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The Night Before -- In this unusual teen comedy, the most popular girl in school embarks upon the worst date of her life after she loses a bet and is forced to attend the prom with the school's biggest nerd. The trouble begins when her doofous date gets lost en route and they end up stranded on the worst side of town.


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Thom Eberhardt (writer)
Gregory Scherick (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 April 1988 (USA) See more »
You lost your father's car. Sold your prom date. And a guy named 'Tito' wants you dead.
Winston Connelly wakes up in the middle of the night in an alley with no idea of how he got there. Nor... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A great 'lose yourself' movie. Makes you wonder! See more (17 total) »


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Keanu Reeves ... Winston Connelly

Lori Loughlin ... Tara Mitchell

Theresa Saldana ... Rhonda

Trinidad Silva ... Tito

Suzanne Snyder ... Lisa
Morgan Lofting ... Mom
Gwil Richards ... Dad
Chris Hebert ... Brother
Michael Greene ... Capt. Mitchell

Pamela Gordon ... Burly Waitress

David Sherrill ... Danny Boy
Israel Juarbe ... Attendant (as Israel Jurabe)
Charles Grueber ... Customer (as Charles Gruber)
Michael Strasser ... Tuff #1

Ned Bellamy ... Tuff #2

Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Bartender (as Tom 'Tiny' Lister)

Kim H. Ornitz ... Derelict #1 (as Kim Ornitz)

Daniel D. Halleck ... Man (as Dan Halleck)
Sydney Goldsmith ... Woman
Diane Rodriguez ... Woman in Restroom

Patrika Darbo ... Bimbo
A. Taylor Burton ... Stone Fox
Jimmie F. Skaggs ... Hood #1

Bradley Fisher ... Hood #2 (as Bradley Fischer)
Larry Mintz ... Cueball

Bobby McGee ... Willis

Wren T. Brown ... Harold (as Wren Brown)

Lucille Bliss ... Gal Baby

Lorrie Marlow ... Whore
Clifton Wells ... Gardener
Alan Toy ... Newsie
Randall Thomas ... Street Crazy
DeForest Covan ... Concierge (as De Forest Covan)
The P-Funk All-Stars ... Rat's Nest Band

George Clinton ... Rat's Nest Band
Dewayne McKnight ... Rat's Nest Band (as Blackbird McKnight)

Bootsy Collins ... Rat's Nest Band
Joe Harris ... Rat's Nest Band
Garry Shider ... Rat's Nest Band (as Gary Shider)
Tracy Lewis ... Rat's Nest Band
Joseph Fiddler ... Rat's Nest Band (as 'Amp' Fiddler)
Lynn Mabry ... Rat's Nest Band
Jessica Cleaves ... Rat's Nest Band
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Derek M. Fleming ... Dancer (uncredited)
Cosmo Mata ... Spike (uncredited)
Peter Schrum ... Fat Jack (uncredited)

Directed by
Thom Eberhardt 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Thom Eberhardt  writer
Gregory Scherick  screenplay
Gregory Scherick  story

