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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.

Director:

Richard T. Heffron

Writers:

Michael Kane (as Mike Kane), David Swift
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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This is a picture of... A. A fancy wedding in Stuttgart? B. The _Animal House_ (qv)-_Meatballs_ (qv) class reunion? C. A Big-Man-On-Campus scoring with his chick using the old car-in-the-tree trick? D. None of the above. Answer: FOOLIN' AROUND. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Many movie posters for the film featured a 'Foolin' Around Quiz". It asked: "This is a picture of... A. A fancy wedding in Stuttgart? B. The National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)-Meatballs (1979) class reunion? C. A Big-Man-On-Campus scoring with his chick using the old car-in-the-tree trick? D. None of the above. Answer: FOOLIN' AROUND." See more »

Quotes

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?
[Waits]
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 »

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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Gingerdead Man (2017) See more »

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Hilarious! A comedy/love story that's an all-time favorite of mine.
18 April 2003 | by Lisa-LAMSee all my reviews

I saw this on cable around 1982, and have fondly remembered it ever since. Very funny! My sister and I cracked up the whole time watching the average-Joe, Gary Busey, try to win the love of rich-girl, Annette O'Toole, and the crazy antics involving the butler. The butler (Tony Randall) was so funny in this movie! Unfortunately, it is not currently available on DVD/video. I sure hope it is re-released soon.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1980 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Foolin' Around See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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