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Writer (WGA):
Cameron Crowe (written by)
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Release Date:
14 April 1989 (USA) See more »
To know Lloyd Dobler is to love him. Diane Court is about to know Lloyd Dobler. See more »
A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Cusack ... Lloyd Dobler

Ione Skye ... Diane Court

John Mahoney ... James Court

Lili Taylor ... Corey Flood
Amy Brooks ... D.C.

Pamela Adlon ... Rebecca (as Pamela Segall)
Jason Gould ... Mike Cameron

Loren Dean ... Joe

Glenn Walker Harris Jr. ... Jason Dobler
Charles Walker ... Principal
Russel Lunday ... Parent
Polly Platt ... Mrs. Flood
Gloria Cromwell ... Ruth

Jeremy Piven ... Mark
Patrick O'Neill ... Denny

Gregory Sporleder ... Howard
Johnny Green ... Luke (as John Green Jr.)

Bebe Neuwirth ... Mrs. Evans

Eric Stoltz ... Vahlere

Kim Walker ... Sheila

Chynna Phillips ... Mimi
Allison Roth ... Tammy
Lisanne Falk ... Sandra
Jonathan Chapin ... Guy #1
Donald Willis ... Guy #2
Arlan Feiles ... Guy #3
Chris Ziesmer ... Guy #4 (as Christopher Ziesmer)
John Bruner ... Guy #5

Billy Stevenson ... Partier (as Bill Stevenson)

Jaime Gomez ... Partier (as Jaime P. Gomez)

Judy Prescott ... Partier
Brooke Holland ... Partier

Lisa Picotte ... Girl #1
Sunshine Lee ... Girl #2
Mindy Feldman ... Girl #3

Jim Ladd ... D.J. (voice)
Montrose Hagins ... Bess
Kathryn Fuller ... Eva
Lenore Woodward ... Sabina
Edward A. Wright ... Mr. Taylor

Joanna Frank ... Mrs. Kerwin
Jay R. Goldenberg ... Al Kerwin

Richard Portnow ... IRS Agent Stewart
Stephen Shortridge ... Ray
Katie Layman ... Saleswoman (as Kathleen Layman)
Tom Lawrence ... Shop Customer
Annie Waterman ... IRS Secretary

Philip Baker Hall ... IRS Boss
Jerry Ziesmer ... U.S. Attorney

John Hillner ... Court's Attorney

Don 'The Dragon' Wilson ... Sparring Partner
Nicholas Kallsen ... Nose-Setter
Thomas A. Payne ... Man in Kickboxing Doorway (as Thomas Payne)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dan Castellaneta ... Diane's Teacher (uncredited)

Lois Chiles ... Diane's Mother (uncredited)
Alice Marie Crowe ... Teacher at Graduation (uncredited)

Joan Cusack ... Constance Dobler (uncredited)
Reynaldo Silva ... High School Senior at Graduration (uncredited)

Directed by
Cameron Crowe 
Writing credits
Cameron Crowe (written by)

