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The Sure Thing ()


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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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Walter 'Gib' Gibson
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Alison Bradbury
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Lance
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Jason
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Gary Cooper
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Mary Ann Webster
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Professor Taub
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The Sure Thing
Marcia Christie ...
Julie
Robert Anthony Marcucci ...
Bobby
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Sharon
Lorrie Lightle ...
Lucy
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Jimbo
Krystal Richards ...
Girl in Photo
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Mastin
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Football Player
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Alison's Friend
Martin J. Layton ...
Frat Guy (as Marty Layton)
Amy Resnick ...
Marsha
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Moke
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Cop
Garry Goodrow ...
Pick-Up Driver
Robert Snively ...
Bus Station Clerk
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Bus Station Bum
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Bartender
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Man in Bar
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Barmaid (as Rosalind Moreland)
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Cowboy Guy
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Lady in Car
Teresa Baxter ...
Rose Lady
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Trucker
Jimmy Baron ...
Guy at Frat Party
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Girl in Sarong
Noelle Williams ...
Katherine
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tamara Carrera ...
Fantasy Girl (uncredited)
David Connella ...
Student (uncredited)
Helen Kelly ...
Bar Girl (uncredited)
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Hot Party Girl (uncredited)
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Frat Guy on Stairs (uncredited)
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Charlie (uncredited)
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Frat Guy at Punch Bowl (uncredited)
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Classroom Student (uncredited)

Directed by

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Rob Reiner

Written by

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Steve Bloom ... (written by) (as Steven L. Bloom) &
Jonathan Roberts ... (written by)

Produced by

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Roger Birnbaum ... producer
Andrew Scheinman ... co-producer
Jeffrey Stott ... associate producer
Henry Winkler ... executive producer

Music by

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Tom Scott

Cinematography by

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Robert Elswit ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Robert Leighton

Editorial Department

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Christine Cholvin ... assistant editor
Terry Haggar ... color timer
Jack Hooper ... negative cutter
Cathy Rosenstein ... post-production coordinator
Adam Weiss ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Janet Hirshenson
Jane Jenkins

Production Design by

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Lilly Kilvert

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Lisa Fischer

Costume Design by

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Durinda Wood

Makeup Department

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Patricia Messina ... makeup artist
Michele Payne ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Steve Nicolaides ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Brian James Ellis ... second assistant director
Sam Epstein ... second assistant director
Thomas Lofaro ... first assistant director

Art Department

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David Brisbin ... lead man
Mickie Cecchini ... assistant painter
Buddy Cone ... art department assistant
Amanda J. Flick ... scenic artist (as Amanda Flick)
David L. Glazer ... property master (as David Glazer)
Mark 'Digger' Green ... assistant props (as Mark Green)
Dennis Hoerter ... carpenter
Richard Hoover ... assistant art director
Thierry Verrier ... set dresser
Frank Viviano ... construction coordinator

Sound Department

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Douglas B. Arnold ... boom (as Doug Arnold)
Beth Bergeron ... post-production sound
John Brasher ... post-production sound
David E. Campbell ... re-recording mixer
Roberta Doheny ... post-production sound
Robert Eber ... sound mixer (as Bob Eber)
Alfred T. Ferrante ... sound recordist
Alia Kahn ... post-production sound
Lars Nelson ... post-production sound
Tony Ray ... post-production sound
John T. Reitz ... re-recording mixer
Gregg Rudloff ... re-recording mixer (as Gregg C. Rudloff)

Special Effects by

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John Frazier ... special effects
Jeffrey A. Wischnack ... special effects assistant (as Jeff Wischnack)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Paul Amorelli ... electrician
Greg Bridges ... grip
François Duhamel ... unit photographer (as Francois Duhamel)
Kevin Kelley ... best boy electrician
Martin J. Layton ... camera assistant (as Marty Layton)
Michael Meek ... grip
Ron Meurrier ... lamp operator: Stockton
Jack Palinkas ... key grip
Lee Phillips ... gaffer
Krishna Rao ... camera assistant (as Chris Rao)
George Ressler ... grip best boy (as George Resler)
Thomas Vanghele ... camera assistant (as Thomas P. Vanghele)
Devik Wiener ... electrician
Roland Young ... electrician

Casting Department

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Eve Brandstein ... casting executive

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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May Hart ... wardrobe assistant
Constance Sech ... costumer

Location Management

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Robert Breech ... location manager: Los Angeles
William Burke ... location manager: Stockton

Music Department

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Kenneth Karman ... music editor
Alexandra Leviloff ... assistant music editor
Gary Lubow ... music recording engineer
Elliot Lurie ... music coordinator
Becky Mancuso-Winding ... music supervisor (as Becky Shargo)

Transportation Department

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Ken Day ... driver
Bo Falck ... transportation co-captain
Pat Gordon ... driver
Thomas A. Gordon ... driver (as Tom Gordon)
Greg Landis ... driver
Ronald Linxwiler ... driver (as Ron Linxwiler)
Tim Roslan ... transportation captain
Dusty Saunders ... driver
David Shaffer ... driver (as Dave Shaffer)
Larry Sims ... driver

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Leslie Cornyn ... assistant production accountant
Leigh French ... coordinator: custom looping
Joan Gagrelcik ... studio teacher (as Joan Thompson Gabrelcik)
Elizabeth Galloway ... production coordinator
Walter Hart ... production assistant
Edward Hersom ... craft service: Stockton
Lisa Lynn Kearsley ... production secretary: Los Angeles
Cathy Lerner ... secretary: Mr. Birnbaum
Leslie 'Tinker' Linville ... production assistant (as Leslie Linville)
Mitch Marcus ... production assistant
Anne Rapp ... continuity (as Anne Rapp-Dowd)
Cathy Rosenstein ... assistant: Rob Reiner & producers
Eric Silvern ... craft service: Los Angeles
Mary Vigna ... production secretary: Stockton
Joyce Wagner ... unit publicist
Zelig Walters ... caterer
Ron Welch ... caterer
Ruth Whittle ... production accountant
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Plot Summary

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 »
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Also Known As
  • Garçon choc pour nana chic (France)
  • Der Volltreffer (Germany)
  • Juegos de amor en la universidad (Spain)
  • En säker tjej (Sweden)
  • Kynigontas to sigouro krevvati (Greece)
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  • 100 min
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Box Office

Budget $4,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $3,124,782, 03 Mar 1985

Did You Know?

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Trivia Because John Cusack was only 17 and hence a minor during production, he had to seek legal emancipation from his parents in order to shoot on location. See more »
Goofs When Gib teaches Alison to shotgun a beer his pants become soaked with beer but when he leaves the room they are completely dry. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Radio Days/Critical Condition/Outrageous Fortune/Restless Natives (1987). See more »
Soundtracks Infatuation See more »
Quotes Gib: [encounter a padlocked trailer while attempting to get out of the rain] It's locked! Good! This is very good! It's important that this place should have an air-tight security system... in the middle of nowhere!
Alison: [digs through her bag] I might have a nail file... I have a credit card. I have a credit card!
Gib: Credit cards work on a completely different kind of lock.
Gib: No, you don't seem to understand. I have a credit card!
Gib: You have a credit card?
Alison: I have a credit card!
Gib: [relieved] You have a credit card.
Alison: [suddenly crestfallen] Oh. My dad told me *specifically* I can only use it in case of an emergency.
Gib: [sarcastically] Well, maybe one will come up.
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