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Grandview, U.S.A. (1984)

R | | Drama | 3 August 1984 (USA)
With only a week left before graduation, a young dreamer itches to renounce an uninspiring scholarship, stand up to his despotic father and pursue a career in oceanography. But, has anyone ever spread his wings away from Grandview, U.S.A.?


Randal Kleiser


Ken Hixon




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Michelle 'Mike' Cody
C. Thomas Howell ... Tim Pearson
Patrick Swayze ... Ernie 'Slam' Webster
Troy Donahue ... Donny Vinton
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Candy Webster
William Windom ... Bob Cody
Carole Cook ... Betty Welles
M. Emmet Walsh ... Mr. Clark
Ramon Bieri ... Mr. Pearson
Elizabeth Gorcey Elizabeth Gorcey ... Bonnie Clark
John Philbin ... Cowboy
John Cusack ... Johnny Maine
Joan Cusack ... Mary
Camilla Hawk Camilla Hawk ... Mrs. Pearson
Melissa Domke Melissa Domke ... Susan Pearson


With only a week left before he graduates high school in the small Middle Western community of Grandview, the eighteen-year-old dreamer, Tim Pearson, is itching to renounce an uninspiring scholarship, stand up to his despotic father and pursue a career in oceanography, away from home. However, before long, an unexpected meeting with the struggling 27-year-old owner of the town's demolition derby track on the other side of the tracks, Michelle "Mike" Cody, and the Speedrome's king, Ernie "Slam" Webster, will bring Tim one step closer not only to his aspirations but also love. But, has anyone ever spread his wings away from Grandview, U.S.A.? Written by Nick Riganas

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Lives meet. Hearts crush. See more »




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Did You Know?


Kevin Costner was offered the role of Tim Pearson. See more »


When Mike gives Tim the "big thermometer" outside of the bank, Tim's hairstyle changes several times. See more »


Ernie 'Slam' Webster: Where you going?
Candy Webster: I told you.
Ernie 'Slam' Webster: Told me what?
Candy Webster: I'm going marketing, honey.
Ernie 'Slam' Webster: Dressed like that?
Candy Webster: Well, I was gonna go naked but my ass sticks to the car seat! Bye, honey...
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Referenced in Bottle Up (2015) See more »


Take Me Home To Grandview, U.S.A.
Written and Produced by Graham Russell
Performed by Air Supply
Courtesy of Arista Records
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Intriguing somewhat, but not a grand view
22 August 2017 | by videorama-759-859391See all my reviews

This is a troubling movie to review. It's neither not good. More good pass the time movie fare in the world of ordinary, although you do get caught up in the characters and their hardships, problems, aspirations, mistakes, etc. It's well acted by all, and if you're a C Thomas Howell fan, like me, it's a plus, although like Soul Man, here, I didn't buy that Oceanography was his passion, a similar study to what the late Paul Walker did, him choosing marine biology. Anyhow, he gets caught up in an affair with an older woman, the always capable and talented Jamie Lee Curtis. Her best friend and ex lover (the late Swayze) a car derby driver who revels in his profession, is now going out with a trashy, but delicious looking sort (Jennifer Jason Leigh, in one of the film's standout and memorable performances) who's doing others, besides him. It is fun watching Swayze, get angry and go ballistic, and just watch what happens, when provoked. The film has an average script, and less so plot, but one feels the movie is not built around that. It only has video appeal. It'd bomb at the cinema. If you disregard that, and just live through the characters here, you'll come off okay, while a plus, is being a Christopher Howell fan. Another asset is two dream sequences, one featuring Howell in a choreographed dancing number in front of a locomotive, surrounding by an entourage of beauties and studs, where the prize inside the carriage is Jamie Lee Curtis who I myself, has never found this horror icon, attractive. Also an intimate lovemaking scene, on the derby ground, between the more mature Curtis and younger gent, Howell, in a brake locked car, which executes a perfect donut. An enjoyable time passer with memorable moments, and characters, but don't look higher than that. Here too, before Soul Man, Howell takes one in the gulliver.

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Release Date:

3 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grandview, U.S.A. See more »

Filming Locations:

Fairbury, Illinois, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,194,293, 5 August 1984

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CBS Theatrical Films See more »
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1.85 : 1
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