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The Sure Thing (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 March 1985 (USA)
Walter Gibson is a university freshman going through a dry spell. His old buddy arranges a "sure thing" for him in California. Gibson and his classmate Allison then take a long road trip out to Cali, and both foil each other's plans.

Director:

Rob Reiner

Writers:

Steve Bloom (as Steven L. Bloom), Jonathan Roberts

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Walter 'Gib' Gibson
Daphne Zuniga ... Alison Bradbury
Anthony Edwards ... Lance
Boyd Gaines ... Jason
Tim Robbins ... Gary Cooper
Lisa Jane Persky ... Mary Ann Webster
Viveca Lindfors ... Professor Taub
Nicollette Sheridan ... The Sure Thing
Marcia Christie Marcia Christie ... Julie
Robert Anthony Marcucci Robert Anthony Marcucci ... Bobby
Sarah Buxton ... Sharon
Lorrie Lightle Lorrie Lightle ... Lucy
Joshua Cadman ... Jimbo
Krystal Richards Krystal Richards ... Girl in Photo
John Putch John Putch ... Mastin
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Storyline

College freshman Walter (Gib) Gibson decides to go cross country to visit his friend in California during winter break. Awaiting there is a bikini-clad babe whom his friend assures him is a "sure thing". Meanwhile, Allison, a cute (but somewhat retentive) girl at Gib's college has also decided to head out to Cal. to see her boyfriend during break. Gib and Allison are thrust together on a road trip from hell, and somewhere along the way, they find each others company to be tolerable. Now, what will become of Gib's "sure thing?" Written by anonymous

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Taglines:

A Romantic Comedy From Rob Reiner See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Robin Wright unsuccessfully auditioned for the title role. But director Rob Reiner was impressed with her acting range so she was hired for a project Reiner long dreamed of making, The Princess Bride (1987). See more »

Goofs

The color of the car they are traveling in. See more »

Quotes

Cop: [reading off citations to Gary Cooper] Indecent exposure, driving as so to endanger...
Gib: ...Driving with the load not properly tied down.
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Alternate Versions

This film has an alternate version. The first scene of the alternate version starts with the scene right before Lance's dialogue "Private Gibson" to Gibson (John Cusack) where Gibson is sitting alone. This version doesn't have scenes with Gibson's dialogue to two women. This version delete the scene where Gibson's roommate is making love to his girlfriend. This version also doesn't have the scene where John Cusack kisses the girl in Lance's room close to the end of the film. See more »

Connections

Featured in Casting 'The Sure Thing' (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Heartache Tonight
Written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Bob Seger and JD Souther (as J. D. Souther)
Performed by The Eagles
Courtesy of Elektra/Asylum Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Published by Cass County Music, Gear Publishing Co., Ice Age Music and Red Cloud Music
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My favorite 80's movie, one of the best ever!
12 April 2004 | by nuwave88See all my reviews

This movie has GOT to be the most underrated movie of the 80's if not of all time. When you consider the relatively young age of the actors, Daphne Zuniga was 22 and John Cusack was only 17, and it was only Rob Reiner's second film, it makes this film that much more of a milestone. Maybe the storyline is predictable, so what. The acting by Cusack and Zuniga is perfect. They make this movie seem real and honest.

What makes this movie so enjoyable and memorable is the feelings it provokes. Remember the rush of emotions when you first meet someone who makes your heart beat out of your chest and feel lightheaded? Acting like you really don't like someone when deep down inside you would give anything to be with them? Going to a party and flirting with other people hoping that they would see you and get jealous? That's what this movie does for me. It makes me realize just how much I miss the innocence, passion and emotion of those days. The acting is wonderful and you really get drawn in to their plight as they make their way across the country to be with the one they "think" is their own "sure thing". The great thing about this movie is that every time it looks like they are finally going to get together, something pulls them apart. While there are many funny lines and memorable scenes in this film, by far my favorite is at the end when Gib's essay is read aloud. Allison's facial expressions let you know just how painful it is for her to hear it. The final scene is wonderful. I tear-up whenever I see it, and I'm a guy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,124,782, 3 March 1985

Gross USA:

$18,135,531

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,135,531
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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