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A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier.

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Lane Meyer
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Al Meyer
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Jenny Meyer
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Johnny Gasparini
Scooter Stevens ...
Badger Meyer
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Monique Junet
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Mrs. Smith
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Ricky Smith (as Daniel Schneider)
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Yee Sook Ree
Brian Imada ...
Chen Ree
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Rocko
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Beth Truss
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Charles De Mar
Aaron Dozier ...
Roy Stalin
Frank Burt Avalon ...
Roy's Ski Buddy #1
Joe W. Davis ...
Roy's Ski Buddy #2 (as J. Warren David)
Peter Ellenstein ...
Roy's Ski Buddy #3
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Mr. Kerber
Edward Mehler ...
Buster
Thomas Rollerson ...
Roller Skater
Toby Iland ...
Nerd #1
Jonathan Charles Fox ...
Nerd #2 (as Jonathon Charles Fox)
Darren Harris ...
Nerd #3
Randy Stoklos ...
Jock #1
Sam High ...
Jock #2
David Vaughn ...
Jock #3
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Chris Cummins
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Tree Trimmer
Stuart K. Robinson ...
Tree Trimmer's Helper
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Mailman
Rima Lyn ...
Joanne Greenwald (as Rima Delane)
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Elizabeth Daily
Ron Anello ...
The Band
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The Band
Jude Cole ...
The Band
Robert Gianette ...
The Band
Angie Rubin ...
Backup Singer
Yano Anaya ...
Paperboy
Joey Tushnet ...
Paperboy
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Paperboy
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Smitty
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Additional Voices (voice)
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Catherine Fitz ...
Student (uncredited)
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Student (uncredited)

Directed by

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Savage Steve Holland

Written by

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Savage Steve Holland ... (written by)

Produced by

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Gil Friesen ... executive producer
Michael Jaffe ... producer
Andrew Meyer ... executive producer
William Strom ... associate producer

Music by

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Rupert Hine

Cinematography by

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Isidore Mankofsky

Film Editing by

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Alan Balsam

Editorial Department

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William Fletcher ... apprentice editor
Nancy Forner ... associate editor
Susanne Gervay ... negative cutter (as Susanne Garvay)
Patrick Magee ... assistant editor (as Patrick W. Magee)

Casting By

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Caro Jones

Production Design by

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Herman F. Zimmerman ... (as Herman Zimmerman)

Set Decoration by

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Gary Moreno

Costume Design by

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Brad R. Loman ... (as Brad Loman)
David Roester

Makeup Department

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James R. Scribner ... makeup artist (as Jim Scribner)
Georgina Williams ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Jack Clements ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Yudi Bennett ... first assistant director
Jann Dutmer ... second assistant director
Fred Lerner ... second unit director
Scott Printz ... dga trainee

Art Department

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Rich Cline ... swing gang (as Richard Cline)
Tom J. Furginson ... swing gang (as Thomas Furginson)
Art Lipschultz ... property master
Bill McLaughlin ... leadman (as Bill McLaughlin Jr.)
Bud Peifer Jr. ... assistant property master

Sound Department

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Bud Alper ... sound mixer
Gene Ashbrook ... boom operator
Kevin Durst ... sound effects editor
William Hooper ... supervising sound editor (as Bill Hooper)
Don MacDougall ... re-recording mixer
John L. Mack ... re-recording mixer
Richard Tyler ... re-recording mixer
Dick Vandenberg ... sound effects editor
Earl Watson ... sound effects editor
Cary Weitz ... cable operator
Bill Young ... sound effects editor
Bill Henderson ... sound re-recording engineer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Roy L. Downey ... special effects (as Roy Downey)

Visual Effects by

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William Reilly ... motion control technician
Hoyt Yeatman ... special optical effects: DQI (uncredited)

