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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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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
Lorrie Lightle ...
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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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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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Trivia

When Gib (John Cusack) and Alison (Daphne Zuniga) are on the library rooftop, Gib points out the constellation Cassiopeia to Alison. In the movie Serendipity (2001), John Cusack's character also mentions Cassiopeia. See more »

Goofs

Alison mentions crying when she sees Elvis' bedroom at Graceland. The upstairs of Graceland including his bedroom, is off limits to visitors. See more »

Quotes

Professor Taub: [commenting on students' papers] Miss Bradbury. You, on the other hand, you express your ideas very clearly. Except that, your paper is dry, Alison. There's not enough of *you* coming through. Loosen up, Alison. Have some fun! Yes, sleep when you feel like it, not when you think you should. Eat food that is bad for you - at least once in a while. Have conversations with people whose clothes are not color coordinated.
[class laughs]
Professor Taub: Make love in a hammock!
[class hoots, hollers, and high-fives]
Professor Taub: ...
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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Just Because
Written by Marco Tobaly, Robert Fitoussi and Michael Wendroff
Performed by Ray Charles
Courtesy of Crossover Record Co.
Published by Seldok Music Corp., Doksel Music Corp., Victozzo Music, Talisman Music
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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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