One Crazy Summer (1986)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  8 August 1986 (USA)
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An aspiring teenage cartoonist and his friends come to the aid of a singer trying to save her family property from developers.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Warren ...
Grenville Cuyler ...
Kristen Goelz ...
Sky ...
Crossing Guard
Jennifer Yahoodik ...
Rachel C. Telegen ...
Biker #1 (as Paul Lane)
Don Ruffin ...
Biker #2
Gary Littlejohn ...
Biker #3
Pat McGoarty ...
Biker #4 (as Pat Mc Goarty)


With a name like Hoops McCann, he's bound to get that basketball scholarship after high school, right? Wrong! What Hoops really wants to do is write and illustrate a love story. To help him find his way, his friend George invites Hoops to come with him and his sister to spend the summer on Nantucket. The friends Crazy Summer begins when they pickup Cassandra on the way--she's being chased by a motorcycle gang. From here on in, it only gets crazier. Once on the island, Hoops and George, along with George's island friends the Stork twins and Ack-Ack (son of a marine), must help Cassandra save her grandfather's house from the greedy Beckersted Family. Along the way, Hoops must find a way to write his cartoon love story - and maybe a real one of his own. Written by April M. Cheek <>

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They're out of school, out on Nantucket, and out of their minds. With this crowd, anything can happen!


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

8 August 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Greetings from Nantucket  »

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$13,431,806 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Savage Steve Holland, he and John Cusack did not get along during filming. Cusack was disappointed with their previous collaboration, Better Off Dead... (1985) and was angry with Holland. According to Holland, Cusack lightened up after that film got good reviews. But Cusack never spoke to Holland again. See more »


Cassandra says DOW makes Mace. The DOW Chemical Company has never manufactured Mace. They did create Agent Orange, but not Mace. It is possible Cassandra was not being serious when she gave out the information See more »


Teddy Beckersted: That girl, the one with the braids in her hair? What do they call them? Corn husks?
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits: THE FILM'S OVER... YOU CAN GO NOW See more »


Referenced in The Ten (2007) See more »


Written by Juan Carlos Calderón (as Juan Carlos Calderon)
Performed by Herb Alpert
Courtesy of A & M Records
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Very likeable and amusing
18 July 2001 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I have to admit that these days, I can't stand Demi Moore. It seemed almost as soon as I 'discovered' her (and developed a squirmy adolescent crush on her) via this film, her career went stellar, the films got worse and she turned into just another boring megastar. Life sometimes really sucks. But ONE CRAZY SUMMER doesn't suck. It's a very amusing and eminently likeable teen comedy that doesn't stoop to bad taste gags or gross-out schtick for its laughs (Farrelly brothers, take note) and relies on its very eighties feelgood charm to win you over. I watched this one over and over again on VHS when I was a kid, and I must've driven my parents and friends insane with my constant cries of "Chilli dog!", "This is a love story, not a Rambo bloodbath!", "Hi Cookie! I'm Egg...gemini!" and all those other little bits of treasurable dialogue. The cartoon sequences are brilliant, nicely subversive in a Ralph Bakshi - Robert Crumb way, and the cast are perfect. Bobcat Goldthwait really turns the spastic nerd persona up HIGH here, and one of the most killingly funny moments in his career occurs when someone playfully throws a beachball at his head, only for him to yelp "That really smarts, that went in my eye!" Trust me, it's so funny. I want to go to Nantucket Island some day and find a cute rock chick who prefers shy cartoonists to buff studs with hot cars and have a bunch of zany adventures with some wacky friends, but until I do, I'll just watch ONE CRAZY SUMMER again. Enjoy!

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