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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,743,119
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Company Credits

Production Co:

CBS Theatrical Films See more »
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Technical Specs

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

Bonnie Clark: [Tim and Bonnie making love in the back seat of a Cadillac parked on the side of a stream] Oh Tim!
Tim Pearson: Oh Bonnie!
Tim Pearson: Are we moving?
Bonnie Clark: Everything's moving, the whole world is moving.
Tim Pearson: [Tim looks up to see the car is sinking into the stream] Bonnie, the whole car is moving!
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Connections

Referenced in Bottle Up (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Losertown, USA (web)
20 November 2017 | by leplatypusSee all my reviews

This is a strange movie and another spicy relationship from Kleiser coming back from Santorin. Usually, Smalltown, USA is almost paradise and this one says the opposite : it's a pit, faraway of modern life and hard for professional life or romances as every one knows every body ! That was indeed my feeling in my own hometown before leaving for the big city… The movie takes a long time to get settled (while it's only 100 minutes), but it's worth staying because this coming of age story (a theme that has always resonates in me) is about a grad teen having a crush for Jamie Lee ! Sure her occupation is crazy (manager of stunt cars) but in her cowboy clothes or in the teen fantasies as a rock star, she is totally stunning and thus i was really connected with what's happening between them. Swayze was solid as a poor hick unable to save his weeding while Jenny was a big disappointment : she thus plays her unfaithful wife but like the future Tralala from Red Hook, she is too much into teasing and nothing else… As this small town is near Chicago, we have also as bonus, the locals siblings from the area, maybe in their 1st appearance as both sister and brother are still young !


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