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The Buddy System (1984)

A quiet school truant officer, Joe, uncovers a young boy's attempt to fake a residential address, and subsequently gets involved romantically with the boy's mother. The truant officer ... See full summary »

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Glenn Jordan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Joe
Susan Sarandon ... Emily
Nancy Allen ... Carrie
Jean Stapleton ... Mrs. Price
Wil Wheaton ... Tim
Edward Winter ... Jim Parks
Keene Curtis ... Dr. Knitz
Tom Lacy Tom Lacy ... The Man Who Gives Emily the Test
Lee Weaver ... Ray
Carolyn Coates Carolyn Coates ... Teacher
Milton Selzer ... Landlord
Todd Everett Todd Everett ... Frank
F. William Parker ... Lawyer
Bianca Taylor Bianca Taylor ... Woman Customer (as Bianca Ferguson)
Lew Horn Lew Horn ... Pet Shop Owner
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Storyline

A quiet school truant officer, Joe, uncovers a young boy's attempt to fake a residential address, and subsequently gets involved romantically with the boy's mother. The truant officer waffles between a sadistic relationship with his on-again, off-again girlfriend and the mother. When one of the officer's inventions takes off, he chooses the girl and shatters the friendship with the boy and his mother. Only at the last possible moment does he figure out what he's sacrificed, and attempts to get it back. Written by Cheryl Pickard <cpickard@interaccess.com>

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Drama | Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Life Upside Down See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$524,672, 22 January 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,820,049
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The film was never shown theatrically in the UK when first released & went straight to video. See more »

Goofs

while Joe, Emily and Tim were having a toast to celebrate the sale of the "dog wash", Emily's glass of liquid raised and lowered twice. Not a lot but noticeable. See more »

Quotes

Carrie: How would you feel if I wanted to know every little thing about you?
Joe: I'd feel loved.
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Soundtracks

Here's That Sunny Day
Lyrics by Will Jennings
Music by Patrick Williams
Performed by Gladys Knight & The Pips
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Nice movie starring several "earlier selves"
12 October 2002 | by budikavlanSee all my reviews

This was a cute little love story starring Richard Dreyfuss before he became pompous, Susan Sarandon before she became sexy, and Wil Wheaton before he became utterly insufferable. The love is more a familial kind of thing; Dreyfuss and Sarandon never really generate much romantic "heat," but the family connection that Joe develops with Emily and Tim is really nice. Jean Stapleton comes off (appropriately) as really chilly in this, a good performance that reminds one what a terrific performance Edith Bunker always was. For once, Nancy Allen doesn't stink up the joint like she usually does, because her shallow airheaded character seems fairly close to her real personality. This is one of those forgotten movies that turn up occasionally on Saturday afternoon TV, but it's a nice 2 hour diversion.


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