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Foolin' Around (1980)

A working-class boy falls for a girl from a wealthy family, and must compete for her with a rich boy who also wants her.


Richard T. Heffron


Michael Kane (as Mike Kane), David Swift





Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Busey ... Wes
Annette O'Toole ... Susan
John Calvin ... Whitley
Eddie Albert ... Daggett
Cloris Leachman ... Samantha
Tony Randall ... Peddicord
Michael Talbott ... Clay
Shirley Kane Shirley Kane ... Aunt Eunice
William H. Macy ... Bronski (as W.H. Macy)
Beth Bosacker Beth Bosacker ... Rickie
Roy Jenson ... Blue
Gene LeBell Gene LeBell ... Paul
Susan Bishop Susan Bishop
Reuben Singer Reuben Singer
Thomas V. Mikkelsen Thomas V. Mikkelsen


College student Wes agrees to be a test subject in a psychological experiment involving shock treatments. The experiment goes wrong, but he and the cute scientist Susan who performed the experiment hit it off right away. Unfortunately, she's already engaged to a sleazy rich guy called Whitley whom her elitist mother adores. Wes and Susan get some help in dealing with the situation from her down-to-earth rich granddad who suspects Whitley is only with Susan for her money.

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You'll laugh 'till you cry! A wildly funny romantic comedy See more »


Comedy | Romance | Sport


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Did You Know?


Sarah Pillsbury, who was the grand-daughter of the matriarch Mrs. Pillsbury, who resided in the 'Southways' Pillsbury mansion, which was featured in the movie, was able to work on the production, assisting the instructing the film's cast and crew how to move and handle the expensive antiques and artworks at the premises, earning herself an "assistant to the producer" credit. See more »


Daggett - a retired tycoon, Susan's grandfather: What... what in the name of high heaven do you know about the construction business? Whitley, uh. tell me, what's a heading bond?
Daggett - a retired tycoon, Susan's grandfather: A heading bond?
Whitley: A heading bond. A heading bond is a, uh...
Wes: [Through the HVAC duct] It's a pattern of brick bonding formed with wood beams set between two trimmers, Whitley. Damn.
Whitley: [laughs] This is... this is some sort of quiz... or joke.
Daggett - a retired tycoon, Susan's grandfather: What's a jackpile?
Whitley: A jackpile... uh... uh
Wes: [Through the HVAC duct] Come on, Whitley.
Whitley: I know that one! I know what that one is!
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Alternate Versions

"Videotape versions of the film are ten minutes shorter" according to the American film guide publication 'Rating the Movies'. See more »


Featured in Vintage Video: Foolin' Around (2020) See more »

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Best movie EVER.
17 February 2004 | by olliegrindSee all my reviews

No other movie has ever been made or will ever be made that can top Foolin' Around. Gary Busey's performance is pure genius. The amount of times someone gets hit in the nuts only leaves you wanting more. "Everytime I get around that guy something goes Haywire"...

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19 December 1980 (South Korea) See more »

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