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Can't Buy Me Love
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Release Date:
14 August 1987 (USA) See more »
Ronald is making an investment in his senior year. He's hiring the prettiest cheerleader in school to be his girlfriend.
A nerdy outcast secretly pays the most popular girl in school one thousand dollars to be his girlfriend. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Patrick Dempsey ... Ronald Miller

Amanda Peterson ... Cindy Mancini

Courtney Gains ... Kenneth Wurman

Tina Caspary ... Barbara

Seth Green ... Chuckie Miller

Sharon Farrell ... Mrs. Mancini

Darcy DeMoss ... Patty (as Darcy De Moss)

Dennis Dugan ... David Miller
Cloyce Morrow ... Judy Miller

Devin DeVasquez ... Iris (as Devin Devasquez)

Eric Bruskotter ... Big John

Gerardo Mejía ... Ricky

Cort McCown ... Quint

Ami Dolenz ... Fran

Max Perlich ... Lester
David Schermerhorn ... Albert

Steve Franken ... Moda Clerk
Phillip Simms ... Rock (as Phil Simms)
Tudor Sherrard ... Brent

George Gray ... Bobby Hilton (as George Gray III)
Jimmie Lee Mitchell ... Mr. Webbly
Jan O'Dell ... Mrs. Hagmer (as Jan Rooney)
James Gooden ... Mr. Wurman
Erin O'Flaherty ... Jr. Wurman
Ty Gray ... Duane
Will Hannah ... Camera Salesman
Todd Walsh ... Stocky Jones
Wayne Chandler ... African Host
Meredith Wagelie ... Freshman #1
Jennifer Nelson ... Freshman #2
Corissa Miller ... Transfer Girl

Lisa Christine Christiansen ... Bambi La Brock (as Lisa Givens)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Paula Abdul ... Dancer (uncredited)
Brandi Brandt ... (uncredited)

Anastasia Coon ... Dancer (uncredited)

David Kinn ... Extra (uncredited)

The Lowpriest ... Tucson High Student (uncredited)

Christopher Maleki ... Frat Guy (uncredited)
Shawn Tierney ... High School Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Steve Rash 
Writing credits
Michael Swerdlick (written by)

Produced by
Ron Beckman .... executive producer
Mark Burg .... co-producer
Jere Henshaw .... executive producer
Thom Mount .... producer
Michael Swerdlick .... associate producer
Original Music by
Robert Folk 
Cinematography by
Peter Lyons Collister (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jeff Gourson 
Casting by
Caro Jones 
Production Design by
Donald Lee Harris  (as Donald L. Harris)
Set Decoration by
Andrew Bernard 
Christian W. Russhon 
Costume Design by
Gregory Poe 
Makeup Department
Annie Mayo .... hair stylist
Annie Mayo .... makeup artist
Cher Slater .... hair supervisor
Cher Slater .... makeup artist
Bob Smith .... hair stylist
Bob Smith .... makeup artist
Production Management
Donald C. Klune .... production manager
Rex Stewart .... post-production supervisor (as Rex Stewart III)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Warren Glen Chidester .... second assistant director
Jerram A. Swartz .... first assistant director (as Jerram Swartz)
Art Department
Pasco Di Carlo .... set dresser (as Pasco DiCarlo)
Annie Koerner .... property master
John Raineri .... assistant to set dresser
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Peter Bentley .... sound mixer
Dean Drabin .... foley mixer
Les Fresholtz .... re-recording mixer
Gary A. Hecker .... foley effects (as Gary 'Wrecker' Hecker)
Pieter Hubbard .... sound editor
Scott Jacobs .... boom operator
Bruce Lacey .... sound editor
Bill Phillips .... supervising sound editor
John Phillips .... assistant sound editor
Vern Poore .... re-recording mixer
Hal Sanders .... sound editor
Alicia Stevenson .... foley effects
Mike Warner .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Boulanger .... second assistant camera
Mark Braun .... grip
John Connell .... first assistant camera
Jay Coolidge .... first assistant camera
Bob Crockett .... electrician
Randy Feemster .... camera operator (as Randal Feemster)
Craig Fleming .... grip
Ed Fortson .... still photographer
Bob Fox .... gaffer (as Robert Fox)
Perry Karidis .... best boy grip
Kyle T. MacDowell .... electrician (as Kyle MacDowell)
Larry Niemi .... best boy electric (as Larry Neimi)
David O'Neill .... electrician
Tony Sackmann .... generator operator
Mark S. Speake .... electrician (as Mark Speake)
Craig Woodruff .... key grip
Mansur Johnson .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Cooper .... assistant costumer
Katherine Quinif .... assistant costumer
Eric Wise .... costumer
Editorial Department
Maria Lee Silver .... assistant editor
Bill Turro .... second assistant editor
Location Management
Anne McCaffrey .... location manager
Music Department
Robert Folk .... conductor
Ellen Segal .... music editor
Armin Steiner .... music recordist
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Dale I. Dodds .... transportation captain (as Dale Dodds)
Roger Greer .... transportation coordinator
Amy E. Duddleston .... production driver (uncredited)
Everett Everett .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
Dennis Janovici .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Paula Abdul .... choreographer
Linda 'Kippi' Bell .... assistant to producer
Russ Chesley .... production executive (as Russell Chesley)
Allen Custard .... production assistant
Deborah Cutler .... production assistant
Gregory A. Gale .... production assistant
Gillian P. Glen .... production coordinator
Steve Housewright .... dga intern (as Steven Housewright)
Carlton Jones .... assistant choreographer
Cookie Knapp .... studio teacher
Laura Namerow .... production secretary
Rocky Parker .... assistant: Patrick Dempsey
Daryl Robinson .... craft service
William F. Rose Jr. .... assistant auditor (as Bill Rose Jr.)
Valerie Ross .... production secretary (as Valerie Rose)
Ricki L. Stein .... production auditor
Mark S. Thomas .... script supervisor (as Mark Thomas)
Tod Swindell .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ed Arriaga .... special thanks: principal, Tucson High School
Anthony Daykin .... special thanks: The Tucson Police Department (as Lieutenant Anthony Daykin)
Tom Hilderbrand .... special thanks: The Tucson Film Office
Karen Husted .... special thanks: artistic coordinator, Tucson High School
Patricia Murphy .... special thanks: director of public information, The Tucson Unified School District
David A. Smitas .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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94 min
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Original title of the movie was "Boy Rents Girl".See more »
Continuity: After receiving the envelope with money from Cindy, and Cindy is gone with her friends, Ronald rides away and the shadows are suddenly different.See more »
Kenneth Wurman:Look, It's the African ant eater ritual!See more »
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37 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
80's Entertainment At Its Best, 8 March 1999
Author: Scott Carr ( from Kingston, Ontario

I love those cheesy 80's teenage love stories. They are fun and entertaining. "Can't Buy Me Love" is one of the better ones for sure. It is one of those movies that you can watch over and over and still love it. The story is interesting and the performances are great. Amanda Peterson is fantastic as the high-priced yet emotionally repressed love interest of lawnboy Patrick Dempsey. The story is funny and moving and can even make you cry. Watch it with friends, watch it alone, watch it with someone you love and remember the pressures of high school and the friends that got you through it.

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