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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:
After A Weak Start This Turns Surprisingly Enjoyable See more (70 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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Trivia:
Many film critics have likened the film to being a modern update of It Happened One Night (1934).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:
Alison:[ranting about Gib] And you should see the crap he eats! Cheese balls and beer for breakfast!
Jason:[shocked] How do you know what he eats for breakfast?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
TearsSee more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
After A Weak Start This Turns Surprisingly Enjoyable, 19 October 2009
Author: sddavis63 (revsdd@gmail.com) from Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada

For the first half hour or so this movie comes across as little more than a typically sophomoric and lame comedy about a guy who's looking for action with a girl - and it wasn't even outrageous enough to be truly funny. Gib (John Cusack) has just graduated from high school and gone on to an unnamed Ivy League school. He's frustrated by his lack of success with girls, and by his inability to get the attention of his classmate Alison (Daphne Zuniga.) Then out of the blue he gets invited by an old high school buddy to come to California for Christmas where his buddy will set him up with a "sure thing." To that point there was nothing particularly special about this movie, nothing noteworthy, nothing even especially humorous. But then, the road trip begins, and somehow it all begins to fit together.

True - you see the end coming almost from the beginning. Gib and Alison have to end up together. That's the whole point of a movie like this. The question is going to be how they end up together. And that actually became a very enjoyable and at times funny story. It turns out that Alison is also going to California for the holidays to visit her boyfriend, and against their wills they end up having to travel together and through a series of misadventures they fall for each other. In fact, I think one of the truly "sweetest" scenes I've ever come across in a movie is the scene in which Alison and Gib wake up with him holding her in his arms after they innocently shared a bed on the trip. She knows that this is innocent, that nothing happened, and simply enjoys the feeling of being held; he wakes up and immediately starts to assure her that nothing happened, that he hadn't tried anything. In a way that was the central scene of the movie, as their feelings for each other are defined at that moment.

In addition to an enjoyable story, I thought this was also notable for a look at some fairly well known performers early in their career. Here, I think especially of Anthony Edwards and Nicolette Sheridan. In all honesty, both were unrecognizable as, respectively, Gib's high school buddy Lance and the "sure thing" Lance has set Gib up with in California. Edwards was quite good in the role, while Sheridan didn't have a lot to do except look hot - and she pulled that off quite well!

Overall, this is predictable, it's formulaic, it's altogether unoriginal - and in spite of all that, this movie really does grow on you, in the same way that Gib and Alison grow on each other. The development of their feelings for each other really is fun to watch, and you really do feel a sense of satisfaction as their kiss at the end of the movie signifies that they've arrived at the destination fate intended for them.

This is a fun movie to spend some time with. 6/10

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