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Director:
Writers:
Steve Bloom (written by) &
Jonathan Roberts (written by)
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Release Date:
1 March 1985 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He's onto a sure thing . . . but ends up on the funniest journey to romance you've ever seen. See more »
Plot:
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... Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
A surprisingly endearing film See more (75 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Cusack ... Walter 'Gib' Gibson

Daphne Zuniga ... Alison Bradbury

Anthony Edwards ... Lance

Boyd Gaines ... Jason

Tim Robbins ... Gary Cooper

Lisa Jane Persky ... Mary Ann Webster

Viveca Lindfors ... Professor Taub

Nicollette Sheridan ... The Sure Thing
Marcia Christie ... Julie
Robert Anthony Marcucci ... Bobby

Sarah Buxton ... Sharon
Lorrie Lightle ... Lucy
Joshua Cadman ... Jimbo

Krystal Richards ... Girl in Photo

John Putch ... Mastin

Steve Pink ... Football Player

Tracy Reiner ... Alison's Friend
Martin J. Layton ... Frat Guy (as Marty Layton)
Amy Resnick ... Marsha
Robert Bauer ... Moke

Frantz Turner ... Cop
Garry Goodrow ... Pick-Up Driver
Robert Snively ... Bus Station Clerk
Carmen Filpi ... Bus Station Bum
Richard Hamilton ... Bartender
George Memmoli ... Man in Bar
Rosalind Moreland ... Barmaid
Sunshine Parker ... Cowboy Guy

Fran Ryan ... Lady in Car
Teresa Baxter ... Rose Lady

Larry Hankin ... Trucker
Jimmy Baron ... Guy at Frat Party

Julie Ow ... Girl in Sarong
Noelle Williams ... Katherine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tamara Carrera ... Fantasy Girl (uncredited)
David Connella ... Student (uncredited)
Helen Kelly ... Bar Girl (uncredited)

Joy Michelle Moore ... Hot Party Girl (uncredited)

John Richard Petersen ... Frat Guy on Stairs (uncredited)
Christopher Rydell ... Charlie (uncredited)

Chris Tashima ... Frat Guy at Punch Bowl (uncredited)

Fel Tengonciang ... Classroom Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Rob Reiner 
 
Writing credits
Steve Bloom (written by) (as Steven L. Bloom) &
Jonathan Roberts (written by)

Produced by
Roger Birnbaum .... producer
Andrew Scheinman .... co-producer
Jeffrey Stott .... associate producer
Henry Winkler .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Tom Scott 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Elswit (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Leighton 
 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
 
Production Design by
Lilly Kilvert 
 
Set Decoration by
Lisa Fischer 
 
Costume Design by
Durinda Wood 
 
Makeup Department
Patricia Messina .... makeup artist
Michele Payne .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Steve Nicolaides .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian James Ellis .... second assistant director
Sam Epstein .... second assistant director
Thomas Lofaro .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
David Brisbin .... lead man
Mickie Cecchini .... assistant painter
Buddy Cone .... art department assistant
Amanda J. Flick .... scenic artist (as Amanda Flick)
David L. Glazer .... property master (as David Glazer)
Mark 'Digger' Green .... assistant props (as Mark Green)
Dennis Hoerter .... carpenter
Richard Hoover .... assistant art director
Thierry Verrier .... set dresser
Frank Viviano .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
Douglas B. Arnold .... boom (as Doug Arnold)
Beth Bergeron .... post-production sound
John Brasher .... post-production sound
David E. Campbell .... sound re-recording mixer
Roberta Doheny .... post-production sound
Robert Eber .... sound mixer (as Bob Eber)
Alfred T. Ferrante .... sound recordist
Alia Kahn .... post-production sound
Lars Nelson .... post-production sound
Tony Ray .... post-production sound
John T. Reitz .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregg Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gregg C. Rudloff)
 
Special Effects by
John Frazier .... special effects
Jeffrey A. Wischnack .... special effects assistant (as Jeff Wischnack)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Amorelli .... electrician
Greg Bridges .... grip
François Duhamel .... unit photographer (as Francois Duhamel)
Kevin Kelley .... best boy electrician
Martin J. Layton .... camera assistant (as Marty Layton)
Michael Meek .... grip
Ron Meurrier .... lamp operator: Stockton
Jack Palinkas .... key grip
Lee Phillips .... gaffer
Krishna Rao .... camera assistant (as Chris Rao)
George Ressler .... grip best boy (as George Resler)
Thomas Vanghele .... camera assistant (as Thomas P. Vanghele)
Devik Wiener .... electrician
Roland Young .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Eve Brandstein .... casting executive
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
May Hart .... wardrobe assistant
Constance Sech .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Christine Cholvin .... assistant editor
Terry Haggar .... color timer
Jack Hooper .... negative cutter
Cathy Rosenstein .... post-production coordinator
Adam Weiss .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Kenneth Karman .... music editor
Alexandra Leviloff .... assistant music editor
Gary Lubow .... music recording engineer
Elliot Lurie .... music coordinator
Becky Mancuso-Winding .... music supervisor (as Becky Shargo)
 
