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
Marcia Christie ...
Robert Anthony Marcucci ...
Lorrie Lightle ...
Joshua Cadman ...
Girl in Photo


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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A Romantic Comedy From Rob Reiner See more »


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Release Date:

1 March 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Volltreffer  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)


$18,136,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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When Gib and his roommate are in their dorm room the roommate asks Gib how to spell "zucchini" and Gib incorrectly spells it "zuchini". See more »


Preparing for his study date with Alison, Gib tucks his shirt in twice. See more »


Walter (Gib) Gibson: [dancing with the Sure Thing, shouting over the loud party music so Alison will hear] So, what else did Lance say about me?
The Sure Thing: [loudly] He said you're a virgin.
Walter (Gib) Gibson: What?
The Sure Thing: [the music stops just as she says] He thinks you might be gay.
[everybody hears, stops and stares at them]
Walter (Gib) Gibson: [Gib pretends to laugh, then mutters] Don't say that!
The Sure Thing: I didn't say it, Lance said it!
[the music starts up again]
Walter (Gib) Gibson: [loud] Excuse me won't you, I have to go and kick the shit out of someone. Just one second.
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A late discovery...
31 August 2004 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

...not just for Gib and Alison, but definitely for this reviewer, who saw this movie for the first time in August 2004!

The plot is simple enough, but Reiner's direction makes the movie a true gem; as do the efforts of Cusack and Zuniga--plus the supporting cast, which include a pre-'Goose' Anthony Andrews and a truly funny Tim Robbins (he's less funny nowadays, of course, but in '85 he exhibited definite comedic talent).

I've decided that this one's right up there with my favorites. One of those movies, with endless quotable lines, that charms you out of your wits without even trying.

Till Noever, Author: KEAEN, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing,

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