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John Hughes (written by)
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Release Date:
27 February 1987 (USA) See more »
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Before they could stand together, they had to stand alone.
Plot:
A young tomboy, Watts, finds her feelings for her best friend, Keith, run deeper than just friendship... See more » | Add synopsis »
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1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Excellent teen love story See more (110 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Eric Stoltz ... Keith Nelson

Mary Stuart Masterson ... Watts

Lea Thompson ... Amanda Jones

Craig Sheffer ... Hardy Jenns

John Ashton ... Cliff Nelson

Elias Koteas ... Duncan

Molly Hagan ... Shayne

Maddie Corman ... Laura Nelson
Jane Elliot ... Carol Nelson

Candace Cameron Bure ... Cindy Nelson (as Candace Cameron)

Chynna Phillips ... Mia

Scott Coffey ... Ray
Carmine Caridi ... Museum Guard

Lee Garlington ... Gym Instructor

Laura Leigh Hughes ... Holly
Laura Tubelle ... Laura's Friend

Amy Lynne ... Laura's Friend
Michael Bergman ... Duncan's Friend
Megan Daniels ... Duncan's Friend
Dale L. Evans ... Duncan's Friend
Peter Elbling ... Maitre 'D

Patricia Gaul ... Mrs. Gale
Kenneth Kimmins ... Detention Teacher

James MacDonald ... Hardy's Friend (as James G. Macdonald)

J. Patrick McNamara ... Fight Teacher

Jonathan Schmock ... Carparker (as Jonathon Schmock)
James Vallely ... Carparker
Lita Stevens ... Amanda's Friend
Christine Spiotta ... Waitress
Tom Ashton ... The March Violets
Laurence Elliott ... The March Violets
Cleo Murray ... The March Violets
Andy Tolson ... The March Violets
Steve Alterman ... Party Guest
Pamela Anderson ... Party Guest

Cathy Cavadini ... Party Guest

Ike Eisenmann ... Party Guest
Deborah Fallender ... Party Guest
Noelle Harling ... Party Guest
Barbara Harris ... Party Guest (as Barbara Iley)
David McCharen ... Party Guest
Paige Pollack ... Party Guest (as Paige Nan Pollock)
Bryan Scott ... Party Guest
Vernon Scott ... Party Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Spezzano ... Lawn Kid (uncredited)

Directed by
Howard Deutch 
 
Writing credits
John Hughes (written by)

Produced by
Michael Chinich .... executive producer
Ronald Colby .... executive producer
John Hughes .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stephen Hague 
John Musser 
 
Cinematography by
Jan Kiesser (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bud S. Smith  (as Bud Smith)
M. Scott Smith  (as Scott Smith)
 
Casting by
Judith Weiner 
 
Production Design by
Josan F. Russo  (as Josan Russo)
 
Art Direction by
Gregory Pickrell  (as Greg Pickrell)
 
Set Decoration by
Linda Spheeris 
 
Costume Design by
Marilyn Vance  (as Marilyn Vance-Straker)
 
Makeup Department
Zoltan Elek .... makeup artist (as Zoltan)
Michael Germain .... additional makeup artist (as Perry M. Germain)
Marina Pedraza .... hair stylist
Bren Plaistowe .... additional hair stylist
 
Production Management
Jerry A. Baerwitz .... unit production manager (as Jerry Baerwitz)
William H. Brown .... post-production supervisor (as Bill Brown)
Ronald Colby .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bryan Denegal .... second assistant director
Vicki Jackson-Lemay .... second assistant director (as Vicki LeMay)
Kimberly Sizemore .... dga trainee
Jerry Ziesmer .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Carl Aldana .... illustrator
Jerry Allen .... propmaker foreperson
Rubin Andreatta .... greensperson
Robert Bonino .... construction foreperson
Ed Brown .... lead person (as Edmond Brown)
John Hutchinson .... production painter
Richard Leon .... assistant property master
Jeff Passanante .... construction supervisor
Edmund Villa .... property master
Han Xin .... portrait painter
Greg Knapp .... construction medic (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Pamela Bentkowski .... foley supervisor
James Beshears .... adr supervisor
Steve Bowerman .... boom operator (as Steven R. Bowerman)
Dominick De Stefano .... cable person
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Mike Dobie .... supervising sound editor
Julia Evershade .... sound editor
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bob Glass)
Kimberly Harris .... sound editor (as Kimberly Ann Harris)
Devon Heffley Curry .... assistant sound editor
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
David MacMillan .... sound mixer (as David Macmillan)
Judee Margules .... assistant sound editor
David Pettijohn .... sound editor
Gary Wright .... sound editor
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Louis R. Cooper .... special effects coordinator (as Louis Cooper)
 
