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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 »
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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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 Wilson ... Sparring Partner (as Don 'The Dragon' Wilson)
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
Location Management
Vicky Berglund-Davenport .... location manager: Seattle (as Vicki Berglund)
David Salven Jr. .... location manager
Steve Share .... assistant location manager (as Steven Share)
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
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
Rick Serva .... production assistant: Seattle
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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  • IVC  digital mastering

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?

Lloyd and Diane's school appears to be based on The Lakeside School, which is a very prestigious Seattle private school. In the movie, the school is called "Lakewood" (and has a rooster mascot, rather than a lion), but in Lloyd's first phone conversation with Diane, John Cusack mentions that at his annual party, Lloyd "dresses up as the Lakeside rooster."See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Lloyd and Diane are walking through the crowd of people at the party, two people are seen arguing. One of them mentions going to summer school but his mouth is saying something differentSee more »
Diane Court:Nobody thinks it will work, do they?
Lloyd Dobler:No. You just described every great success story.
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Keeping The Dream AliveSee more »


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30 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Hard to Place this Movie in any Genre Besides "Good Movie", 26 September 2006
Author: MRavenwood from United States

I've never cared for "teen movies" and this *isn't* one, so don't worry. On the surface, this movie would appear to be about high school, or growing up, or the 'loser' guy dares to get the 'winner' girl. This movie is about truthfulness and it's liberating qualities and also about the price one pays for success or greatness.

Diane Court is the valedictorian and the "most likely to succeed" in her high school. Lloyd Dobler is the well-liked underachiever with good character. Lloyd's low-pressure friends accept Diane at a party and she, at last, gets to let her hair down. This launches a romance that Diane's father disdains.

Always quick to shower her with praise, encouragements, and gifts Diane's father has visions of her earth-shattering success. On her part, Diane is getting a little self-conscious over her father's incessant chatter about what HE wants her to be.

Lloyd's attentions to Diane grow inconvenient to her father perhaps less for his romantic interest, but worse: he's diverting her from her greatness. Simultaneously, Lloyd has no outward indicators of achievement. He lacks direction and can't really say what his next moves are. Diane's father's agitation grows when investigators from the IRS launch a criminal investigation of him.

The acting in this film is so believable you feel like you are in the movie yourself. John Mahoney (the father)makes this role look so easy and his face conveys every emotion so clearly. John Cusack nails this role as the anxious-to-please, smitten teen with a sincere heart. His dialog sounds very natural. Ione Skye is lucky. Not many female rolls for teenage girls are as juicy as this one: no nudity, no ax murderers, and no entering into talent competitions. Additional endorsement: I danced with a naval officer from a nuclear sub to the main theme of this film and he immediately asked me if I had seen this film. We proceeded to have a conversation about how great this film is!

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