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Grandview, U.S.A. (1984)

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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kevin Costner was offered the role of Tim Pearson. 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

Mr. Pearson: You better straighten out that attitude of yours mister, or you and me are gonna go to the mat!
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Would It Be All Right To Come Back Home
Written and Performed by Rosalie Winkler Karalekas
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Observant touches and crazy-romantic characters more interesting than the plot
20 November 2016 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Tender-but-tough divorcée, the struggling owner of an outdoor demolition derby arena in small town Illinois, is faced with a $10,000 upgrade from the county; one of the commissioners is trying to get her property cheap so he can build a country club on the spot, but is unaware his teenage son has a crush on the older woman, who is also being courted by her star-driver. Surprisingly complicated character-driven film from director Randal Kleiser, he of the hits "Grease" and "The Blue Lagoon". Working from Ken Hixon's mercurial script, Kleiser hands a wonderful role to top-billed Jamie Lee Curtis, who finally gets to show off an appealing range (it's one of her tightest performances). As her underage paramour, C. Thomas Howell is still doing his puppy dog bit (soulful eyes and trembling bottom lip), however Patrick Swayze is terrific as the macho star involved in an all-out war with his cheating wife (Jennifer Jason Leigh, convincing as an unrepentant tramp). Just as good as the younger players is Ramon Bieri as Howell's father; the under-appreciated actor stews in realistic exasperation with his kids, and Kleiser is careful not to mock him (the father's actions aren't fully considered, but we are able to perceive the man's character in Bieri's weary eyes and seasoned face). What doesn't work are the dream sequences/music videos which appear to be included to appeal to the teen market. This isn't another horny boy-meets-older woman hick-comedy, though it was advertised as such. The film has more on its mind than cheap thrills, and the actors seem to relish in their opportunities. **1/2 from ****


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