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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:
Stands up to time pretty well, actually... 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)

Fel Tengonciang ... Classroom Student (uncredited)
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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:
Continuity: When Gib passes out on the bed, a beer can magically appears next to his leg.See more »
Quotes:
Gib:You know, junk food doesn't deserve the bad rap that it gets. Take these pork rinds for example. This particular brand contains two percent of the R.D.A. - that's Recommended Daily Allowance - of riboflavin.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Take Me Home Tonight (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dance Hall DaysSee more »

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35 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Stands up to time pretty well, actually..., 21 February 1999
Author: The Turtle from Croatia

Just for the heck of it, I pulled out my copy of The Sure Thing and watched it again. It's held up well since I first saw it on video in 1986. Yeah, the music is a little old, and Jason, Alison's boyfriend, still grates on me because I looked like him, but in all other respects it has held up well. What carries it is that it's the classic John Cusack Movie, where Cusack is just being... John Cusack. Totally real, totally unpretentious. You can see it in everything else he's done, even things of totally different style, like "Eight Men Out" and "The Grifters." He just rules the screen and the production ends up recalling pictures like "His Girl Friday" and "It Happened One Night." This has stood up to nearly fifteen years of viewing pretty well. Compare and contrast other stuff of that era, like "St. Elmo's Fire," and "Fast Times At Ridgemont High." Or any Tom Hanks movie of the period.

I've now come back five years after originally posting this review (it's now May, 2007) and I say, this film STILL stands as a classic Cusack, even after I have (in the interim) loved "Pushing Tin," "Being John Malkovich" and of course the amazing "High Fidelity." And to this day, I have been known to say, in bars, "BARKEEP! Bring this man...a TROUGH... of spritzer!"

And just remember...

"Credit cards work on a completely different kind of lock!"

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