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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:

He's onto a sure thing . . . but ends up on the funniest journey to romance you've ever seen. 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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Trivia

Both leads are named after science-fiction writers: Walter Gibson after the creator of "The Shadow" (whose real name was Walter Gibson but wrote under the pseudonym "Maxwell Grant') and Alison Bradbury after Ray Bradbury. See more »

Goofs

While in the blue car they are supposed to be driving west to California yet at the end of the first day there is a shot of the car coming toward the camera with the sun setting behind it which means the car was driving east. See more »

Quotes

Professor Taub: [commenting on students' papers] Miss Bradbury. You, on the other hand, you express your ideas very clearly. Except that, your paper is dry, Alison. There's not enough of *you* coming through. Loosen up, Alison. Have some fun! Yes, sleep when you feel like it, not when you think you should. Eat food that is bad for you - at least once in a while. Have conversations with people whose clothes are not color coordinated.
[class laughs]
Professor Taub: Make love in a hammock!
[class hoots, hollers, and high-fives]
Professor Taub: ...
[...]
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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

References This Is Spinal Tap (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Lights Out
Written by Peter Wolf and Don Covay
Performed by Peter Wolf
Courtesy of EMI America Records
Published by Pal-Park Music and Ze'ev Music
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Is a sure bet
18 November 2000 | by gazzo-2See all my reviews

I like this one. Having always been a fan of Daphne Z, I have to say its strange that her career hasn't taken off better than this promised. She has poise, presance, looks, ability. Cusack himself is still around, be it in 'Thin Red Line' or '8 Men Out' or whatever.

I like how sweet natured this is, and how these kids aren't all cock-sure sex-fiends, unlike in all those other Porky's type flix of the era.

The soundtrack is pretty good too-the Cars, Huey Lewis, Wang Chung, Rod Stewart too. Who would thought that Rob Reiner'd turn out to be such a good director? This was his first traditional movie Move, if you will-after the Psuedo-documentary 'Spinal Tap' from the previous year-and it's a good one.

Very 80s, but a Good 80s flick. You will like this if you get a chance to see it.

*** outta ****


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