Produced by
James L. Brooks .... executive producer
Paul Germain .... associate producer
Richard Marks .... co-producer
Polly Platt .... producer
Original Music by
Anne Dudley 
Richard Gibbs 
Cinematography by
László Kovács  (as Laszlo Kovacs)
Film Editing by
Richard Marks 
Casting by
Randy Stone 
Production Design by
Mark W. Mansbridge  (as Mark Mansbridge)
Set Decoration by
Joe D. Mitchell  (as Joe Mitchell)
Costume Design by
Jane Ruhm 
Makeup Department
Judith A. Cory .... hair stylist (as Judy Alexander Cory)
Carolyn Ferguson .... hair stylist
Cheri Minns .... makeup department head
Production Management
Herb Adelman .... unit production manager: Seattle
Jack Roe .... unit production manager
Richard Sakai .... executive in charge of production: Gracie Films
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herb Adelman .... first assistant director: Seattle
Bryan Denegal .... second assistant director
Lynda Gilman .... second assistant director: Seattle
Vicki Jackson-Lemay .... second assistant director (as Vicki Jackson Lemay)
Jerry Ziesmer .... first assistant director
Art Department
Scott M. Anderson .... assistant property master (as Scott Anderson)
Barry Bedig .... property master
Richard Beyer .... sculptor
Steve Callas .... propmaker (as Steve Kallas)
Bruce Crone .... assistant art director
Karen Lee Holley .... lead person (as Karen Holley)
Robert Lindsey .... construction foreman
Edward Piwowarski .... labor foreman (as Ed Piwowarski)
Paul S. Power .... illustrator (as Paul Power)
Butch West .... construction foreman
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott Austin .... sound re-recordist
Terry Burke .... foley walker
Bill Burns .... foley walker (as William M. Burns)
Nancy Cipes .... assistant sound editor
Jacqueline Cristianini .... sound editor
Joe Dorn .... foley editor
Dennis Drummond .... sound editor
Patrick Drummond .... supervising sound editor
Julie Feiner .... assistant sound editor
Sukey Fontelieu .... sound editor
Joan Giammarco .... sound editor
Aaron Glascock .... assistant sound editor
Margaret Goodspeed .... assistant sound editor
Doug Hemphill .... sound re-recording mixer (as D.M. Hemphill)
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Nicholas Vincent Korda .... supervising adr editor (as Nicholas Korda)
Stephanie Lowry .... additional assistant sound editor (as Stephanie Ng)
Susan Mazzei .... assistant sound editor
Thomas A. Payne .... cable person (as Thomas Payne)
Art Rochester .... production sound mixer
Douglas J. Schulman .... boom operator (as Doug Schulman)
John Shouse .... adr editor
Frank Smathers .... dialogue editor
Frank Smathers .... sound editor (as Frank T. Smathers)
J.D. Ward .... sound re-recordist
Linda Whittlesey .... sound editor
Ed Golya .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer (as Richmond Aguilar)
Neil Bestwick .... best boy electric: Seattle
Paul Caven .... best boy electric
David Christie .... best boy grip
Curtis Foster .... best boy electric
Michael Gershman .... camera operator
Donald L. Hartley .... dolly grip (as Donald Hartley)
Al Hisky .... best boy grip: Seattle
Gene Kearney .... key grip
Gemma La Mana .... still photographer (as Gemma Lamana)
Peter McEvoy .... second assistant camera
Bob Munoz .... best boy grip
Joseph E. Thibo .... first assistant camera (as Joe Thibo)
Rick Tucker .... company grip
Casting Department
Sharon Bialy .... casting consultant
Patti Carns Kalles .... casting: Seattle (as Patti Calles)
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Richard Pagano .... casting consultant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Valerie Laven-Cooper .... ladies costume supervisor
Michael Lynn .... wardrobe: men
Carlane Passman .... costumer
Stephen P. Shubin .... costumer (as Steven P. Shubin)
Fran Vega-Buck .... wardrobe: women (as Frances Vega)
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Margaret Guinee .... apprentice editor
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Stephanie Lowry .... additional assistant editor (as Stephanie Ng)
Mark Nakamine .... colorist (digital color correction)
Karen I. Stern .... associate editor
Music Department
Margaret Adachi .... assistant music editor
Danny Bramson .... music supervisor
Stewart Dixon .... music coordinator (as Stew 'Babe' Dixon)
George Doering .... musician
Philip Giffin .... orchestrator
Carlton Kaller .... music editor
Peter McCabe .... music coordinator (as Peter P.D. McCabe)
Robert Schaper .... score mixer (as Bob Schaper)
Lonnie Sill .... music supervisor
Gabe Veltri .... score mixer
Nancy Wilson .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Fritz Braden .... transportation coordinator
Jon McCarthy .... transportation captain: Seattle (as John McCarthy)
James Nordberg .... transportation
Mike Paventi .... transportation captain
Rick Wiley .... shotmaker driver: Seattle
Other crew
Tom Adams .... craft service: Seattle
Karyn Alexander .... production assistant
Vicky Berglund-Davenport .... location manager: Seattle (as Vicki Berglund)
Diane Brooks .... production associate
Bud Brown .... auditor
Kathie Broyles .... title designer
Eric Chard .... production assistant: Seattle
Kelly Curtis .... researcher
David Gilmore .... production assistant: Seattle
Robert Gordon .... assistant auditor (as Bob Gordon)
Clay A. Griffith .... executive assistant: Cameron Crowe (as Clay Griffith)
Hilbert Hakim .... production assistant
Bela Horvath .... production assistant
Linden Johnson .... assistant auditor
Patty MacDonald .... executive assistant: Mr. Brooks
M. Rutledge McCall .... assistant production coordinator
Mike McCall .... production secretary
Rob McEntegart .... production legal
George Niciforos .... production assistant
Jeffrey A. Okun .... title designer (as Jeff Okun)
Fredell Pogodin .... unit publicist
Ray Quiroz .... script supervisor
Tim Roe .... production assistant
Jeff Russell .... production assistant: Seattle
David Salven Jr. .... location manager
Rick Serva .... production assistant: Seattle
Steve Share .... assistant location manager (as Steven Share)
Eric Stoltz .... production assistant
Paul Sullivan .... auditor: Seattle
Todd Turner .... production assistant
Shelley Wenk .... production assistant: Seattle
Michelle Wright .... production coordinator
Sandi Yunt .... assistant: Ms. Platt
Suzanne Ziesmer .... production assistant
David Davis .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"...Say Anything..." - USA (promotional title)
"Say Anything" - USA (DVD title)
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100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Joan Cusack makes an uncredited appearence in the film as lloyd's sister. Joan and John Cusack are real-life siblings.See more »
Continuity: The key bag at the graduation party alternates in fullness throughout the evening. When it is handed to Lloyd at the beginning of the night, it appears full, and in subsequent shots (which show Lloyd collecting keys) the bag goes from appearing nearly empty to its eventual (and initial) state of being filled.See more »
Lloyd Dobler:Just knowing that a version like that exists, knowing that just for a minute she felt that and wrote "I can't help loving you". That has be a good thing.See more »
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110 out of 124 people found the following review useful.
Romantic Masterpiece, 12 November 2003
Author: saprater from Georgia, United States