Transportation Department
Ken Day .... driver
Bo Falck .... transportation co-captain
Pat Gordon .... driver
Thomas A. Gordon .... driver (as Tom Gordon)
Greg Landis .... driver
Ronald Linxwiler .... driver (as Ron Linxwiler)
Tim Roslan .... transportation captain
Dusty Saunders .... driver
David Shaffer .... driver (as Dave Shaffer)
Larry Sims .... driver
 
Other crew
Robert Breech .... location manager: Los Angeles
William Burke .... location manager: Stockton
Leslie Cornyn .... assistant production accountant
Leigh French .... coordinator: custom looping
Joan Gagrelcik .... studio teacher (as Joan Thompson Gabrelcik)
Elizabeth Galloway .... production coordinator
Walter Hart .... production assistant
Edward Hersom .... craft service: Stockton
Lisa Lynn Kearsley .... production secretary: Los Angeles
Cathy Lerner .... secretary: Mr. Birnbaum
Leslie 'Tinker' Linville .... production assistant (as Leslie Linville)
Mitch Marcus .... production assistant
Anne Rapp .... continuity (as Anne Rapp-Dowd)
Cathy Rosenstein .... assistant: Rob Reiner & producers
Eric Silvern .... craft service: Los Angeles
Mary Vigna .... production secretary: Stockton
Joyce Wagner .... unit publicist
Zelig Walters .... caterer
Ron Welch .... caterer
Ruth Whittle .... production accountant
 
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Runtime:
100 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (Canadian Home Video rating) | Finland:S | France:U | Iceland:L | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 (No. 27534) | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
The film's "Sure Thing" title can be defined by one of the movie's taglines which states that a sure thing "comes once in a lifetime". A line of dialogue from the picture further elaborates on this by saying that a sure thing is "a no questions asked, no strings attached, no guilt involved, 100% safe bet".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the bar scene, the waitress is seen serving a couple sitting in a table behind Gib and the fat guy. When the camera cuts and the cowboy talks, she is seen walking from the opposite direction towards them again.See more »
Quotes:
Lance:Gib, you want a relationship? That's fine. Just remember that every relationship starts with a one night stand. You came 3,000 miles for a reason didn't you? Would you look at that reason. Go for it Gib, you've earned it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Two Sides Of LoveSee more »

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54 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
A surprisingly endearing film, 1 February 2001
Author: indiegirlfrommars from England

Having fallen for John Cusack's engaging performance as Rob in 'High Fidelity', I jumped at the chance to watch one of his earliest films, 'The Sure Thing'. And, despite a life-long hatred of "girly" films and all things romantic comedy, this slice of 80s college cheese surprisingly hit the spot.

The story is nothing new: boy (an effervescent Cusack as Walt Gibson) meets girl (Daphne Zuniga), and an antagonistic relationship is formed. He hates her studious, organised approach to life; she frowns upon his laddish, devil-may-care attitude. Inevitably, they are soon thrown together - namely by Gib's trip to California on the promise of a blond, beautiful "sure thing" from best friend Lance (Anthony Edwards) coinciding with her journey to visit her boyfriend - and opposites begin to attract.

Yet to complain that the plot is predictable would be to miss the point. You know the ending within the first five minutes: it is the journey there which is important. Director Rob Reiner handles the script with a necessarily light touch, and allows the humour to be more character-driven than situational. To the writers' credit, even the film's most obvious scenes are always relieved through it's witty and eminently quotable dialogue.

What elevates 'The Sure Thing' above the ranks of its genre contemporaries is Reiner's deft hand with a character; in particular his ability to transcend stereotypes yet create instantly recognisable, believable people, a feat he later put to effective use in 'Stand By Me'. This is underpinned by Cusack's energetic performance, showcasing what has become his staple character: the spikily droll male whose shining qualities just avoid being undermined by his easily discernible flaws.

'The Sure Thing' is also notable for its treatment of - and fondness for - the minor characters, few of whom suffer from the "obvious spare part" phenomenon of so many high school based films. Particularly commendable are Tim Robbins' disappointingly brief turn as one half of the cutesy couple from hell, and a remarkably young-looking Anthony Edwards in the long-term buddy role (notable especially for what must be one of the worst 80s fashion statements since Vanilla Ice decided on baggy trousers - see the pool scene featuring Lance's phone call from California).

Despite its premise, this film always endeavours to be about love rather than sex. A refreshing angle on a well-worn tale, 'The Sure Thing' provides a welcome escape from the 'American Pie' view of teenage romance. With consistently endearing performances from both Cusack and Zuniga, this is one romantic comedy I would happily give a second viewing.



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