Stunts
Erik Cord .... stunts
Dana Dru Evenson .... stunts
Sasha Jenson .... stunts
Pamela Manganaro .... stunts
Steve Morey .... stunt double
Steve L. Morey .... stunts
Edward J. Ulrich .... stunts (as Ed Ulrich)
Sasha Jenson .... stunt double: Craig Sheffer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Bettcher .... camera operator (as Al Bettcher)
Doug Cook .... second company grip (as Douglas Cook)
Lowell Crisp .... electrical lighting technician (as Lowell E. Crisp)
Lowell Crisp .... electrician
Michael Gershman .... camera operator (as Michael E. Gershman)
Clyde Hart .... first company grip
O.T. Henderson .... dolly grip
Calvin Maehl .... chief lighting technician
Charles E. Nippell .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Charles Nippell)
Aaron Pazanti .... first assistant photographer
Ed Reilly .... assistant chief lighting technician
Joyce Rudolph .... still photographer
Robert Samuels .... second assistant photographer (as Robert B. Samuels)
Eddie Taylor .... chief rigging electrician
 
Casting Department
Barbara Flinn .... extras casting
Steven Jacobs .... casting associate: New York
Ruth Lambert .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elinor Bardach .... assistant to costume designer
Greg Hall .... costumer: men
Silvio Scarano .... costume supervisor: men
Barbara Siebert .... costume supervisor: women (as Barbara Siebert Bolticoff)
Victoria Snow .... costumer: women
 
Editorial Department
Richard Alderete .... assistant editor
Seth Flaum .... associate editor
Kim Nolan .... apprentice editor
Robert Raring .... color timer (as Rob Raring)
 
Music Department
Dan Carlin Sr. .... music editor
Tarquin Gotch .... music supervisor
Ron Payne .... music coordinator
 
Transportation Department
Todd Connolly .... transportation co-captain
Dan Marrow .... transportation coordinator
Gaston Veilleux .... transportation captain (as Gaston 'Gus' Veilleux)
 
Other crew
Pamela Alch .... script supervisor
James Bailey .... first aid (as Jim Bailey)
Bruce A. Block .... filmic consultant
Tony Bowers .... location manager (as Anthony Bowers)
Robin Citrin .... location manager
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
David Gonzales .... production associate
Doris Hellmann .... production secretary (as Doris Helman)
Gus Hill .... caterer
Art 'Klondike' Jones .... craft service
Tim McNeal .... production assistant (as Timothy K. McNeal)
Billy Moore .... drumming instructor
Don Petrie .... production auditor
Fredell Pogodin .... publicity coordinator
Kathryn Rhodes .... production assistant
Nanette Siegert .... production coordinator
Susan Smith .... production assistant
Elena Spiotta .... production associate
Ron Stack .... assistant production auditor
Douglas E. Stoll .... location manager (as Doug Evan Stoll)
Jane Vickerilla .... assistant: John Hughes
Jeanne Webber .... technical consultant (as Jeanne Weber)
 

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Runtime:
95 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Elias Koteas was discovered by John Hughes auditioning for She's Having a Baby (1988) and it was at his suggestion that he would be cast in the role of Duncan.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Keith is asking Watts about Amanda Jones, Watts mistakenly refers to her as Amanda "Johnson"See more »
Quotes:
Duncan:I'm here to kick your ass, and you know it, and everybody here knows it, and above all, you deserve it. In fact, I think it's safe to say that this party is about to become a historical fact.See more »
Soundtrack:
Miss Amanda JonesSee more »

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41 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Excellent teen love story, 18 January 2005
Author: David Allie (da2357) from United States

It's refreshing to have a movie about teens in love that doesn't rely upon sex to gain the viewer's interest. I love this movie, have probably seen it a a few dozen times, especially in the original, unedited version (that wasn't shortened to fit into a two-hour TV time-slot). It's a classic story, but told from a timeless perspective---the movie first ran in 1987, yet there's extremely little in it that would make it seem "dated."

Mary Stuart Masterson is, as always, superb in her performance. While this is one of her early films, it shows her enormous ability and potential. She plays a playful, feisty, street-smart character that also has a sensitive, shy, and deeply loving side. Mary Stuart's kissing scene is one of the most wonderfully romantic and intense kissing scenes on film that I've seen, yet it has an innocent quality that makes it all the more special.

Eric Stoltz and Lea Thompson give excellent performances as well, with good acting and both are able to highlight dialogue with subtle nuances. However, I feel that Mary Stuart's character is the most interesting and emotionally sensitive, enough that she'll bring tears to your eyes. This is an excellent film. It came out at a time when there were a lot of teen movies (Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, etc.), but this is a story that never grows old and is a pleasure to watch again.

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