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No Small Affair (1984)

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The 16 years old amateur photographer Charles accidentally takes a photo of Laura - and falls in love with her, when he develops the picture. He finds out that she works as singer in a bar,... See full summary »

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Jerry Schatzberg

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Craig Bolotin (story) (as Charles Bolt), Craig Bolotin (screenplay) (as Charles Bolt) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Cryer ... Charles Cummings
Demi Moore ... Laura Victor
George Wendt ... Jake
Peter Frechette ... Leonard
Elizabeth Daily ... Susan
Ann Wedgeworth ... Joan Cummings
Jeffrey Tambor ... Ken
Tim Robbins ... Nelson
Hamilton Camp ... Gus Sosnowski
Scott Getlin Scott Getlin ... Scott
Judith Baldwin ... Stephanie (as Judy Baldwin)
Jennifer Tilly ... Mona
Kene Holiday ... Walt Cronin (as Kene Holliday)
Thomas Adams Thomas Adams ... Waiter
Myles Berkowitz ... John
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Storyline

The 16 years old amateur photographer Charles accidentally takes a photo of Laura - and falls in love with her, when he develops the picture. He finds out that she works as singer in a bar, but is about to be thrown out. Although rejected at first by the 23 years old, he wants to help her and starts an ad campaign behind her back... with unexpected results. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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He's 16. She's 22. All he wanted was her picture. What he got was... no small affair. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor en foco See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,273,469, 11 November 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,994,094
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Delphi II Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The amount of money that Charles Cummings (Jon Cryer) invested to kick-start the career of Laura Victor (Demi Moore) was US $6000. See more »

Quotes

Charles Cummings: Someone said "If you stand in one spot long enough, the whole world will pass by." I don't know who said that, but he's an idiot.
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Referenced in Too Scared to Scream (1984) See more »

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Kitsch 80's film that never ceases to charm me!
13 February 2006 | by dannyfitzukSee all my reviews

I've seen this film about five times now and I never cease to be delighted by its charms.

Where do I start? Firstly Jon Cryer is truly excellent as the precocious adolescent amateur photographer who spouts sophisticated adult dialogue but is really naive on the romantic front. The way he blushes at the right moment is very credible. He plays the blushing virgin with gusto - we don't doubt for a moment that he's never had sex or kissed a girl.

Firstly I must admit here to being a major fan of Demi Moore's films in the 80's. I've seen all of them from that period and I adore the characters she plays - Moore is what I call 'value added'. Whatever role she plays she brings something special, whether it is a brilliant range in temperament, downcast eyes, the husky voice, the tearful eyes the shiny hair. Most Hollywood actresses can't manage this, but Demi manages to be the girl next door and screen siren all in one.

Anyway she plays this aspiring niteclub singer with bad taste in 80's clothes and even worse taste in music. To her credit she doesn't sing any of the songs as they were recorded by other people, so she just lip syncs along quite nicely. That song 'Hotheaded' is actually quite catchy in that Michael Bolton, Bar 'rawk' sort of way. Overall her character, Laura Victor comes over as a really likable human being. And the final scene at the airport is truly touching. Moore's says two simple words 'thank you' and we know she means it.

Another to reason to love this film is that it was filmed entirely on location in San Francisco, and studio interiors are very few and far in between. Most of the shots are on real locations which adds to the movie's overall charm. This combined with the corny dialogue: that scene where she barges into the High School language laboratory dressed in a coctail waitress (read hooker!) outfit in very high heels and pulls Cryer out of the language lab is really funny - especially when she says "F*** Off ez Vous" to the French teacher.

Some of the scenes are chauvinistic, including the one with frat boys and the hired hooker - which really doesn't have any relevance to the overall plot. And I agree with a previous poster who says that Cryer's on screen mother is one of the most irritating characters to appear in movies. That line about the sausage of Cryer's brother going cold is truly risible. When I watch this film I try very hard to ignore the flaws!

This is corny, cheesy and highly entertaining. It really captures the spirit of the 80's. I'll never stop watching it - I love it.

Bonus: watch out for Jennifer Tilly and Tim Robbins in bit parts playing Cryer's classmates. Robbins was 28 when he played this role. Teenage high school student he ain't! But it's still good to see him in this. Also the very catchy song 'Eiffel Tower' by Malcolm McClaren and the McClarenettes.

Moore wears some wacky clothes and has that 80's penchant for long evening gloves with hundreds of bangles, very Material Girl! I love that cabin on the boardwalk apartment she lives in while working at Jakes's as a singer. Very bohemian, very cool, very 1984!


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