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Secret Admirer (1985)

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An anonymous love letter left in Michael's locker on the last day of school wreaks havoc on his life and the lives of everyone who come in contact with it.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
C. Thomas Howell ... Michael Ryan
Lori Loughlin ... Toni
Kelly Preston ... Deborah Anne Fimple
Dee Wallace ... Connie Ryan (as Dee Wallace Stone)
Cliff De Young ... George Ryan (as Cliff DeYoung)
Leigh Taylor-Young ... Elizabeth Fimple
Fred Ward ... Lou Fimple
Casey Siemaszko ... Roger Despard
Geoffrey Blake ... Ricardo
Rodney Pearson Rodney Pearson ... Kirkpatrick
Courtney Gains ... Doug
J.J. Cohen ... Barry
Scott McGinnis ... Steve Powers
Corey Haim ... Jeff (as Cory Haim)
Michael Menzies Michael Menzies ... Mr. Simpson
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Storyline

On the last day before summer vacations Michael receives a glowing, but anonymous, love-letter. He suspects, or better: hopes, it's from Deborah, the girl he's after since a while, but who dates college students only. However she shows him a cold shoulder again. So his and her best friend Toni advises him to write her an anonymous letter in return. However these letters get in the wrong hands and cause lots of confusion in their families, until it's revealed, who wrote which letter to whom. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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1980s | 80s | love | lover | chain | See All (84) »

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She's hot for you and you haven't got a clue . . . See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Letter See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$8,622,757
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Orion Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

C. Thomas Howell did all of his stunts in this movie (i.e. jumping fences). See more »

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On the boat, Toni's purse alternates between being on and off her shoulder, in the final shot she throws it off and jumps in the water. See more »

Quotes

Toni: [shouting through drive-through speaker] Did you tell your friends I boffed your brains out in your van?
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Deep End
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Wonderful teen comedy
15 November 2004 | by intervalkidSee all my reviews

I saw this first when it came out,I was about ten. I watched it again last night. I loved it then and I love it now. The dialogue acting and plot are really good. The characters are all great and fun as well. I noticed the difference between this movie and "teen comedies" made now and it goes like this. Secret Admirer contained, more subtle thoughtful character based humour, characters with a little more chaste morality (even Kelly's jerk jock boyfriend Steve didn't want to cheat), no sluts, plenty of foul language, diverse scene locations, and more intelligent dialogue and plot twists. I liked the characters a lot and the music by Jan Hammer was fantastic and memorable, which makes sense, since Jan Hammer is a bad S.O.B (just listen to Mahavishnu Orchestra and you will know that). I remember that when I was ten I thought that Kelly preston had the greatest breast, and I was right! I still found the movie just as funny as I did then and found the innocence of the characters endearing, in fact I found every scene memorable. Thomas Howell played the party guy in love to a T. Seeing Corey Haim as his little brother made me sad when I think what happened to the poor guy, he was great, very charismatic! You would have thought he had a great future. Bastard drugs! Anyway the humor is constant even at the end when it seems to be getting serious you get a trippy break when Mike asks for directions.

A joy of a film. 10/10.


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