Produced by
Marty Hornstein .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Davis 
Cinematography by
Ronald Víctor García 
Casting by
Monica Swann 
Production Design by
Michel Levesque 
Art Direction by
Jon Rothschild 
Set Decoration by
Cecilia Rodarte 
Makeup Department
Michelle Bühler .... makeup artist (as Michelle Buhler)
Nina Paskowitz .... hair stylist
Production Management
Matthew Irmas .... post-production supervisor
Steven Pomeroy .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Berg .... second second assistant director
Eric Heffron .... second assistant director
Steven Pomeroy .... first assistant director
Tom Teisinger .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Brian Fong .... assistant property master
Tim Hale .... swing gang
Colleen Kennedy .... lead person
Carol Lay .... storyboard artist
Manuel Mayorca .... swing gang
Tyler Patton .... set dresser
C.P. 'Cass' Quitan .... property master (as Cass Quitan)
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
James L. Aicholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Joel Berkovitz .... foley editor
G.W. Brown .... supervising adr editor (as Greg Brown)
Gary Coppola .... playback operator
Dane A. Davis .... supervising sound editor
Timothy A. Hoggatt .... sound re-recording mixer
Charles Kelly .... boom operator
John Kwiatkowski .... sound effects editor
Rocky Moriana Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Kim H. Ornitz .... sound mixer
Randy Vandegrift .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Greg Landerer .... special effects
Eric Rylander .... assistant special effects
Rick Avery .... stunts
Alonzo Brown .... stunts
Hal Burton .... stunts
Eric Chambers .... stunts (as Eric Norman)
Erik Cord .... stunts
Jon H. Epstein .... stunts
Beau Gibson .... stunts
Melvin Jones .... stunts
Ray Lykins .... stunts
Sharon Madigan .... stunts
Alan Marcus .... stunts
Diane Peterson .... stunts
Don Pike .... stunt coordinator
Gary Pike .... stunts
Karen Price .... stunts
Spiro Razatos .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts
John Sherrod .... stunts
Charlie Skeen .... stunts
Alex Stevens .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Antczak .... first camera assistant
John Buckley .... gaffer
David J. Butkovich .... key grip (as David Butkivich)
Paul A. Edwards .... camera operator (as Paul Edwards)
Paul A. Edwards .... director of photography: second unit (as Paul Edwards)
Rudy M. Fenenga Jr. .... first camera assistant: second unit (as Rudy Fenenga)
Bruce Alan Greene .... steadicam operator
Jennifer Griffiths .... still photographer
Richard Groetchen .... best boy dolly (as Dick Groetchen)
Greg Landerer .... best boy
Larry Lapointe .... electrician
Brian McLaughlin .... still photographer
Gregory Peters .... best boy
Gregory Peters .... electrician
Karyn Wagner .... second camera assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Harold Crawford .... costumer: men
Violet Faison .... costumer: women
Editorial Department
Carl Graham .... associate editor
Harry Hitner .... assistant editor
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative cutter
Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... supervising music editor
Jeff Charbonneau .... music editor
Richard Cox .... composer: additional music
Lenard Jackson .... music engineer
Seth Kaplan .... music supervisor
Derek Power .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Todd Adair .... driver
Jerry Gordon .... driver
Roger Hanna .... driver
Bruce Holland .... driver
Darwin Joston .... driver captain
Gary Littlefield .... transportation coordinator
Steve Mann .... driver
Wayne Nelson .... driver
Bob Reidel .... driver
Mark Scruton .... consultant: picture cars
Shawn Solomon .... consultant: picture cars
Other crew
Mac Baker .... police
Maxine Bergen .... script supervisor
Alonzo Brown .... security officer
Jamie Buckley .... key production assistant
William Chapman .... production coordinator
Lindsay Dunlap .... assistant to location manager
Liz Fernandez .... first aid
Marita Grabiak .... script supervisor
Glen Hauser .... production assistant
Laurie Hindenach .... assistant to director
Astrid Johnson .... craft service
Michael Locke .... production assistant
Jack Lyons .... unit publicist
Phill Norman .... title designer
Dante Pasqualucci .... assistant accountant
Cynthia Quan .... production accountant
Wendy Scruton .... production secretary
Randall Thomas .... choreographer
Tim Wienckowski .... police
David L. Wolfson .... location manager

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Dylan McDermott auditioned for the role of Winston Connelly.See more »
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A great 'lose yourself' movie. Makes you wonder!, 12 January 2004
Author: C a ® l from Manchester, U.K

Being that this is my first ever review it is strange that I've picked this particular little 80's treasure!

Now, Keanu Reeves. Not many people rate him as an actor. That much is clear by reading some of the other reviews of this movie (and others of his). Early in his career he starred in this movie about a regular 'geeky' guy who wants the cream of the crop. Miss-High-School-Cheer-Leader-Drop-Dead-Gorgeous-Thing!

Well, he manages to somehow get her on a date. In fact he gets her to go the prom! (No spoilers)

He wakes up in a strange place. Doesn't know what's going on and that's this movie's premise. He wakes up in a dead end place. His date GONE. Keys to a car that's no longer there... He has to find out where his date went? THEN find out why he sold her! And then find the Pimp he sold her to!? Now if that don't make you want to buy/rent this film I don't know what will!

This flick is really great guys honestly. Check it out! It's also a very dark kinda movie in places. Strange and weird. Well directed. Be sure to check out Lori Loughlin. She is truly gorgeous in this film! And Keanu is FUNNY!!!

"Let me tell you a little something' about Tito... The man... is DUMB!" - classic.

Watch it and/or pray it comes available on DVD/Blu Ray in USA or UK!!

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