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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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Comedy | Romance | Sport


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First theatrical feature film of actor Tony Randall since Woody Allen's Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972), which was an interval of around eight years, according to an article by Tom Buckley published in the 12th January 1979 edition of 'The New York Times'. Randall had though appeared uncredited in a minor role in The All-American Boy (1973) and also appeared in two other cinema movies which were made and first released around the time of Foolin' Around (1980) which were Scavenger Hunt (1979) and The Gong Show Movie (1980). During this hiatus, Randall regularly worked in television, mainly on The Odd Couple (1970) and The Tony Randall Show (1976). See more »


Daggett: 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 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: 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 »


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On My List of Top 50
28 January 2002 | by moviefan-55See all my reviews

This movie is an enjoyable experience from start to finish. Two all time great comedic moments in movie history are in this jewell. Tony Randall steals the show with his portrayal of Cloris Leachman's butler at the engagement party and Busey's thinking out loud comments on answering questions while he has has been summoned to fix an air conditioning problem.

The movie has it all... a little romance, a little comedy, great character development, good acting, but most of all, a great script.

The editing is above average, good locations and even the chase scene at the end has its thrills. Look for William H. Macy in the beginning.

Why can't Hollywood make more movies like this one?

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19 December 1980 (South Korea) See more »

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