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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.?

Director:

Randal Kleiser

Writer:

Ken Hixon
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Cast

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 Maine
Camilla Hawk Camilla Hawk ... Mrs. Pearson
Melissa Domke Melissa Domke ... Susan Pearson
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Storyline

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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Where dreams have a funny way of coming true. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Speedway Trio See more »

Filming Locations:

Fairbury, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,194,293, 5 August 1984

Gross USA:

$4,743,119
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While filming in Pontiac, Illinois, the night the demolition derby scene was shot was very cold. Since it was supposed to be summertime, the extras hired to sit in the grandstand were dressed in shorts and shirts. To stay warm, they would bundle up in coats and hats and just before the camera would roll, they would throw off the coats and sit on them. See more »

Goofs

During the dream scene, while walking with his parents, the shadow of a boom mic is visible on the ground toward the left side of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Tim Pearson: [Tim is riding in the tow truck with Slam cause Slam is towing Tim's dad's Cadillac] Man, I feel so stupid.
Ernie 'Slam' Webster: Boy, you just discover the oldest sexual position in the book.
Tim Pearson: What?
Ernie 'Slam' Webster: The Foolish position.
Ernie 'Slam' Webster: [Slam pulls the tow truck to a bowling alley and says to Tim] You just got to remember, your brains are between your ears and not your legs.
Mickey: [Mickey, the bowling alley owner comes out of the alley and Talks to Slam, he also notices Tim with the mud on him] Slam, things are a little rough out at the ...
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Der Kommissar
Written by Robert Ponger (as Roger Ponger) and Falco
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A common American story!
20 August 2018 | by rodrig58See all my reviews

I wanted to see this because of the presence of Jennifer Jason Leigh in the cast. But, she has a very small role. Anyway, she's the best of the whole movie. The others are not bad, but not extraordinary either: Jamie Lee Curtis, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze.


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