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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Walter 'Gib' Gibson
... Alison Bradbury
... Lance
... Jason
... Gary Cooper
... Mary Ann Webster
... Professor Taub
... The Sure Thing
Marcia Christie ... Julie
Robert Anthony Marcucci ... Bobby
... Sharon
Lorrie Lightle ... Lucy
... Jimbo
Krystal Richards ... Girl in Photo
... Mastin
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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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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1 March 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Volltreffer  »

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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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Trivia

John Cusack would make a cameo appearance the following year in director Rob Reiner's next feature film - Stand By Me. See more »

Goofs

When Gib passes out on the bed, a beer can magically appears next to his leg. See more »

Quotes

[after seeing Alison]
Gib's friend: Forget her, I hear she only likes intellectuals
Gib: So? I'm intellectual and stuff.
Gib's friend: You're flunking English. That's your mother tongue, and stuff.
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Featured in Casting 'The Sure Thing' (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Party All Night
Written by Kevin DuBrow
Performed by Quiet Riot
Courtesy of Pasha/CBS Records
Published by The Grand Pasha Publisher
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A hidden treasure of the eighties
24 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

What happened to the once so great director Rob Reiner? In the beginning of his directorial career he won critical praise with movies like This is Spinal Tap, Stand by me, The Princess Bride, When Harry met Sally, Misery and The American President. And then... the magic disappeared. What the hell happened?

A movie that absolutely belongs in his great movies list, is The Sure Thing (1985), Reiner's directorial debut. After watching this movie for probably the 20th time or so, I just had to write a comment for the IMDb. This is an absolute classic!

I guess nobody else but Rob Reiner could have turned this story - about a boy who's willing to travel 3000 miles in order to get laid - into a great, hilarious and classy (road)movie. All the performances are great. John Cusack... well, what's not to like about his character Gib? He's funny, charming and crazy in a positive way. Other (now) great stars make their appearance: Tim Robbins, Anthony Edwards and even the gorgeous Nicolette Sheridan (of Desperate Housewives fame) in the title role. As "the sure thing" she is as sexy as hell! Even old timer Viveca Lindfors as the literature teacher is brilliantly cast!

But the one who really steals the show is Daphne Zuniga. She starts out as this stiff all-work-and-no-play girl and changes into a woman who enjoys life and likes to take (small) risks.

The Sure Thing is one of those hidden treasures of the eighties. Well written and greatly acted. Rob Reiner at his best!

9/10


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