I rented this movie solely based on the excellent reviews that it has gotten everywhere. I missed it during its theatrical release (as so many others did) and had the hardest time finding a copy of it at our local video rental stores. Not because it wasn't popular but b/c, according to the clerks, people kept stealing or "losing" their copies...especially around Valentines Day. When I finally got my hands on a copy I was blown away. I had thought this was going to be just another in a long link of Pretty in Pinkish movies with predictable characters and a bad case of puppy love, but what I got was a surprisingly refreshing, unconventional story with a complicated and well-developed emotional depth flawlessly captured by the actors and Cameron Crowe.

And talk about role reversals! I'm so used to seeing the man take the assertive and mature role while courting a woman of limited financial or intellectual means...but in this film it's the girl that's got her future together and the guy who's more than willing to concentrate his attention on making her happy. And Lloyd Dobler isn't just a shiftless man with no future. He's an eternal optimist who lives in the present and recognizes, admires, and compliments the qualities in Diane that go beyond her amazing intellect. She becomes his dare-to-be-great situation and his absolute love and devotion to her is anything but unmanly. The force of it is palatable and immensely erotic without being reduced to cheap teenage lust. The sight of Lloyd in the shadows defiantly blasting out the truth of their love through the boombox is a scene which would have seemed awkward and goofy in any other movie but this one. It's easy to understand why even the critics of the time gave Say Anything two enthusiastic thumbs up. This is one of the few films that really captures the feeling of love.

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