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Release Date:
27 February 1987 (USA) See more »
Before they could stand together, they had to stand alone.
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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  (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)
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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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

When Martha Coolidge was hired to direct, she cast 'Kim Delaney' as Amanda Jones and Kyle MacLachlan as Hardy Jenns. When Coolidge dropped out before filming was to begin and Howard Deutch replaced her, he replaced Delaney with Lea Thompson (after Eric Stoltz suggested her for the role) and replaced MacLachlan with Craig Sheffer.See more »
Continuity: When Keith and Amanda leave Hardy's house at the end, Keith unfastens the top button of his shirt and he untucks it from his trousers. As he walks down the drive, and runs after Watts his shirt is tucked in again.See more »
Duncan:We're gonna bring this party up to a nice respectable level. Don't worry, we're not gonna hurt anyone. We're not even gonna touch 'em. We're just gonna make 'em cry a little, just by lookin' at 'em.See more »
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Role models, social conscience, and a fab soundtrack, 1 November 2000
Author: wileykylie from New York

As a twelve year old girl, I had a hard time finding role models. I lived on the outskirts of what was basically a country club neighborhood, but was not that kind of gal. So I found it wonderfully refreshing to find a role model in the pre-"Girl-Power" girl power of Watts. I fell in love along side her (and to this day, harbor a special place in my heart for Eric Stoltz), begged my parents to let me learn the drums, and knew every line by heart. She was tough, witty, and (according to my older brother) incredibly sexy. Eric Stoltz is dreamy in a working class kind of way and puts in a performance of true depth and character. This movie has heart without being sickly sweet. It delves into family relationships, friendships, and romance. Most notably, it tackles something that the current teen fair seems to lack, social consciousness. It's not afraid to break stereotypes or point out social injustice. Not to mention, it has one of the best soundtracks of the '80s. I give it an A++!!!

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