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The Sure Thing (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 March 1985 (USA)
A college student plans a cross-country trip to get laid, but ends up traveling with a young woman. They hate each other, so naturally...

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 ... 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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A Romantic Comedy From Rob Reiner See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Volltreffer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,124,782, 3 March 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,135,531
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

A poster for director Rob Reiner's previous film, This Is Spinal Tap (1984), hangs on the closet in Gib's dorm room. See more »

Goofs

The trees and the grass are too green in the Midwest for a trip that is supposed to take place in the middle of winter. See more »

Quotes

Alison Bradbury: [checking her calendar] Let's see, Friday. 5:30, dinner. 6:00, Calculus. 7:00, news. 7:30, shower. 7:45, phone call. Eight o'clock?
Gib: [sarcastic] Gee, I don't know. That's when I rearrange my sock drawer.
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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

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Soundtracks

The Age Of Aquarius
Written by James Rado (as Rado)/Gerome Ragni (as Ragni)/Galt MacDermot (as MacDermot)
Used by permission of CBS U Catalog, Inc.
All rights reserved.
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watch this movie JUST FOR PLEASUUUUURE!!!
23 April 2000 | by TeaBunnySee all my reviews

There are a few 80's teen movies I enjoy, and some I enjoy very much. But this is my favorite one of all time. This movie introduced a new kind of guy to me; the really cool Everyman with an Alterna-geek bent, and I have loved John Cusack since. No matter how many times I see this movie, it's still fresh and hilarious, and John is in peak form as the Average College Guy, sprinting across the USA to get with the lovely blond fantasy girl. The plot is predictable, but this version of "boy-wants-dumb-chick-ends-up-with-smart-chick" is really witty and terrific. Daphne Zuniga is the perfect Straight (wo)Man to Gib's charming goofiness. Eventually she sees the fun in things, and he sees that not everything is a joke. Someone here said every character has quotable lines, and they are right. Consider outer space, grab a trough of spritzer and watch this movie.


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