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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...

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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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Taglines:

A sure thing comes once in a lifetime... but the real thing lasts forever. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

Mare Winningham auditioned for the role of Alison Bradbury. See more »

Goofs

Early on in the car trip, a shot shows the car moving from screen right to screen left, coming at the viewer. However, the car appears to be driving on the left hand side of the yellow line in the road (driver's left), obviously a shot flipped in post production/editing. See more »

Quotes

Lady in Car: What are you gonna name it?
Alison Bradbury: What?
Lady in Car: The baby.
Alison Bradbury: [realizing she's faking being pregnant] Oh, the baby. Well, if it's a girl, Cynthia, and if it's a boy, Elliot.
Lady in Car: Those are lovely names.
Walter (Gib) Gibson: Elliot? You're gonna name the kid Elliot? No, you can't name the kid Elliot. Elliot is a fat kid with glasses who eats paste. You're not gonna name the kid Elliot. You gotta give him a real name. Give him a name. Like Nick.
Alison Bradbury: Nick?
Walter (Gib) Gibson: Yeah, Nick. Nick's a real name. Nick's your buddy. Nick's the kind of guy you can trust, ...
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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

Referenced in Psych: Earth, Wind and... Wait for It (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

The Fast One
Written by JD Souther (as J. D. Souther)
Performed by JD Souther (as J. D. Souther)
Courtesy of Elektra/Asylum Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Published by WB Music Corp. and Golden Spread Music
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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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