Stunts

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Frank Beddor ... stunts
Sandy Berumen ... stunts
Cheré Bryson ... stunts
Hank Calia ... stunts
Jean Coulter ... stunts (as Jeannie Coulter)
Greg Wayne Elam ... stunts
George Fisher ... stunts
Bill Hart ... stunts
Keith Harvey ... stunts
Kent Hays ... stunts
Johnny Hock ... stunts (as John Hock)
Jeff Jensen ... stunts
Wayne King ... stunts
A. Michael Lerner ... stunts (as Allen Michael Lerner)
Fred Lerner ... stunt coordinator
Bill McIntosh ... stunts
Faith Minton ... stunts
Tom Morga ... stunts
Harvey Parry ... stunts
Wally Rose ... stunts
Debby Lynn Ross ... stunts
Tanya Russell ... stunts
Sharon Schaffer ... stunts
Rick Seaman ... stunts
Peter Stader ... stunts
Neil Summers ... stunts
Dick Warlock ... stunts
Mark Yerkes ... stunts
Jim Dunn ... ski double: John Cusack (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Malcolm Brown ... first assistant camera (as Malcom Brown)
Jim Dunford ... dolly grip
Albert Fitch ... electrician
Jan Gould ... grip
Frederick Hamm ... second assistant camera
Frank M. Holgate ... photographer: second unit (as Frank Holgate)
David Jarrell ... best boy
Jake Jarrell ... gaffer
Tom Kessenich ... key grip
Greg Langham ... electrician
Rick Neff ... camera operator
Fred Sabine ... still photographer
Mark Stanley ... second key grip
Russell Wooley ... best boy

Animation Department

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Bill Kopp ... animator: cartoon animation
Jimmy Picker ... animator: "Burger & Fries" animation

Casting Department

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Robert Lansing Parker ... extras casting: Los Angeles (as Lansing Parker)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Marcy Lavender ... costume supervisor
David Roesler ... costumer

Location Management

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Huw Davies ... location manager

Music Department

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David Anderle ... music supervisor
Rupert Hine ... music producer
Ted Roberts ... music editor
Tom Boyd ... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Stan Jones ... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Stephen W. Tayler ... music mixer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Robert Elsey ... transportation captain
Donald Haflich ... transportation captain
David Jernigan ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Kristin Bundesen ... production assistant
Kristin Burleson ... production assistant
John Byl ... craft service
Stan Cohen ... caterer (as Stanley Cohen)
Curtis Collins ... production assistant (as Curt Collins)
Merle L. Jackson ... production coordinator (as Merle Jackson)
Audrey Kennedy ... assistant to producer
Shelley Kirkwood ... unit publicist
Maria Lease ... script supervisor (as Maria Cady)
Mike Marvin ... producer: skiing sequences
Dona Williams ... production accountant
Isabell Yale ... first aid
David E. Van Houten ... publicity designer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

The teenager Lane Meyer has a crush on his girlfriend Beth Truss. When Beth dumps him to stay with the successful skier Roy Stalin, Lane is depressed and decides to commit suicide. However he gives up and tries to improve his skill of skier to ski the dangerous K12 slope to impress Beth. Meanwhile his neighbor Mrs. Smith receives the exchange French student Monique Junot and her fat son Ricky Smith considers Monique his girlfriend; however, Monique has an unrequited crush on Lane that does not note her. When Lane stumbles upon Monique in a high-school party, he befriends her. The upset Lane challenges Roy in a competition on the K12 slope but then he regrets. However Monique is a great mechanic and skier, and fix Lane's Camaro and teaches him how to ski the K12 slope. What will happen to Lane? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Keywords
Taglines Insanity doesn't run in the family, it gallops. See more »
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Also Known As
  • One Way Love (United States)
  • Better Off Dead (United States)
  • Gagner ou mourir (France)
  • Lanny dreht auf (Germany)
  • Más vale muerto (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 97 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $56,371, 25 Aug 1985

Did You Know?

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Trivia According to Savage Steve Holland, the film is mostly autobiographical. Holland really was suicidal when his high school girlfriend left him for captain of the ski team. Also, he really did have a paperboy named Johnny Gasparini who would harass him for two dollars. According to Holland, when the film came out, the ex-girlfriend contacted him to apologize. See more »
Goofs During the final ski race, the sun alternates back and forth between midday, late day, and completely overcast in the span of less than 10 minutes. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Better Off Dead/The Journey of Natty Gann/Commando (1985). See more »
Soundtracks Breakin' Up Is Hard To Do See more »
Crazy Credits The last line of the credits reads The film's over... you can go now. See more »
Quotes Charles De Mar: I've been going to this high school for seven and a half years. I'm no dummy. I know high school girls.
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