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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 »
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I have a credit card. You have a credit card? Yea, but my father specifically told me only to use it in case of an emergency. Well maybe one will come up. See more (73 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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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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Did You Know?

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:
Factual errors: Gib takes a bite out of pink Sno-Ball snack cake while riding in the car. The film is supposed to be set during the Christmas Break. In the mid 1980's, pink Sno-Balls were only available during Valentine's Day.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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Movie Connections:
References It Happened One Night (1934)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Fast OneSee more »

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35 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
I have a credit card. You have a credit card? Yea, but my father specifically told me only to use it in case of an emergency. Well maybe one will come up., 9 June 2000
Author: Dan Grant (dan.grant@bell.ca) from Toronto, Ontario

Love stories are hard to do right. Especially films in the 80's. They were more concerned with typical Porky's like shower scenes than they were with true love. And although Gib ( Cusack ) is promised a guaranteed lay if he makes his way down to California, the movie is not at all about getting laid and bare breasts and sex, it is about falling in love and the lengths we'll go to obtain the affection of the opposite sex.

The story starts off with Gib in his first year of some Ivy League school while his best friend from highschool, Lance (Anthony Edwards) is partying it up in sunny California. Gib is already striking out with the babes on his college campus and to make matters worse, Lance is seemingly getting action everyday. Then Gib walks into his English class and notices Allison, played by Daphne Zuniga. She is not your typical bimbo in the movies. She is smart, pretty, articulate and she flat out refuses his advances towards her. She does agree to see him strictly on a study basis and he ends up making himself look even more silly and barbaric. Eventually Gib and Allison end up in the same car pool to California. She is going to see her boyfriend and he is going to bang the Sure Thing. Later, a trucker remarks to Gib, " 3000 miles just to get laid, hey you pay the speeding tickets and I'll get you there." Of course along the way, Allison and Gib find they have a mutual admiration for each other and it is only up to the viewer to guess the outcome. Shouldn't be too difficult.

So far this may sound like pretty lame stuff and perhaps it could have been except for a few things. One is the writing, two is the acting and three has to be Rob Reiner. First of all, Allison and Gib are given plenty to do and they have much funny dialogue to go with it. Allison is goated into showing how she is not as repressed as Gib thinks she is by flashing her assets to a passing car. Gib teaches Allison how to "shotgun" a beer using "any household utensil, I use a pen." Gib rescues Allison from a would-be rapist in one of the funniest moments in the film ( I think I'll take your wife ). There are also some great performances by some of the supporting characters. Tim Robbins and Cusack must have met on the set of this movie and thus their strong friendship over the years can be accredited to the filming of this gem. Here, Robbins plays Gary Cooper, but the not the Gary Cooper that's dead, and he is one of the most annoying drivers that you could be stuck with for a cross country trip. Viveca Linfors plays the English professor and she has a way of making you want to learn how to write properly, learn Shakespeare and express yourself. As she says in the film, " Life is the ultimate experience, but you have to experience it in order to write about it." And of course Anthony Edwards is quite funny as Lance.

The Sure Thing is not raunchy the way Porky's or American Pie is. It is not crude the Fasttimes or Last Road Trip is. But it is honest in it's humour and fair with it's balance of love and lust. This is 15 years old but it is one of the best teen-comedies to come out of the 80's. 90's comedies and ones that are made in the new millenium are quite good, but there is an innocence that cannot be imitated from films like this. I think a film like Here On Earth may have had The Sure Thing ( or maybe an episode of Bold and Beautiful ) in mind when they made that film. It tried to be sweet and funny but failed miserably. The Sure Thing not only doesn't fail, it surpasses your expectations.

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