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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:
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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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The Sure Thing
Marcia Christie ...
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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A sure thing comes once in a lifetime... but the real thing lasts forever. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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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One of a number of 1980s teenpic comedies starring John Cusack, others being Class (1983), Sixteen Candles (1984), Tapeheads (1988), Hot Pursuit (1987), Say Anything... (1989), Better Off Dead... (1985), Grandview, U.S.A. (1984) and One Crazy Summer (1986). 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

Fat Guy in Bar: I had some more fried food for lunch.
[waitress gives him a look]
Fat Guy in Bar: I know, I know, I shouldn't have had it but I just couldn't help myself. Do you think I lack self-discipline?
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The Fast One
Written by JD Souther (as J. D. Souther)
Performed by JD Souther (as J. D. Souther)
Courtesy of Elektra/Asylum Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Published by WB Music Corp. and Golden Spread Music
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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!"

And just remember...

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


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