . but ends up on the funniest journey to romance you've ever seen. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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1 March 1985 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$18,136,000 (USA)
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Trivia

In the swimming pool scene there is a sign in the background which reads "Happy Birthday Coach Oppewall". This is a reference to production designer Jeannine Oppewall. See more »

Goofs

When Gary is driving after the first night in the hotel he is on the left-hand side of the road. In the next shot he is back on the right. See more »

Quotes

Gib: You know, I've never met anyone like you before. Usually when I meet someone new I feel awkward and shy. But with you it's different. I can talk to you. You know what I'm thinking without my having to explain to you in fancy terms. We speak each other's unspoken language... fluently. I love you.
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References It Happened One Night (1934) See more »

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The Age Of Aquarius
Written by James Rado (as Rado)/Gerome Ragni (as Ragni)/Galt MacDermot (as MacDermot)
Used by permission of CBS U Catalog, Inc.
All rights reserved.
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My favorite 80's movie, one of the best ever!
12 April 2004 | by (New Hampshire) – See all my reviews

This movie has GOT to be the most underrated movie of the 80's if not of all time. When you consider the relatively young age of the actors, Daphne Zuniga was 22 and John Cusack was only 17, and it was only Rob Reiner's second film, it makes this film that much more of a milestone. Maybe the storyline is predictable, so what. The acting by Cusack and Zuniga is perfect. They make this movie seem real and honest.

What makes this movie so enjoyable and memorable is the feelings it provokes. Remember the rush of emotions when you first meet someone who makes your heart beat out of your chest and feel lightheaded? Acting like you really don't like someone when deep down inside you would give anything to be with them? Going to a party and flirting with other people hoping that they would see you and get jealous? That's what this movie does for me. It makes me realize just how much I miss the innocence, passion and emotion of those days. The acting is wonderful and you really get drawn in to their plight as they make their way across the country to be with the one they "think" is their own "sure thing". The great thing about this movie is that every time it looks like they are finally going to get together, something pulls them apart. While there are many funny lines and memorable scenes in this film, by far my favorite is at the end when Gib's essay is read aloud. Allison's facial expressions let you know just how painful it is for her to hear it. The final scene is wonderful. I tear-up whenever I see it, and I'm a guy.


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